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Dr. Iliev Receives Lloyd J. Old Star Program Grant: Role of Fungi in Cancer Development and Immunotherapy

Dr. Iliyan Iliev
This five-year, $1.25 million grant will enable Dr. Iliev to continue his innovative research into the relationship between certain types of fungi and specific cancers.

Dr. Blander Receives Outstanding Scientific Achievements Award from the European Macrophage and Dendritic Cell Society

Dr. Julie Blander
This award recognizes exceptional researchers whose scientific excellence and pioneering work have significantly advanced scientific development for the benefit of humanity.

Annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Poster Symposium: Continued Success

2022 QIPS Symposium
The interdepartmental and interdisciplinary celebration of quality and patient safety initiatives included 27 projects from 13 departments across WCM, Lower Manhattan Hospital, NYP/Queens, and NYP/Brooklyn Methodist.

Physician-Scientists in the Weill Department of Medicine Inducted into ASCI and AAP

The WDOM congratulates four of its physician-scientists who have recently been inducted into top-tier medical societies: Dr. Longman and Dr. Schwartz (ASCI); Dr. Fins and Dr. Rafii (AAP).

Two Physician-Scientists Training in the WDOM’s Medical Research Track Receive ASCI’s Emerging-Generation Award

Dr. Rachel Niec and Dr. Melanie H. Smith have each received an Emerging-Generation Award (2022) from the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI).

Dr. Iliev and Colleagues Publish Critical Advance in Cell: Gut Fungi Influences Neuroimmunity and Behavior

Dr. Iliyan Iliev
Using a mouse model, researchers have revealed molecular signals that connect a specific group of fungi in the gut to cells throughout the host’s body, including immune cells and neurons.

Dr. Sonnenberg and Colleagues Discover Unique Subset of ILC3s and a Connection to Inflammation

Dr. Gregory Sonnenberg
The research suggests that countering the activity of inflammatory ILC3s could lead to a therapeutic approach for multiple sclerosis and other brain disorders.

WDOM’s 6th Annual Research Retreat Day Hosts Leader in RNA and Vaccine Research

2021 research retreat
Lectures were provided by WDOM faculty and keynote speaker, Dr. Drew Weissman, who played a major role in critical discoveries that allowed for the mRNA platform to be used in developing vaccines against SARS-CoV.

Dr. Lo and Colleagues Publish Key Findings on COVID-19 and Insulin Resistance

Dr. James C. Lo
The researchers found that SARS-CoV-2 triggers an inflammatory antiviral response in the adipose tissue (body fat) and causes its dysfunction.

Key Finding Published in Cell on ILC3s and Protection Against Colorectal Cancer

Artistic rendering of a tumor growing within a colon
Drs. Gregory Sonnenberg, Jeremy Goc, and Manish Shah have discovered that innate lymphoid cells protect against colorectal cancer, in part, by helping to maintain a healthy dialogue between the immune system and gut microbes.