Molecular Autism receives highest Impact Factor

On July 29, 2014, Thomson Reuters awarded an Impact Factor of 5.486 to the open access journal Molecular Autism. This represents the highest Impact Factor for any journal dedicated to autism or related neurodevelopmental conditions.

The journal was created in 2010, by Professor Joseph Buxbaum, Director of the Seaver Autism Center and Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. The goal of the journal was to provide an outlet for the volume of exciting genetic and other molecular autism research papers, and to make this cutting-edge autism research available freely via open access. In the past four years, Molecular Autism has grown and now publishes approximately five articles per month.

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Renowned Microbiologist Peter Palese, PhD, Honored

Peter Palese, PhD, a world-renowned microbiologist who has led seminal studies that continue to greatly expand the understanding of influenza viruses, was recently named a member of the 2014 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The organization is one of the nation’s most acclaimed honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research. It includes among its current members more than 250 Nobel Laureates across disciplines and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

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A New Master’s Program in Health Care Delivery Leadership

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is launching a unique Master’s program specifically geared to give health care leaders new knowledge and skills as they confront the challenges of delivering patient care in an era of unprecedented reform. The Master’s Program in Health Care Delivery Leadership is offered through the Department of Population Science and Policy and is currently accepting applications for its inaugural cohort that begins this fall.

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The Mount Sinai Hospital Salutes its Volunteers

Mount Sinai leaders saluted the more than 1,200 volunteers who support The Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai during a recent breakfast held to honor their commitment and dedication.

Following a performance by two volunteer flutists from the Music for Healing program, Peter W. May, Chairman, Boards of Trustees, Mount Sinai Health System, told guests: “There is a broad range of individuals who help Mount Sinai. While some have the capability to support us financially, many more give their valued time, spirit, and compassion to help patients, families, and staff. We salute your enthusiasm and accomplishments.”

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Compliance for Influenza Vaccinations Sets Record

After launching a much-publicized campaign in October to promote the influenza vaccination for faculty, staff, and students, the Mount Sinai Health System will report a record rate of vaccination compliance to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for the 2013 – 2014 influenza season.

Typically, vaccination rates for health care workers are around 60 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Health System’s overall compliance rate was 82 percent at the start of April.

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