Browsing: Medicine: General

A Continuing Medical Education presentation on the threat of Zika virus, taking place September 29 in the Health Sciences Center, will feature Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University, who serves on the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, with introductions by Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. The public health threat due to the Zika virus has made national and international news, especially as it spreads to the continental United States. “From A to Zika: An Update on Zika Virus for Primary Care Providers,” a…

Recent trends toward increased longevity will fundamentally change our society, affecting the young, the middle-aged, and older adults. Our neighborhoods, cities and government will be impacted as well. We need to create communities that promote successful aging and support aging in place. Suburbia offers special challenges for aging in place — when older adults live independently in their homes and communities of choice so they can remain active participants in their neighborhoods and maintain a sense of purpose. There’s been impressive work on aging in place in many cities, but not much on how to help people age in place in…

The School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University is presenting a three-part educational series, “What Ought to Be: Cultural Proficiency and Trans Care Across the Lifespan: Trans 101, Client Engagement and CBT.” These courses can be taken individually or, for a more comprehensive look into this topic, you can attend all three sessions. Licensed social workers can earn four continuing education contact hours per session. Transgender and Gender Non-conforming (TGNC) people are those who have a gender identity that is not fully aligned with their sex assigned at birth. They often face widespread discrimination and mistreatment within the healthcare…

Researchers at Stony Brook University have discovered that dystroglycan, a muscle cell receptor whose dysfunction causes muscular dystrophy, actually has a critical role in brain development. The finding, published in the journal Developmental Cell, may help to explain why a subset of children born with a dysfunction of this muscle receptor, also have neurological problems that can include seizures, intellectual disability, autism and severe learning disabilities. In the newborn brain, one of the critical changes that occurs is that specialized pockets form that serve to house and nurture neural stem cells throughout life in discrete regions termed stem cell niches. Lead…

It’s a fact. New York ranks 50th out of 50 states for registered organ donors. On Thursday, October 6, from 9 am to 5 pm, Stony Brook Medicine and Stony Brook University will be part of an effort to educate and change that ranking by registering adults, 18 or older, at three locations during the Second Annual Organ Donation Day: Stony Brook University Hospital — outside the Marketplace Café Stony Brook University — at the Student Activities Center Level 2 of Health Sciences — by the coffee shop There will also be a kick-off event at 10 am in the Hospital lobby. Last year there were 650…

Researchers at Stony Brook University have discovered that dystroglycan, a muscle cell receptor whose dysfunction causes muscular dystrophy, actually has a critical role in brain development. The finding, published in the journal Developmental Cell , may help to explain why a subset of children born with a dysfunction of this muscle receptor, also have neurological problems that can include seizures, intellectual disability, autism, and severe learning disabilities. In the newborn brain, one of the critical changes that occurs is that specialized pockets form that serve to house and nurture neural stem cells throughout life in discrete regions termed stem cell…

Stony Brook University researchers have found disturbingly high levels of cognitive impairment (CI) among 9/11 first responders. CI is considered a leading risk factor for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Findings from a study published online in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring reveals a CI rate among 9/11 responders of nearly 13 percent, possibly reflecting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study assessed more than 800 WTC responders cared for at the Stony Brook University WTC Wellness Program. “To our knowledge, this is the first study to examine the association of PTSD and major depressive disorder…

Stony Brook University and the School Intervention and Re-entry Program at Stony Brook Children’s are offering a college planning workshop specifically targeted to students with cancer, blood disorders and other serious illnesses. This free event will be held on Sunday, September 18, from 12 pm to 2 pm at the Charles B. Wang Center. The expo will include workshops addressing college selection, the application and admissions process, residential life, cost and finances and financial aid. Representatives from many regional colleges will be available to speak one-on-one with students and families about their schools, programs, services, and to answer questions. A complimentary lunch is included. Space is limited, so…

Findings from Study Will Help Youth with Autism Who Struggle with Social Challenges Dr. Matthew D. Lerner, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University, received a $2.3M Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for his research project, “Optimizing Prediction of Social Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorders.” The goal of the BRAINS program is to support outstanding young scientists such as Professor Lerner in launching innovative clinical, translational, basic or services research that can profoundly transform the understanding, diagnosis, treatment or prevention of mental disorders. Lerner…

Their paths into medicine are varied and inspiring – this is the Stony Brook University School of Medicine Class of 2020. All 132 incoming students officially began their training with the School’s annual White Coat Ceremony on August 14. At the event the students received the physician-in-training white coat and took the Hippocratic Oath for the first time. The students hail from New York State, seven other states, and from around the world. They represent 70 undergraduate schools, have a collective grade point average of 3.70 and an average MCAT score in the 86 percentile. Only 8.3 percent of the…

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