Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

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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

CBSNews.com features research by Elina Jerschow, M.D., that links pesticides in tap water to risk for food allergies. Dr. Jerschow notes that high levels of dichlorophenold, a chemical used in pesticides and to chlorinate drinking water, may weaken food tolerance in some people, causing food allergy. Dr. Jerschow is assistant professor of medicine at Einstein and attending physician of allergy & immunology at Montefiore Medical Center.

(Monday, December 03, 2012)

Dr. Jerschow's Profile

NPR interviews Johanna Daily, M.D., about the disappointing results of a malaria vaccine for infants, which only lowered risk of disease by a third. Dr. Daily notes that malaria parasites are particularly adept at hiding from the immune system because they reside where the immune cells are – in the blood.

(Friday, November 09, 2012)

Dr. Daily's Profile

Richard Dawkins interviews Nir Bazilai, M.D., on U.K. TV about the trade-off between living longer and having fewer children. (Segment begins at 28:15) Mr. Dawkins, an English evolutionary biologist and author, also interviews Irving Kahn, a participant in Dr. Barzilai's The Longevity Genes Project, in his new series titled "Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life." Dr. Barzilai is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research and director of the Institute for Aging Research.

(Wednesday, October 31, 2012)

Dr. Barzilai's Profile

Associated Press interviews Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D., about the fungus causing the current meningitis outbreak, which is very hard to diagnose and treat. Dr. Casadevall notes that scientists are not familiar with this particular fungal infection which until now had only caused 33 human infections, mostly in the eye or skin of people with weak immune systems. Dr. Casadevall is professor and chair of microbiology & immunology and the Leo and Julia Forchheimer Chair in Microbiology & Immunology at Einstein.

(Friday, October 26, 2012)

Dr. Casadevall's Profile

New York Daily News features the BOLD (Bronx Oncology Living Daily) Buddies program, which partners newly-diagnosed cancer patients with survivors. Alyson Moadel, Ph.D., founded the support program due in part to her mother’s experience battling breast cancer virtually alone. Dr. Moadel is associate professor of clinical epidemiology & population health and of clinical medicine at Einstein and director of the psychosocial oncology program at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center.

(Thursday, October 18, 2012)

Dr. Moadel's Profile

U.S. News & World Report features research by Martha Grayson, M.D., that found debt deters medical students from entering primary care. Dr. Grayson notes that, although it is well-known that medical students take on high debt, not much research has examined how students respond to the pressure. Dr. Grayson is senior associate dean of medical education at Einstein.

(Friday, September 28, 2012)

Dr. Grayson's Profile
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