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ALS Fund-raiser Honored The Department of Neurology and the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Research Center honored Michael Beier, director of equity trading at Credit Suisse First Boston, at a scientific symposium and reception on Dec. 18 for raising awareness and funding for ALS research. In October, Mr. Beier, who has ALS, chaired the Muscular Dystrophy Association-sponsored event "Wings Over Wall Street," which raised $900,000 to support ALS research at Columbia. In recognition of Mr. Beier's efforts, Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean, has established the Michael Beier/MDA Wings Over Wall Street ALS Research Fund at Columbia. Pictured from left, Michael Beier; his wife, Theresa Beier; Dr. Fischbach; Hiroshi Mitsumoto, Wesley J. Howe Professor of Neurology and medical director of the Gehrig Center; and Serge Przedborski, professor of neurology and pathology and scientific director of the center.


Memory Center Opens
From left, Timothy A. Pedley, chairman of neurology; Thomas Q. Morris, vice president for Health Sciences; and Karen Marder, the Sally Kerlin Professor of Neurology in the Sergievsky Center and the Taub Institute and chief of the Division of Aging and Dementia, cut the commemorative ribbon at the opening of the Lucy G. Moses Center for Memory and Behavioral Disorders on Jan. 6. They are joined by the benefactor of Dr. Marder's professorship, Gilbert Kerlin. The center, established through a $1 million gift from Lucy G. Moses, is located on the first floor of the Neurological Institute and provides a centralized area for evaluating and treating patients with memory disorders.

David Brenner has been named chairman of the Department of Medicine at P&S and director of the Medical Service at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Columbia Presbyterian campus. Dr. Brenner joins Columbia from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition and the Nina and John Sessions Distinguished Professor of Digestive Diseases. Dr. Brenner, who also holds professorships in biochemistry and biophysics at UNC, earned his M.D. degree from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1979. He served his residency at the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Medical Center in New Haven, Conn. from 1979 to 1982. He received his B.S. degree from Yale College in 1975. Dr. Brenner served as medical staff fellow research associate at the National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes, and Digestive Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health from 1982 through 1985. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Gastroenterology. His tenure begins in March.

Joseph Tenenbaum has been named to the newly created position of senior associate dean for clinical affairs, effective March 2003. The creation of the position was proposed by the patient care committee of Dean Gerald Fischbach's strategic planning process and was among the first recommendations to be accepted. In his new position, Dr. Tenenbaum will represent the entire clinical faculty in issues related to patient care and will be responsible for advancing, improving, and maintaining the processes and systems that impact patient care at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and affiliated institutions. Dr. Tenenbaum, who is acting chairman of the Department of Medicine, is also the Edgar M. Leifer Professor of Clinical Medicine. He earned his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1974, served his internship and residency at Presbyterian Hospital from 1974 to 1977, and served a clinical fellowship in cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York from 1977 to 1979.



Russ Berrie, philanthropist and Health Sciences benefactor, died Dec. 25, 2002, at age 69. Mr. Berrie's support helped build the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion and establish the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. Both Mr. Berrie, and his mother, for whom the center is named, had diabetes. He and his wife, Angelica, launched the Berrie Family Diabetic Retinopathy Program and the Russell Berrie Diabetic Retinopathy Research Unit to fight diabetes-related vision loss. The Berries also endowed annual fellowship and symposium programs to foster diabetes research, including the Naomi Berrie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Research and the Frontiers in Diabetes Research Symposium. He was president and trustee of the Russell Berrie Foundation, which contributes annually to numerous charitable causes. Mr. Berrie was chairman and CEO of Russ Berrie & Co., one of the world's largest gift companies. In 1988, Fortune magazine named him one of the 40 most generous Americans.

Eli Ginzberg, professor emeritus and special lecturer at the Mailman School of Public Health, died Dec. 12, 2002, at age 91. Dr. Ginzberg joined the Graduate School of Business in 1935 and was A. Barton Hepburn Professor Emeritus of Economics until 1979. He was also director of the Charles H. Revson Fellows Program on the Future of the City of New York at Columbia until 1978. Dr. Ginzberg taught his last class at the Mailman School on Dec. 3.



Haitian Art Exhibit Perroquet, a painting by Bourmond Byron, was among the art of Haitian masters displayed in the lobbies of the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion and the Mary Woodard Lasker Biomedical Research Building, part of the Audubon Biomedical Science and Technology Park. The exhibit, which ran from Dec. 5 through January 16, is one of several art installations presented at Audubon throughout the year. The exhibit was curated by the West Harlem Art Fund.


I.T. Upgrade Information technology groups at Health Sciences have combined resources to form Columbia University Biomedical and Health Information Services (CUbhis). A new single web site at www.cubhis.org offers entry into technology assistance, desktop support, networking, security, databases and computer training. CUbhis also plans to offer a full-time help desk within the next few months.

New at Helen Hayes John Pellicone, assistant clinical professor of medicine, has been appointed medical director at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, N.Y. He joined the hospital in 1989 and has served as director of pulmonary rehabilitation and the ventilator weaning program. In addition, the hospital has opened a new satellite office of its Prosthetic Orthotic Center at the St. Francis Hospital campus in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The new office offers comprehensive prosthetic and orthotic services to adults and children.

The Center for Community Health Partnerships of Health Sciences is presenting a spring seminar series, its first public event since its establishment in 2001. Upcoming seminars include Walid Michelen, assistant clinical professor of medicine, talking about "Healthy Choices," Feb. 13; Sherry Glied, professor and chairwoman of health policy and management, Mailman School of Public Health, on "Covering the Uninsured: A National and Local Crisis," March 13; Mark Olfson, professor of clinical psychiatry, on "Mental Health: Treatment Opportunities in Primary Care," April 10; Alwyn Cohall, associate professor of clinical public health at Mailman School of Public Health and pediatrics at P&S, on "Unmet Community Needs in Adolescent Healthcare," May 1; and two panel discussions, "Partnering with the Community—Lessons Learned," June 12; and "The Pact," July 10. All seminars take place at the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion, ground level conference room 2, at 4 p.m.



Asa Abeliovich, assistant professor of pathology and neurology and assistant professor at the Taub Institute, received a two-year research grant of $250,000 from the Michael J. Fox Foundation to study the cellular mechanisms of parkin activity, a Parkinson's disease gene defective in a large percentage of familial, early-onset patients.

Barbara Barlow, professor of surgery and epidemiology and director of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids at the Mailman School of Public Health, received a grant of $813,600 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for continued support for the child injury prevention program. Dr. Barlow is also director of surgery at Harlem Hospital Center.

Dental School Kudos Dan Allen'04, a student at the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, was named trustee for the northeast region of the American Student Dental Association. Student scholars John Chang'03 and Adrian Fang'03 received $1,500 scholarships from the New York State Dental Association to work with Percy T. Phillips Visiting Professor Charles Bertolami, dean of the University of California-San Francisco School of Dentistry. William Wang'05 and Yoni Schwartz'05 served as administrative externs to the American Student Dental Association in Chicago last summer to help further the goals of the organization.


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