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A team of international scientists led by Stony Brook University researchers have created an ultra-fast, computerized way to model protein interactions, potentially helping to speed needed drugs to market. Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) are the basis of cellular functions, and when these processes are compromised diseases such as cancer emerge. For years scientists have tried with mixed success to map out PPIs to understand cellular processes. Now researchers led by Stony Brook’s Dima Kozakov have outlined a method that could pave the way to designing new drugs that prevent problematic protein interactions that lead to disease. The findings are published in the early online…

After more than half a century in the field of microbiology — 22 years of which have been spent at Stony Brook Medicine — JoAnn Becht has seen first-hand the many laboratory automation systems that have evolved her field into the lifesaving science it is today. Thanks to technology, what once took a lab technician four hours to complete in a single inoculation tube can now be done many times over in a mere 20 minutes. Be it the Abbot Autoback ID System of 1982, VIVTEK systems in 1989, the MALDI/TOF cards of the 2000s or the BD FX instrument…

Diamond beam monitors could form the basis of the next generation of radiation therapy for cancer, according to a national team of researchers led by Stony Brook’s Erik Muller, PhD. Muller, Senior Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor, Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is developing high-speed synthetic diamond beam monitors that detect proton and carbon ion beams used for cancer radiation therapy. The research team also includes scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory. The technology, supported by a two-year $500,000 grant from the High Energy Physics Section of the Department of Energy, is designed to provide…

By studying daily activity levels and heart rate patterns of those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Stony Brook scientists are looking  to achieve a better understanding of the complex and baffling condition. Fred Friedberg, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has received a four-year $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine if heart rate fluctuations in combination with certain daily activity patterns can be used to predict or prevent relapse in people with CFS. According to Dr. Friedberg, also the President of the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, CFS…

Empowered with NIH grants totaling more than $6 million, Maurizio Del Poeta, MD, a professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology at Stony Brook University, expects to change the landscape of treatment against fungal infections with new approaches based on his laboratory research and collaborative work with fungal experts worldwide. Systemic fungal infections cause more than one million deaths annually, and treatments against these infections are often not effective due to drug resistance or toxicity. The funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognize the widespread need for better antifungal treatments and the promise of Dr. Del Poeta’s…

It was smiles all around on June 11 when more than 50 pediatric patients and their guests walked the red carpet on a star-studded prom night at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. Throughout the evening, young partygoers enjoyed great food, music and plenty of photo ops. Every teen looks forward to prom night, but for kids who struggle with chronic or terminal illnesses, prom may not seem possible. Thanks to many volunteers and dedicated hospital staffers, the first Stony Brook Children’s Prom gave pediatric patients the opportunity to feel like every other teen — to party with their peers, dance the…

When biochemistry major and University Scholar Jessica Hundal ’16 heads to Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University this fall, she will be taking with her a wide array of high-level skills that she learned at Stony Brook, bringing her closer to her goal of becoming a well-rounded physician. Jessica took advantage of every opportunity she saw, as each organization she joined, every lab procedure she mastered and each internship she accepted led to another eye-opening experience. The Nesconset, New York, native credited Fundamentals of Biology: Cellular and Organ Physiology, which she took during the second semester of her freshman…

A Stony Brook-led study using functional-MRI brain scanning could be a key step toward helping withdrawn children to interact with their peers and avoid anxiety disorders. Led by Stony Brook University psychologist Johanna M. Jarcho, PhD, the study shows that certain areas of the brain have higher activity in children who are socially withdrawn or reticent compared to children who are not withdrawn. The research entailed fMRI scanning of children while they experienced a “cartoon classroom” that featured themselves as the new student in the school involved in various social interactions. The findings, published online first in Psychological Science, provide a better…

The p73 gene could be the key to discovering better treatments for chronic lung diseases, Stony Brook researchers have found. A team led by Professor Ute M. Moll, MD, and research scientist Alice Nemajerova, PhD,  from the Department of Pathology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, found that this gene is the master regulator of a cell type that is responsible for constantly cleaning our airways from inhaled pollutants, pathogens and dust. Rising global air pollution and increasing smoking prevalence in many developing nations will likely lead to a growing incidence of lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary…

Gather the family and get ready for a fun-filled evening with fabulous food, entertainment and a summer fashion show modeled by Stony Brook Children’s patients, family members and staff. Pulse magazine’s Summer Style Social: A Giving Event Benefitting Stony Brook Children’s Hospital will be held on Thursday, June 23, from 5 pm to 8 pm at Lifestyle Village in Smith Haven Mall. General admission to the event area, the fashion show, raffles, music and more is free. VIP tickets are $45 and include fresh food from European Bistro LeVin’s acclaimed Long Island Chef Guy, wine (limit 2 glasses), and a bag of special gifts…

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