Learning about Brain Health

More than 350 children and adults participated in the Third Annual Brain Awareness Fair hosted by the Sinai Neuroscience Outreach Program, in partnership with the Center for Excellence in Youth Education and The Friedman Brain Institute, on Thursday, March 19, during Brain Awareness Week. Forty Mount Sinai volunteers, including faculty, staff, postdocs, and students, shared their expertise for brain health and research. During multiple hands-on activities and exhibits, participants built neuron models out of pipe cleaners, looked at the human brain in 3-D, and examined all types of animal brains. Faculty from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai also fielded questions from adults about addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and mental health.

Celebrating National Nutrition Month

In the photograph below, Rebecca Blake, MS, RD, CDN, Director of Clinical Nutrition, right, discusses healthy fast-food options with, from left, Dietician Danna Strahl, RD, and visitors Grace Emperio and Sonny Perero at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Dazian Pavilion. The informational poster and table containing healthy recipes and a sampling of healthy foods—including wheat berry and mango salads—were set up outside the Linsky Building Café on Tuesday, March 24, as part of National Nutrition Month. The poster provided passersby with the opportunity to compare nutrients in a variety of fast-food items.

Dear Organ Donor Families

Dear Organ Donor Families:

In honor of National Donate Life Month, I would like to dedicate this blog post to you and your families.

On behalf of our family and other recipient families like ours, I wanted to just say thank you to you and your very special family. We know that having to make the decision to donate was not an easy one and we are deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one. We know that our words of gratitude will never be able to convey to you the impact your donation has made in our son’s life and other recipient families like ours. However, we still wanted to let you know how much of an impact your decision to donate has made upon our lives.

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Enhancing Cardiovascular Care in South Florida

The Mount Sinai Hospital and Jupiter Medical Center, in Jupiter, Florida, recently announced a new partnership that promises to enhance the quality of cardiovascular care in South Florida and throughout the state with the creation of Mount Sinai Heart New York at Jupiter Medical Center. The collaboration encompasses nearly all facets of cardiac care and calls for physicians at both hospitals to share knowledge, experience, best practices, evidence-based medicine, quality protocols, and clinical pathways for improved patient care. Read more

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.