Browsing: Medicine and Research

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…

Scientists from Stony Brook University have used a novel technique at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility located at Brookhaven National Laboratory, to answer longstanding questions in medical imaging. The research team used individual x-rays to characterize the physics of how light moves within scintillators—a component of x-ray detectors—for the very first time. Their findings could aid the development of more efficient x-ray detectors for improved medical diagnoses. X-ray imaging is a widespread technique for viewing the internal structures of matter. In the medical field, x-ray imaging is used to generate images of…

Penguins are noisy, as any visitor to an aquarium knows. Penguins may be noisy in others ways too, according to a new study published in Nature Communications. Scientists have long used Adélie penguin populations to monitor the health of the Southern Ocean and to understand how major factors such as fishing and climate change impact the oceans and the animals that rely on them. Now an extensive analysis of all known data on Adélie penguin populations over the last 35 years has found that only a small fraction of year-to-year changes in Adélie penguin populations can be attributed to measurable factors such…

Of all the newborns to receive specialized care in the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), nearly 100 per year have a birthweight of 3 pounds or less. At that size, head circumference is often no larger than an orange, hands can barely grip an adult thumb and a foot — when birth weight hovers just over 1 pound — can be as small as a penny. Thankfully, Suffolk County’s smallest and most vulnerable citizens have access to technology and expert care delivered by Suffolk County’s premier neonatal team. In support of this tradition of excellence, Jim…

October 13 Living World Lecture Krishna Veeramah, an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, will present a lecture on dog domestication, “Using Ancient DNA to Understand the Wolf in Your Living Room,” as part of the ongoing Living World series. The talk will be held on Friday, October 13, at 7:30 pm in the Earth and Space Sciences Building, Room 001. Dogs were the first animal to be domesticated, but where, when and how this process occurred is fiercely debated. Breeding practices have erased the genetic history of living dogs, but Veeramah and…

Dear Colleagues, To quote the Beatles, I saw the news today.  Oh boy. As social workers we are horrified at the daily and deeply divisive challenges to our democracy, social mores, and societal contract.  I cannot think of a time in my memory when there has been so great a determination to seed dissension and conflict in our midst. How do we as social workers, with our commitment to social and economic justice and to the rights and respect for all people, learn to navigate in an environment that is so hostile to our values and commitments?  Every day I…

The annual Women’s Health Day is Saturday, October 21, from 8:30 am to 2 pm at the Melville Marriott. Legendary television personality Joan Lunden is this year’s keynote speaker and will discuss, “How to Be the CEO of Your Own Health.” One of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities and co-host of “Good Morning America” for almost two decades, Joan Lunden is an award-winning TV journalist, best-selling author, health and wellness motivational speaker, entrepreneur, mother of seven and a breast cancer survivor. Most recently, Lunden was named host of Lifetime Television’s “Health Corner,” which educates women on important issues. Take advantage of learning from…

James A. Vosswinkel, MD, Invested as First  “Lillian and Leonard Schneider Endowed Professor in Trauma Surgery”  at Stony Brook University Ceremony Stony Brook surgeon and trauma medicine physician James A. Vosswinkel, MD, was named the Lillian and Leonard Schneider Endowed Professor in Trauma Surgery at an investiture ceremony on September 7, 2017. The new endowed professorship position was created by Mrs. Lillian Schneider in memory of her late husband Leonard Schneider and in grateful recognition of the care she received from Vosswinkel. In 2016, Schneider was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital’s emergency department after a serious automobile accident in Montauk.…

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