From the Center

Integrating the Human in Medical Education

“The whole point of medicine is that it is oriented towards people, care, emotions and the real lived experience. And often that is lacking when we practice medicine. One of our goals is to think about how do we reinvigorate, how do we reintroduce those kinds of questions and concerns back into our practice of medicine on a daily basis,” observed Dr. Rishi Goyal, at a two-day conference at Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on February 18-19, 2019.  The conference, ‘Health, Politics and the Imagination in Colonial and Contemporary India’ was part of the President’s Global Innovation Fund awarded to Dr. Goyal, Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Director of the Medicine, Literature and Society program at Columbia University.  It aimed to strengthen the field of South Asian medical humanities by building a network that could share expertise and build the groundwork for future collaboration. 

March 24, 2019

Cereals and their Impact on Environment and Nutrition

India’s transition from a cereal importing to exporting country over the last fifty years is a testament to the remarkable success of the Green Revolution that heralded a surge in production of rice and wheat.  While the ubiquitous roti remains a staple in many Indian diets, increased yields and consumption of select cereals have come at the expense of lower-yielding traditional coarse cereals such as pearl millet (bajra), sorghum (jowar), and finger millet (ragi).

March 25, 2019

Integrating the Human in Medical Education

“The whole point of medicine is that it is oriented towards people, care, emotions and the real lived experience. And often that is lacking when we practice medicine. One of our goals is to think about how do we reinvigorate, how do we reintroduce those kinds of questions and concerns back into our practice of medicine on a daily basis,” observed Dr. Rishi Goyal, at a two-day conference at Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on February 18-19, 2019.

March 25, 2019

Sustaining Democracy in the Middle East

It was in Tunisia that the Arab Spring was born, leading to the ouster of its long reigning authoritarian ruler in 2010 and the adoption of the region’s first democratic and secular constitution.  The revolution triggered similar uprisings in the Middle East but the promise of democratization did not sustain in these other countries.  What then are the factors that contributed to the success or failure of post-revolution democratic transitions in the Arab world?  Drawing from his extensive scholarship on geopolitics and social reform in the region, Safwan M.

March 25, 2019

From Genome to Exposome: Environmental Determinants of Global Health

Is human growth determined more by our genetic makeup or by environmental nurture?  Even as this question has been the source of serious scholarly debate over the years, it gains added significance when making critical decisions about health care.  Presenting the Yusuf Hamied Distinguished Lecture at the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on March 4th 2019, Gary Miller, Vice Dean and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, demonstrated how the study of the human genome and genetics has now been expanded by a new and compl

March 25, 2019

Climate Hazards in the Arabian Sea

“Climate Change and its impact on marine ecosystems is bringing a series of changes; affecting national security, water security as well as food security,” noted Joaquim Goes, Lamont Research Professor of Biology and Paleoenvironment at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, in a workshop held at Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on February 20-21, 2019.  The workshop brought together 25 scientists to discuss strategies for managing marine ecosystems in the wake of climate change.

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