Columbia University Health Sciences

Situated on a 20-acre campus in the Washington Heights community of northern Manhattan — and comprising roughly half of Columbia University’s nearly $2 billion annual budget — Columbia University’s Health Sciences Division provides world-class leadership in:

  • scientific research

  • health and medical education

  • patient care

Faculty members from its four schools (College of Physicians & Surgeons, School of Dental & Oral Surgery, School of Nursing, and Mailman School of Public Health):

  • Carry out the school’s core mission of educating and training future generations of health care professionals.

  • Conduct basic research with the ultimate goal of translating discoveries into new techniques for fighting disease and improving health

  • Are responsible for a number of significant clinical breakthroughs - among them, the first blood test for cancer, the first medical use of the laser, and the first successful transfer of genes from one cell to another.

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» Recent News

First-Year P&S Student Wins National Scientific Scholarship From J. Edgar Hoover Foundation
21 Jun 04 | Joseph F. D'Angelo, VP and director of the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, announced that Gina Badalato, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons (P&S), receives the prestigious 2004 J. Edgar Hoover Foundation Scientific Scholarship.

RNS Device Implanted in Epilepsy Patient at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
09 Jun 04 | A surgeon-scientist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center has successfully implanted the Responsive Neurostimulator System (RNS) electrical stimulation device in a 27-year-old woman with epilepsy.

Chemotherapy Drug Taxotere Extends Life of Prostate Cancer Patients
07 Jun 04 | Men with androgen-independent (hormone-refractory) metastatic prostate cancer treated with Taxotere® (docetaxel) Injection Concentrate in combination with estramustine survived 20 percent longer than similar patients receiving the standard therapy.

Common Bone Complications in Advanced Prostate Cancer Patients Lead to Increased Medical Costs
06 Jun 04 | Bone complications associated with prostate cancer cause a substantial economic burden, according to a new study led by a physician-scientist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

Study Clarifies The Neurological Process That Makes Walking Possible, Makes Strides Toward Better Paralysis Treatments
02 Jun 04 | A Columbia-led team of investigators, working in collaboration with researchers at the Salk Institute, have come up with a method to distinguish between the neurons in the spinal cord that control coordination of ambulatory movements.

Columbia University Medical Center establishes Reiner Center for Behavioral and Psychosomatic Medicine
27 May 04 | Columbia University Medical Center has received a $5 million gift from Edward S. Reiner to establish the Reiner Center for Behavioral and Psychosomatic Medicine, the only center of its kind in New York City.

An Aspirin A Day May Keep Breast Cancer Away
24 May 04 | Women who regularly take aspirin seem to be at lower risk of the most common type of breast cancer than those who do not take aspirin, report researchers.

Current Guidelines for Bone Fracture Prevention in Postmenopausal Women Evaluated in Study
24 May 04 | Current treatment thresholds for preventing osteoporosis-related bone fracture in postmenopausal women were evaluated in a study authored by a physician-scientist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

Columbia Researchers To Study Link Between Diabetes, Memory Loss
12 May 04 | Understanding the link between diabetes and early dementia – as well as how diabetes relates to other causes of memory loss – is the focus of a new study at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and approximately 40 other medical institutions.

Obese and Morbidly Obese Women More Likely to Have Pregnancy Complications and C-Sections
12 May 04 | Obese and morbidly obese women are more likely to have pregnancy complications and caesarean sections than women of average weight, according to a new study.

Head-Cooling Device Prevents Brain Damage in Oxygen-Deprived Infants
07 May 04 | A head-cooling device called CoolCap prevents brain damage in some oxygen-deprived newborn babies, providing the first evidence in humans that many birth-related neurological problems can be reversed.

Columbia Study Shows Ethnic Disparities In Injuries Due To Falls From Buildings
06 May 04 | A national study by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers shows that young minority children from lower income neighborhoods are far more likely to die or be injured in falls from buildings.

School of Dental and Oral Surgery Issues "Call To Action" for Better Geriatric Oral Health Care
01 May 04 | America's seniors suffer a disproportionate burden of oral disease while having fewer resources for appropriate care — and these issues will be exacerbated as the elderly population grows.

Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Initiate Weight Loss Program for Employees to Fulfill New Year's Resolutions
07 Jan 04 | Kick-off events including an opening ceremony and hour-long campus power walk, for "Be Fit to Be'ne'fit," an outreach and awareness campaign designed to help employees stick to their New Year's weight loss resolutions and make important diet changes.



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