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NYMC Students and Faculty Active Off Campus

February 24, 2017

New York Medical College said that students and a faculty member have been involved in projects off the college’s Valhalla campus. Stuart A. Newman, professor of cell biology and anatomy, traveled to the West Coast where he made a presentation during a workshop about “The Science of Genome Editing: Possibilities, Realistic Prospects and Principles of Approach.” It was at the University of California, Berkeley last month. The workshop was organized by Jennifer A. Doudna, a professor of chemistry and molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley who is the co-inventor of the CRISPR technique. CRISPR is a technique for editing human genes. It has been used to cut and paste the genes of a key type of immune cell in experiments to protect the body from diseases ranging from diabetes to HIV and cancer. 

NYMC Mentions: 
Stuart A. Newman, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy
Surbhi Arora, M.P.H. candidate
MegAnn McGinnis, M.P.H. candidate
Julia Gleichman, M.D. candidate
Lydia Bunker, M.D. candidate
Mashfiq Hasan, M.D. candidate
Justine Anderson, M.D. candidate
Crystal Dupont, M.D. candidate
Uzoamaka Aguboku, M.D. candidate

The Business Journal

A Secret No More, Bioinc@NYMC Plots Its Future Growth

February 23, 2017

To Dr. D. Douglas Miller, the secret is out on BioInc@NYMC. Now, he said, New York Medical College’s biotech incubator has to find ways to build on its early growth. Miller is the chief scientific officer of the incubator, a public-private partnership on New York Medical College’s Grasslands campus in Valhalla, where he is also dean of the School of Medicine.Launched in 2014 and financed with a mix of county, state and federal funds, the incubator has grown to 10 companies that utilize its administrative and lab space and employ a total of 34 workers. That number includes 13 researchers from the Dutch tech giant Royal Philips, which announced in December it would lease space in the incubator for its genomic research.‌

NYMC Mentions: 
D. Douglas Miller, M.D., C.M., M.B.A., dean of the School of Medicine
Randi D. Schwartz, M.B.A., director, BioInc@NYMC and associate dean for academic administration, School of Medicine

The Business Journal

Broken Heart Syndrome: Q&A With D. Douglas Miller, MD

February 23, 2017

Cardiology Advisor recently interviewed D. Douglas Miller, MD, CM, MBA, about the risks, treatments, and clinical outcomes for Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

NYMC Mention: D. Douglas Miller, M.D., C.M., M.B.A., dean of the School of Medicine

Cardiology Advisor

CRISPR Will Never Be Good Enough To Improve People

February 22, 2017

The CRISPR/Cas9 (CRISPR) technique has been used to modify genes in animals, plants and fungi, organisms different from and more complex than the bacteria in which the molecular components originally evolved. It has undergone several refinements since its introduction, each iteration proving more accurate, with fewer off-target effects. The Stanford University bioethicist Hank Greely contemplates using CRISPR to touch up human embryos that have been produced by in vitro fertilization and prescreened for overall suitability by gene sequencing. George Church, a Harvard University genetic technologist and entrepreneur, advocates a more aggressive program of CRISPR-mediated genetic improvements to future generations.

NYMC Faculty: Stuart A. Newman, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy

The Huffington Post

Champions for Children Award Recipients Announced

February 22, 2017

The Child Care Council of Westchester (CCCW) announces the 2017 recipients of its Champions for Children Awards: Dr. Jennifer Canter, CCCW Board member Cecilia McKenney of Frontier Communications; and the Ossining Union Free School District.

NYMC Faculty: Jennifer Canter, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of clinical pediatrics

HVNN.com

Westchester-Based Sapience Therapeutics Takes Aim At Deadly Cancers

February 22, 2017

A drug that could help treat one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer is moving closer to reality due to work by Westchester-based Sapience Therapeutics Inc.

The Business Journal

Hidden Away For Seven Decades: The Identification And Interment Of Ashes From The Dachau Concentration Camp

February 22, 2017

The first Nazi concentration camp opened in Dachau, Germany in 1933, and was in operation until 1945. It is estimated that 200,000 to 228,000 prisoners passed through the camp during this 12-year period, and more than 40,000 died. When Allied forces approached Dachau there were 30,000 prisoners in the main camp, and about the same number in satellite work camps. On April 29, 1945 the U.S. Army’s 45th Infantry Division liberated the camp after a brief battle with the guards. At the time of liberation about one-third of the prisoners were Jewish.

NYMC Mention: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer

The Pharos (Alpha Omega Alpha)

Governor's Regional Council Concept Has Proven Effective

February 22, 2017

In 2011, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo first took office, he developed a new way for the state to attract businesses and grow the economy. He believed we could make better economic decisions at the local and regional level. Governor Cuomo created ten Regional Economic Development Council (REDCs) and asked us to chair the council for the Mid-Hudson Region, which we have proudly done for the past six years.

Poughkeepsie Journal

Clock Ticking When It Comes to Tick-Borne Illnesses New and Old

February 21, 2017

A fever. A headache. Nausea. Body Aches. Confusion. And often a telltale bull’s-eye rash.

More often than not, patients do not even know they have been bitten by ticks. “Seventy percent of Lyme patients have no recollection of a tick bite,” said Dr. Gary P. Wormser, M.D., professor of medicine, chief of Division of Infectious Diseases and vice chairman of Department of Medicine, “but all have a recollection of potential tick exposure,” most often a hike through the woods or other outdoor and off-road adventure, even those in your own front lawn.

Faculty Member: Gary P. Wormser, M.D., professor of medicine, chief of Division of Infectious Diseases and vice chairman of Department of Medicine

Scarsdale Inquirer

Tweets of the Week: Match Day Looms and It's Making Aspiring HCPs Nervous

February 20, 2017

Med students take to Twitter for last-minute advice to relieve stress. MedPage editorial team highlights its favorite 140-character contribution from the healthcare twittersphere. With Match Day coming in less than a month, medical students are blowing off steam on Twitter (#MATCH2017)

NYMC Mention: NYMC SOM Match Day 2017

MedPage Today

Physician Spotlight: David A. Straker, DO

February 16, 2017

A specialist, David Straker, D.O., adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, discusses the mind/skin connection and addresses the influence of prescription medications.

Faculty Member: David Straker, D.O., adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Practical Dermatology

Zvi Loewy, Touro College of Pharmacy – Cannabis and Parkinson’s Disease

February 16, 2017

Could a treatment for Parkinson’s symptoms already be available? Zvi Loewy Ph.D., adjunct professor of  microbiology and immunology, takes a look at a somewhat unlikely source for relief.

Faculty Member: Zvi Loewy Ph.D., adjunct professor of  microbiology and immunology

Academic Minute

Hey Fellas, Depression Can Strike New Dads, Too

February 16, 2017

Depression in and just after pregnancy is most often associated with moms-to-be, but a new study shows expectant dads can have similar symptoms. Ami Baxi, M.D., instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, agreed that "this study should emphasize the importance of paternal well-being during and after pregnancy," and the importance of keeping expectant and new dads stress-free and healthy.

Faculty Member
: Ami Baxi, M.D., instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

HealthDay

Federal Grant To Help Medical College Study Ovarian Aging

February 12, 2017

A federal grant is headed to New York Medical College in Westchester County to study a facet of women’s reproductive health.

WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Safe Sledding Tips: How to Enjoy it While We've Got It

February 10, 2017

Sledding is a fun wintertime activity for families, however those exhilarating slides down neighborhood hills send more than 20,000 children to emergency rooms each year, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. “When sledding, children should wear a helmet, go down the hill feet first, not face first, dress warm, avoid hills with trees and avoid sledding at night,” said Dennis Mao, M.D, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine.

Faculty Member: Dennis Mao, M.D, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine

Patch.com

Lowey Announces $71,137 For New York Medical College

February 10, 2017

Structural differences in the male brain might explain why autism is more common in men than women, a new study suggests. Women were three times more likely to have autism spectrum disorder if their brain anatomy resembled more closely what is typically seen in male brains, the European researchers reported. "Specifically, these females had much thicker than normal cortical areas, a trait generally seen in male brains. This study is certainly not conclusive, but it does propose a reason why autism is found so much more frequently in males," said Dr. Matthew Lorber, who was not involved in the study.

Faculty Member: Kutluk Oktay, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, medicine, and cell biology and anatomy
NYMC Student: Gabriela Murphy-Goldberg, Ph.D. candidate

Congresswoman Nita Lowey

Brain Differences Hint at Why Autism is More Common in Males

February 08, 2017

Structural differences in the male brain might explain why autism is more common in men than women, a new study suggests. Women were three times more likely to have autism spectrum disorder if their brain anatomy resembled more closely what is typically seen in male brains, the European researchers reported. "Specifically, these females had much thicker than normal cortical areas, a trait generally seen in male brains. This study is certainly not conclusive, but it does propose a reason why autism is found so much more frequently in males," said Dr. Matthew Lorber, who was not involved in the study.

Faculty Member: Matthew Lorber, M.D., M.P.A., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

HealthDay

Federal Grant To Fund NYMC Study Of DNA In Ovarian Aging

February 08, 2017

The National Institute on Aging is granting the New York Medical College in White Plains $71,137 to study DNA repair in ovarian aging. “Reproductive aging is a significant public health issue affecting a major segment of the female population and our lab is leading the research in this area,” said Dr. Kutluk Oktay, the mentor in the search being performed by Gabriela Murphy-Goldberg, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Basic Medical Sciences at New York Medical College and the principal investigator for the project.

Faculty Member: Kutluk Oktay, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, medicine, and cell biology and anatomy
NYMC Student: Gabriela Murphy-Goldberg, Ph.D. candidate

MidHudsonNews.com

Weather: Warm Wednesday, then Thursday snowstorm: Health advice

February 07, 2017

Some people think drastic changes in weather patterns can cause people to become sick. But Dr. Leanne Forman, Leanne Forman, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine at NYMC, said that's a myth. “When changes like that happen, you don’t catch things like the cold,” she said. “That’s really just because people are staying inside in the winter and you’re more likely to catch a virus or pick up bacteria.”

Faculty Member: Leanne Forman, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine

The Journal News

7 February Business Events in the County: Biotech Industry Forum

February 06, 2017

Biotech Industry Forum: BioInc@NYMC, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp., and The Innovation Alliance will be hosting a forum talking about New York’s biomedical technology industry at New York Medical College in Valhalla on February 17. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of New York’s biomedical technology community, policymakers and business leaders will be leading a discussion that is included in the forum. Experts will also talk about how to grow and support innovation in New York.

Westchester Magazine

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