Researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) may have found a way to reduce brain damage caused by a stroke or stroke-like event. In a study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 10-day-old mice that had an hypoxic (lack of oxygen) or ischemic (lack of blood) brain injury were treated with a fat emulsion containing either DHA or EPA—omega-3 fatty acids. The researchers evaluated the mice’s neurological function 24 hours and 8 to 9 weeks after the brain injury. They discovered that the mice treated with the DHA omega-3 fatty acids had a significant reduction in brain injury. This did not hold true for those treated with EPA-omega 3. The DHA group also had significantly better results in multiple brain functions during the 8 and 9 weeks evaluation compared to the EPA-treated mice and the control group which went untreated.Read More
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Since it's founding in 2006, the Herbert and Florence Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at the Columbia University Medical Center, in partnership with the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, has provided more than 2,000 scientists with new opportunities of conducting clinical and translational research leading to quicker developments and deliveries of treatments. Recently, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) awarded the Irving Institute a grant of $58.4 million over the next five years to help the Institute further the translational research being conducted.
New York's Columbia University is nearing the completion of an ambitious building project more than three years in the making. Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) will open its new state-of-the-art building this August. Work began on this 100,000 square-foot, fourteen-story glass tower in September of 2013 thanks in large part due to a financial gift from Dr. Roy Vagelos and his wife Diana. So it seems fitting that the building will be named the Vagelos Education Center.
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Neuroscience and genetics are two important topics life scientists are consistently studying. Researchers from UC Davis found a promising treatment for Huntington's Disease, while UC San Francisco was awarded $185 million to build a new neuroscience research institute. Recently on the East Coast, a team of researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center discovered a new neurodevelopmental syndrome as well as the genetic makeup of the mutations that cause the syndrome. (Image courtesy of Allen Ajifo via Wikimedia Commons)
The human microbiome is a complex system of bacteria that live and interact in different tissues and organs throughout the body. This complex system is a growing area of focus for life science researchers looking to learn more about these interactions and functions. In order to help its researchers in this rapidly expanding field, Columbia University in New York has established both a working group and a new core facility to help increase research potential of the microbiome.Read More
Achromatopsia - a genetic visual disorder that effects about 1 out of every 33,000 Americans - leads to severe vision problems, generally beginning at a young age. People with this disorder are extremely sensitive to light, have trouble seeing during the day (when it is bright out) and cannot see any color.Read More
The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) at Columbia University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital is a growing, highly funded research institution that focuses on researching all aspects of cancers. Since it's establishment in 1972, the HICCC has continuously performed world-renowned research and clinical trials.Read More
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Every year about 1 million surgeries in the United States are performed to repair torn meniscus, the protective cartilage in the knee. When this cartilage is damaged, it can cause pain and lead to serious arthritis. Current treatments to repair meniscus involve performing a transplant with tissue taken from either different areas in the body or from a cadaver,. This method, however, has significant risks and relatively low success rates.Read More
Situated in Upper Manhattan, in the busy, bustling city of New York, Columbia University attracts a wide variety of highly intelligent students and researchers to its world-class facilities. Within the four main graduate schools in the Columbia Medical Center (College of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Dental Medicine, Mailman School of Public Health, School of Nursing), hundreds of researchers work in the different research facilities to find new knowledge and develop therapies to improve public health in New York and around the world.Read More