Department News : 2015 :

Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Julie Kornfeld Leaves Legacy of Leadership in Master of Public Health Programs

Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director of Public Health Programs in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Assistant Dean for Public Health at the Miller School of Medicine, has been named Vice Dean for Education at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. In that role, she will have oversight for all of the school’s doctoral and master’s programs.

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Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Eckhard Podack and Research Team Find Perforin-2 to be Potent Weapon against Bacterial Infection

The late eminent Miller School of Medicine researcher Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., and a multi-disciplinary team of investigators have discovered that the protein Perforin-2 is a highly potent mechanism of the immune system for fighting bacterial infection. Their findings may provide an answer to the looming medical threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Neurology Study Receives $8.5 Million to Increase Focus on Dementia and Cognitive Impairment

The Northern Manhattan Study, a collaboration between the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology and the Neurological Institute at Columbia University that started in 1990 and is believed to be the longest-running cohort study with a Hispanic majority, has received an $8.5 million, five-year NIH grant to begin a directional shift that puts new emphasis on dementia and cognitive impairment.

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Tanya Zakrison, M.D., M.P.H.

Researchers Study Perceived Health Consequences of Gold Mining in Postwar El Salvador

The mining of heavy metals, such as gold, has long been known to have the potential for negative health impacts on local populations through chemical pollution of aquifers. Now a group of researchers from the Miller School of Medicine, collaborating with researchers in El Salvador and Canada, has conducted research indicating that related political and socioeconomic factors also have serious health consequences.

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More than 50 students turned out to meet with the 12 employers and community partners that took part in the networking event.

Department of Public Health Sciences Hosts Networking Event for Students

The Department of Public Health Sciences Graduate Programs hosted a networking event for students to meet with local employers and community partners on Wednesday, October 7. Twelve organizations, some with multiple representatives, and more than 50 students attended this event.

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