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“This algorithm adds a new dimension to our ability to identify the genetic causes of complex disease. When combined with other tools that our lab has developed, it will help identify many more genes that hold potential as genetic biomarkers of disease progression and targets for treatment.”
Columbia researchers have found that loss of a gene called KLHL9 is the driving force behind glioblastoma, the most common form of brain cancer.
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Columbia University will award the 2014 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize to James P. Allison, PhD, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. 

Dr. Allison’s work has revealed the significance of the immune system’s “brakes,” a discovery that has helped to unlock the potential of immunotherapy for treating various forms of cancer. http://ow.ly/CdoMj
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For the past few decades, researchers have been exploring the possibility that cancer, possibly created by the growth of tumors, actually has a particular odor -- and dogs can pick up on that smell. Some doctors believe this area of research may lead to more efficient screening methods and cancer treatment procedures. Special correspondent Dr. Emily Senay reports. Continue reading →
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CUMC research shows that nicotine, no matter the source, may function as 'gateway drug.' http://ow.ly/B2OIJ
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It is the first proof of principle that something like this can be achieved outside of the body,” Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, a biomedical engineering professor at Columbia who has worked with Dr. Kaplan on other studies, told The New York Times.
Bioengineers for the first time produced a kind of rudimentary brain in a dish, a discovery that could eventually be used to study disease, injury and treatment.
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Bruce Dohrenwend, a professor of epidemiology and social sciences at Columbia University, comments on the study.
Research on post-traumatic stress disorder among members of the armed forces beginning a generation ago has implications for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
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Columbia Nobel laureate & professor of brain science, Dr. Eric Kandel on this year's awardees: "This year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine recognizes an extraordinary set of contributions to brain science. The work of the three scientists has illuminated the neural computation underlying a complex cognitive function: position in space - the first cognitive function we understand on the cellular level." http://ow.ly/Cnp0a
American-British scientist and Norwegian couple pinpoint how brain figures out where we are; could lead to advances in Alzheimer's research
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Geneticist Wendy Chung describes what it's like to chip away at the mysteries of autism, and the excitement of uncovering tiny but critical clues.
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E-cigarettes could be gateway to hard drugs, study finds ow.ly/BekXP via @NYDailyNews pic.twitter.com/Dy0QEs6Gso
Nicotine — whether it comes from a traditional or electronic cigarette — could be a gateway drug to marijuana and cocaine, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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"We found that when that gene is inactive, cells that normally make the hormone called serotonin turn into cells that make insulin," says Columbia University Medical Center Diabetes Researcher Dr. Domenico Accili.
Researchers may have found a way to retrain cells in diabetics to create needed insulin—what could be a breakthrough in diabetes therapy.
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"It is depressing how often people laugh when I mention that I am trying to teach doctors about nutrition. The scant amount doctors learn about nutrition has been an embarrassment for at least 120 years," writes David Seres, M.D., is associate professor of medicine in the Institute of Human Nutrition, director of the Nutrition Curriculum at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a Public Voices Fellow with the Op-Ed Project.
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Congratulations to CUMC neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart for winning the 2014 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.
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Situated on a 20-acre campus in the Washington Heights community of Northern Manhattan and accounting for roughly half of Columbia University's nearly $3 billion annual budget, Columbia University's Medical Center provides world-class leadership in:

  • scientific research
  • health and medical education
  • patient care