Center for Immunology connects Cornell strengths

The center, with more than 120 faculty members, builds on the multidisciplinary nature of research into the immune system, with links between infection biology, vaccine development, genetics, genomics, malignancy and biomedical engineering.

Signaling pathway in immune cells could be Alzheimer’s target

Inhibiting an important signaling pathway in brain-resident immune cells may calm brain inflammation and thereby slow the disease process in Alzheimer’s and some other neurodegenerative diseases, a study by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators suggests.

Permanent birth control methods for women have up to 6% failure rates

Hysteroscopic sterilization, a nonincisional procedure, was found to be as effective as minimally invasive laparoscopic sterilization in preventing pregnancy, but both methods had higher-than-expected failure rates, according to a new study led by an investigator at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Tumors change their metabolism to spread more effectively

New cancer cell research opens a new avenue for understanding how tumors spread to other tissues via metastasis, and hints at novel ways to block the spread of cancer by targeting the process.

Three faculty inducted into Association of American Physicians

Three distinguished Weill Cornell Medicine physician-scientists, Dr. Joseph J. Fins, Dr. Rainu Kaushal and Dr. Shahin Rafii, have been elected to the Association of American Physicians.

Worker Institute study documents risks faced by NYS nail salon workers

A new Worker Institute report highlights the struggle to improve pay, benefits and labor conditions in New York state’s nail salon industry.

Around Cornell

Accessible care key to treating hep C in people who inject drugs

Among participants who had hepatitis C and who injected drugs, those treated at a non-stigmatizing “accessible care” treatment center co-located with a syringe service program were nearly three times more likely to be cured, according to new research.

SARS-CoV-2 virus can infect heart’s pacemaker cells

The SARS-CoV-2 virus can infect specialized pacemaker cells that maintain the heart’s rhythmic beat, setting off a self-destruction process within the cells, according to a preclinical study co-led by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian and NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

Key protein facilitates regeneration of liver blood vessels

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine have identified a key protein that induces the program to build specialized liver blood vessels. The discovery could lead to engineered replacement hepatic tissue to treat common liver diseases.