December 2019 EIPM Director’s Memo

Every month, EIPM Director Olivier Elemento, Ph.D. shares a memo with staff, students and colleagues from the Cornell community about important developments in our work, we hope you enjoy learning more about how we are using precision medicine to advance science and improve outcomes for patients.


December 2019 EIPM Director’s Memo


Dear Colleagues,

The end of the calendar year is a good time to reflect on the successes and accomplishments we’ve made in 2019. EIPM staff have a well-earned reputation for advancing science and improving patient care for a range of diseases and conditions, from cancer to diabetes, and cardiovascular disease to neurological conditions.

But we are also using our expertise to expand into new fields, like creating a Molecular Aging Initiative, using advanced genomics in dermatology, improving stroke research and care, and using an AI approach to optimize embryo selection for IVF. Regardless of the complexity of research, we never forget that all of our efforts seek to improve outcomes for patients like Ronda Kotelchuck (right).

Our colleagues have published nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles this year in leading publications like the New England Journal of Medicine and Nature, we’ve hired outstanding new staff including our Associate Director for Precision Immunology Laura Santambrogio, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Director Cora N. Sternberg, M.D., cancer immunotherapy expert Lorenzo Galluzzi, Ph.D., and our colleague Laura Martin, Ph.D. was appointed Ex Vivo Models Director.

Our 2nd Annual Precision Medicine Research Symposium: A Paradigm Shift in Patient Care! (left) showcased the rich talent of our EIPM Members and our collaborations with colleagues from Cornell University in Ithaca and Cornell Tech. Over 300 participants heard from more than 30 speakers on a very wide-range of topics related to precision medicine research.

Hilary Swift for The New York Times

I’m so grateful, especially during the holiday season, that Weill Cornell Medicine will provide debt-free education for medical students (right) with a demonstrated financial need. This remarkable development will enable talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds to receive a world-class education and graduate without crushing debt.

@World Science Festival/Greg Kessler

At the EIPM we’re investing in young people in a number of ways, from mentoring high school students through our collaboration with the World Science Academy (left), to providing meaningful internships, and collaborating with medical students like David Kolin. All of these efforts are worth the investment of our time and energy to motivate and inspire future leaders in science and medicine.

Finally, we have a number of open career opportunities and I encourage you to share these with your professional colleagues.

Thank you again for your hard work and dedication to our mission. I hope you enjoy this holiday season and I look forward to working with you to build on these successes in 2020.