New York News in Research: January 2018
University of Rochester Medical Center: For City Kids With Asthma, Telemedicine and In-School Care Cut ER Visits in Half

Children with asthma in the Rochester City School District who received a combination of telemedicine support and school-based medication therapy were almost half as likely to need an emergency room or hospital visit for their asthma, according to new research from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).  Take a closer look .
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: Researchers Find Racial Disparities in Intensity of Care at the End of Life

African Americans at the end of life have significantly higher rates of hospital admission, emergency department (ED) visits, and discontinuing (also known as disenrolling from) hospice care than whites, according to a new study by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai published today by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Take a closer look .
Stem Cell
Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Overcoming Sickle-Cell Disease: Scientists Seek Better Treatments for a Debilitating Blood Disorder

I n 2006, when Lindsy Osouna was on the cusp of her third trimester, prenatal testing showed that her daughter would be born with sickle-cell disease (SCD). After an intensive search, she and her husband, Kwasi, decided to entrust daughter Aniyah's care to the SCD specialists at  Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) , who collaborate with Einstein's SCD researchers. Take a closer look.
NYU Langone Health: Researchers Identify Bacteria Tied to Esophageal Cancer

Researchers at NYU Langone Health's Perlmutter Cancer Center report that at least three kinds of bacteria in the mouths of Americans may heighten or lower their risk of developing esophageal cancer Take a closer look .


Young people with a history of strokes caused by blood clots should be evaluated for a congenital condition characterized by a hole in the heart. If present, surgical closure should be considered to prevent future stroke, according to an editorial by a Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian neurologistTake a closer look .
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons: at the Intersection of Math and Genomics
The new Program for Mathematical Genomics (PMG) is aiming to address a growing-and much-needed-area of research. Launched in the fall of 2017 by Raul Rabadan,  a theoretical physicist in the Department of Systems Biology, the new program will serve as a research hub at Columbia University where computer scientists, mathematicians, evolutionary biologists and physicists can come together to uncover new quantitative techniques to tackle fundamental biomedical problems.  Take a closer look .
Infectious Disease
Albert Einstein College of Medicine: New Insights Into Nature's Tiniest Killers

The British biologist Sir Peter Medawar described a virus as "a piece of bad news wrapped in protein." There's surely not much good to say about these strange, neither-living-nor-dead particles, which multiply with abandon after infecting cells and often sicken or kill their hosts, be they bacteria, plants or mammals. Take a closer look
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons: A New Weapon in the Fight Against Superbugs

Since the widespread use of antibiotics began in the 1940s, we've tried to develop new drugs faster than bacteria can evolve - but this strategy isn't working. Drug-resistant bacteria known as superbugs killed nearly 700,000 people last year, and by 2050 that number could be 10 million - more than cancer kills each year. Can physics help?  Take a closer look.
Internal Medicine

For the first time in Brooklyn, a procedure has been performed implanting a patient's own insulin-producing pancreatic cells ("islets") after the total removal of pancreas. The pancreas was removed to treat progressive, debilitating symptoms of chronic pancreatitis, an irreversible inflammation of the pancreas.  Take a closer look .
NYU Langone Health: Changes in Bacterial Mix Linked to Antibiotics Increase Risk for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Exposure to antibiotics in mothers may increase risk for inflammatory bowel diseases in their offspring. This is the finding of a study in mice led by researchers from NYU School of Medicine and published November 27 in the journal Nature Microbiology Take a closer look.

A key enzyme in liver cells may provide physicians with a new strategy for treating a liver disease often linked to overeating, obesity and diabetes, according to a new study from Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian and Wuhan University in ChinaTake a closer look
University of Rochester Medical Center: Electrical Stimulation in Brain Bypasses Senses, Instructs Movement

The brain's complex network of neurons enables us to interpret and effortlessly navigate and interact with the world around us. But when these links are damaged due to injury or stroke, critical tasks like perception and movement can be disrupted. Take a closer look.   

Novice military pilots can improve their visual responses to a simulated emergency procedure by observing the eye movements of expert pilots, according to new research from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The findings were presented recently at Neuroscience 2017, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, recognized as the world's leading source of emerging news about brain science and health.  Take a closer look .
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell: Study Sheds Light on Combating Infections Tied to Spinal Cord Injury

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research associate professor Ona E. Bloom, PhD, uncovered that white blood cell genes are present at different levels in people with spinal cord injury. These findings, published yesterday online in the Journal of Neurotrauma, are a first step to understanding and developing better interventions for infections in people with spinal cord injury, which is the leading cause of death in these individuals. Take a closer look.


New York Medical College Biotechnology Incubator Receives More Than $1 Million in State Funding to Support Innovation Hot Spot

New York Medical College (NYMC) has received $1.25 million, awarded by Empire State Development (ESD) and the Mid-Hudson Regional Development Council (REDC) to support operations of BioInc@NYMC - NYMC's biotechnology incubator and NY State-designated Innovation Hot Spot.  Take a closer look .
SUNY Downstate Medial Center: Dr. Brahim Chaqour Receives $2 Million for Research Into Treatment of Incurable Vision-Threatening Disease

Brahim Chaqour, PhD, professor of cell biology and ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has received two awards to support research into treatment of currently incurable vision-threatening diseases. The new awards, totaling $2,008,973, are from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Take a closer look .
New York Medical College: Department of Pediatrics and the Children's Health and Research Foundation Hosts Seventh Annual Assistant Professor Pediatric Research Symposium

T he Seventh Annual Assistant Professor Pediatric Research Symposium, hosted by the Department of Pediatrics and the Children's Health and Research Foundation, Inc., was held on November 22 at Westchester Medical Center.  Take a closer look .