Occupational Health and Safety Questionnaire “Renew Button” Introduced

As you are aware, for all personnel having direct or indirect exposure to laboratory animals, the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals IVA.1f requires Institutions involved in biomedical research to have an Occupational Health and Safety Program (OHSP) aimed at protecting the health of personnel who have direct or indirect exposure to laboratory animals. The Occupational Health and Safety Questionnaire that exists online via Sinai Central must be completed annually.

In an effort to facilitate annual renewals, a “Renew Button” has been introduced. The renew button will allow all members of the research team to:

  1. Submit the form ‘B’ to the Employee Health Service (EHS) annually for review
  2. ‘Renew’ option will be available for the life of the protocol (until final report is submitted).

As a reminder, non-compliance in the timely filing of the OHSQ could delay the approval of IACUC Applications.

If you have any questions regarding the Occupational Health and Safety program or the Questionnaire please contact the Employee Health Service (212-824-7014), the Biosafety Officer (212-241 -5169) or the IACUC Office at 212-241-0153.

GCO New Staff Additions and a Promotion

The Grants and Contracts Office (GCO) is pleased to announce new staff additions and a promotion as well.

David Dalton joined the GCO team as a Grants Coordinator.  David previously worked for the Program for the Protection of Human Subjects (PPHS) office for approximately 6 years where his primary responsibility was intake of electronic submissions.   David’s GCO responsibilities include processing the intake of InfoEd applications and Sinai Central forms.

Photo from Left to Right: David Dalton, Sarah Sanders, Edwin Berrios, Jennifer Oluoch-Kore

Sarah Sanders is a new Grants Specialist II for the GCO. Sarah previously was employed as  a Subawards Manager at Columbia University.  Notably, Sarah was a recipient of the Oprah Winfrey Fellowship for African Women in Public Service at the Wagner School of Public Service.

Edwin Berrios has been promoted to Grants Specialist I after 10 months of employment in the GCO as a Grants Coordinator.   Grants Specialist responsibilities include reviewing projects for accurate administrative and budgetary information and compliance with extramural and institutional regulations.

Jennifer Oluoch-Kore has joined the group a Senior Contracts Specialist.  Jennifer has over 5 years of experience as a subaward manager working at Engender Health Inc. and Columbia University.  Contracts Specialist responsibilities include the review and negotiation of sponsored project agreements.

Please join us in welcoming our new staff and congratulating Edwin Berrios on his promotion.

Retirement of Rebecca Balentine, GCO Associate Director and Promotion of Amanda Amescua, GCO Assistant Director Announced

Rebecca Balentine and Her Team

Rebecca Balentine and Her Team
(from left to right Mary Mbabazi, Amanda Amescua, Rebecca Balentine, Olga Carr, Michelle Yoon, Edwin Berrios)

We are both saddened and delighted (for her!) to announce the retirement of Rebecca Balentine from the position of Associate Director, Grants and Contracts Office (GCO) effective Friday, April 28, 2017. She has  been an outstanding member of the GCO family, and her three year term at Mount Sinai has been a wonderful capstone to an exciting 35-year career in research administration! Her hard work, dedication, and sense of humor have been central to the success of her team, and she will be greatly missed. Please join the GCO in thanking Rebecca for her valuable years of service and wishing her well in her future travels!

While we are sad to see Rebecca go, we are also pleased to announce Amanda Amescua will be taking over her role as Assistant Director, effective May 1, 2017.  Amanda Amescua has received a well-deserved promotion from GCO Senior Grants Specialist to Assistant Director.  Amanda has approximately 10 years of experience in sponsored project administration including positions at Columbia University Medical Center, Duke University Medical Center, and the University of Texas at Austin.  We are confident that Amanda will make a fine edition to the leadership team.  Please join us in congratulating Amanda in her new role.

New GCO Staff Members and Promotion Announced

The Grants and Contracts Office (GCO) is pleased to announce their newest staff members and a promotion as well.

IMG-20170221-WA0003-0Edwin Berrios and IMG_6274-0Jahaira Ramirez join the GCO team as Grants Coordinators.  Edwin comes with experience as an insurance assistant and Jahaira as a medical office assistant. Their responsibilities include processing the intake of InfoEd applications and Sinai Central forms.

20170221_092507Althea Fenton-Humphries joins the GCO as a Senior Grant Specialist with over 17 years of pre and post research and grant stewardship experience from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Research Foundation of CUNY.

Hashley-HeriveauxHashley Heriveaux was hired as a Grants Coordinator and has been promoted to Grants Specialist I.   Grants Specialist responsibilities include reviewing projects for accurate administrative and budgetary information and compliance with extramural and institutional regulations. For a listing of GCO contacts and designated departments, please click here.

Please join the GCO in welcoming their new staff.


New GCO Staff Member Announced

Shelle O’Loughlin is a new Grants Coordinator whose responsibilities are processing the intake of InfoEd applications and Sinai Central forms for the academic departments listed here.  Shelle comes with many years of experience as an executive assistant in academic medical centers and has previously temped as a Grants Coordinator at the GCO.  Please join the GCO in welcoming Shelle O’Loughlin.


New GCO Staff Member Announced

PlMichelle-Yoonease join the Grants and Contracts Office (GCO) in welcoming the newest addition to their staff, Grants Specialist Michelle Yoon.  Michelle comes to the GCO with 7 years of experience as a clinical research coordinator at Mount Sinai. She holds a BA from Columbia University and a BS from CUNY/Hunter College.  Michelle will be handling work from the Department of Psychiatry and the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.   Michelle is replacing Leo Imatani who had handled this portfolio previously and has taken a position in the FACTS office.

New Interim Leadership for the CCMS

JonathanCohenAt the close of February 2016, Jonathan A. Cohen, DVM, MS, DACLAM, a trusted and valued member of the Icahn School of Medicine’s research community, took the reins as Interim Director of Center for Comparative Medicine and Surgery (CCMS).

“I embrace the challenges of this new role, and look forward to the hard work to propel the Center to new heights,” commented Dr. Cohen, reflecting his enterprising approach.

Dr. Cohen joined the CCMS faculty in 2010 as Assistant Professor Comparative Medicine and Surgery and Assistant Professor, Medicine (Renal). He has served as Assistant Director, CCMS and Head of Small Animal Medicine. He was promoted to Associate Director of CCMS in 2013 after leading the successful AAALAC re-accreditation effort, receiving high commendations from the site visit team. As Associate Director, he assumed major day-to-day oversight responsibilities for the CCMS operation. Specifically, he has been the veterinary point person for establishing the Gnotobiotic program (essential for Microbiome research), the rodent colony management program, introduction of genotyping services (Transnetyx), and oversight of the rodent health monitoring program. He oversees the Husbandry Operation team of approximately 50 technicians, supervisors, and managers.

Dr. Cohen graduated from the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and completed his laboratory animal training within a comparative medicine research postdoctoral fellowship at Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2010.

The research community is pleased to welcome Dr. Cohen in his new role.


Making Changes to Research Personnel in IRB Submissions

The Program for the Protection of Human Subjects (PPHS) is releasing a new guidance document this week that clarifies their procedures regarding the change of research personnel. To better serve researchers and their staff, this guidance has been broken down into three easy-to-understand categories, contact person, personnel changes that require IRB review and approval prior to their implementation, and personnel changes that do not require IRB review and approval prior to their implementation.

Researchers and staff will be able to quickly determine what category applies to their change using clear and concise lists. From there, they can determine their next steps and obligations. Make sure to keep an eye on the PPHS’ Researcher’s Palette, Guidance and Policies to obtain the latest guidance on this and all other IRB-related requirements.

For more information, contact Liz Carroll, Assistant Director of Regulatory Affairs of the PPHS.


New GCO Staff Members

Hashley-HeriveauxPlease join the Grants and Contracts Office (GCO) in welcoming two new additions to their staff, Grants Coordinator Hashley Heriveaux and Senior Grants Specialist Jennifer Pan.

Hashley joins the GCO after serving in Department of Preventive Medicine as a Program Coordinator.  As a Grants Coordinator, he will be responsible primarily for intake of sponsored project and research applications and review of corresponding Sinai Central forms.

Jennifer Pan comes to the GCO with approximately 25 years of experience in grants administration most notably as the Senior Grants Manager at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and  Mount Sinai West.  Jen has been actively involved in the integration of these sites’ researchers into the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai community.



Rosalind Wright Assumes Leadership Roles in Translational Research

Effective November 1, Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH assumed the dual leadership roles of Dean of Translational Biomedical Research and Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

As Dean for Translational Biomedical Research, Dr. Wright provides leadership for clinical and population-based research across the Mount Sinai Health System, applying her expertise and vast experience to supporting and growing our research endeavors. This role dovetails with her directorship of the CTSA, recently re-funded by the NIH to foster high-quality translational research, research education, and the development of innovative resources. Through Mount Sinai’s Conduits program, the CTSA spurs collaborations among clinicians, patients, and scientists, and builds partnerships across a national network of CTSA programs.

“As technological advances and evolving insights into disease causation and individual variation increase the complexity of research and its translation into clinical practice, we are challenged with moving forward integrated team science that informs what genes, environment and life stage mean to defining normal variations and altered health trajectories throughout the life course and across generations,” said Dr. Wright of her new roles. “This is an exciting time for science and medicine with Mount Sinai continuing to lead the way.”

Dr. Wright is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine. As a pulmonologist and life course epidemiologist, she has special expertise in prenatal and early childhood factors contributing to the programming of chronic diseases. She has built a large National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research program focused on understanding the role of both chemical and non-chemical social stressors in perinatal programming of conditions such as asthma, obesity, cardiometabolic disorders, and neurodevelopment, particularly as they relate to health disparities in socioeconomically challenged urban populations. Dr. Wright’s pioneering research on the role of social factors and toxic stress on disease programming starting in pregnancy was recently recognized through her election as a fellow to the National Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.

As we welcome Dr. Wright, we want to thank Hugh Sampson, MD, who is scaling back his administrative positions at Mount Sinai to assume a role as Chief Scientific Officer for DVB Technologies, a company that is developing treatments for pediatric food allergies. We wish him well in his new external position and, at the same time, are pleased that he will continue to be a visible, vibrant presence in the Icahn School of Medicine research community.