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Sharing Research—Sara Nik, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in developmental & molecular biology, attended the first European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Conference on Hematopoietic Stem Cells: From the Embryo to the Aging Organism. Held at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, the three-day workshop brought together leading experts in the field of hematopoiesis (the formation of blood cells) to discuss advances in their field. Ms. Nik presented a poster illustrating the thesis research she is conducting under the mentorship of Dr. Teresa Bowman. It described the role of the spliceosome, a large macromolecular "machine" within cells that is crucial for regulating gene expression. The poster showed how dysfunction of the spliceosome can lead to defects in blood cell formation that can lead to blood cancers such as myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Dr. Bowman is assistant professor of developmental & molecular biology and of medicine.

Monday, November 07, 2016
 

Fellowship in Tropical Medicine—The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) has awarded fourth-year medical student Elizabeth Dupont the 2016 Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine. The unique fellowship—named to honor the acclaimed tropical medicine expert Benjamin H. Kean, M.D.—is the only medical student award in the United States dedicated to nurturing a career path for physician-scientists in tropical medicine. The award includes airfare and up to $1,000 in living expenses for a clinical training or research project that takes place in an area where tropical diseases are endemic. Ms. Dupont was among 21 outstanding fellows from 19 medical schools who were selected for this honor. She will travel to Mali, West Africa, where she will spend a year investigating, "Rotavirus Vaccine Impact on Diarrheal Disease Burden in Mali." ASTMH is the largest international scientific organization of experts dedicated to reducing the worldwide burden of tropical infectious diseases and improving global health.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016
 

Issue of Leadership Training—In a paper “The Iatrogenic Crisis of Leadership Training: Status of Residency Programs,” published in the July/August 2016 edition of Physician Leadership Journal, fourth-year medical student Rabbi Peter Kahn discusses the lack of leadership training in United States residency programs, with only a few programs offering stand-alone educational tracks dedicated to leadership. Mr. Kahn, a recipient of a master’s degree in theology from Harvard and an master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins, can attest to the value of such training and advocates for the current residency system to provide urgently needed leadership in the form of separate leadership tracks. He also encourages all medical students, house staff and physicians to develop managerial training courses at their institutions.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016
 

Authorship Achievement—Third-year medical student Olivia Low is a contributing writer for the online magazine in-Training, which provides a venue for news and commentary written by the worldwide medical student community. Ms. Low writes on issues of social justice and global health equity. Now, her work has been featured in a recently published book, in-Training: Stories from Tomorrow's Physicians. The book is described as a collection of “peer-edited narratives written by medical students on humanism, our real-life patients, and the challenges of being a physician-in-training.” The book features her essay, “Learning to See: On Photography, Narrative, and Medical Education.” In the piece, Ms. Low shares her experiences as an amateur photographer and the lessons drawn that she hopes may help students in their development as humanistic physicians.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016
 

Impressive Productivity—Third-year medical student Rabbi Peter Kahn has had a productive year for publications. An invited paper regarding student views on the ethics of anatomy was published in a special volume produced by the American Association of Anatomists and has been cited in other journal articles. A portion of his master’s thesis in theology, at Harvard, was published in the Journal of Religion and Health. Most recently, Rabbi Kahn served as lead editor of the latest issue (volume 6) of Verapo Yerape: Journal of Torah and Medicine, a joint publication of Einstein and Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. The journal, which is dedicated to the interface between Jewish law (Halakhah) and science/medicine, achieved top status for new releases in the “Jewish Orthodox Movements” section on amazon.com. Volume 6 includes an article by Rabbi Kahn titled “The Definition of a Human.” Dr. Edward R. Burns, executive dean, penned the foreword for the current issue. The editorial advisor for the journal is Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman, professor of clinical emergency medicine and of clinical epidemiology & population health at Einstein and attending physician in emergency medicine at Montefiore.

Friday, January 29, 2016
 

Academic Opportunity—Fourth-year medical student Gabriel Rand had the rare privilege and honor to deliver an oral presentation at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting, to an audience exceeding 1,000. In all, 27,000 eye health professionals and students attended the meeting. Mr. Rand described his study examining the effects of different topical glaucoma drug types on transplant donor cell viability using the largest electronic donor eye database in the world. He performed his work as part of Dr. Roy Chuck’s research group. Dr. Chuck is professor and chair of ophthalmology and visual sciences at Einstein and Montefiore. He also is professor of genetics and holds the Paul Henkind Chair in Ophthalmology.

Friday, January 22, 2016
 

Recognizing Student Research—Fourth-year medical student Nan Wang received the Jack and Pearl Resnick Gerontology Center Aging Research Award in clinical research—which recognizes Einstein medical students who have conducted research in aging—for her work showing that lacunar infarcts in frontal brain regions are associated with the Motoric Cognitive Risk (MCR) syndrome in senior citizens of Indian descent. MCR syndrome is a recently recognized stage of pre-dementia characterized by slow gait and difficulty with cognition. Ms. Wang’s research was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease; she conducted her studies under the guidance of faculty mentor Dr. Joe Verghese.  He is professor in the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology and of medicine, and is director of the Jack and Pearl Resnick Gerontology Center.

Friday, January 15, 2016
 

Recognizing Young Investigators—The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) awarded Brandi Freeman a Young Investigator Award for her work investigating how the vascular protein endothelin-1 contributes to the characteristic manifestations of cerebral malaria – in which a breakdown of the blood-brain barrier leads to cerebral vascular dysfunction and cognitive impairment. The award is given annually to five students or postdoctoral fellows in  recognition of their work in the field of tropical diseases, and to encourage them to pursue careers in tropical disease research. Ms. Freeman’s research demonstrated that treatment of malaria-infected mice with an endothelin-receptor inhibitor protected them against the damaging effects of cerebral malaria and prevented cognitive decline. She is a recent Ph.D. graduate in the department of pathology. She conducted her studies under the guidance of Dr. Mahalia Desruisseaux, assistant professor of pathology and of medicine.

Thursday, January 07, 2016
 

Research Achievement—Fourth-year medical student Jo Henderson-Frost is among this year’s recipients of a Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine. The fellowship, which is awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, recognizes the accomplishments of medical students conducting research on infectious diseases in tropical areas. Ms. Henderson’s fellowship will support her continuing work on a project she began in Peru and Bolivia last year, studying Chagas disease – a tropical parasitic disease that causes damage to the heart and central nervous system.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
 

Treating Burns—Angelo Landriscina, a fourth-year medical student and Einstein research fellow, received a first-place award from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) for his poster describing his burn research. Under the supervision of Drs. Joshua Nosanchuk and Adam Friedman, Mr. Landriscina evaluated burns treated using a drug, N-acetylcysteine s-nitrosothiol, delivered using nanoparticles, which can effectively release drugs into the skin. Mr. Landriscina showed that burns in mice treated with N-acetylcysteine s-nitrosothiol nanoparticles healed faster, and expanded less, than untreated burns or burns treated with empty nanoparticles or with coconut oil. His results suggest that N-acetylcysteine s-nitrosothiol nanoparticles might be useful for treating burns in humans. His poster was selected for top honors from among nearly 1,000 on display during the AAD annual meeting. The paper also published in the July issue of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. Dr. Nosanchuk is professor of medicine and of microbiology & immunology, and assistant dean for student affairs; Dr. Friedman is adjunct assistant professor of clinical medicine and adjunct assistant professor of physiology and biophysics.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
 
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