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Week of December 5, 2016

HIV testing in Zimbabwe
World AIDS Day: Turning the Corner in Africa
National surveys in sub-Saharan Africa show clear progress in the fight against HIV, with prevention and treatment efforts on track to reach ambitious targets for 2020.
Dr. Rudolph L. Leibel and Dr. Peter Arner
Biologist Wins CU Prize for Diabetes Research 
The Karolinska Institute’s Peter Arner, MD, PhD, received the Naomi Berrie Award for studies on the cellular processes that create and maintain fat tissue in humans.
Man in hoodie smoking pot
Gender Gap Widens in Marijuana Use
Prevalence rose for both men and women between 2002 and 2014 but was especially steep for low-income men, driven—researchers suspect—by economic hardship and insecurity.

CUMC in the News

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Scientists Turn Tastes On and Off by Manipulating Brain Cells 
CUMC researchers showed that the sense of taste is hardwired in the brain, independent of learning or experience.


Stay Safe This Holiday Seasonelectrical cords

As you prepare for this year’s holiday season, take a moment to review these safety precautions to ensure a happy and safe holiday season for you, your coworkers, and your family and friends.

Last Week for Flu Shots

syringeCUMC faculty and staff must either receive the flu vaccination or sign the declination by Dec. 9, the Joint Commission compliance deadline. Free flu vaccination is available to faculty and staff through Workforce Health & Safety (WHS); click here to view flu shot locations. Note: Only the WHS Harkness Pavilion and Milstein lobby locations remain open. Declination forms are available at WHS. For more information about the flu vaccination program, check the FAQs or contact CUMC Human Resources

Photo of the Week

FIT faculty and staff group photo

Faculty and staff of NYP/CHONY and CUMC’s Families Improving Health Together (FIT) program gathered for a group shot on Nov. 30, the program’s opening day. The FIT program is designed to provide cost-effective, multispecialty care to young children with obesity, integrating treatment and cutting-edge research for a higher level of care. Funded by New York State, the program is staffed by four senior physicians and four younger faculty representing the divisions of pediatric cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, and molecular genetics, as well as nutrition and exercise staff.

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

Featured Events

Distinguished Lectures in Precision Medicine: “Precision Medicine, Translational Research, and Therapeutics” with Garret FitzGerald, MD
12/5/16, 4-5 p.m., Wu Auditorium at the Vagelos Education Center, 104 Haven Ave., second floor 

Dean’s Seminar on Chronic Disease: “(Don't) Take a Deep Breath: Air Pollution and Chronic Disease” with C. Arden Pope, PhD, and Patrick Kinney, ScD
12/8/16, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
, Allan Rosenfield Building, 722 W. 168th St., 8th floor auditorium  More »

A University Symposium: Promoting Credibility, Reproducibility, and Integrity in Research
12/9/16, Arledge Auditorium at Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, first floor  More »

CUMC Latin dance social, presented by the CUMC Latin Dance Club
12/9/16, 7-11 p.m., Bard Ballroom, 50 Haven Ave., basement level  More »

For more events, please visit the CUMC calendar.
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