Research and Discovery

The Global Response to Ebola Outbreak: What Took So Long?

Columbia physician and Ebola survivor Craig Spencer says community engagement and trust-building are the best tools to combat the epidemic.

Health, Medicine and Wellness

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Prescription Opioid Misuse: What Do Medical Marijuana Laws Have to Do With It?

Opioid use disorder among prescription opioid users decreased slightly after laws passed.

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Vascular Surgeon Uses Art to Create a Surgical Blueprint
Virendra Patel’s drawings prepare him for exactly where he will encounter problems in the operating room, often down to the millimeter.
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Good Medicine Depends on Diversity in Research

Columbia professor Sandra Soo-Jin Lee leads a national study on the inclusion of ethnic minorities in genetic studies.

Neuroscience and Psychology

Scientists Identify Brain Region That Enables Young Songbirds to Change Their Tune

Columbia study demonstrates unmatched flexibility of the growing brain; offers insight into children’s remarkable ability to learn language

Pinpointing How Cells Regulate Long-lasting Memories

Columbia research in mouse neurons reveals new insights into the biology of memory; offers promising new areas of focus to combat neurodegenerative diseases

New Technologies Could Spur Treatments for Spinal Cord Injuries and Disease

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has awarded Columbia scientists $1.5 million to build an atlas of genetic activity of all cells in the spine.

Earth, Climate and Environmental Science

A green plant with delicate pink buds that thrives only in the Colombian Andes and is classified as vulnerable
Plants of the Tropical Andes Are Under Threat
A new book catalogs hundreds of species in danger from causes that include deforestation, fires and climate change.
map showing aquifer found by scientists below Atlantic
Scientists Map Huge Fresh-Water Aquifer Beneath the Atlantic Ocean
The discovery by Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory researchers could signal other resources worldwide, providing water to arid areas in danger of running out.
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Helping Herders in Africa Adapt to Climate Change

Research from Columbia creates seasonal forecasts that can assist migratory workers predict locations where grasslands will be greener.

Science, Technology and Engineering

bacteria growing within necrotic regions of lymphoma tumors (LEFT). Bacteria are programmed to undergo waves of growth and self-destruction leading to immunotherapeutic release (RIGHT).
Bacteria to Fight Cancer

Scientists design a therapy that in mice models that turn the immune system against cancer cells from inside the tumor.

A new type of quasiparticle is discovered in graphene double-layer structure. This so-called composite fermion consists of one electron and two different types of magnetic flux, illustrated as blue and gold colored arrows in the figure.
A Potential Platform for Future Quantum Computers

The discovery of exotic quantum states in graphene could drive new electronic devices.

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Columbia Engineers Develop Multi-Mobile Computing System

The "M2" platform allows for the integration of different devices across disparate systems. 

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