For scientists who study stem cells, the ability to produce hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs) in the lab and then transplant them into patients with blood disorders has been a long-sought-after goal. Recently, the field took a step closer to that milestone when researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai identified cells in the embryos and placentas of mice that are actually precursors to HSPCs. Hematopoiesis is the daily process by which the human body generates all of the different types of cells found in the blood and immunological system. Read more
Mount Sinai Brooklyn recently acquired an additional CT scanner to decrease waiting time and expedite results for patients who need immediate testing, such as people who may have had a stroke. Located near the Emergency Department, it features 128-slice technology that provides high-definition imaging details and performs CT angiograms. Among the attendees at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 31, were, from left: GraceAnn Weick, ANP, MSN, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Patient Care Services, Mount Sinai Brooklyn; Burton P. Drayer, MD, Dr. Charles M. and Marilyn Newman Professor and System Chair, Department of Radiology; Lin H. Mo, MBA, MPH, President, Mount Sinai Brooklyn; Carl Ramsay, MD, Vice President, Emergency Medicine Clinical Operations, Mount Sinai Health System; and Scott M. Lorin, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Mount Sinai Brooklyn.
Physical fitness in late adolescence may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life, according to a new study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai that appeared online in the March 8, 2016, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Researchers—led by Casey Crump, MD, PhD, Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai—evaluated data on the aerobic capacity of 1.5 million males who were military conscripts in Sweden between 1969 and 1997. The scientists then compared the men’s aerobic capacity to their medical diagnoses that were made between 1987 and 2012, when the men were a maximum age of 62. Read more
Barbara Warren, PsyD, Director, LGBT Programs and Policies, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Mount Sinai Health System, recently received a 2016 Impact Award from Gay City News, which serves New York City’s LGBT community. Dr. Warren was awarded for advancing LGBT equality and health equity over the past 28 years and for her work with the New York State Network of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health and Human Services Providers, the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Community Centers, and the Mount Sinai Health System. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation recently recognized six campuses of the Mount Sinai Health System as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality.”
Five Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai students were chosen to give oral presentations of their basic and clinical research projects at Mount Sinai’s 21st Annual Medical Student Research Day, on Thursday, March 10, in Stern Auditorium. Mitra Heshmati, PhD, Imikomobong Ibia, Emily Leven, Paul Peng, PhD, and Elizabeth Tarras received a prize of $250 each for their work, which was carried out under the supervision of faculty mentors: Scott Russo, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience; Charles Mobbs, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Neuroscience; Eyal Shemesh, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Psychiatry; Joshua Brody, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology); and Rosanne Leipzig, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Population Health Science and Policy. Christina Wyatt, MD, Associate Director, Medical Student Research Office, moderated the oral presentations. Read more
More than 100 volunteers from the Mount Sinai Health System and 500 local students and members of East Harlem and surrounding communities participated in the Fourth Annual Brain Awareness Fair on Tuesday, March 15, in The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Guggenheim Pavilion Atrium.
Educational hands-on activities and demonstrations included building neuron models out of pipe cleaners, examining models of brains from different animals, observing monkey brain neurons under a microscope, and learning how the five senses function within the brain. Read more
Guest post by Alysia Johansson MS RD CDN, Clinical Nutrition Coordinator at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Alysia has been at Mount Sinai since 2011 where she works as part of the interdisciplinary Cardiothoracic ICU team. Alysia also coordinates malnutrition efforts for the Clinical Nutrition Department and will be presenting at an upcoming conference on April 21 2016 at The Mount Sinai Hospital, Malnutrition: Implementing Strategies for Medical Nutrition Therapy.
Malnutrition has been recognized as a problem in hospitalized patients for over 40 years. Malnutrition is any disorder of nutrition resulting from unbalanced or insufficient diet, increased needs, or impaired absorption, utilization, or excretion of nutrients – all in the presence or absence of inflammation. Malnutrition contributes to a multitude of poor patient outcomes including decreased function and quality of life, decreased wound healing, anemia, increased risk of infection, increased risk for developing pressure ulcers, increased risk of surgical complications, increased mortality, increased frequency of hospital admissions and increased length of hospital stay. Aside from being detrimental to care, all of these outcomes lead to higher healthcare costs. For these reasons, it is imperative that clinicians be aware of the signs of malnutrition, and take proper measures to enhance the nutritional status of their patients. Read more
Mount Sinai West’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) now features more family-friendly décor and an upgraded nursing station thanks to a gift from the former St. Luke’s and Roosevelt (SLR) Associate Trustees. The group, which existed from 1994 to 2014, made the gift in January 2015, and—after the project was completed—gathered for a recent dedication ceremony at the NICU. The SLR Associate Trustees consisted of members of the SLR community who volunteered, hosted fundraisers, and served as advocates on behalf of the hospitals for more than 20 years. The group provided significant support for Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and made a recent contribution to the Child and Family Institute at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.
Nearly 330 Mount Sinai Health System alumni, donors, faculty, students, and staff gathered at The Plaza on Wednesday, March 16, to honor seven leaders with the 2016 Jacobi Medallion, the highest award bestowed by Mount Sinai in recognition of distinguished achievement in the field of medicine or extraordinary service to the hospital, the school, or the alumni.
Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System, highlighted recent achievements. “As Mount Sinai continues to grow, important partnerships and opportunities are preparing our medical school and graduate students to be health care innovators and entrepreneurs,” he told the guests. He also noted that the Icahn School of Medicine, for the first time, has been ranked No. 15 nationwide in National Institutes of Health research funding. “Our 2016 Jacobi Medallion recipients are part of this extraordinary trajectory of accomplishment and embody what is best about our School of Medicine: exceptional talent, an ingrained sense of commitment, and dedication to outstanding research, patient care, and education,” said Dr. Charney. Read more
The Mount Sinai Health System’s new Corporate Services Center at 150 East 42nd Street has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from Green Business Certification Inc., a program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Certification requires that building projects satisfy prerequisites in areas such as Indoor Environmental Quality, Water Efficiency, and Innovation in Design. “The LEED rating system aims to help owners be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently,” says Loida Ramos, Vice President, Planning, Design and Construction. “LEED certification means healthier, more productive places, and reduced stress on the environment.”