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The Kavli Foundation has announced a $7.5 million award to establish a Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia University Medical Center under the leadership of Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel, University Professor of Psychiatry, Physiology & Cellular Biophysics, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics. To date, the foundation has established nine Kavli Institutes internationally in the areas of neuroscience, cosmology, and nanoscience.

The Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia University will focus on developing novel experimental and computational strategies to analyze and decipher how signaling in neural circuits controls behavior. "Our work will be directed toward developing more powerful tools to enable us to move from the study of individual nerve cells to that of complex neural systems that underlie the higher mental function," Dr. Kandel says.

For decades, Columbia University has been a leader in advancing the neurosciences. Neural science at Columbia has succeeded in forging into one discipline the previously distinct fields of cell biology, physiology, and development of the nervous system with molecular biology, including molecular genetics. Recently, Columbia also successfully unified this cell and molecular approach to the brain with systems neural science and cognitive psychology.

"Many of us believe that studying neural circuits of interconnected cells, rather than one cell at a time, will reveal the secret of disordered brain function," says Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean. "The Kavli Institute will spearhead neuroscience as a priority in our strategic planning at CUMC."

The first director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia will be Dr. Kandel, who was co-recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Co-directors are Dr. Thomas Jessell, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, and Dr. Rafael Yuste, associate professor of biological sciences.

P&S Students Matched

Fourth-year P&S students found out which medical residency program they were matched with on March 18, the national match day for all fourth-year medical students in the United States. This year more than 25,246 applicants participated in the National Resident Matching Program, a 5.3 percent increase in participation over 2003. More than 20,000 matches were made to first- and second-year residency positions, the highest match rate ever made. The match process pairs the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs. The top three placements for P&S students this year are: Columbia University Medical Center, 35; St. Luke's-Roosevelt, 9; and NewYork Weill Cornell Medical Center, 8. The top three specialty matches are medicine, 35; pediatrics, 14; and orthopedic surgery, 13.

Paul Nurse Gives Dean's Lecture

On March 10 Sir Paul Nurse, president of Rockefeller University, discussed his Nobel-Prize winning research on controlling the cell cycle when he delivered the Cartwright Lecture, part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture series.

Roy Vagelos Book Signing

P. Roy Vagelos, P&S'54, former CEO of Merck & Co., came to CUMC in March
to autograph copies of his new book and to speak on a panel about vaccine development. His book, "Medicine, Science, and Merck," describes his life from his Depression childhood through retirement.

Dr. Glenda Garvey, a popular faculty member at Columbia University since graduating from P&S and training at the former Presbyterian Hospital in the late 1960s and early 1970s, died March 22 of colon cancer at age 61.

Dr. Garvey was for many years director of the hospital's intensive care unit. At the time of her death she was professor of clinical medicine.

Since graduating from P&S in 1969, Dr. Garvey spent her entire career at CUMC. She was program director for the hospital's infectious diseases fellowship from 1994 until stepping down due to illness last year, and interim chief of the Department of Medicine's infectious diseases division from 1994 to 1999. She directed the third-year medical clerkship program for students for 20 years and developed many other courses and electives for medical students.

Greatly beloved by medical students and hospital house staff, Dr. Garvey was given the Distinguished Teacher Award by the graduating classes of 1976, 1985, 1998, and 2003; the Dean's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching in 1988; and the Medical House Staff Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in 1988-89.

Dr. Garvey was recognized five times with awards from the American Medical Women's Association. The Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Society of Practitioners named her Practitioner of the Year in 1998, and the Society of Alumni of Presbyterian Hospital cited her as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2003. Although very ill at the time, she attended the medical school graduation exercises at Columbia in May 2003 and gave an inspirational talk to the graduating class.

At the ceremony Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean, announced the creation of the Glenda Garvey Academy of Medical Education, a fund that he said "…will honor great teaching as it seeks to develop new and exciting ways to educate young physicians. Glenda … has trained medical students and residents in the scrupulous care of very sick patients. She has played a significant role at all levels of education at the medical school."

Glenda Garvey did two things that most realistic people would say are impossible. As one person, she changed an institution forever. Most of us believe that an institution, especially one as great as P&S, stands above any one person. Of course, an institution survives well beyond any of us who are part of it – but sometimes someone comes along who changes a place forever.

When I came to Columbia in 1980, the voice of the institution was clear – doctoring is a privilege and training must take place with the most serious of intents and actions. We worked hard and had little personal connection to most of the faculty. When I reached the clinical years of training, I had heard that Dr. Garvey would be an important person in our mission to become great doctors. Arriving for my medicine rotation, I realized that something would be different. Dr. Garvey set the bar high; she made it clear, as so many of our other teachers had, that "knowing your stuff" was the highest priority. But at the same time, I knew that this seriousness of purpose would also have a heart. Dr. Garvey was the first person to actually escort us to the hospital floor, introduce us to the "team" and make clear that our experiences meant a lot to her. In the most intimidating hierarchy imaginable, I knew I could walk into her office any time – and I did. I finally understood that doctoring had a head and a heart. And so, generations of students began to bring heart to the experience, inspired by Dr. Garvey's treating us with respect and compassion, a rare thing in the early days of the 1980s. This compassion has finally burst into the fabric of this institution, and its mother is Dr. Garvey – known to us as Glenda.

Glenda also brought something else that most people would argue has no place in an institution – love. Glenda loved her patients. I saw her holding the hands of dying AIDS patients, in comas, when most others were afraid to touch them. I saw her holding hands and imploring elderly patients in the intensive care unit to make just a little more urine. I saw her spend hours writing the notes she was famous for and pulling in all experts to make sure each patient got the consideration he or she deserved. She also loved us – her medical students. I saw her advocate for students when others had written them off or judged them prematurely. I know she believed in me, way before I believed in myself. How many other faculty members would students call by their first name – and do so out of respect? How many students went out of their way to hug Glenda at an alumni dinner or at graduation?

Some say that being present at the most important times is a critical intangible for a great physician, as well as a great person. Glenda's patients and her students can attest that her presence and company at our most vulnerable times made her unique. During my third year of medical school when I hadn't had any sleep after my first night on call, she somehow scooped me into her office – and lingered around me the next day – to spirit me through.

When I think of Dr. Garvey – Glenda – I think of someone who let us be human and challenged us to be the best. I think of how much she loved and how much we love her. Strange words for an institution, but words and feelings that few people could bring to life the way she did. We are forever changed by having known her – and so is Columbia.

Dr. Miller is the Arnold P. Gold Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics; director of pediatric emergency medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital; and, director of pediatric medical student education.

Richard Mayeux, the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Epidemiology and co-director of the Taub Institute, has received a MERIT Award from the NIH in recognition of his outstanding record and achievements as an investigator. With the award, Dr. Mayeux can apply for an extension of his current grant, which funds a study of the genetic epidemiology of Alzheimer's disease in Caribbean Hispanics. MERIT awards provide additional years of funding, enabling the investigator to focus on research rather than having to submit frequent grant renewal applications.

Elizabeth Shane, professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, was elected president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research in January. She will serve as president-elect in 2005 and as president in 2006.

Hermann Schubert, professor of clinical ophthalmology & pathology, and Michael Weiss, associate clinical professor of ophthalmology, received teaching awards from the residents of the Harkness Eye Institute in recognition of excellence and dedication to resident teaching. Dr. Weiss received the John Wheeler Memorial Teaching Award and Dr. Schubert received the Philip Knapp Memorial Teaching Award, both for their work in 2002-2003.

Suzanne Bakken, Alumni Professor of Nursing and Biomedical Informatics, received the Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award by the Eastern Nursing Research Society for 2004 at the society's annual meeting on April 3 in Quincy, Mass.

Robert Mellins, professor of pediatrics, delivered the keynote address at the Sixth International Congress on Pediatric Pulmonology in Lisbon, Portugal, on Feb. 28.

Howard L. Kaufman, associate professor of clinical surgery, has been invited to serve as a member of the Clinical Oncology Study Section, Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as shown by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

Kathie-Ann Joseph, assistant professor of surgery, was one of four physicians chosen by the Southwest Oncology Group to participate in the "Young Investigators" Training Course in March. The program is designed to help researchers develop specific skills to design and conduct cancer clinical trials.

Brian Jason Wainger'04 was selected as an honorable mention winner out of 253 entries in the 22nd annual William Carlos Williams poetry competition, organized by the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.

F. Perry Wilson'06 won third prize in the annual Arnold P. Gold Foundation's Humanism in Medicine Essay Contest.

Jeff Szmulewicz, associate vice president of biomedical communications, and Columbia's Center for Biomedical Communications have won the New York Festivals 2004 Film and Video Award for their video, "The Power of the Partnership." By telling the stories of four patients, the 15-minute video poignantly illustrates how physicians at CUMC, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital collaborate to give their patients the best possible care. One of the uses of the video is for fund raising; it has already been instrumental in Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York receiving a $1 million donation. New York Festivals is organizer of the world's largest international competitions for nonbroadcast media.

The Center for Community Health Partnerships at CUMC and the Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative presented a new award, the "Partnerships Make a Difference Award," recognizing successful community-based programs that have been developed as a partnership between community-based leaders and faculty and staff at Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Thomas Morris, advisory committee chair for CCHP, presented awards to Lorraine Tiezzi, director of the Center for Community Health and Education and associate clinical professor at the Mailman School, Dr. Stephen Marshall, associate dean of extramural affairs at SDOS and director of the Community DentCare Network, and 10 principals of neighborhood schools.

P&S Rugby Wins in New Orleans
The P&S Rugby Football team won the medical school division competition at a national tournament, the New Orleans Rugby Mardi Gras Classic, Feb. 13-14. The 25-member team, led by Saral Mehra'06, president of the team, was presented with a trophy and a certificate from the New Orleans City Council. The win follows the P&S team's first place finish last fall in the John Wood Memorial Tournament, hosted by P&S each year for New York medical school rugby teams.

Eric Rose has been appointed associate dean for translational research for CUMC. In his new position, Dr. Rose, who is the Morris and Rose Milstein, Johnson & Johnson Professor of Surgery and chairman of the Department of Surgery, will help foster the growth of translational research – the process by which laboratory findings are translated into new therapies and treatments – at CUMC.

Mark Underwood, associate professor of neuroscience, has been named chairman of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which is responsible for approving experiments involving animal subjects.

Kathleen Candito-Sarvis is the new animal research standards coordinator for IACUC.