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Young Hispanics Often Obese, at Risk for Heart Disease

Young Hispanics Often Obese, at Risk for Heart Disease


July 9, 2014—(BRONX, NY)—The first large-scale study on body mass index (BMI) among U.S. Hispanics shows obesity is common among this group and is particularly severe among young Hispanics. Researchers also found that Hispanics with severe obesity are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. The research, led by Albert Einstein ...read more

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Inspired by the children and families struggling with the rare brain disease Niemann-Pick C, Dr. Steven Walkley turned a serendipitous lab discovery into a promising therapy.

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Understanding Disease Development — The National Institute of Mental Health has awarded $2 million over five years to Dr. Herbert Lachman to fund his research on using induced pluripotent stem cells as a model system to study the underlying molecular and genetic basis of developmental and neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorders. The particular molecular... read more


Understanding Addiction — The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse has awarded Dr. Saleem Nicola nearly $2 million over five years to support his efforts to find the neural circuitry underlying drug addiction. Recovering drug addicts can relapse into drug-seeking behavior when they encounter stimuli associated with drugs. Using a rat behavioral model, the Nicola lab will... read more


Designing Cancer Therapies — The National Cancer Institute has awarded Dr. Vern Schramm a renewal grant of $1.4 million over five years to support his ongoing research in developing novel cancer therapies. Previously, Dr. Schramm’s laboratory found that the molecule MTDIA inhibited the growth of human lung, breast, prostate, colon, and head and neck cancer cell lines that were grown in mouse... read more

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Dr. Robert Burk

Dr. Robert Burk
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Prostate cancer

Dr. Burk is an authority on the genomics and evolution of human papillomaviruses (HPV), which cause nearly all cases of ...read more

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Dr. Wenjun GuoDr. Wenjun Guo
Assistant Professor
Cell Biology

Dr. Guo joins Einstein from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. more

He notes, "My lab is interested in two interlocking areas of stem cell biology: the molecular pathways that regulate the normal stem-cell state in the mammary gland, and the role of these pathways in the regulation of breast cancer stem cells." Dr. Guo's profile