Mount Sinai and The Atlantic Spotlight Big Data at a Special Summit for Thought Leaders

Vast amounts of data from genomic sequencing and electronic health records (EHRs) have the potential to radically improve the health of individual patients, but first, institutions must learn how to manage the data, and adopt uniform standards that allow them to share it.

This discussion took center stage at a Working Summit on Big Data hosted by The Atlantic in partnership with the Mount Sinai Health System on Wednesday, October 23, at The New York Palace Hotel. At a roundtable discussion, 24 policymakers, entrepreneurs, and health care leaders shared their thoughts and experiences in harnessing petabytes of data for use in improving human health.

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Convocation 2013 Honors Excellence

Ten faculty members were named endowed professors at the 2013 Convocation Ceremony on Monday, September 30, an event that marks the beginning of the academic year for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The honorees, renowned in their respective fields—including allergy and immunology, cancer research, neuroscience, nephrology, otolaryngology, translational genetics, and transplant immunology—comprised the largest group named at one time at Mount Sinai.

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Welcome to the Mount Sinai Health System: A New Era Begins

The Boards of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners announced on Monday, September 30, the establishment of the Mount Sinai Health System. This new health system includes Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, seven major member hospital campuses in New York City, an extensive network of approximately 45 ambulatory care locations, 12 free-standing ambulatory surgery centers, and more than 40 clinical and academic relationships with local health care organizations—all throughout the greater metropolitan region.

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A Dynamic Environment for Education, Research & Innovation

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, one of the nation’s leading medical schools, along with its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, will serve to integrate all clinical and research missions for the seven member hospital campuses and vast network of ambulatory facilities in the new Mount Sinai Health System.

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Cancer Clinical Trials Video Now Online

Today’s standard therapies for cancer exist because people have participated in clinical trials – yet choosing to participate in a cancer clinical trial is an important personal decision that can be intimidating for many patients. In order to better help patients understand cancer clinical trials, the reasons to participate in them, and clinical research at Mount Sinai, The Tisch Cancer Institute has released a new video, “Clinical Trials at Mount Sinai: Moving the Field Forward.”

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GUT-BRAIN connection: Exploring the role of Microbiome in Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is an inflammatory demyelinating disorder of the Central Nervous System of debated etiology. While there is general consensus regarding the role of an active immune system in myelin destruction, the questions related to the initial events triggering immune system involvement remain unanswered and the identity of disease course modifiers is only partially understood. Epidemiological studies have suggested the possibility that disease onset and course are the result of an interaction between genetic susceptibility and environmental factors, though much remains to be learned about the identity of the environmental factors and whether they can be modified.  Among the proposed variables affecting MS are geographic location, smoking, vitamin D levels and the much debated diet and infections.

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Introducing the Neuroscience Training Program

Mount Sinai’s Neuroscience Training Program offers predoctoral students an exciting and distinctive curriculum taught by a nationally and internationally recognized faculty, and a laboratory experience that builds on groundbreaking, cutting edge expertise in basic and translational neuroscience across a wide range of psychiatric and neurological disorders. A student’s training experience uniquely interfaces basic research within a clinical context by virtue of the close apposition of basic and clinical research and clinical treatment programs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Hospital. Indeed, all graduate students take a class in clinical neuroscience where they meet patients with brain diseases.

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Kravis Children’s Hospital Earns New Ranking

Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai is now ranked in 7 of the 10 specialties measured by U.S. News & World Report in its 2013-14 “Best Children’s Hospital” annual guidebook, moving up from six specialties last year. Significantly, Mount Sinai is also ranked as the No . 2 pediatric center in New York City, and is tied for No . 2 in the New York City metropolitan area out of the nine ranked children’s hospitals.

The seven specialties are: diabetes & endocrinology (No . 25), gastroenterology & GI surgery (No . 25),
nephrology (No . 26), urology (No . 28), pulmonology (No . 36), cancer (No . 46), and cardiology & heart surgery (No . 50). Read more

Two Legendary Mentors are Honored

Two legendary mentors at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Arthur H. Aufses Jr., MD, and Nathan Kase, MD, were honored in May by Mount Sinai’s Institute for Medical Education (IME) with Annual Excellence in Teaching Awards that bear their names.

Dr. Aufses and Dr. Kase were cited by IME’s leaders for their legacy to medical education. Dr. Aufses, Professor of Surgery, and Health, Evidence and Policy, retired as Chairman of the Department of Surgery in 1996. Dr. Kase, Dean Emeritus, and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, and Medicine, served as Dean of the Medical School from 1985 through 1998.

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