The $20 million gift from Andrew H. ’71 and Ann R. Tisch will foster engagement and collaboration between Cornell Tech and Weill Cornell Medicine, catalyzing new discoveries at the intersection of health and technology – starting from precision, genomics-based medicine for use. of artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve clinical care.
The Tisch Faculty Support Program will be managed between Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech. The prize will support the recruitment of the inaugural chair of the new Department of Systems and Computing Biomedicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, and endow a professorship held by the chair; it will also endow one senior- and one junior-level professorship at Cornell Tech in the area of health technology.
“This wonderful new support from Andrew and Ann Tisch will fuel our faculty’s pathbreaking collaboration and innovation at the critical interface of medicine and technology,” said President Martha E. Pollack. “I am very grateful for their investment in this exciting area of exploration, where faculty research is poised to translate into significant human impact.”
Taken together, the new positions will strengthen the relationship between the two campuses’ basic science, computational science and clinical care programs, and generate pioneering discoveries that directly impact patients and improve their care.
“Next generation technology has the potential to transform the health care landscape, providing crucial new scientific insights that will optimize and personalize the care we give our patients,” said Dr. Augustine MK Choi, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine. . “Andrew and Ann Tisch’s generous gift, which we greatly appreciate, will help us realize this potential.”
The new Department of Systems and Computational Biomedicine is the result of Weill Cornell Medicine’s efforts to optimize the structure, organization and scope of scientifically oriented academic departments, institutes and centers. The department will bring together expertise in areas ranging from systems biology and biomedical applications from artificial intelligence and machine learning, to deep molecular phenotyping technologies. The department’s faculty will harness the power of advanced technology and AI and computational science approaches to improve human health, while launching an important hub for scientific collaboration across Cornell’s campuses.
The chair of the department, who will hold the Andrew H. and Ann R. Tisch Professorship of Systems and Computational Biomedicine, will collaborate with faculty from the Englander Institute for Precision Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech and Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar to inform the work of the department with a range of expertise in computer science, biomedical engineering, functional and evolutionary genomics, nanotechnology, the full spectrum of omics technology, and facilities with model and non-model organisms. The chair will also foster new programs with industry and entrepreneurship with the support of Weill Cornell Medicine Enterprise Innovation.
“The Tisches have always played a leadership role in helping our campus excel,” said Greg Morrisett, Jack and Rilla Neafsey Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell Tech. “The gift will provide important resources for us to collaborate more closely with Weill Cornell Medicine and other health care players to advance the impact of digital health technology.”
Investments in Cornell Tech faculty will accelerate discovery and collaboration with industry partners, and drive impact through campus domain-focused hubs in health technology, urban technology and connective media. The new faculty position will also further strengthen the relationship between Cornell Tech and the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, Weill Cornell Medicine and the Ithaca campus.
“Ann and I are excited to support basic and applied research and education, and exceptional patient care, that make Cornell Tech and Weill Cornell Medicine leaders in their fields,” said Andrew Tisch. “Accelerating cooperation and collaboration will lead to the kinds of medical and technological breakthroughs that have the potential to change lives and help improve the world.”
Andrew Tisch is chairman of the board and chairman of the executive committee of Loews Corp., as well as chairman of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business Dean’s Leadership Council, chairman of the External Relations Committee of the Weill Cornell Medicine Board. of Fellows, vice chairman of Weill Cornell Medicine’s We’re Changing Medicine campaign and a member of the Cornell Tech Council. Ann Tisch, a former national correspondent for NBC News, is the founder and president of the Student Leadership Network, an organization that operates the Young Women’s Leadership School, an all-girls public school network, and the CollegeBound Initiative, a co-ed college access. program.
For decades, the Tisch family has been the university’s most generous supporters. In 2002, Andrew Tisch and his brother James S. Tisch ’75 established the Andrew H. and James S. Tisch Distinguished University Professorship. A gift from Andrew and Ann in 2008 established Tisch University Professorships, one of Cornell’s highest faculty honors. The 2010 gift supports Weill Cornell Medicine’s Discoveries that Make a Difference campaign, with a special focus on neuroscience and cardiology. And the gift in 2016 created a professorship at the Jacobs Institute.