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Research Day

Five awards for research excellence were presented on May 17 during Residents and Fellows Research Day. Winners were chosen from a field of 84 abstracts. Keynote speaker Paul D. Varosy, M.D., presented an absorbing discussion on how clinical registry programs have contributed to quality measurement and improvement in medicine for more than 20 years, at both local and national levels.

NYP Queens wins a clinical research training award of $150,000. The award is part of a state program to advance biomedical research in New York through the training of physicians as clinical researchers. It funds the salary and benefits for one clinical researcher for one year. The researcher will be working with Daniel Skupski, M.D., NYP Queens Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology, on a project titled “Influence of Lactic Acid Chiral Isomers and Metalloproteinases on Cervical Remodeling and Preterm Parturition."  More. 


Holly Andersen Scholar Named.

Yitzchak Dayan, a pre-med student, is the Lang Research Center’s fourth Dr. Holly Andersen Scholar.  He is serving as assistant coordinator for the Type 2 Diabetes GRADE study led by Daniel Lorber, M.D., and Phyllis August, M.D. at the Lang Center for Research and Education.  He is also working with Ronni Levy, MD on a study of the effects of palliative care on critically ill patients and says, “It is a great honor to be named the Dr. Holly Andersen Scholar.”  

He also says, “I am excited to be a part of this clinical research team and hope to help shed light on the treatments that can best help battle potentially debilitating disease or illness.  The privilege of working as a clinical research assistant under Dr. August and Dr. Lorber will allow me to develop skills that will enhance my future success as a medical student and ultimately, God willing, as a practicing physician.”

Mr. Dayan will obtain his Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology from Touro College, New York in January 2017.  He has background experience as a research assistant at the Chanin Institute for Cancer Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He also volunteers as an EMT for a local ambulance service, Queens Hatzolah. We are delighted to have a student with such an impressive resume.  He plans to attend medical school in the fall of 2018.

The Dr. Holly Andersen Scholarship was established with a gift from Eugene M. Lang in recognition of the compassionate and skilled care personal physician, Dr. Andersen. 

GRADE Study.  (Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes) Do you have type 2 diabetes?  Help to find the best long-term treatment for people with diabetes.  Most people with diabetes need metformin and another drug to keep blood sugar close to normal.  We are comparing four potential second line treatments in the GRADE study to determine which one, when added to metformin, is best for controlling diabetes.  All four treatments are recommended by the American Diabetes Association and FDA approved.  Visit https://grade.bsc.gwu.edu and call 718-670-2914, or 718-670-1827. 

The Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education has joined the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network with Columbia University Medical Center, one of 14 clinical centers in the network.

The network conducts clinical studies to improve maternal, fetal and neonatal health with an emphasis on randomized-controlled trials.  The goal is to reduce maternal, fetal and infant morbidity related to preterm birth, fetal growth abnormalities and maternal complications as well as to provide insight on evidence-based, cost-effective obstetric practice

The National Institutes of Health has created a new Web site to help people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter, and how to participate.  Read their announcement here.




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