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Dr. Ann Beeder Appointed to New Endowed Professorship

Dr. Ann Beeder, the new Jeanette and Jeffrey Lasdon Associate Professor Clinical Public Health and Psychiatry

Dr. Ann B. Beeder, associate professor of clinical public health and associate professor of clinical psychiatry, was appointed as the Jeanette and Jeffrey Lasdon Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health and Psychiatry, a newly endowed position.

Dr. Beeder has been chief of the Division of Community and Public Health Programs since March 2011 after having served as interim division chief for the two years prior. She is a public health associate attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and medical director of the Vincent P. Dole Treatment and Research Institute for opioid dependency disorders, now part of the hospital's Ambulatory Care Network. She is also medical director of the Midtown Center for Treatment and Research and the Employee Assistance Program Consortium, both run by the Department of Public Health.

The Division of Community and Public Health Programs at Weill Cornell has seen an expansion of research and outreach programs under Dr. Beeder's direction. She is collaborating with numerous faculty to lead a collaborative research and training initiative, the Program in Addiction Treatment Effectiveness and Economics, as well as conduct public health research.

Dr. Beeder is also a faculty advisor to the Weill Cornell Community Clinic, a medical student-run program that provides health services to uninsured New Yorkers and has recently expanded to also provide community programs and psychiatric services. Dr. Beeder also supports, facilitates and collaborates on community research program and the vaccine development program.

Under her direction, the Midtown Center for Treatment and Research has received renewed endorsement and increased funding from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. This support from the state has enabled the center to offer enhanced services to more outpatients who have a wide range of chemical dependency problems. Additionally, the center, in conjunction with the Headstrong Project, now offers services for combat veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.

Additional Awards and Honors

Dr. Silvino Dutruel, a fellow mentored by Dr. Martin R. Prince, was awarded the Radiological Society of North America Research Trainee Award for a research paper on MR contrast reactions.

Dr. Joseph J. Fins, The E. William Davis, Jr., M.D. Professor, chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and professor of medicine, public health and medicine in psychiatry, gave an invited plenary talk in Spanish at the University of Valencia Nov. 12 in Spain. The talk was entitled, "El Derecho a la Consciencia: Un Encuentro entre a la Neurociencia y la Neuroetica," (The Right to Consciousness: An Encounter between Neuroscience and Neuroethics) at the II International Congress of Bioethics.

Dr. Daniel Gardner, professor of physiology and biophysics and professor of physiology and biophysics in neuroscience, served as chair of a National Institutes of Health Special Emphasis Panel on Neurogenetics, Epilepsy, Technology and Neural Repair, which reviewed and evaluated grant applications Oct. 4-5. Dr. Gardner is also the founding chair of the NIH's Neurotechnology Study Section.

Dr. Costantino Iadecola, director of the Brain and Mind Research Institute, the Anne Parrish Titzell Professor of Neurology and professor of neurology and neuroscience, gave the keynote address titled, "The Science of Vascular Demential,"Oct. 4 during the Reynolds Oklahoma Center for Aging's inaugural Donald W. Reynolds Symposium on breakthroughs in vascular cognitive impairment. The Center, located in Oklahoma City, is a hub for basic, translational and clinical biomedical research.

Dr. Makoto Ishii, instructor in neuroscience, was one of the recipients of the 2012 American Neurological Association Junior Academic Neurologist Scholarship, which provided funding to attend the Association's annual meeting Oct. 7-9. Each year, the Association selects up to 10 junior academic neurologists to receive free meeting registration and lodging. The American Neurological Association is a professional society of academic neurologists and neuroscientists devoted to advancing the goals of academic neurology; to training and educating neurologists and other physicians in the neurologic sciences; and to expanding both our understanding of diseases of the nervous system and the ability to treat them.

Dr. Alexander R. Margulis, clinical professor of radiology, was recognized as a distinguished investigator and inspiring visionary in the science of radiology by the Radiological Society of North America with its establishment of the "Alexander R. Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence." The inaugural award was awarded at the society's 98th annual meeting in November to the best original scientific article published in the journal Radiology. The Radiological Society of North America is an international society of radiologists, medical physicists and other medical professionals with more than 51,000 members across the globe.

Dr. Martin R. Prince, professor of radiology, participated in a visiting professorship lecture Oct. 1 at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to discuss "Gadolinium Safety." In addition, he gave an invited talk Oct. 7 on "Optimizing Arterial Phase Imaging for Liver MRI" during the annual meeting of the Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance, dedicated to improve patient care through the appropriate use of CT and MR by fostering innovative research and educating radiologists. On Oct. 15, he was elected a fellow of the North American Society of Cardiovascular imaging and a day later he gave the invited talk "MR Contrast Agents for Cardiovascular MR, risks and benefits" during the Society's annual meeting. The Society is a scientific, educational and professional organization dedicated to the advancement of Cardiovascular Imaging.

Dr. Alyssa Reiffel, the former chief research fellow for the Laboratory for Bioregenerative Medicine and Surgery, won an "Outstanding Presentation Award" from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons during its annual meeting for the paper titled, "Optimization of Vasculogenesis within Naturally-Derived, Biodegradable Hybrid Hydrogel Scaffolds." This is the second year in a row Reiffel has one this award. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world.

Dr. Dikoma C. Shungu, professor of physics in radiology, gave the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's invited talk, entitled "Noninvasive Measurement of Cortical GABA, Glutamate and Glutathione in Vivo by Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy," during the Academy's annual meeting Oct. 23-28. The Academy is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents and families affected by mental, behavioral or developmental disorders.

Dr. Ramin Zabih, associate professor of computer science in radiology, received the Koenderink Prize for Fundamental Contributions in Computer Vision at the 12th European Conference on Computer Vision in October for the paper, "What Energy Functions Can Be Minimized via Graph Cuts?" The conference, which meets every other year and has an acceptance rate of 20 percent, is among the top three computer vision conferences in the world. Dr. Silvino Dutruel, a fellow mentored by Dr. Martin R. Prince, was awarded the Radiological Society of North America Research Trainee Award for a research paper on MR contrast reactions.

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