Week of December 11, 2023

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Key Discovery Could Offer Hope in Fight Against Alzheimer's Disease

Patric Stanton, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy, and of neurology, and researchers at NYMC and Eastern Virginia Medical School published a study in Nature Communications Biology that unveiled a crucial link between diet, inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease, shedding light on potential pathways for intervention. 


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James Williams’ Journey from the NFL to NYMC

Of the 460,000 National Collegiate Athletic Association student-athletes in the U.S., fewer than two percent will go on to be professional athletes. The average medical school acceptance rate in the U.S. is five percent. These odds do not faze James Williams, SOM Class of 2026, who, before being accepted into NYMC SOM, spent two years in the NFL as an offensive lineman.



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Student Housing Fitness Center Gets a Makeover


The recent renovations at the Nicholas and Liberta Testa Fitness Center in the student housing complex have significantly enhanced the workout experience. Students can enjoy upgraded equipment and flooring, a new layout and a fresh coat of paint. “We are always looking to enhance the quality of student life on campus and improve the student experience and these gym renovations will go a long way in doing that,” said Katherine Dillon Smith, M.S.W., director of student and residential life. “We appreciate everyone’s input and efforts in making the renovation a reality.” The Nicholas and Liberta Testa Fitness Center is for exclusive use by student occupants of the Grasslands residential halls. It is open 24 hours a day with access by a NYMC identification badge. Cardiovascular equipment including ellipticals, treadmills, and stationary bicycles, free weights as well as Nautilus and Universal machines are available. 

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BioInc@NYMC Welcomes Marubeni America Specialty Chemicals Unit as Newest Client


NYMC announced that Marubeni America Corporation is the newest client to join BioInc@NYMC, NYMC’s biotechnology incubator through its Specialty Chemicals Unit. Read the full story on Bio@Inc's new client.


D.P.T. Class of 2025 Present Community Service Projects

Students from the NYMC D.P.T. Class of 2025 presented their community service projects on November 30. 



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Kathleen Harwood Lead Authors Publications in Sports Medicine


Kathleen Harwood, SOM Class of 2025, recently lead authored two publications in sports medicine. 



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Eli N. Avila, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., distinguished visiting professor in the SHSP, was elected as the 53rd president of the American College of Legal Medicine. He is the first Hispanic to hold this national role since the college’s incorporation in 1960.

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Kartik Prabhakaran, M.D., FACS, clinical associate professor of surgery, was appointed chair of the American College of Surgeons Greater New York Committee on Trauma for a three-year term through December 30, 2026. 

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Esther L. Sabban, Ph.D., right, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and the Sidney E. Frank Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Arax Tanelian, center, Ph.D. candidate, and Bistra Nankova, Ph.D., left, associate professor of pediatrics, participated in the annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C. on November 11 – 15. They presented "Therapeutic Potential of Acetate Supplementation in Mitigating Traumatic Stress-Induced Impairments in Male Rats."



From the Office of General Counsel, December 4, 2023


Hanukkah Celebration

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.


All NYMC/TCDM students, faculty, and staff are welcome to also join a special reception and unveiling of the Meyer J. Simon, M.D. ’25, portrait and diploma.





Monday, December 11

12:00 p.m.

Office of Student Health and Wellness Tabling Event

5:30 p.m.

Staff and Faculty Yoga

Tuesday, December 12

12:15 p.m.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds

12:30 p.m.

Hanukkah Party

6:00 p.m.

Office of Student Health and Wellness Mindful Medicine: Cultivating Attention, Resilience & Compassion

Wednesday, December 13

8:00 a.m.

Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds

8:30 a.m.

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds

12:00 p.m.

Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

1:30 p.m.

Department of Neurology Grand Rounds

2:00 p.m.

SOM Seminar

Thursday, December 14

11:00 a.m.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar

4:30 p.m.

DrPH Student Research Presentation

5:30 p.m.

Student Yoga Class

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Leadership News

E-cigarette, Vaping and Tobacco Use in our Community—What You Need to Know

ColLive - 11/29/23

Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer

Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka, executive vice president, TU

Allen J. Dozor, M.D., professor of pediatrics


Governor Hochul Announces Over $4.6 Million To Expand Access To Health Care, Eliminate Health Care Disparities For New Yorkers

LongIsland.com - 12/5/23

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