Why Protein Structure Matters in Drug Development: Lab Chat with Steven Almo, Ph.D.

Using animations and a walk through his lab, Dr. Steven Almo explains in lay terms why protein structure and shape are important in developing drugs to fight disease. See how proteins are turned into crystals, how X-ray crystallography works and how an immune cell’s ignition, accelerator and brakes can be manipulated to fight cancer or… Read More

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Pre-Clinical Surgical Program Gives Students Operating Room Exposure

A new program allows first-year Weill Cornell students the opportunity to gain early exposure to the surgical field by participating in operating room procedures that are proving to be powerful motivators towards surgical careers. While a few other schools have implemented surgical-exposure programs, PreOp’s rotation-based structure and extensive skills component make it unique among medical… Read More

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Children with Autism Have Extra Synapses in Brain

Children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is due to a slowdown in a normal brain “pruning” process during development, according to a study by neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Because synapses are the points where neurons connect and communicate with each other, the… Read More

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Student Scientists Showcase 2014 Buffalo Summer Research Projects

Nearly 100 student-scientists from across the country showcased their original biomedical research during the 2014 Buffalo Summer Research Day. The interdisciplinary research forum marked the culmination of diverse summer research projects that the undergraduate and graduate students conducted in Buffalo. They worked with mentors from the University at Buffalo and partner institutions to explore cancer,… Read More

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Elvis Camacho’s Unusual Path to Medical School

Now in the Ivy League, Elvis Camacho’17 couldn’t be much farther from the slums of Puerto Rico, where he was born. “It’s surreal at times,” he said. “When you first get that acceptance letter, you think it must be a mistake.” Being from a world in which “little is expected of you and college is… Read More

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Pipeline Program Offers Opportunities for Academic Excellence

Three years ago, when Kathy Persaud got accepted to the Einstein Enrichment Program (EEP), she had no idea that it would become a turning point in her life. This fall, Ms. Persaud, along with fellow EEP student, Julio Henriquez, will attend Columbia University on a Higher Education Opportunity Program scholarship—an award that helps educationally and… Read More

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Plugged In to Patients and Families: Making the Most of Electronic Medical Records

The electronic medical record is rapidly becoming a standard part of health care in the United States. Our nation’s health care providers, however, have limited information on how to best use this technology in ways that preserve — and even enhance — relationships with patients and families. With support from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation,… Read More

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Diversity in Biomedical Research

Like other fields, biomedical research is enriched by diversity. Innovation thrives when people with different viewpoints, backgrounds, and skills contribute to an organization or attempt to solve a problem. The really thorny questions that biomedical science seeks to answer–like how cancer cells metastasize, or why some neurons degenerate–require collaboration with researchers from a variety of… Read More

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