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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will fund the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at P&S and the School of Dental and Oral Surgery in the amount of $1.2 million over four years. The program – a collaboration between the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Dental Education Association – allows institutions to develop and implement six-week academic enrichment programs for undergraduate college students in ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine.

Christine M. Grimaldi, Ph.D., associate research scientist, is one of 15 scientists to receive a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Lupus Research Institute (LRI), which awarded $4.5 million to promote work that significantly impacts lupus research.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded a 22-month, $226,989 grant to Patricia Stone, RN, Ph.D, assistant professor in the School of Nursing for a proposal titled, "Human Capital in the Nursing Workforce and Its Impact on Patient Outcomes." Dr. Stone's collaborators are Ann Bartel, Columbia's A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics and director of the Human Resource Management Program, plus researchers from Stanford and Harvard.

Mailman Researchers Part of National Children's Study

Researchers at the Mailman School are members of a consortium that has been selected as a vanguard center for the largest, most comprehensive, long-term study of environmental effects on human development conducted in the United States to date. The National Children's Study will follow more than 100,000 children across the United States from before birth until age 21, examining family genetics, neighborhoods and schools, chemical exposures, food and water, as well as children's social and behavioral environments. The Mt. Sinai School of Medicine will lead the Queens Vanguard Site, in partnership with the Mailman School, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey.

"The wealth of information this study will ultimately yield represents an enormous advance in our quest to understand the roots of serious diseases. The research will help guide public health policy for generations to come," says Ezra Susser, M.D., Dr.PH, Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman professor and chairman of the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School.

For more information about the study and a complete list of participating researchers, visit: