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Aiding Mental Health—Parent reflective functioning, or PRF, is an intervention used to help parents in treatment for mental illness with regulating their emotions and preventing relapse of substance abuse. During the annual World Association for Infant Mental Health Congress, held in Rome and hosted by the Italian Association for Infant Mental Health, Amanda Zayde, Psy.D., presented promising new data about enhancing PRF among at-risk parents, drawn from the Mentalization-Based Parenting Program, a pilot study conducted with mothers being treated for mental illness. Dr. Zayde is assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Einstein, and a licensed clinical psychologist in the child outpatient psychiatry department at Montefiore’s Wakefield Division.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Sharing Expertise—Janet Brown-Friday, RN, MSN, MPH was recently featured in a National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases webcast. In a program targeted towards healthcare professionals, she discussed how to work with diabetes patients to develop the most effective titration regimen using the drug metformin.  As a key thought leader in the field, Ms. Brown emphasized the importance of developing a relationship with patients based on trust and acknowledging their individual concerns, as this has been shown to improve medication adherence.  A registered nurse for 34 years, Ms. Brown-Friday is clinical trials manager at the Einstein Diabetes Clinical Trials Unit (DCTU). In this capacity, she manages the clinical and administrative operations of both National Institutes of Health- and locally funded clinical trials at the DCTU.

Monday, July 16, 2018

International Achievement—The Pew Charitable Trusts accepted Maria Eugenia Dieterle, Ph.D., into the 2018 Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences. This program supports the scientific training and careers of 10 outstanding Latin American scientists through a two-year fellowship in the United States and additional funds to launch their own research laboratories in Latin America at the conclusion of their fellowships. Dr. Dieterle received her Ph.D. in 2017 from the University of Buenos Aires. She currently conducts research in the laboratory of Kartik Chandran, Ph.D., where she studies mechanisms of hantavirus entry into human lungs, a process that frequently leads to fatal infection. Her goal is to develop the first FDA-approved hantavirus treatment. Dr. Chandran is professor of microbiology & immunology and the Harold and Muriel Block Faculty Scholar in Virology.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Disciplined Service—The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) appointed Michal Melamed M.D., to serve on the Nephrology Board Exam Committee, where she will take part in developing assessments that can more aptly keep pace with advances in medicine. Dr. Melamed studies the epidemiology of and ethnic and racial disparities in chronic kidney disease and its complications. She is associate professor of medicine and of epidemiology & population health.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Leadership Role—The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has named Mario Garcia, M.D., chair of its Cardiovascular Board’s Cardiovascular Disease Exam Committee. The honor recognizes Dr. Garcia’s research and clinical work with patients who have diastolic heart failure. Dr. Garcia is professor of medicine and of radiology at Einstein, and he is chief of cardiology at Montefiore, as well as co-director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Championing Stimulation Education—Developing innovative strategies to educate future physicians is an important, ever-evolving aspect of medical school training. As the site leader for the Weiler second-year medical student rotation in the OB/GYN clerkship, Meleen Chuang, M.D., received a grant to promote simulation education for fourth-year medical students. The award supported development of an intensive two-hour course. As a graduate of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) Surgical Education Scholars Program, Dr. Chuang drew from her own training to incorporate use of an advanced pelvic model to simulate various labor and delivery procedures. She recently presented her model at a breakout session of the APGO national meeting. She also teamed with fourth-year Einstein medical student Heena Purswani to produce a short film, called "Building and Using a Standardized Model for Surgical Technique in Managing Postpartum Hemmorrhage," which was selected for presentation at the meeting’s film festival.  Dr. Chuang is assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health at Einstein.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Honoring Outstanding Doctors—In June, at its annual Physician Awards Ceremony, the department of medicine recognized four clinical staff members for their exceptional service to others. David Appel, M.D., director of Montefiore’s sleep program, received the Distinguished Clinician Award for providing excellent clinical care to his patients. Vafa Tabatabaie, M.D., director of Fracture Liaison Services, received the Humanism in Medicine Award for showing exceptional compassion towards colleagues and patients. Marta Rico, M.D., attending physician at the Montefiore Comprehensive Family Care Center, received the Citizenship Award for inspiring colleagues in their work. And, Olga Aroniadis, M.D., M.Sc., attending physician of gastroenterology, received the Rising Star Award for displaying great potential as a remarkable clinician, humanist, and institutional citizen. Dr. Appel also is an associate professor of medicine at Einstein while Drs. Tabatabaie, Rico, and Aroniadis are assistant professors in the department.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Honorary Degree for Novel Research—The Hebrew University of Jerusalem presented Robert Singer, Ph.D., with an honorary doctorateat their annual convocation in Jerusalem on June 11, 2018. The honor recognizes Dr. Singer’s pioneering research on mRNA, which directs cells to make proteins. Dr. Singer labels mRNA with fluorescent probes to track it from its creation to destruction in living cells.  In developing this novel approach Dr. Singer invented new experimental methods for which he holds twelve patents. His findings and current studies help scientists understand cell behavior in many diseases, such as cancer and mental retardation. Dr. Singer is professor and co-chair of anatomy & structural biology, of cell biology, professor in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and co-director of the Gruss-Lipper Biophotonics Center and of the Integrated Imaging Program at Einstein. He also holds the Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Anatomy & Structural Biology.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Dedication to Graduate Programs—The National Association for Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP) presented Salvatore Calabro with its inaugural Chapter Leader Award at their annual conference in New Orleans, LA. This award recognizes Mr. Calabro’s accomplishments in growing NAGAP, the sole professional organization dedicated solely to supporting and empowering graduate enrollment workers. Mr. Calabro co-founded and served as the first president of Biomedical Sciences Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (BIOGAP), the only NAGAP chapter to focus on biomedical research graduate programs. At Einstein, Mr. Calabro is the director of graduate admissions and enrollment for the graduate division of biomedical sciences.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Removing "Sick" from Sickle Cell Disease—The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation granted Eric Bouhassira, Ph.D., the 2017 Sickle Cell Disease/Advancing Cures Award, which funds clinical research that demonstrates potential to improve the quality of life of those suffering from sickle cell disease. More than 90,000 Americans are afflicted with sickle cell disease; dysfunctional red blood cells cause these individuals lifelong pain and organ damage, and shorten their life expectancy. Rather than treat symptoms, Dr. Bouhassira’s research targets the core of the disease. His approach involves removing blood-forming cells from patients, correcting the defective hemoglobin genes using DNA editing technology, and returning these cells to the patients. The method has been shown to restore red blood cell function. Dr. Bouhassira is a professor of cell biology and of medicine and is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

Friday, May 11, 2018
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