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The Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology was dedicated at the Psychiatric Institute on Jan. 31. The institute, supported by an endowment gift from the Sackler Foundation, employs a multidisciplinary approach toward the development of new and more effective means to treat and prevent psychiatric disorders. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the fourth floor of the Psychiatric Institute, Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean, thanked the Sackler Foundation for its support of the institute and said, "with the advent of molecular genetics and the completion of the human genome project, the future of neuroscience is in studying the molecular workings of the human mind." Pictured at the ceremony, from left, are Dr. Fischbach; Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Mortimer Sackler and Dr. Kathe Sackler of the Sackler Foundation; Dr. B.Timothy Walsh, the William and Joy Ruane Professor of Pediatric Psychopharmacology and acting chairman of psychiatry; Ilene Sackler Lefcourt of the Sackler Foundation; and Dr. Myron Hofer, Sackler Institute Professor of Developmental Psychology, professor of psychiatry, and director of the institute.


Double Helix Discovery Celebration The kick-off of a celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA by Drs. James Watson and Francis Crick took place at a conference at the New York Academy of Sciences on Feb. 10. At the conference were representatives from the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and from three institutions that had researchers who contributed to the revolutionary finding—Columbia University Health Sciences, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Rockefeller University. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Bruce Stillman, director and CEO, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean, Health Sciences; Dr. James D. Watson, president, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Ellis Rubenstein, CEO, New York Academy of Sciences; Dr. Thomas Sakmar, acting president, The Rockefeller University; and Dr. Maclyn McCarty, physician-in-chief emeritus, The Rockefeller University Hospital. Upcoming events include an art exhibit interpreting genetic research at the Graduate Center, City University of New York on Feb. 26; a scientific meeting, "The Biology of DNA," at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, from Feb. 26 to March 2; a gala at the Waldorf-Astoria hosted by Charlie Rose on Feb. 28; a photography exhibit, "How Human: Life in the Post-Genome Era," at the International Center for Photography, on June 8; "From Code to Commodity: Genetics and Visual Art," at the New York Academy of Sciences, Gallery of Art and Science, from Feb. 6 to April 11; "Brave New World" at the Organization of Independent Artists, from March 1 to 31; and "Women in Science (Genomically Yours)," at Universal Concepts Unlimited, from Feb. 22 to March 22.


Dean's News Debuts The first edition of a monthly e-mail newsletter by Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean, "Dean's News," premiered on Jan. 24. The newsletter, intended for faculty, staff, and students, highlights breaking news, issues, and developments at Health Sciences. Readers can send comments to hsdeansnews@columbia.edu.

Kristine Gebbie, the Elizabeth Standish Gill Associate Professor of Nursing and director of the School of Nursing's Center for Health Policy, and Mindy Thompson Fullilove, associate professor of clinical psychiatry at P&S and sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, are contributing authors to the publication, "Advancing Healthy Populations: the Pfizer Guide to Careers in Public Health." Dr. Gebbie's contribution is titled, "Applying your degree to public health practice: academic nurse leader," and Dr. Fullilove authored "Thought piece: health and behavior: mental health researcher."

Eric Rose, the Morris and Rose Milstein, Johnson & Johnson Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, authored a piece in the Perspective section of the Jan. 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. His article, "Off-Pump Coronary-Artery Bypass Surgery," examines the clinical value of the procedure compared with conventional on-pump surgery.

Denise Kandel, professor of sociomedical sciences in psychiatry, wrote an editorial in the Jan. 22/29 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Does Marijuana Use Cause the Use of Other Drugs?" proposes that animal studies used with the examination of sociological, psychological, and contextual factors can best determine the link between lower- and higher-stage drug use.

Victor Grann, clinical professor of medicine at P&S and professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School for Public Health, and Alfred Neugut, professor of medicine at P&S and professor of epidemiology at Mailman, co-authored a commentary that appeared in the Jan. 15 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The article, "Lung Cancer Screening at Any Price?" proposes that physicians, patients, and policy-makers should be conservative in the use of spiral helical CT scanning for lung cancer until more data is available and a National Cancer Institute randomized trial of this intervention is completed.

Thomas Wright, associate professor of pathology, and Mark Schiffman of the National Cancer Institute, co-authored "Adding a Test for Human Papillomavirus DNA to Cervical-Cancer Screening," which appeared in the Perspective section of the Feb. 6 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. The authors suggest that the benefits of HPV DNA testing for cervical cancer be weighed with consideration for over treatment and unduly alarming patients with misclassified diagnoses.



The Center for Evidence-Based Practice in the Underserved of the School of Nursing announced six new pilot grant research awards. The projects are:

"Tailoring for African American's Stress and Coping Support," Dr. Anne Peirce, associate professor of clinical nursing and associate dean for academic affairs, and Dr. Maxine Rockoff, senior lecturer of biomedical informatics at P&S and director of information management at the New York Academy of Medicine.

"Web-based Data Collection for Nurse-Managed Centers," Dr. Melinda Jenkins, assistant professor of clinical nursing; Dr. Evelyn Du, assistant professor of biostatistics at Mailman School of Public Health; Dr. Susan Lin, assistant professor of nursing; and Dr. Thomas White, research scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and assistant director for the Bureau of Evidence-Based Medicine and Practice Guidelines at the New York State Office of Mental Health.

"Race/Ethnicity and Provision of Counseling Services in Primary Care," Dr. Susan Lin, assistant professor of nursing; Dr. Raymond Arons, assistant professor of sociomedical sciences at Mailman; and Dr. Kristine Gebbie, Elizabeth Standish Gill Associate Professor of Nursing and director of the Center for Health Policy.

"Information Resources for School Nurses," Dr. Robyn Gershon, associate professor of sociomedical sciences at Mailman.

"Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioners' Diagnostic Reasoning," Dr. Joyce K. Anastasi, Helen F. Pettit Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, and Vicki LeBlanc, formerly with the Center for Education Research & Evaluation in the Health Sciences Office of Scholarly Resources.

"Actigraphy and State Monitor Methods to Measure Children's Sleep/Wake Patterns," Dr. Mary Woods Byrne, associate professor of clinical nursing, and Dr. Debra Seltzer, assistant professor of pediatrics at P&S.

Hodgkin's Pediatric Study The Division of Pediatric Oncology received a $150,000 grant from the Joseph LeRoy and Ann Warner Foundation to conduct a one-year pilot study to identify the potential risks chemotherapy and radiation treatment have later in life on children, adolescents, and young adults with Hodgkin's disease and to introduce interventions to decrease the effects of the therapies.

Mary Woods Byrne, associate professor of clinical nursing, has been awarded a four-year grant of approximately $1.5 million from the National Institute of Nursing Research, a center of the National Institutes of Health, to study maternal-infant attachment and infant-toddler development in children born to incarcerated women. The grant builds on an earlier one from the institute that focused on applying psychological testing measures to a study of HIV-exposed infants.

Ophthalmology Student Scholarships The Starr Foundation has provided a $500,000 scholarship grant to support medical students or postgraduates in their studies or research at the Starr Foundation Retinal Research Unit in the Department of Ophthalmology's Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Clinical Research Center in Vision.

C. Daniel Salzman, assistant professor of neuroscience, has been named a Charles E. Culpeper Medical Scholar by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund of New York. Dr. Salzman, who is one of four individuals chosen for this year's scholarship program, will receive $300,000 during the next three years to study how brain activity is related to emotions and emotional behavior.

Student Lab Assistant Wins Science Award Omar Montan, a senior at the Bronx High School of Science, was chosen as a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search for his work with Dr. Andrew Marks, Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Molecular Cardiology, professor of medicine and pharmacology, and director of the Center for Molecular Cardiology, and Dr. Scot Matkovich, a postdoc, in "Characterizing the Expression of a Calcium Channel—the IP3 Receptor." Mr. Montan was among 300 semifinalists, each receiving a $1,000 award.





Harold Ginsberg, Eugene Higgins Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Microbiology, died Feb. 2 at age 86. Dr. Ginsberg joined the P&S faculty in 1973 as chairman of the Department of Microbiology. He was a world-renowned virologist whose research led to the understanding of viruses and the mechanisms by which they produce disease. While stationed in England as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army 7th General Hospital, Dr. Ginsberg received the Legion of Merit for his discovery that pooled plasma given to wounded soldiers was causing what is now known as hepatitis B.

Michael I. Leahey, director of the Office of Clinical Trials, died Jan. 30 at age 46. Mr. Leahey, who directed the office since its opening in 1992, served as administrator for the Division of Cardiology and business manager for the Department of Medicine in the 1980s. He also wrote two mystery novels published by St. Martin's Press—"Broken Machines” (2000) and "The Pale Green Horse"(2002).


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