National Award Named for Sandra K. Masur, PhD

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) has established a national award honoring Sandra K. Masur, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, for her distinguished career in research and mentorship. The Sandra K. Masur Senior Leadership Award is the first ASCB award named for a woman and will honor individuals with exemplary achievements in cell biology who also are outstanding mentors. Read more

Annual Gala for Multiple Sclerosis

More than 200 guests enjoyed an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a performance by Queen of the Night at the 13th Annual Gala to benefit the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis, Mount Sinai Health System, held at The Paramount Hotel on Monday, March 9. The event raised nearly $700,000 for the Center, which is renowned for outstanding and comprehensive care and innovative research opportunities for patients.

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

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