Vern L. Schramm, Ph.D. in the lab at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Vern L. Schramm, Ph.D., in his biochemistry lab at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

One thousand dollars per pill?

A single treatment course for hepatitis C virus to cost $83,000?

How can those prices be justified?

The drug-discovery process is a long one, fraught with disappointments and massive investment, no matter what the outcome. Some pharmaceutical companies argue that the high prices charged for their rare “blockbuster” drugs help them recover research and development costs.

While drug pricing and drug access are contentious and controversial issues—ones better addressed by public policy and insurance specialists—I can personally speak to the time-consuming and often heartbreaking path from basic research findings to approved and clinically accepted drugs. [click to continue…]

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Sabriya Stukes, Ph.D. - Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Einstein graduate student Sabriya Stukes at the Bronx Zoo explaining her research on host-pathogen interactions during the Bronx Science Consortium Student Symposium

What’s the best way to convey scientific information to nonscientists?

That’s a question young investigator Sabriya Stukes pondered this week at the second annual student research symposium sponsored by the Bronx Science Consortium. The event comes on the heels of Stukes successfully defending her Ph.D. in microbiology & immunology at Einstein. [click to continue…]

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Parents Walking Son to SchoolBack-to-school shopping, new sneakers and first-day outfits, sharpened pencils and fresh notebooks in oversized backpacks by the door: As a parent, these are the images I’ve come to associate with the start of every school year.

But with my 20-plus-year history as a developmental pediatrician specializing in autism at Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center, I have an added association with the start of the school year: a particular type of phone call. [click to continue…]

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breakfast featuring potassium rich foods on a light background

The American Heart Association journal Stroke published an article this afternoon that reinforces the importance of sufficient potassium intake in reducing risk for the most common type of stroke.

The study involved more than 90,000 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79, who were followed for an average of 11 years. Compared with women who ate a low-potassium diet, those consuming a diet rich in potassium were less likely to have strokes or to die from any cause. The study drew from information collected during the landmark Women’s Health Initiative study of postmenopausal women, in which Einstein played a leading role. [click to continue…]

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Roger Duvivier (standing), as a student at Einstein

Roger Duvivier (standing), as a student at Einstein

There are certain people who enrich lives, shape careers and inspire excellence.

Einstein’s Dr. Roger Duvivier is one of those people.

From his upbringing in Haiti, Duvivier grew from a young man with a dream—who knew almost no English when he came to the U.S. at age 18—into an accomplished obstetrician/gynecologist, mentor and global health advocate. He graduated from Einstein in 1974 and went on to hold academic and clinical posts at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, its University Hospital.

During his 40-year career, he has shown extraordinary leadership as a teacher, mentor and guide for students. His work for aid organizations in Guatemala has helped improve the detection of cervical cancer—a leading killer of women in that country.

Read more about Dr. Duvivier’s inspiring journey as a physician and global health leader.

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