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.

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.

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

New Resource Available: PROQOLID

Information on research instruments can be notoriously difficult to find. Have you ever searched for a well-known research questionnaire only to have difficulty finding out how you can obtain copies? Or had trouble finding out whether a research instrument has been validated or find references for the validating studies? If so, you may want to check out a new database available from Levy Library, PROQOLID.

PROQOLID contains validation, licensing, and translation information on nearly 1,000 research instruments such as the Diabetes Quality of Life (DQoL) measure, Amsterdam IADL Questionnaire©, Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale and many others. Using this database you can:
• Discover an appropriate research instrument for your study
• Find out how to license copies of the tool, whether translations into other languages are available, and whether Conditions of Use apply
• Find references to validating studies

In order to access Levy Library’s subscription, please email us at and request the username and password to access PROQOLID.

Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA) Workshop

Come learn how to advance your research projects with hands-on exercises. The following topics will be covered:

Search & Pathway Building – Gene/ Chemical, Functions, Drug Targets

• Advanced Search: Limiting results to a molecule type, family or disease-association.
• Building pathways: Creating a pathway, pathway navigating, Using Build and Overlay tools
• Bioprofiler

Dataset Analysis: Interpretation of Gene, Transcript, Protein and Metabolite Data

• Data Upload and Analysis: Uploading and formatting a dataset, setting analysis parameters and running an analysis
• Pathway Analysis and Canonical Pathways
• Downstream Effects Analysis and Interpreting the Heat Map
• Upstream regulators Analysis
• Regulator Effects Analysis
• Network Analysis: Interpreting networks and viewing your data in the context of cellular molecular networks
• Comparison analysis and Comparing multiple observations

When: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: Large Classroom, Levy Library
Speaker: Shawn M. Prince, Senior Field Application
Scientist, QIAGEN Bioinformatics