Posts Tagged ‘Columbia University Medical Center’
Today’s Village Voice features an interesting piece on the work of Simon Anthony, a researcher at Columbia University Medical Center. Anthony is working to discover “the next HIV,” according to the Voice, so that scientists will have a better idea of how to stem its impact before the virus even has an opportunity to break out.
Anthony specializes in finding viruses that can jump from animals to humans — as HIV is believed to have done in its earliest iteration. In his work, he’s identified potential threats in smuggled meat, and tracked the progress of avian flu.
The Voice notes that in his research, Anthony discovered an impressive (and frightening) 130 viruses, and has helped in the discovery of about seven percent of all known viruses. Not bad for being only 31 years old.
It’s all very neat stuff, but our favorite part is the writer’s description of Anthony:
He is tall and slender, with light brown hair that forms a small wave. In his Londonaccent, he draws out vowels, particularly when he says viiiruses. He is a trained opera singer who practices tap dance and the waltz during otherwise wasted minutes of laboratory life, like waiting for a centrifuge to stop spinning. In and out of the lab, he wears V-neck sweaters, skinny jeans, and stubble, an unassuming uniform for someone who spies on nature’s conspiracies to unleash a plague on New York.
Not exactly the Arnold Schwarzenegger type, but saving the world nonetheless. Check out the full article here. It’s well worth the read.
Nearly two years after receiving a $50 million gift from Roy and Diana Vagelos, Columbia has unveiled the designs for the new medical school building that their donation will help fund.
The sleek, eye-catching building was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and its executive architect will be the architecture firm Gensler. DS+R’s Elizabeth Diller called the building “a vertical landscape, a vertical living room,” telling the New York Times that it was “a great opportunity to think about an educational building that had a different kind of logic and take advantage of a fantastically small footprint.”
The $68-million facility will be located on Haven Avenue and 171st Street, two and a half blocks north of the Columbia University Medical Center’s main campus, and will be used primarily for classroom and training space. (See our April story for more details about the new facilities). The designs for the building were released on Wednesday.
The Columbia University Medical Center announced today that Herbert and Florence Irving, already two of CUMC’s top donors, have made a $40 million donation toward cancer research. The money will go to the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, which Herbert Irving first established with a $10 million gift back in 1997.
The cancer center will use the funds to “recruit and retain new cancer investigators and to support its current investigators, as well as for Cancer Center operations,” according to CUMC. The Irvings have now given almost $200 million to CUMC and the Columbia-affiliated New York Presbyterian Hospital.
CUMC expects to raise more than $200 million during the current fiscal year, and it has already raised $1.8 billion in a capital campaign originally intended to raise $1 billion. More »
After crushing the spirits of both of Jeopardy!‘s winningest contestants, IBM’s Watson supercomputer is moving on up(town) to give the doctors at the Columbia Medical Center a helping hand… uhh… monitor… hard drive. While it’s still unclear as to how RoboDoc will work (especially considering Watson occupies an entire room, not that svelte black box they showed on Jeopardy!), we would like to welcome Columbia’s newest celebrity for a hopefully productive careeer. [DNAinfo]
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, as mandated in his newly minted $51 million contract, dropped by New York-Presbyterian Hospital this morning for a physical that he really, really needs to pass or else 8.4 million New Yorkers might get a smidge pissed. More »