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June 2017

CU168 will publish monthly June through August 2017; weekly publication will resume in September.
Lighting up a joint (stock image)
Columbia dental researchers have found that frequent recreational use of cannabis—including marijuana, hashish, and hash oil—is linked to higher risk of gum disease.
Cas9 enzyme interacting with gRNA and DNA (Gabriel Velez)
Researchers report that CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology can introduce hundreds of unintended mutations into the genome.
Marie Carmel Garcon, DNP
ColumbiaDoctors Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Group is now bringing primary care services directly to homebound patients. 
Baby and shampoo (stock image)
Childhood exposure to specific phthalates may be linked to impaired thyroid function in young girls, which may explain phthalate-related cognitive problems.
Mu opioid receptors in the brain (René Hen)
Opioid receptors in the brain are responsible for the antidepressant effects of tianeptine, a new study from CUMC researchers shows.
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CUMC in the News

Video Feature

New Lung “Organoids” In a Dish Mimic Features of Full-Size Lung
CUMC scientists have created 3-D lung bud “organoids” from human pluripotent stem cells. The “mini organs” could be used to model lung diseases. Read more on the CUMC Newsroom.


CUMC Holiday Schedule Adjustment

In response to requests from the CUMC community, the medical center campus will have an adjusted December 2017 and January 2018 holiday schedule. The online University holiday calendars have been updated to reflect these changes. Please note these changes do not apply to the Morningside campus schedule.

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Please contact CUMC Human Resources if you have any questions.

Temporary Electrical Shutdown

The P&S building, Presbyterian Building, and Vanderbilt Clinic will be affected by an electrical shutdown the morning of Wednesday, June 14. For details visit the announcement page on the CUMC Facilities Management website.
George Washington Bridge Bus Station

The George Washington Bridge bus station reopened in mid-May. You can find information about the renovated station on the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s website.

Skills@Columbia Online Learning Classes Discontinued

Beginning Friday, June 30, Skills@Columbia online learning classes will no longer be available. However, you will continue to have access to the library of high-quality online learning courses.

Additionally, your Skills@Columbia learning history will no longer be accessible. If you would like to keep a record of completed online learning courses, you may print out your course completion certificates or download a copy of your personal learning history; instructions are here.

Migration to a New Email System

Over the next several months, CUMC IT will facilitate the migration of email accounts ( to Microsoft Office 365, a cloud-based solution that is compliant with CUMC requirements for the protection of sensitive data. Among the improvements is increased storage space; every user will have 50 GB of storage with the option to pay for additional storage.

To learn more about the migration and how to prepare, visit Users also will be contacted directly in advance of the migration of their individual accounts.

Photo of the Month

ACE ceremony speakers (Charles Manley)

Last month, the Academy of Clinical Excellence (ACE) inducted its inaugural class. Organizers and ceremony speakers, from left, are NYP executive vice president Laura Forese, ACE chair James McKiernan, keynote speaker Kenneth A. Forde, academic affairs vice dean Anne Taylor, and CUMC chief executive Lee Goldman. Read more about the event on the CUMC Newsroom.

Submit a photo of the week by email and find more community photos on our Instagram feed @ColumbiaMed.

Featured Events

2017 NYC Walk to Victory with the Marfan Foundation
6/10/17, 8 a.m.-noon, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St.  More » 

Transplant Forum Celebration
6/20/17, 6 p.m. Myrna Daniels Auditorium in the Milstein Family Heart Center, 173 Fort Washington Ave., first floor  More » 

“DocTalks: The Future of Personalized Cancer Care & Research”

6/20/17, 6-8 p.m., Harold Pratt House, 58 E. 68th St.  More » 

Heidelberger-Kabat Lecture: “T Cell Memory and Exhaustion” with Rafi Ahmed, PhD
6/21/17, noon-1 p.m., Wu Auditorium in the Vagelos Education Center, 104 Haven Ave., second floor  More » 

Going on Vacation? Don’t Forget Your Health with Yudelka Garcia
6/22/17, 5:30-7 p.m.,
Columbia Community Partnership for Health, 390 Fort Washington Ave., ground floor More »

For more events, please visit the CUMC calendar.
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