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Week of May 1, 2017

Egg and sperm (Spike Walker/Wellcome Images)
Scientists have identified a protein that suppresses fertilization-blocking inflammatory response and suggest the finding could lead to new infertility treatments or contraceptives.
Todd Licea, Standardized Patient
Standardized patients, who act as real patients or family members to simulate symptoms or problems in the health care setting, have an important role in medical training.
Woman sitting by water
Researchers analyzing the efficacy of integrative therapies such as yoga, meditation, and dietary supplements in breast cancer patients offer evidence-based recommendations.
Early graduates of Columbia’s Programs in Occupational Therapy
Established during World War II, Columbia’s Programs in Occupational Therapy (OT) are among the oldest and highest-ranking OT programs in the country.  
Dog with newspaper

CUMC in the News

Video Feature

The CHHMP Student-Run Clinic at P&S
The CHHMP Student-Run Clinic 

The Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP), a clinic run by P&S students, provides free and quality health services to individuals who are homeless or uninsured in West Harlem. This month, CHHMP members will celebrate the clinic’s 10th anniversary.

Safe Haven decalPublic Safety Pointers 
Safe Havens

Safe Havens are local business in the Morningside, Manhattanville, and medical center communities who pledge to assist Columbia affiliates in distress by contacting CU Public Safety or the NYPD. These businesses display a distinctive red lion decal on their storefronts. A complete list of Public Safety Safe Havens is available here.


Exhibit and Lecture: African Americans in Civil War Medicine

Contraband who served with the 13th Massachusetts Infantry (NLM)Historian and Duke professor Dr. Margaret Humphreys will lead a lecture titled “African Americans in Civil War Medicine” in conjunction with the traveling exhibit on the subject now on display at the Knowledge Center. Please join us for the lecture at the Knowledge Center on Wednesday, May 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Make sure to register in advance. Light refreshments will be served.

Photo of the Week

P&S Student Research Day
Undaunted by gray skies and wet weather, CUMC staff members Jessica Giordano, Anya Revah-Politi, and Michelle Ernst were among the Columbia contingent marching for science on April 22 in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of Harris Schaer).

You can read Dr. Lynne Johnson’s account of the march, Season for Reason, in the Manhattan Times.

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

Featured Events

Columbia Spring Blood Drive
5/3/17, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Lower Level 2 in Hammer Health Sciences Center, 701 W. 168th St.  Register or see other dates/locations » 

30th Annual Rita G. Rudel/Lucy G. Moses Lecture: “Glut1 Deficiency: Lessons Learned From Rare Diseases” with Darryl De Vivo, MD  
5/4/17, 5-6 p.m., first floor auditorium in the Neurological Institute, 710 W. 168th St. More » 

“Complexity & Collaboration: A 21st Century Medical & Graduate Education Building,” featuring a panel discussion, a reception, and tours of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center

5/4/17, 6-8:30 p.m., Vagelos Education Center, 104 Haven Ave.  More »

Free skin cancer screenings by the Department of Dermatology
5/5/17, 1-4:30 p.m., Herbert Irving Pavilion, 161 Fort Washington Ave., 12th floor  More »
Midtown location »

For more events, please visit the CUMC calendar.
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