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Welcome From The Chair

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center, one of the truly excellent pathology departments in the United States. We are fortunate to be based in the Weill Cornell Medical College, a small but prestigious Ivy League medical school, and in New York – Presbyterian Hospital, one of the top ranked hospitals in the United States.

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Congratulations to Dr. Timothy Hla, who has just been awarded the Leducq Transatlantic Network award for the project entitled: Sphingosine 1-Phosphate in Neurovascular Biology and Disease.

This grant is awarded by the Fondation LeDucq, a Paris, France based organization, which is dedicated to improving human health in the areas of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. The members of the research consortium, named SphingoNet, are from six laboratories located in four countries. From Weill Cornell, Dr. Timothy Hla who is the North American coordinator, will lead the program. He will collaborate with Dr. Costantino Iadecola, the Director of the Brain and Mind Institute at Weill Cornell. From Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, Drs. May Han and Larry Steinman will participate. Another North American lab is headed by Dr. Richard Proia who is at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. The European coordinator is Dr. Christer Betsholtz at the Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden. Dr. Eric Camerer from the INSERM institute of Cardiovascular Research in Paris, Franch and Drs. Josef and Waltraud Pfeilschifter of Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany will participate as European members. These research groups will collaborate closely to investigate how the lipid mediator sphingosine 1-phosphate acts on its receptors in vascular, immune and neural cells to impact on normal brain function. They will also examine how this mechanism contributes to diseases such as stroke, vascular dementias and multiple sclerosis using mouse models. The researchers hope to gain new knowledge and develop new strategies to combat these diseases.

The endorsement by the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Fondation Leducq is a statement of committee’s belief the network will make an impact in the area of neurovascular research through innovation in science, collaboration at the international level, and the active involvement of young researchers in the research program. More than 120 applications were submitted and four networks were selected for funding.


Dr. Mark Rubin is the recipient of the first Prostate Cancer Foundation Mentor of Excellence award

This award was presented at the 20th Annual PCF Scientific Retreat in National Harbor, MD in October, 2013. Congratulations! Dr. Rubin is pictured below with Phil Kantoff and Elizabeth Platz from DFCI/Harvard and Hopkins.
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Congratulations to Drs. Syed Hoda and Attilio Orazi for inclusion in the 2013 New York Magazine "Best Doctors" Issue.



Congratulations to Domenick J,Falcone, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, on receiving the Siegel Family Faculty Award. The Seigels, longtime donors to Weill Cornell Medical College, endowed this prestigious award, given to one faculty member each year.


Weill Cornell Pathologists "SuperDocs" NYTimes 2013

Dr. Attilio Orazi and Daniel Knowles were selected for inclusion in the 2013 New York Super Doctors


Stopping and Starting Cancer Cell Cycle Weakens and Defeats Multiple Myeloma

New Strategy by Weill Cornell Researchers Wreaks Havoc on Cancer's Central Growth Mechanism

Dr. Chen-Kiang and her laboratory colleagues have long studied genes and proteins that control the cell cycle and cell suicide (apoptosis) in cancer. Cancer is fundamentally a disease of uncontrolled cell proliferation, where cells are able to continuously divide. In contrast, cell division in a healthy individual is regulated by the cell cycle, an orderly sequence of programmed gene expression in which the cell is driven through various checkpoints by a highly regulated network of proteins. Read more


Scientists Discover Distinct Molecular Subtype of Prostate Cancer

A group effort in collaboration with Dr. Mark Rubin's Laboratory and the Broad Institute, published in Nature Genetics