Integrating Special Populations Resource (ISP)

The Integrating Special Populations (ISP) Resource fosters research collaborations within and across four special populations: pediatrics (infants, children, and young adults), geriatrics (65 years or older), rare diseases (as defined by NIH, a rare disease affects fewer than 200,000 people in the US or one in 1,500), and HIV. The goal is to provide expertise necessary to study diseases across the lifespan, utilize rare diseases as tools to study more common diseases, increase the dissemination of results, and create culturally sensitive engagement, recruitment, and educational tools to facilitate ISP-based research in upper Manhattan.


ISP provides support through:


  • Karen S. Marder, MD, MPH

    • Director; Sally Kerlin Professor of Neurology
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  • Michael Rosenbaum, MD

    • Associate Program Director; Professor, Clinical Pediatrics and Clinical Medicine
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  • Elizabeth G. Cohn, RN, PhD

    • Community Engagement and Research Liaison (CECR)
  • Zainab Abedin, MPH

    • Assistant Director, Evaluation and Continuous Improvement (ECI)
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  • Dianne C. Frederick

    • Senior Program Manager
  • Peter Dayan, MD, MS

    • Associate Director
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Pediatric Special Populations Leadership

  • Peter S. Dayan, MD, MS

    • Professor of Emergency Medicine
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Geriatric Special Populations Leadership

  • Matthew R. Baldwin, MD, MS

    • Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Joseph H. Lee, PhD

    • Professor of Epidemiology (in the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center)

Rare Disease Special Populations Leadership

  • Emily A. DiMango, MD

    • Professor of Medicine; Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
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HIV/AIDS Special Populations Leadership

  • Magdalena Sobieszczyk, MD, MPH

    • Associate Professor of Medicine
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Faculty Collaborators

Sekhar Ramakrishnan, EngScD