News & Highlights
On April 18, 2016, it was announced by Michael I. Kotlikoff, the Acting President and Provost of Cornell University, that Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, the Sanford I. Weill Chairman of the Weill Department of Medicine, will serve as Interim Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine and Interim Provost for Medical Affairs of Cornell University as of June 1. The Board of Trustees of Cornell University has approved the formation of a search committee to assist Cornell's Interim President, Hunter Rawlings, in selecting the new Dean and Provost for Medical Affairs.
New Breakthrough on the Causes of Allergic Inflammation of the Lung: Study from the Artis Lab Published in Nature Immunology
Research from the Artis Lab, leading a five-institution collaboration, has uncovered a pivotal finding implicating a metabolic pathway that promotes allergic inflammation in the lung. The groundbreaking studies, published in Nature Immunology, identify that an enzyme, Arginase-1, changes the metabolism within ILCs, a recently identified class of innate immune cells.
Dr. Michael Niederman, Clinical Director, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, was recently featured in an article in ISICEM News, the official daily newsletter of the 36th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine.
Dr. David E. Cohen has been appointed as Vincent Astor Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Weill Department of Medicine. Dr. Cohen will be joining the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in July of 2016.
Dr. Francine Garrett-Bakelman, an Instructor in Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, was invited by NASA to speak on "Medical Genomics." On February 11, 2016, she delivered a talk at the Universities Space Research Association, Lunar and Planetary Institute, in Houston, Texas, reporting on medical genomic technologies, applications, and their integration into clinical care.
After a national search, Dr. Geoffrey Stuart Pitt has been appointed to Director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CRVI) at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Pitt will be joining the Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Division of Cardiology as the Ida and Theo Rossi Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Weill Department of Medicine in July of 2016. As Director of the CRVI, he will lead and direct the basic and translational research program focused on cardiovascular diseases and cardiovascular sciences at WCM.
Dr. Sonnenberg Publishes Collaborative Study in Nature Medicine: New Promising Approach for Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Dr. Gregory F. Sonnenberg, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, has published pivotal findings in Nature Medicine. Dr. Sonnenberg, a member of the Roberts Institute for Research in IBD, has led an international team that developed an innovative therapeutic approach that blocked production of an inflammation-promoting molecule in mice – but left key protective immune factors intact. This breakthrough has provided promise for a new approach for the treatment of IBD.
Whether planning to travel for pleasure, work, or embarking on a humanitarian mission, it is vital to make a "first stop" with a travel medicine expert prior to leaving in order to ensure a safe and healthy trip. Since its inception in 1980, the Division of Infectious Diseases has been home to a premier clinic that serves this purpose. In fact, Weill Cornell Travel Medicine (WCTM) was the first of its kind in all of the United States.
With their son about to go off to college, Mr. Steve Newhouse and his wife, Ms. Gina Sanders, began to plan for a trip to Bhutan and China. "We were about to be empty nesters, and we had always wanted to go to Asia," he explains. Before leaving, Mr. Newhouse had met with Dr. Henry Murray, co-founder of the Weill Cornell Travel Clinic, to ensure that he received any necessary pre-travel vaccines. All was in order, but the best laid plans were sidelined by something completely unexpected – a dog bite.