MetaCore Workshop – Register today!

By Robin Milford, MSIS, and Rachel Pinotti, MLIS

Register today for a hands on MetaCore Workshop! MetaCore from GeneGo is a database of manually curated protein-protein, protein-DNA and protein compound interactions in human, mouse and rat. Tools allow detailed searching, pathway visualization and pathway modeling based on your own data and data extracted from the literature.

We are proud to license and provide access to MetaCore at Levy Library. All members of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai community are welcome to attend this workshop.


Where: Levy Library, Large Classroom (11-41)
When: Thursday, October 15, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Please note, registration is limited to 35 attendees.

Click here to register.

Our first Research Insider Series Seminar was a great success!

By Robin Milford, MSIS and Gali Halevi, MLS, PhD

On Tuesday, September 22nd, the Levy Library hosted our first ever Research Insider Seminar, Rx in the App Store: Current Issues in Health Care Apps. Dr. Nick Genes, MD, PhD (Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine and Genetics & Genomic Sciences, The Mount Sinai Hospital) discussed his work on Mount Sinai’s Asthma Health app, which uses Apple’s ResearchKit platform, and gave a glimpse into a future where doctors can safely prescribe apps, alongside medications.


Sudipto Srivastava (Senior Direct of eHealth, Mount Sinai Health System) discussed some of the innovative eHealth initiatives currently underway and planned within the health system, as well as planned next steps in our eHealth journey as a health system

Finally, Laura Schimming (Deputy Library Director Mount Sinai Health System Libraries) gave an interactive tour of popular mobile apps available through the Levy Library.

Members of the Icahn School of Medicine can access a recording of the lecture by visiting this Echo360 link.


Click here for information on the Levy Library Research Insider Seminar series.

Thanks to everyone who made this event a success!



ISMMS in Social Media: 2012-2014

By Robin Milford, MSIS & Gali Halevi, MLS, PhD

We tracked over 7,000 articles authored by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai authors from 2012-2014. Using PLUM Analytics, we analyzed the social media attention to these articles including Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus. As can be seen from below graph, articles published by ISSMS researchers have been gaining significant social media attention in two years.

Our analysis results mean that more people are finding ISSMS research interesting and have been spreading the word about it on social media, which significant as it points to the fact that our research touches people’s lives and is used as an information source.


Receiving the most attention on social media is an article published in 2014 by Dr. Philip Landrigan, Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center and the Ethel Wise Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventative Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center (NYC) and his colleague Dr. Philippe Grandjean from the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard University. The article, “Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity” was published in The Lancet.

As can be seen from the image below, this article gained significant attention on social media, attracting over 10,000 mentions and shares in various social media outlets. In addition, since the article was published, it was downloaded, linked out and clicked on over 900 times.


What makes this article so popular? Possibly its topic – this article offers a global strategy to control the pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity which causes a variety of birth related cognitive deficiencies such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia among others.

Grandjean, Philippe, and Philip J. Landrigan. “Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity.” The Lancet Neurology 13.3 (2014): 330-338.

Medical Illustrators at the Service of Science

By Robin Milford, MSIS & Gali Halevi, MLS, PhD

Medical Illustrators bring together art and science. As professional artists, they transform complex scientific and anatomical processes into visual images that support our understanding of human anatomy and disease. Medical illustration as a profession has a long and distinguished history, dating back to 1540s with Andreas Vesalius’ seminal set of anatomy texts “De Humani Corporis Fabrica” (1543). Max Brodel and Frank Netter were later medical illustration pioneers. These gifted artists invented new illustrative techniques specifically suited for science and medicine.


Medical illustration requires both artistic talent and advanced medical and scientific knowledge. From text books to journal articles, medical illustrators collaborate with scientists, physicians, and other specialists to bring science to life.


At the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Academic Medical Illustrator Jill Gregory, CMI, FAMI, supports faculty and students by creating illustrations for in-classroom and online learning materials, peer-reviewed journal articles, books chapters, conference proceedings and more. Some of Jill’s noteworthy works include illustrations that appeared on the covers of Laryngoscope, Endocrine Practice, and The Journal of Neurosurgery. In all, her work has appeared in over 60 journal articles and 18 textbooks. This spring, she was named a finalist for the Giliola Gamberini Award, an international medical illustration competition originating in Bologna, Italy.

Jill is a very active member of the Association of Medical Illustrators. She served on the Board from 2006-2011, and was Chair of the Board of this 800 member organization from 2009-2010. She recently presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the AMI on “Multimodal Learning Across Generations and Opportunities for Medical Illustrators.”

Jill is located in the Levy Library on the 11th floor of the Annenberg building. She also has an office at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

For more information about Jill’s services, please contact her at


Open to the World: ISMMS Global Research Collaborations – Part II

By Robin Milford, MSIS & Gali Halevi, MLS, PhD

In part I of our study on countries the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai collaborates with, we found that our scientists are working with peers the world over. As a follow up, we wanted to discover what subject areas ISMMS scientists collaborate on most frequently.

We collected all keywords associated with over 17,000 articles indexed in Scopus published from 2010- 2015 that have international authors listed along with ISMMS researchers. Each article has a list of keywords assigned to it by indexers, describing the topics covered in it. The word cloud below depicts the top 150 most recurring keywords within these articles – the bigger the word, the more times it occurs as a keyword in the articles.

It turns out that biology, cardiology, and cardiovascular research are frequently co-studied with international collaborators followed by neurology, molecular and oncological research. Other popular areas are gastroenterology, endocrinology, genetic, surgery and mental health, including psychiatry. Also of note are areas such as metabolism, immunology, dermatology, and diabetes.

The variety of research areas and disciplines is demonstrates not only global reach, but also disciplinary richness.

Open to the World: ISMMS Global Research Collaborations – Part I

By Robin Milford, MSIS & Gali Halevi, MLS, PhD

It’s a well-known fact that the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is conducting ground breaking research at home in New York City. It turns out that ISMMS scientists are also going beyond home base and conducting research with scientists from all over the world. To discover which countries we collaborate with most frequently, we used the Scopus database to collect information about the co-authors of the Icahn School of Medicine scientists. We retrieved all the published documents attributed to ISMMS in Scopus and geo-mapped all countries listed in these documents. The map captures the countries with which ISMMS published 50 articles or more.

Not surprisingly, we collaborate heavily with Canada with over 1400 joint publications. In Europe, we collaborate with the most with the United Kingdom (over 1800 publications), followed by Germany, France, Italy and Spain with over 1000 publications each. Other countries in Europe such as Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Greece and Romania all show to have at least 100 co-authored papers with ISMMMS scientists.

In Asia, we mostly collaborate with Japan with over 800 joint publications, followed by China. South Korea, India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan are also prominent partners with close to 200 co-authored papers.

Israel is the leading collaborator in the Middle East with close to 600 co-authored papers. Although not in high numbers, we also see collaborations with Saudi Arabia with 51 publications.

In South America, Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Mexico lead in co-authored publications with close to 200 joint papers per country.

In Oceania we find Australia with over 200 co-authored publications, as well as New Zealand with approximately 90 co-authored papers.

Finally, over 100 co-authored papers can be tracked with South Africa and Russia with over 100 publications.

What does global collaboration mean for the impact of ISMMS research? Stay tuned for Part II to find out more!

Levy Library Research Insider Seminars: At the intersection of information, technology, and research

Please join us for the first Levy Library Research Insider Seminar – “Rx in the App Store: Current Issues in Medical Apps”

Click here to register

About the Levy Library Research Insider Seminar series:

The Levy Library Research Insider seminar series is intended to engage the Mount Sinai community in a discussion of critical issues that exist at the nexus of information, technology and research. Clinicians, researchers, informationists and technologists alike will have the opportunity to further advance their disciplines through collaboration and shared knowledge.

If you have any questions, please contact Robin Milford (

Mount Sinai Archives Digitizes Historic Film and Video Collection

Two doctors enjoy themselves at the 1933 Associated Alumni of Mount Sinai meeting. This 35mm silent film reel is the oldest recording in the collection.

Two doctors enjoy themselves at the 1933 Associated Alumni of Mount Sinai meeting. This 35mm silent film reel is the oldest recording in the collection.

The Mount Sinai Archives recently digitized a large selection of items from its collection of historic film and video recordings. These recordings are now available for viewing by the public in the Echo360 video capture system, and high-resolution master copies are available in the Archives for reuse and research purposes. The collection includes event recordings, promotional films, internal and training films, and medical and scientific recordings. Highlights of the collection include:

A complete list of the films available for viewing can be found on the Archives’ website.

From the Archives: New “Computing at Mount Sinai” Exhibit

The latest quarterly exhibits from the collections of the Mount Sinai Archives are now on display in the Annenberg elevator lobby. This spring, the main exhibit focuses on the history of computing at Mount Sinai, from the mainframe era of the 1960s to the modern era of ubiquitous devices and Big Data. Did you know that in 1965 Mount Sinai was the first hospital in the world, and the first institution of any kind in New York City, to purchase IBM’s state-of-the-art System/360 mainframe computer? This is just one of many computing milestones celebrated by this season’s exhibit.

[Pictured: Dr. John Boland of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Dr. Jack Hahn of the Laboratory of Computer Science inspect a computer terminal, 1974.]

The spring Nursing exhibit, underneath the stairs to the Stern Auditorium, celebrates the life of Florence Nightingale, whose birthday is the reason Nurses’ Week is held annually in mid-May. Two original volumes of Nightingale’s work are on display, including a copy of Notes on Hospitals which belonged to Dr. S.S. Goldwater, Director of the Hospital from 1903 to 1929. The volumes will be opened to a different page every few weeks so that viewers can inspect a wide sample of Nightingale’s pioneering work.

More Mount Sinai Records Digitized

An artistic illustration from an article by Ely Perlman, “Near Fatal Allergic Reactions to Bee and Wasp Stings: A Review and Report of Seven Cases,” Journal of the MSH, v. 22, 1955, p. 377.

The Mount Sinai Archives is pleased to announce the online availability of over 51,000 additional digitized pages from 112 publications, across three different titles from our collection. As part of a recent grant from the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), The Mount Sinai Archives has digitized The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, initially known as the Journal of The Mount Sinai Hospital. The time frame covered is from its founding in 1934 to 2010. We have also made available additional material from The Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing. The Archives’ collection of School Announcements/Bulletins/Catalogues (the title varied) for the years 1905-1973 has been scanned, along with a copy of a history of the School of Nursing written in 1981.

All of these publications are available from the Internet Archive (IA) website, This addition brings the total of Mount Sinai volumes on that website to 178. There have already been around 11,000 downloads of Mount Sinai material from IA, and we are sure that number will grow. This material will also be preserved in the Mount Sinai digital repository and linked to catalog records in the Levy Library catalog.

For more information about our digital collections, please contact the Mount Sinai Archives at