Year of the Sheep Celebrated

The Asian American Professional Network, a Mount Sinai Health System employee resource group, and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, rang in the Year of the Sheep—which began on Friday, February 20—with Lunar New Year Celebrations at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Phillips Ambulatory Care Center (see photo), Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and The Mount Sinai Hospital. The events provided an opportunity for employees, patients, and visitors to enjoy a variety of Asian arts and culture, including music; Chinese, Japanese, and Indian calligraphy; origami; and traditional foods. The Mount Sinai Beth Israel event was hosted by its Diversity Council and LGBT Employee Resource Group, and the Louis Armstrong Department of Music and Medicine.

Kidney Coaches Join the Search for Living Donors

Patients waiting for a kidney transplant at the Mount Sinai Health System have a supportive new program to help them: the Kidney Coach program at the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute’s (RMTI) Zweig Family Center for Living Donation. The program recruits friends and family members to become coaches who spread the word about their loved one’s dire need for a living donor to improve the chances of finding one. Read more

Science Goes to the Movies

Heather Berlin, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is co-hosting with Faith Salie, a television and national public radio political and pop culture personality, a monthly series on CUNY TV focusing on science and portrayals of scientists in current films. The series includes a lively discussion about top films such as Birdman, Interstellar, and The Theory of Everything by contributors from a variety of scientific disciplines. Read more

Colon Cancer Prevention

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. Being that March is colorectal cancer awareness month, how can we lower our chance of colon and rectal cancer?

Only 25% of colon cancer patients have a family history. For individuals who do not have a family history of colon cancer, the onset can be attributed by lifestyle (poor diet and lack of exercise), environmental exposure, or stress. Stress causes inflammation, which ultimately suppresses the immune system and links to cancer. Read more

Margaret H. Baron Takes the Reins of MD-PhD Training

Margaret H. Baron, MD, PhD, an internationally recognized developmental biologist at the Mount Sinai Health System, has been named Senior Associate Dean for Education and Director of the
MD-PhD Program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In her new role, Dr. Baron, the Irene and Dr. Arthur M. Fishberg Professor of Medicine, will draw upon her leadership experience in graduate education to train the next generation of physician-scientists at Mount Sinai. Read more

Uncovering a Stronger Link Between Obesity and Genes

Researchers from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, participating in the largest genetic study yet on obesity, have helped uncover stronger links between genes and body weight and body fat distribution.

The trailblazing discoveries were published in two companion papers in the February issue of the journal Nature, and were the result of a four-year international research project conducted by the Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits (GIANT) consortium. Other key participating institutions included the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, the University of Michigan Health System, and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Read more

The Power of Integrative Medicine

The Spencer Cox Center for Health, part of the Mount Sinai Health System’s Institute for Advanced Medicine (IAM)—the largest provider of HIV primary care in New York State—recently added yoga classes to its roster of complementary programs, and the patient response has been overwhelmingly positive.

“After a yoga class I feel taller and more aligned, and I leave feeling elated and calm,” says Peter Weber, a patient at the Spencer Cox Center. IAM, formed in March 2014, is comprised of the Jack Martin Fund Clinic, the Comprehensive Health Program, the Peter Krueger Clinic, and three clinics at the Spencer Cox Center for Health—the Morningside Clinic, the Samuels Clinic, and the West 17th Street Clinic. Read more