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Awards & Honors

Oliver Hobert, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, who studies the development of the nervous system, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator. Rafael Yuste, associate professor of biological sciences, Columbia Morningside, was also chosen. CUMC currently has 10 HHMI members.

Alfred Neugut, M.D., Ph.D., the Myron M. Studner Professor of Cancer Research, and Dawn Hershman, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, are co-PIs on a $10 million Department of Defense Center of Excellence grant for breast cancer research. The researchers will study the causes of under-treatment of breast cancer and how it affects racial disparities in breast cancer survival.

The Center for Public Health Preparedness was recently awarded a five-year grant in excess of $5 million to conduct training, needs assessment, and research in preparation for possible acts of bioterrorism and other emergencies. 

Gwen Nichols, M.D., the Paul L. Milstein Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and assistant dean, was one of 65 national candidates for the 2004 Association of American Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the AAMC through the support of the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative. Her students nominated her as a positive and caring role model.

Mitchell C. Benson, M.D., the George F. Cahill Professor of Urology, has received an award of $425,000 from the T.J. Martell Foundation to support cancer research.

Allan Rosenfield, M.D., dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, was honored by the National Association of People with AIDS for his lifetime dedication to addressing the public health challenges of HIV/AIDS here and abroad.

Paul Fisher, Ph.D., professor of clinical pathology, received a $100,000 grant from the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, the largest private supporter of pancreatic cancer research.

Kathie-Ann Joseph, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, was featured in Crain's New York Business' "40 Under 40" – an annual listing of New York's 40 rising stars who are under age 40. Dr. Joseph, a breast surgeon and cancer researcher, has devoted herself to treating women with cancer.