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Composite of a cryo-electron microscopy image showing lipid vesicles with embedded Piezo channels, and the Piezo channel structure (top). Topography image of a single Piezo channel under force as recorded by high-speed atomic force microscopy (circle) and its lateral expansion in the membrane as a function of applied force (right). All images:Dr. Simon Scheuring.)

A team of scientists from Weill Cornell Medicine and The Rockefeller University has illuminated the basic mechanism of Piezo proteins, which function as sensors in the body for mechanical stimuli such as touch, bladder fullness and blood pressure. The discovery is a feat of basic science that also opens up many new paths of investigation into the roles of Piezo proteins in human diseases and potential new therapeutic strategies.

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From left: Drs. Laura Riley, Barbara Hempsetad, Silvia Formenti and Lisa Newman named in Crain's 2019 Notable Women in Healthcare. Credit: Roger Tully

Four distinguished Weill Cornell Medicine physician-scientists – Drs. Silvia Formenti, Barbara Hempstead, Lisa Newman and Laura Riley – have been selected as Crain’s Notable Women in Health Care in New York City.

The Weill Cornell Medicine awardees are part of a list of 100 women chosen by Crain’s New York Business for outstanding professional and philanthropic achievements in New York City, as well as proven commitments to mentorship and the promotion of diversity and inclusion in the...

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Upcoming Seminars

September 19, 2019 (All day)
The National Conference on Medical Student Mental Health and Well-Being is hosted by Weill Cornell Medicine, in partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges, Associated Medical Schools of New York, and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Medical students experience higher rates of psychological distress, including anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation, compared to peers in the general population. While much needed attention is currently being focused on clinician well-being within the medical community, it is time to concentrate more fully on medical students as well. The National Conference on Medical Student Mental Health and Well-Being is the first comprehensive, multidisciplinary forum to examine the mental health needs of medical students. Bringing together leading experts in the field, medical school administrators and faculty, mental health professionals, and medical students, it seeks to better understand the causes of psychological distress in this population. Key goals are to identify new and improved strategies for detection, treatment, and prevention of mental illness in medical students, as well as innovative methods for fostering greater resilience and well-being, that can be implemented at medical schools around the country. Conference Themes Detection and treatment of major mental disorders in early adulthoodStresses of medical school and the transition to residencyAdministrative issues related to mental illness in medical studentsStrategies to prevent burnout and promote resilience and well-beingBest practices for improving medical student mental healthSuicide preventionTarget Audience Conference attendees will include approximately 400 medical school deans, university and teaching hospital administrators, faculty physicians, researchers, mental health professionals, and medical students. It is particularly designed for health care practitioners in the fields of: PsychologyPsychiatrySocial WorkStudent HealthInternal MedicinePrimary CareEpidemiologyPublic Health Individuals working in medical education, admissions, and student affairs fields at medical schools will also benefit from the clinical, scientific, and administrative discussions during the conference. Register now!
October 31, 2019 - 1:00pm
Jing Yang, Ph.D. Principal Investigator/Professor Peking University Biochemistry and Cellular & Developmental Biology Lecture Series
November 7, 2019 - 1:00pm
Dr. Erika Holzbaur Physiology Professor University of Pennsylvania Biochemistry and Cellular & Developmental Biology Lecture Series

Thesis Defenses

Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 2:00pm

Hyunwoo Cho
Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology

Chairperson: Dr. Alexander Rudensky

Major Sponsor: Dr. Christina Leslie

Minor Sponsors: Drs. Olivier Elemento and Danwei Huangfu

Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 1:00pm

Angela Chui


Chairperson: Dr. M. Elizabeth Ross

Major Sponsor: Dr. Songhai Shi

Minor Sponsors: Drs. Alexandra Joyner and Lorenz Studer

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 2:00pm

Mayur Mahavir Gadiya
Cell and Developmental Biology

Chairperson: Dr. Neal Rosen

Major Sponsor: Dr. Sarat Chandarlapaty

Minor Sponsors: Drs. Omar Abdel-Wahab and Michael Overholtzer

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