Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

In The Media

The Washington Post interviews Brian Currie, M.D., M.P.H., about a new medical research data-sharing network to house the records of nearly 30 million Americans. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s network will make it easier to identify patients who could be invited to join clinical trials and conduct comparative effectiveness and clinical outcomes research. Dr. Currie is professor of clinical medicine and of clinical epidemiology & population health at Einstein and assistant dean for clinical research at Montefiore Medical Center.

(Friday, April 18, 2014)

Dr. Currie's Profile
 
 

The Atlantic features research by Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D., that suggests an easy way to help increase the number of female speakers at conferences. Dr. Casadevall’s study found having at least one woman on the organizing committee of a meeting increased the proportion of female speakers by 72 percent compared with those convened by men alone. Dr. Casadevall is professor and chair of microbiology & immunology and the Leo and Julia Forchheimer Chair in Microbiology & Immunology and director of the Center for Immunological Sciences at Einstein.

(Tuesday, January 07, 2014)

Dr. Casadevall's Profile
 
 

WNYC Radio interviews Edward Burns, M.D., about the planned budget deal could restore some funding to the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Burns notes that the sequester – which cut budgets between five to ten percent – was deadly for research and might even stop young scientists from pursuing a research career. Dr. Burns is executive dean and professor of pathology and of medicine. (Audio begins at 1:32)

(Thursday, December 19, 2013)

Dr. Burns' Profile
 
 

BBC News interviews Harry Ostrer, M.D., and The New York Times cites research by Gil Atzmon, Ph.D., in two articles about a new study on Jewish genetic history. The new study analyzed mitochondrial DNA, genetic information inherited through women, and found that at least 80 percent of Ashkenazi maternal ancestry hailed from Europe, not the Middle East, suggesting that many European Jewish communities were founded by men who married and converted local women. Dr. Ostrer is professor of pathology, of genetics and of pediatrics at Einstein and director of genetic and genomic testing at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Atzmon is associate professor of medicine and of genetics.

(Wednesday, October 09, 2013)

Dr. Ostrer's Profile | Dr. Atzmon's Profile
 
 

CBSNews.com interviews Lou Weiss, M.D., M.P.H., about a new blood test that determines whether a person's respiratory illness is caused by virus or bacteria. Dr. Weiss explains that the test, which provides results in only 12 hours, has the potential to be extremely beneficial because it can help with diagnosis and prevent doctors from giving unnecessary antibiotics, which drives the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. Dr. Weiss is professor of pathology and of medicine at Einstein.

(Tuesday, September 24, 2013)

Dr. Weiss' Profile
 
 

NPR interviews Nir Barzilai, M.D., about a new study that showed men who adopted healthier lifestyles had longer telomeres. Telomeres protect the tips of chromosomes and are associated with lower risk for many chronic diseases and longer lifespan. Dr. Barzilai notes that the study doesn't answer the fundamental question of causation — whether someone is healthy because they have longer telomeres or someone's telomeres become longer because they are healthy. Dr. Barzilai is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research and director of Einstein's Institute for Aging Research.

(Tuesday, September 17, 2013)

Dr. Barzilai's Profile
 
 

Methamphetamine users are more vulnerable to fungal lung infections according to new research by Luis Martinez, Ph.D., featured in The Los Angeles Times. Dr. Martinez and his colleagues found that the illicit drug weakened the blood-brain barrier, which facilitated cryptococcosis fungal infection and accelerated the progression of disease in mice. Dr. Martinez is adjunct clinical assistant professor of medicine at Einstein.

(Thursday, August 01, 2013)

Dr. Martinez's Profile
 
 

The Hill published an op-ed by Einstein's Dean, Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., and Montefiore President and CEO Steven Safyer, M.D., titled "Angelina Jolie, the Sequester, and Health in America." The authors argue that Ms. Jolie's decision to undergo a prophylactic mastectomy was made possible by two decades of research by inquisitive scientists on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, much of it supported by the NIH. They assert that the funding cuts demanded by the sequester places this type of research in jeopardy.

(Tuesday, June 25, 2013)

Dr. Spiegel's Profile | Dr. Safyer's Profile
 
 

Forbes interviews Jill Crandall, M.D., about resveratrol, an extract of red wine, and its potential to boost metabolism in humans. Dr. Crandall, who studies resveratrol’s effect on insulin sensitivity, notes that the research in humans is still too early and does not provide enough evidence to suggest that people take supplements. Dr. Crandall is associate professor of clinical medicine at Einstein and attending physician of endocrinology at Montefiore Medical Center.

(Tuesday, June 25, 2013)

Dr. Crandall's Profile
 
 

Medscape interviews Dr. Elizabeth Walker about her research that found targeted phone calls may help control diabetes in poor, underserved urban areas. The phone calls, which were made by health educators from the same community as the participants, provided counseling for medication adherence, exercise and diet. Dr. Walker is professor of medicine and epidemiology & population health. Dr. Walker is professor of medicine and epidemiology & population health. (Login required)

(Tuesday, June 25, 2013)

Dr. Walker's Profile
 
 

Geoffrey Kabat, Ph.D., interviews Nir Barzilai, M.D., in a Forbes article about his aging research and the genetic determinants of healthy longevity. Dr. Kabat reports that Dr. Barzilai’s lab has discovered several genetic variants that appear to extend human health-span, one of which is the basis of a drug currently in phase III clinical trials. Dr. Kabat is a senior epidemiologist at Einstein. Dr. Barzilai is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research and director of Einstein’s Institute for Aging Research.

(Thursday, May 30, 2013)

Dr. Barzilai's Profile
 
 

Dean Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., explains the power of technology to improve clinical care and its importance in medical education on The Stoler Report.. Dr. Spiegel, who was joined by deans from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, Hofstra-LIJ and New York Medical College, noted that technology can be harnessed to support preventive care but that medical students must be taught the importance of personal interaction with patients. Dr. Spiegel is the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean at Einstein.

(Wednesday, April 17, 2013)

Dean Spiegel's Profile
 
 

New Parkinson's research led by Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D., was highlighted by Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., in his NIH Director's Blog. Dr. Cuervo’s recent study, published in Nature Neuroscience, found that a clog in the cell's protein disposal system may be a cause of the disease. Dr. Cuervo is professor of developmental and molecular biology, of anatomy and structural biology, and of medicine and the Robert and Renée Belfer Chair for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases at Einstein.

(Tuesday, March 12, 2013)

Dr. Cuervo's Profile
 
 

Los Angeles Times interviews Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D., about his new research that found 65 percent of scientific misconduct cases were perpetrated by men. Dr. Casadevall suggested expanding ethics training to senior faculty, instituting more effective mentoring programs and independent agency oversight might help reduce the serious problem of scientific misconduct. Dr. Casadevall is professor and chair of microbiology & immunology and the Leo and Julia Forchheimer Chair in Microbiology & Immunology at Einstein.

(Wednesday, January 23, 2013)

Dr. Casadevall's Profile
 
 

Less than a quarter of internal medicine residents plan to stay in primary care, reports a US News & World Report article quoting Martha Grayson, M.D. With the primary care physician shortage expected to worsen, Dr. Grayson suggests interest in the field might be boosted by debt forgiveness and reducing work hours. Dr. Grayson is senior associate dean of medical education at Einstein.

(Wednesday, December 05, 2012)

Dr. Grayson's Profile
 
 
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