Browsing: Medicine and Research

Stony Brook Medicine is the first hospital on Long Island and across the New York metropolitan area to implant a new commercially available retinal device known as the “bionic eye” to provide artificial vision for patients with retinitis pigmentosa. The first commercially available retinal implant surgery was performed in October by Khurram Chaudhary, M.D., a Retinal Surgeon at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. After 20 years of blindness, the patient, Linda Kirk, 67, of Port Jefferson, can now distinguish light from dark, some shapes, and movements. And it all happened within 10 minutes after an implanted retinal device was…

The Stony Brook University School of Nursing is launching a PhD in Nursing that will begin in the summer of 2018. The PhD in Nursing Program emphasizes education and training at the highest level in order to develop the next generation of nurse scientists and educators skilled in research methodologies useful in all areas of nursing science to improve the health and well-being of the population. The 54-credit program is designed to take 2.5 years to complete, with an additional year for dissertation completion. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, (AACN), the current national demand for nurses with PhD-level education…

Dear Fellow Alumni, Happy Holidays to you and your family. We wish you good health, happiness and peace. On behalf of the School of Medicine Alumni Board, I am delighted to update you on our latest activities and continue to invite you to get involved by reaching back to help our current students. Our Careers in Medicine is a hallmark of how we, as alumni, can help our first and second-year medical students. Do you remember how confusing it was for us to try to determine which path we should choose? By participating in Careers in Medicine, we can offer…

While skin pigmentation is nearly 100 percent heritable, it is far more genetically complex than previously thought. According to a new study published in Cell, co-authored by Stony Brook’s Brenna Henn, the genetics of skin pigmentation become progressively complex as populations reside closer to the equator, with an increasing number of genes—known and unknown—involved, each making a smaller overall contribution. Researchers from SBU, Stanford University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard worked closely with the KhoeSan, a group of populations indigenous to southern Africa. They found that earlier studies of the genetics of skin pigmentation are misleading because they rely on…

Although filled with tropical life today, the Caribbean islands have been a hotspot of mammal extinction since the end of the last glaciation, some 12,000 years ago. Since people also arrived after that time, it has been impossible to determine whether natural changes or human influence are most responsible for these extinctions. A new study by an international team of scientists, including Stony Brook University Professor Liliana M. Dávalos, reports an analysis of the incredibly diverse “lost world” of Caribbean fossils that includes giant rodents, vampire bats, enigmatic monkeys, ground sloths, shrews and dozens of other ancient mammals. The study, published today in the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, reveals that the arrival of humans…

There were hugs and happy tears all around, when 23 Stony Brook Medicine staff members returned home on November 8 after more than two weeks of treating patients in Puerto Rico. Family and friends were waiting in the hospital lobby as the group bounded off the bus from Newark Airport. Holding up handmade “Welcome Home” signs, loved ones let loose with applause and cries of “I missed you!” and the more generic but equally heartfelt “Woo-hoo!” Puerto Rico has been crippled since Hurricane Maria slammed into the island. Some people were left homeless by the storm. Others searched in vain…

David Mark Silberhartz, MD, a 1980 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine, has been a psychiatrist for 33 years and is passionate about helping other physicians join his profession. He recently established the Silberhartz Family Award to provide funds to medical school graduates who are entering their residency training to become psychiatrists. The grant will be awarded for the first time next spring. “I hope to help attract the best and brightest students into psychiatry,” Dr. Silberhartz said. The Silberhartz Family Award is funded through a family trust that was set up years ago. “My parents taught my…

As the sun was rising over Long Island, a Stony Brook Medicine task force left for Puerto Rico on October 24 to help people still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria. Twenty-three Stony Brook staff members reported to Stony Brook University Hospital before boarding a bus that took them to JFK Airport and their flight to the devastated island. The Stony Brook contingent is part of a 78-member relief team of personnel from hospitals around the region. The Stony Brook team includes doctors, nurses, a pharmacist, paramedics, nurse-practitioners and nursing assistants. Richard Scriven, MD, Pediatric Trauma Surgeon, Associate Professor of…

More patients with complex tumors of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract are benefiting from the use of recent advances in minimally invasive surgery, including robotic-assisted surgery. This September, Stony Brook’s Surgical Oncology team became the first on Long Island to perform a fully robotic Whipple surgery. The procedure was performed by two surgical oncologists, Joseph Kim, MD, and Georgios V. Georgakis, MD, PhD, who used the da Vinci® S HD™ Surgical System to operate on a patient with stage II pancreatic cancer. The Whipple procedure, named after surgeon Allen O. Whipple, MD, and also known as pancreatico-duodenectomy, is used to remove tumors located in…

Scientists from Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) will be developing seasonal predictions of fish and marine mammal distributions in the Northeast United States with the goal to enhance protected species management. The research is supported by a $509,573 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Science and Technology, in partnership withNOAA Research’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program. The Northeast U.S. large marine ecosystem is highly productive and supports important commercial and recreational fisheries. It has also experienced some of the highest warming rates in recent…

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