Immunology

Countrywide Survey Finds Virus in Humans and Camels Match, Establishes That Direct Camel-to-Human Transmission Is Possible and Likely

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in transforming human stem cells into functional lung and airway cells.

Robert Winchester, MD, receives the 2013 Crafoord Prize from the King of Sweden. Photo: Markus Marcetic.

[Updated June 19, 2013]

Robert J. Winchester, MD, an immunologist in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Rheumatology, was awarded the 2013 Crafoord Prize in Polyarthritis by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

By analyzing tissues harvested from organ donors, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have created the first ever “atlas” of immune cells in the human body. Their results provide a unique view of the distribution and function of T lymphocytes in healthy individuals.

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have created the first true mouse model of typhoid infection. The development promises to advance the study of typhoid and the creation of new vaccines against the infection, which remains a major health threat in developing countries.

A leading hematologist/oncologist and former president of Haverford College, Stephen G. Emerson, M.D., Ph.D., has been named director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, effective April 1.