Stony Brook University recently received $60 million in new funding to build a state-of-the-art Innovation and Discovery Center on its Research and Development Park campus. The center will include 200,000 square feet of new lab space at Stony Brook University as well as office space for startup businesses. The new funding comes from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s START-UP NY initiative, which aims to give businesses tax breaks to start up, relocate, or add new locations in New York by working with New York public and private universities.
Researchers at Stony Brook University recently received $1.2 million in life science funding from the NIH for a Sphingolipids in Cancer Biology and Therapy project led by Yusuf Awni Hannun. According to Stony Brook University, Dr. Hanuun is a renowned molecular biologist and physician-researcher interested in the molecular mechanisms of cancer. In 2012, he was appointed director of the Stony Brook Cancer Center, and he also serves as the Joel Kenny Professor of Medicine and Vice Dean for Cancer Medicine. The NIH RePORTER gives some background information on the project receiving NIH life science research funding:
Researchers at Stony Brook University in collaboration with colleagues at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine used DNA sequencing methods to make a new discovery: the direct causation of exposure to aristolochic acid (AA), which is found in a plant that’s been used in herbal remedies for thousands of years, in the development of urothelial cancer.
Clinical trials were recently conducted and proved promising for a Lyme Disease vaccine developed by science researchers at Stony Brook University. The vaccine proved to produce a large number of antibodies against all targeted species of Borrelia, which causes Lyme Disease in Europe and the United States. Baxter International S.A., who worked with Stony Brook University researchers to develop the vaccine, conducted the clinical trials.
After receiving $2 million in philanthropic gifts in honor of Thomas Hartman, the Thomas Hartman Center for Parkinson’s Research in the Stony Brook University Department of Neurobiology and Behavior was dedicated in a ceremony on June 13th, 2013. Thomas Hartman was a much loved priest, television and radio personality, and believer in many causes who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004.
Lab suppliers marketing university lab equipment and hoping to increase scientific product sales may want to take a closer look at Stony Brook University’s latest research funding grants. Stony Brook University was recently awarded $2.45 million from the New York state government to fund programs are that have been designated as having “high need.” The government will be awarding $12 million to 36 SUNY colleges over the next three years.
Last year when we reported on the extraordinary $150 Million gift by the Simons Foundation to Stony Brook University (read the blog), we noted that part of the gift was earmarked for new research faculty hires as part of the SUNY 2020 Plan. Indeed the goal is to hire as many as 250 new researchers into the SUNY System by the year 2020--100 at the Stony Brook campus. The first 25 of those positions will be in 5 "clusters," which were recently selected from a larger pool of program proposals in the first round of the University's interdisciplinary faculty cluster hiring initiative. Rather than approving individual faculty members, or even allotting funds to individual departments, SBU is looking at using this unprecedented opportunity to strengthen its interdisciplinary programs through this clustered hiring of faculty who will work within a department but also as part of a larger team.
Though the general consensus seems to be that the Northeast weathered deadly storm Sandy relatively well thanks to warnings and emergency plans put into action, there were unexpected casualties beyond the loss of over 80 human lives. Massive flooding in the lower New York Metro Area was not on the radar to the extent that it actually transpired, and basements that were thought to be flood-safe turned out not to be. That was the case at New York University's Smilow Research Center, where animal labs underground were inundated and approximately 10,000 research mice and rats drowned and lab equipment was ruined. On the upper floors, precious biological samples and reagents were lost as freezers and refrigerators shut down. Other research institutions in the area fared better.
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The first construction of an image by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMRI) by Dr. Paul Lauterbur took place at the University at Stony Brook thirty years ago, and the Stony Brook Chemistry professor went on to win the 2003 Nobel Prize for his work. So it's fitting that another breakthrough in MRI technology is also taking place at the Long Island research university, this time by biomedical engineer Balaji Sitharaman, right, and his team, who have developed a potentially safer and more cost effective MRI contrast agent for improved disease diagnosis and detection. The agent is graphene-based rather than gadolinium-based, and the success of the advanced agent is documented in a recent PLoS ONE article.
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The recent news out of New York regarding SUNY Stony Brook's future could not be better: a private donation to the Long Island university of $150 million will not only secure the future of its science programs but will allow Stony Brook to move up in order of magnitude into the ranks of top life science research institutions nationwide. The gift was made by the Simons Foundation, with the agreement by New York State that it will institute a new tuition structure for wealthier students and commit to a $35 million capital construction plan. The gift will go towards insuring research excellence in the School of Medicine, hiring top research faculty, and recruiting the best graduate students.