Avon Scholar Columbia Presbyterian's Center for Women's Health is administering a $150,000 grant from the Avon Foundation to help fund the newly created position of Avon Women's Health Scholar. The scholar will develop model preventive health programs with a focus on breast cancer for underserved women in northern Manhattan. Dr. Elsa-Grace Giardina, director of the center, will administer the grant to the selected candidate.
La Fete Africaine The second annual "La Fete Africaine: Taking Action for Africans with AIDS," a benefit dinner organized by the P&S International Health Organization, will take place Jan. 31, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Bard Hall conference room. Dr. Joia Mukerjee, medical director of Partners in Health, and New York Times reporter Donald McNeil Jr. will speak at the event, which also includes a catered West African buffet dinner and a performance by internationally known West African dancers and drummers. The event raises money for two groups in the Ivory Coast, Club de Amis and Centre de Solidarite et Action, both of which provide support for people living with HIV and AIDS. Tickets are $40 for students and residents and $65 for non-students. For tickets and information contact Julianna Schantz-Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (917) 566-4362.
New Postdoctoral Office Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean, announced the establishment of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. To be headed by the associate dean for postdoctoral affairs, the office will expedite and ensure the recruitment of high quality postdoctoral trainees, support training and career development, and develop collaborative relationships among postdoctoral trainees, faculty, and administration. The office is scheduled to open early this year.
Bioterrorism and Research Dr. Gail Cassell, vice president of scientific affairs and Distinguished Lilly Research Scholar for Infectious Diseases at Eli Lilly & Co., discussed the implications of bioterrorism for biomedical research and public health at a lecture hosted by the Mailman School of Public Health on Dec. 10. Dr. Cassell emphasized the need for a partnership among academia, industry, and government agencies to develop new vaccines, antibiotics, and antivirals as countermeasures against the threat of biological agents.
Prosthodontics Sessions Dr. Robert F. Wright Jr., professor of clinical dentistry and director of the Division of Prosthodontics in the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, and Hyung-Ui Yoon, Jungyoun Lee, and Jae-Hoon Lee, all postdoctoral fellows in prosthodontics, presented research at the American College of Prosthodontics Table Clinic Annual Session in Orlando, Fla., from Nov. 6 to 9. Hyung Ui-Yoon, a distance-learning student, traveled from Seoul, South Korea, to attend the session. Dr. Wright moderated the session's Educators Mentoring Workshop.
ICU CD Dr. Philip R. Muskin, professor of clinical psychiatry and chief of the consultation-liaison psychiatry service at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, has created a CD, "You and the ICU," providing basic information about intensive care units for patients, visitors, and physicians. The CD, in English and Spanish and co-produced by Columbia's Center for Biomedical Communications, is being distributed to ICU professionals through the Society of Critical Care Medicine. A companion brochure is available in the ICU waiting areas at the Milstein Hospital Building.
Edward H. Shortliffe, chairman of medical informatics and senior associate dean for information technology at P&S, presented an overview of an Institute of Medicine report, "Fostering Rapid Advances in Health Care: Learning from System Demonstrations," to the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., at its annual Rosenthal Lecture on Nov. 19. The report, a response to a request from Tommy Thompson, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, proposes measures to improve healthcare delivery. Dr. Shortliffe was a consultant to the report's study committee.