News & Announcements: January 2014

News & Congratulations

CTSC Mentor, Dr. James Bussel, 2013 DeWitt Clinton Awardee
Dr. Bussel who served as mentor to CTSC KL2 Scholar Nicole Kucine has been given this award by the New York Masons in recognition of his contribution to the annual Masonic Toys for Tot drive at WCMC. The event was filled with toys and fun for children being treated at the Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell.

CTSC Mentor, Dr. Ronald Crystal, 2014 American Thoracic Society Amberson Lecturer
CTSC TL1 Trainee Ann Tilley was mentored by Dr. Crystal who is being recognized by the American Thoracic Society for his contribution to the areas of sleep disorders and respiratory and critical illnesses.


CTSC Alumni Survey
Thank you to our Alumni who have completed their Alumni Surveys! If you are a CTSC Alumnus and we haven’t yet reached out to you, please contact us and take a few minutes to update us on your current status (employment, research and recent accomplishments such as publications, grants, and awards). Your feedback is critical for our program’s future funding and it would mean a great deal to the next generation of scientists to be able to access the same type of opportunities that were available to you.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014: CTSC Annual Progress Reports for Current Trainees and Scholars
A progress report is required of CTSC Clinical & Translational Investigation Program (CTEP) trainees (including fellows enrolled in the Clinical Research Methodology Curriculum) by February 3, 2014. Please remember to prepare your report in accordance with the requirements outlined in the CTSC Progress Reporting and Outcomes Measurement Promoting Translational Research (PROMPTR) system and contact us ( with any questions!

WCMC CTSC Travel Awards Abstract Requested by Tuesday, January 29, 2014
We highly encourage each and every trainee and scholar to submit an abstract to the 2014 Translational Science Conference and compete for a CTSC Travel Award.

CTSC is sponsoring Travel Awards for scholars and trainees to attend and present at the 2014 Translational Science Conference in Washington, DC on April 9-11, 2014. Translational Science 2014 is a national conference bringing together all of the disciplines involved in clinical and translational research for the shared benefits of networking and education. It also offers a variety of ways for you to share your experiences, challenges, and fresh approaches with professionals from around the country.

The conference focuses on engagement opportunities with leaders and peers and messages from plenary speakers. Educational sessions are designed to provide information on the latest translational science information. You will have time to collaborate and share information through poster presentations, mock study sections, advocacy training, and published research. Trainees and young investigators are also able to gain visibility at the meeting.

Eligibility for the CTSC Travel Award is dependent upon having your abstract accepted for poster or oral presentation. The CTSC Travel Award will cover the conference registration fee, travel, 2 nights room and board, and poster printing cost, award total up to $1000 per trainee/scholar.

Complete instructions for submission can be found online. When you have completed the abstract submission process, please print a copy of your submitted abstract and email it to the attention of My Linh H. Nguyen-Novotny (

Click here to submit your abstract.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014: CTSC Open House
At the CTSC open house you will have the opportunity to take a tour of CTSC patient care units and laboratories, meet core staff, and learn how we can help you at any stage of your research. Come get answers to any question you have about our facilities! The event will be held at the Griffis Faculty Club from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Walk-ins are very welcome!

Next CTSC Heart to Heart Event: Sunday, February 9, 2014
The CTSC “Heart to Heart” Campaign is a multi-institutional service program that reaches out to under-served and underrepresented racial and ethnic communities throughout the metropolitan area by offering free healthcare screenings at local community sites.

The screenings are staffed by volunteer MD, MD/PhD, and physician assistant students from the Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC). Working in tandem with the Cornell volunteers are nursing students from the Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing. All consults are carried out by volunteer faculty from WCMC and physicians from New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Volunteer on-site physicians may earn 1 to 2 elective credits based on the number of sessions attended (2 session per credit), and on the feedback collected from community attendees. Frequency of events is usually one per month and there will be a bus transporting volunteers from the WCMC campus to and from the event location. Please Note: All events will begin between 9am and 12pm and last for approximately 4.5 hours. Breakfast will be provided for volunteers in events that begin before 10am. For events starting 11am or later, lunch will be provided.

Upcoming Event Dates:

Sunday, February 9
God’s Battalion of Prayer Church
661 Linden Blvd. Brooklyn, NY 11203

Saturday, April 5
The Bowery Mission Transitional Center
45-51 Avenue D New York, NY 10009

May 3, May 17, June 14, June 28

Saturday, September 13
True Zion Gospel Temple
145-21 Liberty Avenue Jamaica, NY 11435

CTSC Research in Progress Luncheon on Wednesday, February 22, 2014
The next luncheon will be held on Friday, February 21, 2014, from 12:30 – 1:30pm in the Payson Solarium (P-224) and hosted by Yuan-Shan Zhu, PhD. The luncheons, hosted by CTSC faculty, feature student presentations of their research progress.

Featured presenters are:

  • Danielle Novetsky Friedman, MD, CTSC Masters Student in Clinical and Translational Investigation, Instructor, Pediatrics (Survivorship), MSKCC. Dr. Novetsky-Friedman will be presenting on her MS project: The Retinoblastoma Survivor Study (RBSS): Chronic Medical Conditions and General Health Status of Adult Survivors of Retinoblastoma
  • John Lee, MD, CTSC KL2 Scholar, Instructor, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of Medicine, WCMC. Dr. Lee will be presenting on his KL2 project: Intestinal Microbiota and Acute Rejection of Renal Allografts
  • Xu Yang, MD, CTSC Masters Student in Clinical and Translational Investigation, Assistant Scientist in the department of Orthopaedic Research at HSS. Dr. Yang will be presenting on his MS project: Parathyroid Hormone Enhances Osseointegration of an Intra-articular Titanium Implant in a Novel Mouse Model.

RSVP by Wednesday, February 19th to Light refreshments will be served.

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