Annual Dean’s Healthcare System Team Science Award Nominations Sought by July 30th

Nominations are sought for the Annual Dean’s Healthcare System Award, sponsored by Conduits, the Institute for Translational Science. This award has been established to acknowledge and underscore the emerging importance of interdisciplinary teams to the translation of research discoveries into clinical applications.

This award is meant to recognize an outstanding interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research team for its innovative and impactful science that has advanced or likely will advance the detection, diagnosis, prevention or treatment of disease. This research effort should ideally reflect a partnership between basic and clinical science and reflect a novel undertaking that would not have been accomplished by any single member of the team working in isolation.

For 2017, this award will focus on Team Science in Cancer Research, which often requires participation of investigations from a broad array of disciplines including biomedical science, genomics, Immunology, pharmacology & nanotechnology, systems biology, biomedical engineering, bioinformatics, clinical informatics, computational biology, experimental pathology, imaging, in vivo models, mHealth, Big Data analytics, biostatistics, population science clinical investigation and community engagement. A one thousand dollar prize will be given to the recipients of this Team Science Award.


  • To showcase outstanding role models of collaborative, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research
  • To provide a venue to acknowledge the importance of Team Science in solving complex and meaningful problems, significantly impacting human health and advancing novel solutions in the field of cancer.


  • Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

Team science collaboration: as evidenced by 3 or more members of a Team that reflect participation of both basic and clinical disciplines who have worked to address a major problems concerning the pathogenesis, diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, and/or prevention of cancer

Applicants: All Team Leaders must be employed by the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) or be on the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) or State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. Collaborators from industry, who are members of a given MSHS &/, RPI or Stony Brook investigative team, may be included.

Limit: MSHS, RPI and SUNY Stony Brook faculty and healthcare professionals may only participate in one Team Science Award application.

Program Guidelines:

Please submit the following materials as a single pdf by email to ( on or before July 30th.

  • A 1-2 page summary, delineating the Team’s contribution to the field of cancer research, (including citation of published work), the gap in knowledge addressed and the impact of the research on human health.
  • Current standard CV and bibliography

Nominations will be considered by an Executive Committee and the recipients announced in August. Questions? Please contact Janice Gabrilove, MD ( or Crispin Goytia (


Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) has been invited by the Pew Scholars Program to nominate one candidate for support by the program. The aim of this program is to support assistant professors of outstanding promise in basic sciences relevant to the advancement of human health. This is an extremely prestigious award. Strong proposals will demonstrate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Previous recipients usually had an extensive publication list that includes at least one, and often more, first author publication(s) in either Science, Nature (or one of its specialty journals), Cell, and/or PNAS.

The award provides $240,000 in flexible support – $60,000 per year for a four-year period.  The applicant is expected to spend no less than 80% of their time on the project described.

Please refer to the Committee on Special Awards’ email announcement for additional details.


Malware Threat Prompts Immediate Attention to IT Best Practices

In May, a massive cyberattack impacted 100 countries, infecting Windows-based computers with malicious software (malware) that required payments in the form of bitcoin to unlock victims’ devices. The attack focused on government agencies, hospitals, and universities.

In response, the Mount Sinai Health System Information Technology (IT) team strongly recommended that the research community be extremely vigilant when opening email attachments or downloading content from the internet. Ransomware attacks are typically caused by downloading software or downloading a malicious email attachment.

Our IT team provided the following best practices:

  • Since the attack, all centrally-managed IT Windows-based laptops should have been brought on to campus and connected to the Mount Sinai network to enable patches to be installed and ensure that the systems are rebooted, and
  • All Windows-based workstations and servers should have been rebooted to ensure the patching efforts have been completed.
  • Please be aware that additional filters on our email servers have been activated and may cause 4-5 minute delay in delivery of external messages that contain attachments.
  • Any critical data on a local hard-drives (which is not advised) should be encrypted and backed up on a virtual drive.
  • Health and Human Services (HHS) has indicated that scammers were posing as IT personnel and contacting unsuspecting users, asking them to provide remote access to “fix the bug” reported in the media. Mount Sinai IT will not contact users directly by phone to address this issue.
  • Please forward any suspicious email to

For additional questions please contact our central IT help desk at 212-241-4357 or on campus visit ASC-IT within Annenberg Floor 11.


New Biorepository Search Tool Launched

The Biorepository and Pathology Core group is pleased to announce the launch of the Biospecimen Web Portal.  Investigators will now be able to perform simple to complex searches for various types of bio-specimens that have been collected over the past 10 years.

This easy to use Biospecimen search engine will allow individuals to explore the various types of tissues (and fluids) that have been collected covering a variety of organ systems and disease types.  Furthermore, through interface with our bio-specimen tracking system, investigators will begin to understand the quantity and types of specimens (i.e. formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded, frozen) that are potentially available for their respective research studies.  Please follow the simple steps listed on our Biorepository CoRE webpage to begin your search.  All specimen requests will be prioritized based on timing of email receipt and answered by Biorepository personnel as quickly as possible.

For additional information regarding the sample inventory please contact Dr. Michael Donovan, Scientific Director ( For specific questions regarding use of the search tool please email:


Resources for Drug Discovery from the Screening Lab

The Assay Development and Screening Core for Drug Discovery has announced that their resource is running on its full capacity and invited researchers to utilize it. In addition, they seek screening collaboration with their Principal Investigators. The mission of this Core is to accelerate and enhance drug discovery research through close collaboration with investigators to identify valuable targets, establish reliable assays, and perform medium to high throughput screenings of small molecule and antibody libraries. For more information, contact Jianxi Liu, Ph.D., Senior Scientist with the Drug Discovery Institute.


Pepper Center Requests for Proposals to Support Innovative Pilot Projects and Junior Investigators

Mount Sinai’s Claude D. Pepper Older American’s Independence Center (“Pepper Center”) innovative mission is to stimulate, develop, and fund research to improve quality of life and independence of older adults with serious illness and their caregivers. This multiyear program project grant from the National Institute of Aging has helped to create a foundation of pioneering research in aging and palliative care at Mount Sinai, and has helped to improve care for our nation’s sickest patients.

The goals of Mount Sinai’s Pepper Center are to identify, recruit and train leaders in aging and palliative care research as well as provide funds to support pilot and exploratory projects related to aging and palliative care.  TWO REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS TO DIRECTLY SUPPORT PILOT AND EXPLORATORY PROJECTS AS WELL AS SUPPORT ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR JUNIOR CLINICIANS:

  • The Pilot and Exploratory Core provides support for investigators at all levels to propose innovative projects aimed at improving the care of older adults with serious illness.
  • The Research and Education Component provides support for salary and coursework for talented junior investigators interested in pursuing a career in research (basic, translation, and health services) related to the care of older adults with serious illness.

For additional information, please review the requests for proposals (linked above), which include information about funding opportunities as well as timelines. Please contact Ashleigh Manning ( for additional information.

The Mount Sinai OAIC (Older American’s Independence Center) is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Aging (2P30AG028741; Albert Siu, PI).


ISMMS IRB to Review Beth Israel Human Research

As part of the continuing efforts of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) to streamline and unify the submission process to the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) throughout the system, the Program for the Protection of Human Subjects (PPHS) is pleased to announce that effective May 30, 2017, all Beth Israel human research applications will now follow the ISMMS submission deadline schedule found on the Researcher page on the PPHS website.  With this integration, the ability for the IRB to review projects weekly rather than monthly will assist in improved turn-around times.

As a reminder all initial applications require an e-submission through Ideate.  If the project was originally submitted in Ideate, its continuation application, any modification submissions, and its final report will also be submitted through Ideate.

For projects that did not begin in Ideate, they will continue to be submitted to

As always, the PPHS appreciates your attention to this matter and all that you do to protect the research volunteers who agree to take part in the research conducted by investigators working within the Mount Sinai Health System.

If you have any questions related to the changes above please call the PPHS/IRB office at 212-824-8200.


NCATS SMART IRB Online Reliance System Beta Launch

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) launched the SMART IRB to provide standard operating procedures to facilitate a single IRB model for multi-site studies.  All 64 CTSA hubs across the country have signed on to SMART IRB including ConduITS, Icahn School of Medicine’s Institutes of Translational Sciences, as well as a number of academic sites that are not in the CTSA network (~180 to date).

Freely available for institutions and investigators, SMART IRB is an integrated, comprehensive platform that allows flexibility in the size and scope of collaboration to enable IRB reliance for multi-site studies across the nation, regardless of funding status. Interested MSHS researchers must contact the Program for the Protection of Human Subjects (PPHS), which supports ISMMS’s participation in the SMART IRB initiative and has procedures to work with the SMART IRB as a Relying institution. In order to initiate SMART IRB review, researchers must go through the ISMMS PPHS Ideate electronic submission system.

The SMART IRB Online Reliance System is a unique tool that helps institutions establish and document single IRB review arrangements. By using this system:

  • Investigators can create and submit requests to use a single IRB for their studies.
  • Collaborating institutions can work together to identify a Reviewing IRB and track and document reliance arrangements on a study-by-study basis.
  • Users have a clear understanding of next steps and are notified when action is required.

The SMART IRB Online Reliance System became available in beta on May 4, 2017. For more information about using the SMART IRB system at MSHS, email


Mount Sinai’s Brain Fair Inspiring the Next Generation of Researchers

Each year Mount Sinai’s Brain Fair is bigger and better and reaches more people than the year before. This year was no exception, hosting over 400 school children from neighborhood public schools and other members of our local community.

This year’s Brain Fair, ultimately held on Friday May 5, had to overcome a major complication: the original date was cancelled due to New York’s snowstorm in March. Despite this obstacle, the Brain Fair was a huge success. Check out this video

A tremendous thank you goes to Neuroscience Graduate Students Ana Badimon, Carla Golden, Casey Lardner, and Zefa Sullivan, co-directors of MINDS (Mentoring in Neuroscience Discovery at Sinai). Special thanks also go to Alyson Davis of CEYE (Director, Center for Excellence in Youth Education) as well as Marilyn Balamaci, Elizabeth Dowling, Rose Ferrer, Alison Malouk, Chloe Politis, Jaime Rodriguez, and Veronica Szarejko. Their dedication, commitment, and passion, and recognition of the importance of sharing excitement about the brain with our community neighbors, is inspiring.

Join us next year for this great event.