New York News in Research: July  2017
Med School Deans' Letter to New York Delegation on NIH Funding

The deans of New York State's 16 public and private medical schools write to members of the NY delegation in Congress to express strong concerns about the Administration's proposed $7.2 billion reduction to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the FY2018 budget, and the proposed 10% cap on NIH Facilities and Administration (F&A) expenditures.  Take a closer look.
Parkinson's Is Partly An Autoimmune Disease, Columbia University Medical Center Study Finds

Researchers have found the first direct evidence that autoimmunity-in which the immune system attacks the body's own tissues-plays a role in Parkinson's disease, the neurodegenerative movement disorderThe findings raise the possibility that the death of neurons in Parkinson's could be prevented by therapies that dampen the immune response.  Take a closer look.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine: 
Test Ties Chemotherapy to Possible Breast Cancer Spread

Using a test for predicting whether tumors will metastasize, or spread, a research team led by scientists at Einstein and Montefiore found that administering chemotherapy to mouse models of breast cancer-caused cellular changes associated with increased risk for metastasis.  Take a closer look.
NYU Langone Health: Newfound Signals Drive Cancer When Protective Gene Fails

A study published in Nature this week reveals new details about the tumor suppressor PTEN, a gene known to be defective in 2 of every 3 people with uterine cancer and in 30 percent of certain breast and brain cancers.  Take a closer look.
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine: The Academic Minute Speaks with Brian Beatty about Heart Disease

Brian Beatty, Associate Professor of Anatomy at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, looks into a surprising part of the body that could hold clues to your heart health.  Take a closer look.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Breathing in a New Gene Therapy to treat Pulmonary Hypertension

Mount Sinai has partnered with Theragene Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to advance a novel airway-delivered gene therapy for treating pulmonary hypertension (PH), a form of high blood pressure in blood vessels in the lungs that is linked to heart failure.  Take a closer look.
University of Rochester Medical Center: Hidden Herpes Virus May Play Key Role in MS, Other Brain Disorders

The ubiquitous human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) may play a critical role in impeding the brain's ability to repair itself in diseases like multiple sclerosis.  The findings, which appear in the journal Scientific Reports, may help explain the differences in severity in symptoms that many people with the disease experience.  Take a closer look.
Weill Cornell Medicine: New Molecular Pathway Underlies Impaired Social Behavior and Anxiety in Neuropsychiatric Disorders

A calcium-dependent molecular mechanism discovered in the brain cells of mice by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators may underlie the impaired social interactions and anxiety found in neuropsychiatric disorders - including schizophrenia and autism.  Take a closer look.
Icahn School of Medicine: Exposure to Specific Toxins and Nutrients During Late Pregnancy and Early Life Correlated With Autism Risk

Using evidence found in baby teeth, researchers from The Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory and The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai found that differences in the uptake of multiple toxic and essential elements over the second and third trimesters and early postnatal periods are associated with the risk of developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a study published June 1 in the journal Nature Communications.  Take a closer look.
Columbia University Medical Center: Obesity Prevention Program for Preschoolers Shows Promise

Preschoolers from low-income families living in cities that took part in a two-year communitywide intervention to foster healthy eating and lifestyle habits consumed fewer sugary drinks, got more sleep, and showed improvement in weight, according to a study led by a researcher at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).  Take a closer look.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center: Antimicrobial Products Can Do More Harm than Good

A consensus statement published today in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives concludes that common antimicrobial products do not provide health benefits and can harm human health and the environment.  Take a closer look.
Weill Cornell Medicine: Dissolvable Device Could Make Closing Surgical Incisions a Cinch

Like many surgeons, Dr. Jason Spector is often faced with the challenge of securely closing the abdominal wall without injuring the intestines. If the process goes awry, there can be serious consequences for patients, including bowel perforations or a hernia at the incision site.  Take a closer look.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Awarded $3.4 Million NIH Grant to Integrate Opioid and Tobacco Addiction Treatment

The study will examine a novel approach: incorporating a medication that reduces tobacco cravings into an opioid rehabilitation program.  Take a closer look.
New York Medical College Receives $3 Million to Establish The Catherine and Vladislav P. Hinterbuchner Professorship and Chair

The benefactor is the estate of Catherine Hinterbuchner, M.D., a physician who served as chair of NYMC's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine from 1971 to 2004 and earned emeritus status in 2005.  Take a closer look.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center: Amid Russia Conflict and Drug Epidemic, Researchers Battle HIV in Ukraine

New York State International Training and Research Program Receives $1.5 Million to Conduct HIV Research Training Program in Ukraine.  Take a closer look.
University of Rochester Medical Center Leading National Efforts to Give Patients a Bigger Voice in Their Care

In the national drive to improve health care quality and value, physicians are looking for clues from a source that hasn't been heard from yet, but that could yield important new breakthroughs: the patients themselves.  Take a closer look.
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Hosts 52nd Academic Competition

Nearly 300 abstracts were submitted to participate in the 52nd Annual Academic Competition (Academic Day) sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs at Northwell Health. The half-century old scholarly contest is designed to encourage the development and presentation of professional papers and posters.  Take a closer look.
New York Medical College School of Medicine Hosts First Microbiome Translational Science Conference

The program brought together clinical experts, researchers and students to explore the role of the Human Microbiome in health and in the pathogenesis of disease.  Take a closer look.