Icahn School of Medicine Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Launch of Scientific American Custom Media Series

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Highlights Inspiring Scientific Discoveries of Present and Future

To mark its 50th anniversary, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has launched a series in partnership with Scientific American Custom Media that takes a sweeping look at Mount Sinai’s groundbreaking research and innovation fueling the next generation of treatments.

Since its foundation, the Icahn School of Medicine has been an “engine of discovery,” launching many innovations that have helped to establish the School as one of the most prolific in the country. The first three articles in the series were published today and highlight discoveries that allow scientists to see the physical basis of memories; use baby teeth to map out markers that give early warning of diseases like autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and cancer; and advance the treatment of diabetes with the development of the artificial pancreas and the discovery of drugs that can regenerate insulin-producing beta cells.

“The Icahn School of Medicine of Mount Sinai was founded with a focus on the clinical and biologic problems facing the physician. This series gives readers a close-up view of research as it moves from the lab to the patient, including the motivations of the physicians and scientists who are doing the research,” said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System. “In our 50-year evolution, we have remained on the front lines of medical research, generated a greater understanding of health and disease biology, and made pivotal discoveries, including identifying the first common gene variant linked to autism and performing the first successful surgical composite tracheal transplant.”

Over the next several weeks, Scientific American Custom Media will publish articles on additional topics, including work by Mount Sinai researchers in the areas of depression, addiction, the universal flu vaccine, and precision medicine, as well as a look at the experience of women in science at Mount Sinai through the years.

The Mount Sinai Hospital began planning for its medical school and graduate school in the late 1950s. The school, then known as the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, was chartered in 1963 and opened in 1968. Today, it is ranked as a leading medical school in the United States for National Institutes of Health funding. Committed to interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation, and discovery, the Icahn School of Medicine comprises a diverse group of skilled researchers, scientists, and physicians who collaborate to challenge the limits of science and medicine and to facilitate the development of treatments for the most serious medical conditions.

About Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City’s largest integrated delivery system encompassing seven hospital campuses, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai’s vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians; 10 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Medical Schools”, aligned with a U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” Hospital, it is ranked as a leading medical school for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation’s top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in six other specialties in the 2018-2019 “Best Hospitals” issue. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology and 44th for Ear, Nose, and Throat, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. For more information, visit http://www.mountsinai.org/, or find Mount Sinai on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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