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October 18, 2021 | DOWNSTATE HEALTH SCIENCES UNIVERSITY

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Emiliya Storman and Zach Olmsted Earn Top Honors in Inaugural SUNY Chancellor’s Distinguished PhD Graduate Dissertation Award

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I am elated to share that The State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Jim Malatras recently announced the Inaugural Chancellor Distinguished Ph.D. Graduate Dissertation Awards—and two Downstate Scholars were named as top five finalists from a SUNY System-wide pool of candidates!

Downstate scholar Emiliya M. Storman, M.D., Ph.D., a member of the Class of 2021 from our School of Graduate Studies, was honored for her dissertation, “CNS Aromatase and Estrogen Receptors: Subcellular Organization and Its Functional Implication.”

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Dr. Storman is originally from Moscow, Russia, but is a New Yorker at heart. She received a BS in Neural Science from NYU where her research focused on the pathogenic mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease. Driven by her interest in medicine and research, she pursued the dual MD/PhD degree at Downstate, with a focus in Neural and Behavioral Sciences. Under the mentorship of the late Alan Gintzler, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry in the School of Graduate Studies, Dr. Storman learned first-hand what it takes to translate an idea into a grant proposal, from which discoveries stem and publications emerge. Her research focused on defining an oligocrine modality of estrogenic action. In this modality, estrogen acts as intracellular messengers within the same oligomer in which they are produced, enabled by the physical association of aromatase and a membrane-associated estrogen receptor (mERα). Dr. Storman investigated the plasticity of aromatase-mERα associations as a consequence of sex, estrous cycle stage, and central nervous system (CNS) regional functionality. Main findings indicated that aromatase-mERα associations and the resulting estrogenic signaling vary between functionally-distinct CNS regions, and CNS aromatase activity can be modulated independently of systemic aromatase, revealing a remarkable complexity of estrogenic regulation. This research could inform potential therapies for restoring impaired estrogen-dependent CNS functionalities, such as chronic pain, while limiting undesirable effects by targeting specific subpopulations of aromatase and mERα. Currently, Dr. Storman is a first-year pediatric resident at Cohen Children's Medical Center. She hopes to contribute to the field of pediatric endocrinology through research and a commitment to children's health and well-being.

 

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Zachary Tyler Olmsted, Ph.D., third year student in our College of Medicine, was honored as a finalist for his dissertation, “Human Trunk Development and Innervation in a Dish to Facilitate Neurotherapeutics.”

 

Dr. Olmsted is originally from Oneida, New York. He attended the University at Albany and majored in Nanoscale Engineering at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (now SUNY Polytechnic Institute). Dr. Olmsted conducted biomedical research in the Janet Paluh lab throughout his undergraduate tenure, from which he earned the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. To pursue a career as a physician-scientist, he matriculated in the dual MD/PhD program in Nanomedicine between SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Olmsted continued his graduate work in the Janet Paluh lab at SUNY Polytechnic Institute to develop stem cell-based models of human embryology and nervous system innervation in a dish. He extended these findings to generate stem cell-derived, transplantable neuronal network therapies for animal models of spinal cord injury. This work resulted in a Ph.D. in Medicine and Nanoscale Engineering from SUNY Polytechnic. The impact of his dissertation research is reflected in 13 publications this year that include Nature and Cell Press family journals, an invited talk at the Society for Neuroscience international conference, an abstract and poster for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and pending U.S. patents. He is currently finishing core year clinical rotations as an MS3 at Downstate and plans to pursue residency training in neurosurgery.

Both Drs. Storman and Olmsted were awarded $1,000 for their dissertation work and will be published by SUNY Press in Spring 2022. CONGRATULATIONS to our incredible School of Graduate Studies and College of Medicine scholars for their seminal work that will serve to advance both their professional journeys and the legacy of excellence at Downstate.

For more information on all five finalists and a closer look at the submissions of Drs. Storman and Olmsted, CLICK HERE!

 

College of Nursing

Dr. Jean McHugh Honored with NYU Meyers Alumni Association 2021 Rising Star Award

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I am happy to share that Jean McHughPh.D., RN, APRN-BC, Associate Professor and Director for the Entry Level Program-Accelerated BS in Nursing Track in our College of Nursing, was recently selected to receive the NYU Meyers Alumni Association 2021 Rising Star Award!

Selected annually, the 2021 Rising Star Award, held in late October, was presented at NYU’s Alumni Weekend and honors graduates who have made exemplary strides in their nursing careers while reinforcing and advancing the mission and goals of the NYU Meyer’s College of Nursing.

Before serving in her current role in Downstate’s College of Nursing, Dr. McHugh served as the Assistant Director of Nursing at Downstate’s University Hospital of Brooklyn. She is a nationally certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and has extensive experience in nursing leadership, education, and administration.

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Dr. McHugh’s program of research investigates the multifactorial influences of workplace incivility on work environment, patient safety, organizational commitment, engagement, and nursing retention. She is dedicated to the development of effective evidence-based strategies for driving change, quality, and organizational improvement that creates and sustains healthy practice environments.

 

Please join me in congratulating Dr. McHugh on this great honor!

 

 

College of Medicine

Downstate Department of Family Medicine Launches Maternal Care Video Promotions

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As some of you may have noticed, Downstate’s Department of Family Medicine recently launched a series of social media posts to promote the vast array of Maternal Care offerings they provide to the diverse patients and the communities we serve.

With the goal of enhancing the department’s visibility, increasing community awareness of its clinical offerings, and driving growth within its patient populations, a team from the Departmemt of Family Medicine—including Nkiruka Nwokoye, JD, Administrator for the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Rajdeep Parmar, MPH, Data Coordinator Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faith Cornwall, Teaching Midwife in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Daria Primus, Staff Assistant in the Department of Family and Community Medicine—worked together to produce SOCA and Patient Experience videos in support of the department’s promotional efforts.

The videos are nods to the great work being done within the department to reach underserved members throughout our patient communities and provide them with an unmatched experience that reduces disparities and improves health outcomes.

I would like to thank the team in Family Medicine for taking the initiative to enhance the visibility of the department and get the word out to prospective patients about the maternal care services offered at Downstate.

If you have not had a moment to VIEW THE VIDEOS BELOW, I encourage you to do so and share with your networks on social media.

 

CLICK HERE to WATCH the Family Medicine SOCA Music Video!

CLICK HERE to WATCH Family Medicine Patient Experience Video!

 

 

School of Public Health

Downstate SPH Makes Impressive Showing at APHA 2021

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I am pleased to share that Downstate’s School of Public Health made their presence known with great participation of SPH students and faculty at the 2021 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo! The prestigious conference, held in late October with virtual and in-person attendance in Denver, Colorado, enabled our SPH scholars and esteemed faculty to learn, network, and share their work with a broad spectrum of national and international public health professionals and peers.

Downstate SPH was in full force with more than two dozen presentations from SPH students and faculty. To get a better sense of just how robust our participation was, please see the list below and be sure to take a closer look at their impressive contributions via the abstract links below!

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Janille Williams, MPH

 

DrPH Student in Epidemiology and Student Council President

4076.0: Epidemiologic risk modelling of disproportionate burden of sars-Cov2 case positivity and COVID-19 mortality among blacks/African Americans in Washington DC

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

Janille Williams, MPH

 

DrPH Student in Epidemiology and Student Council President

4149.0: Black-white racial differentials in sars-Cov2 and COVID-19 transmission, case fatality and mortality in the United States

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

Janille Williams, MPH

 

DrPH Student in Epidemiology and Student Council President

5020.0: Initial sars-COV2 variant and COVID-19 global case fatality and mortality: "extreme epidemiology" pandemic response

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

 

Kunika Chahal, MPH

 

MPH Epidemiology Alumna and Current Downstate MS1 Student

4063.0-The Effect of Nativity Status (U.S. Born vs Foreign-Born) on Self-Reported Diabetes in NYC from 2009-2012

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

 

Faven Araya, MPH

DrPH Student in Community Health Sciences and Student Council Secretary

4204.0 - Increasing the importance of breastfeeding among African American men in brownsville, brooklyn NY through culturally-tailored barbershop talk intervention

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

 

Faven Araya, MPH

DrPH Student in Community Health Sciences and Student Council Secretary

5059.0 - Impact of NYC community-based organizations on social determinants of health pre- and post- COVID-19

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

 

Alecia James, MPH

DrPH Student in Epidemiology

Intimate partner violence victimization linked to an increased odds of heavy drinking: Findings from the 2018 NYC community health survey

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

 

Lulu Wei

MD/MPH Student in Epidemiology

Characterizing occupational risk and COVID-19 symptoms among a diverse sample of New York State healthcare workers

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

 

Janet Rosenbaum, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Confidence disparities: Pre-course coding confidence predicts greater statistics intentions and perceived achievement in a project-based introductory statistics course

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

Janet Rosenbaum, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

3063.0 - Health returns to sub-baccalaureate credentials during the early covid-19 pandemic

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

Janet Rosenbaum, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

5007.0 - Assessment of recanting self-reported behavior in HIV prevention trials in community-based versus clinic-based participants

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

Michel Josaphat Michel, MD

MPH Student in Epidemiology

The association between marijuana use and antisocial behavior among US adolescents: Analysis of youth risk behavior survey 2019

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

Kay Thwe Kyaw, M.D., DrPH

DrPH Alumnus 

3087.0 - Role of religion in advanced care planning and end-of-life care preferences

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

Marlene Camacho-Rivera, SC.D, MS, MPH

Assistant Dean for Student Engagement and Success and Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences

COVID-19 information seeking behaviors and trust, among Latino New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut residents

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

Marlene Camacho-Rivera, SC.D, M.S. MPH

Assistant Dean for Student Engagement and Success and Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences

4018.0 - Mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among U.S. adults with cardiometabolic conditions

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

Mamta Karani, PharmD, MPH, BCPS

MPH Alumnus in Epidemiology 

5059.0 - Impact of NYC community-based organizations on social determinants of health pre- and post- COVID-19

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

Eric Persaud, DrPH

DrPH Alumnus in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Opioids and the workplace instructor and leadership training programs: 6-month follow-up impact evaluation

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

Eric Persaud, DrPH

DrPH Alumnus in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Evaluation of Niehs Worker Training Program's COVID-19 biosafety training and infectious disease response

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

Ogie Umasabor-Bubu

DrPH Student in Epidemiology

5066.0 - The effectiveness of a multidisciplinary quality improvement program on hospital acquired central line blood stream infections in a teaching hospital.

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

Christina Kim

MPH Student in Epidemiology

Building local/global spina bifida communities with adaptive design

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

Brittney Vincent

MPH Student in Epidemiology

3081.0 - Barbers and hairstylists as educational lay health advocates on COVID-19 and health disparities in underserved communities

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

Blessing Aroh

MPH Student in Health Policy & Management

5129.0 - The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the birth experience of black women in Brooklyn, New York

ABSTRACT LINK HERE!

 

CONGRATULATIONS and a HUGE THANK YOU to all of our 2021 APHA student and faculty presenters and participants for ensuring Downstate had strong representation at this important annual event, and for showcasing the thought leadership and excellence at Downstate SPH!

 

School of Health Professions

Professor Richard Sabel Honored with the NYSOTA President’s Award

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I am proud to share that Richard Sabel, MA, MPH, OTR, GCFP, Clinical Assistant Professor for the Occupational Therapy Program in the School of Health Professions (SOHP), was recently awarded the 2021 New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA) President’s Award.

Professor Sabel, who is no stranger to statewide recognitions and honors, was also notably awarded the NYSOTA Merit Award for Practice during last year’s 2020 cycle. This year, the Association honored him with the most prestigious accolade—the President’s Award—amongst a cohort of 31 professionally distinguished 2021 NYSOTA Awardees. Every year, NYSOTA selects the best occupational therapy professionals from across the state who have exhibited exceptional and trailblazing “passion, commitment and hard work” in advancing occupational therapy practice and education.

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Professor Sabel’s approach to education and clinical care, integrates Eastern and Western therapeutic practices into a distinctive approach to help clients with diverse needs reengage in meaningful activities. He teaches his integrative approach at several occupational and physical therapy professional degree programs and divides his clinical time between private practice and leading groups at various medical and community centers. His focal points, in both education and research, are in fall prevention, pain management, pelvic health, and mind-body practices such as Yoga, Tai Chi Chuan, and the Feldenkrais Method.

A hearty CONGRATULATIONS to Professor Sabel on this great honor, and many thanks for continuing to do work that advances both the reputation of the School of Health Professions and the mission of Downstate.

 

Must See Downstate TV

Downstate videos from the New Media Division of Communications & Marketing, featuring faculty, students, and staff. Want to see more? Check out Downstate TV on YouTube HERE!

 

Pathways to a Career in Health Care:

Learn more about three Downstate’s summer pipeline programs for high school and college students:

  • Exploring Health Careers
  • Summer Program in Translational Disparities and Community Engaged Research (SPRINTER)
  • Early Medical Education (EME)

Hosted by Tina Adjei-Bosompen, MPH, Senior Program Coordinator, and Runako Gulstone, MA, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Office of Diversity Education and Research.

 

Community Lecture Series on GI Cancers: Colon Cancer and the Impact of Diet

With Downstate speakers Sam Moll, MS, RDN, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and Mohammad Almeqdadi, M.D., PGY3 Fellow in the Division of Gastroenterology. Moderated by Laura Martello-Rooney, Ph.D., Director of GI Research and Research Assistant Professor at Downstate. The lecture series is sponsored by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Northwell Health, with special thanks to the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center and the Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness.

Downstate Media moments

In case you missed it – here are a few Editor’s Picks from recent news articles featuring either Downstate or quoting Downstate faculty, staff, or students:

 

The New York Times

Featuring Luis Tatem, M.D.

Another Struggle for Long COVID Patients: Disability Benefits – October 27, 2021

 

The New York Times               

Featuring SPH Dean Kitaw Demissie, M.D., Ph.D.

Racism Is Declared a Public Health Crisis in New York City

 

Times Union

Featuring OB/GYN Chair Camille A. Clare, M.D., MPH

Letter to the Editor: Pregnant? Considering it? Get the COVID-19 Vaccine – October 19, 2021

Shout Outs

Shout out goes to...

Adriana Conde, Assistant Vice President, Office of Employee and Labor Relations, was selected as a member of the 2022 class of fellows for SUNY’s Hispanic Leadership Institute. The Institute is an intensive, six-month executive professional development program that is charged with developing and supporting the next generation of Hispanic/Latinx leaders across the SUNY system. To date, the Institute has graduated 41 leaders since its launch in 2017; Ms. Conde is one of 10 faculty and staff from six SUNY campuses accepted into this latest upcoming class. 

SUNY Downstate’s education programs for receiving high rankings.  U.S. News & World Report included us in its global list of “Best in the World,” a ranking of universities from over 90 countries based on academic research and reputation. (We came in at #1,506.)  Meanwhile, the website EdReformer.com, which created a ranking list to help students find their perfect school, scored Downstate as one of the nation’s “Top Ten Public Universities.”

David Berger, M.D., MHCM, FACS, Chief Executive Officer, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and Lori Bruno, MPH, Director, Policy and Strategy Development, for securing $945,421 in federal funding to acquire and implement a virtual health platform to facilitate tele-triaging of patients, virtual rounding by clinicians, and rapid discharge.  The funding, which was allocated through the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, was announced in early November by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

SUNY Downstate for receiving $340,000 from the New York Community Trust to develop new therapies to treat diabetes. The award will also fund studies into a type of diabetes sometimes referred to as “Flatbush diabetes,” which is often resistant to insulin and affects many Black patients from our community. 

Moro Salifu, M.D., MPH, MBA, FACP, Chair of Medicine at Downstate and Director of the NIH-funded Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, and Marilyn Fraser, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, for being appointed to the Advisory Board of the newly opened Brooklyn College Cancer Center, BCC-Cure (Community Outreach, Research, and Education). On October 29, 2021, Downstate faculty members Stacy Blain, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Cell Biology, and Henri Tiedge, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Physiology & Pharmacology and Neurology, joined a dozen healthcare experts from Brooklyn College, Maimonides Medical Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in a jointly sponsored BCC-CURE community symposium, “Taking Charge of Your Breast Health During a Pandemic.”

The two teams of Downstate students competing against 455 teams from 49 campuses in SUNY’s Esports Fall 2021 Video Gaming Tournament.  So far, our teams—the Downstate Rocket League (Sohaib Fasih-Ahmad, Brandon Badillo, Kevin Anrud, and David Mandil) and the Downstate Valorant Team (Brandon Grill, Brian Rhee, Samuel Kim, Jordan Zhou, Ting-Ju Chiang, and Joseph Baroda)—are holding their own, with three wins and three losses apiece in their competition brackets. If you’re a gamer and want to watch the action or join the thousands of cheering fans, the SUNY tournament is streamed on Twitch, an interactive livestream service, here:  https://www.twitch.tv/sunyesports  (Rocket League, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m., Valorant Team, Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.)

 

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SOHP Dean's Lecture Series

CLICK HERE to REGISTER for Lecture 3 (November 17, 2021): Critical Thinking

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