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