Study Reveals Mechanisms that Activate Depression

New research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai sheds light for the first time on how depression and emotional resilience operate on a molecular level. The findings, published in the December 4, 2014, issue of Nature, bring fresh perspective to an area that has eluded researchers for decades by outlining the mechanisms within cells that activate depression and laying the groundwork for new treatments. Current drugs for depression focus on neurotransmitters, or communication between cells, but identification of this novel biochemical pathway could pave the way for more effective drugs with very different mechanisms. Read more

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

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