Urban Health Research at the New York Academy of Medicine

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Institute for Urban Health
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A health care executive based in New York City, Dr. Mitchell Blutt serves as the chief executive officer of Consonance Capital. Dr. Mitchell Blutt is also a member of the New York Academy of Medicine, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the overall health of people living in urban settings.

The New York Academy of Medicine hosts the Institute for Urban Health, a policy organization designed to create innovative solutions to health issues in cities. The Institute for Urban Health takes a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to improving urban health. In particular, the Institute focuses on matters such as increasing preventive care and healthy aging and eliminating health disparities.

To accomplish its mission, the Institute for Urban Health conducts a variety of studies using quantitative and qualitative research. The organization partners chiefly with health care systems and health departments across New York City, as well as local universities and community organizations. The Institute for Urban Health performs its research through units such as the Center for Health Innovation, which focuses on the most important determinants of health on a broad scale.

Cornell Students Learn from One Another through Linkage Program

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Linkage Program
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Physician and health care investment pioneer Dr. Mitchell Blutt serves as CEO of Consonance Capital, a New York City-based investment firm he founded in 2005. For nearly three decades, Dr. Mitchell Blutt has also worked as a professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

In its efforts to increase student learning, Weill Cornell oversees a number of programs that promote collaborative research among students from the school’s various education departments. For more than a decade, Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell University Graduate School have partnered to advance intercampus initiatives through the Cornell University Graduate Linkage (CUGL) program.

CUGL enables graduate students to split their time working at Cornell’s campuses in Ithaca and Manhattan. In addition to learning from great minds at the two campuses, students who participate in the program have the opportunity to work on collaborative research projects across a number of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, applied mathematics, and computer science.

This type of interdisciplinary research also prepares students for the future of science, which will see researchers from various fields coming together to create innovative technologies. Since CUGL was founded in 2006, 50 students have participated in the program.

Therapies Available to Treat Parkinson’s Disease

Mitchell Blutt

Mitchell Blutt

Healthcare investment professional Dr. Mitchell Blutt founded Consonance Capital in 2005 and has served as its CEO since then. An active member of the healthcare community, Dr. Mitchell Blutt has been involved with various healthcare foundations such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Each year, the Michael J. Fox Foundation works toward the goal of curing Parkinson’s disease by funding crucial research and supporting the creation of innovative therapies. Focused primarily on improving the lives of Parkinson’s patients, the organization also provides all the information individuals need to understand their various treatment options.

Medication is one of the first therapies physicians recommend to those living with Parkinson’s disease. Though these prescriptions help lessen symptoms of the condition, they cannot slow or reverse the disease itself. In general, Parkinson’s disease medications target two sets of symptoms: motor and non-motor. The former helps alleviate the muscle tremors and sluggishness that the condition manifests in patients. The latter complements physical treatment by providing relief from symptoms such as sleep deprivation and depression.

When medications are not enough to help patients manage their symptoms, physicians often will turn to deep brain stimulation as an alternative method of treatment. Those who receive this therapy must undergo a surgical procedure in which they receive electrode implants in their brain. By connecting to an external device, these electrodes administer small pulses to the parts of the brain that generate motor symptoms.

The New York Academy of Medicine Library Appoints Artist in Residence

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A physician and business leader focused on healthcare investment, Dr. Mitchell Blutt serves as CEO of Consonance Capital, a New York City-based firm he founded in 2005. Additionally, he has taught as a professor at Weill Cornell Medical College for nearly three decades. Over the course of his career, Dr. Mitchell Blutt has maintained memberships in organizations such as The New York Academy of Medicine.

In addition to pursuing various research, policy, and program initiatives, The New York Academy of Medicine oversees a library that features a world-renowned collection of texts and other materials on medicine and public health. Recently, the Academy announced that Kriota Willberg will serve as the library’s first-ever Artist in Residence.

Willberg, a visual artist who teaches musculoskeletal anatomy to other artists as well as dancers and massage therapists, has collaborated with the academy in the past on anatomy drawing workshops and demonstrations. As the library’s Artist in Residence, she will explore the intersections between art and the body sciences and will hold workshops and classes for peers and students.

More information about Kriota Willberg and her appointment as the Artist in Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine’s library can be found at www.nyam.org/news.