Browsing: Medicine and Research

Last year, two Stony Brook faculty members joined forces to transform how experts around the world study communication and autism. Now with two major meetings under their belts, projects are underway and progress is in sight. Mark Aronoff, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, and Matthew Lerner, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Director of Stony Brook’s Social Competence and Treatment Lab, were the principal organizers of the second meeting of the Consortium on Autism and Sign Language (CASL), sponsored principally by the Exploratory Fund of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and hosted by the American Academy…

The School of Nursing at Stony Brook University is ranked as 10th nationally for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs in U.S. News & World Report. For the 2016 edition, schools were ranked using five categories — student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity. “This is a huge honor for our School and an even greater honor to those who give their expertise and energy to making our graduate programs so distinctive,” said Lee Xippolitos, Dean of the School of Nursing. “A special tribute goes out to Patricia Bruckenthal, who has directed our NP…

Boy Left Disfigured near Congo Jungle to Receive Corrective Surgery at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital January 11, 2016 – A Congolese boy who was left severely disfigured after being attacked by a group of chimpanzees near his village in the Democratic Republic of Congo will undergo a rare facial reconstruction surgery at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. At the age of 6, Dunia Sibomana was playing with his brother and cousin near Virunga National Park when the three were violently attacked nearly two years ago. Dunia survived the attack, but was left disfigured; his upper and lower lips were torn off…

Study led by Stony Brook cardiologist Dr. Luis Gruberg, and published in the ACC journal Interventions, assesses more than 15,000 patient cases from nearly 300 U.S. hospitals December 31, 2015 – Heart attack patients who had previously undergone cardiac bypass surgery are about twice as likely to have a delay in receiving angioplasty, or another form of revascularization, compared to heart attack patients who had no history of bypass surgery or previous angioplasty. This finding, from a study led by a Stony Brook Heart Institute cardiologist Luis Gruberg, MD, and published in the journal of the American College of JACC:…

The 200 oral histories are the first installment of a collection to be housed permanently in the American Folklife Center December 22, 2015 – Benjamin Luft, MD, the Edmund Pellegrino Professor of Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Director of the Stony Brook WTC Wellness Program, has announced the donation of the first installment of a collection of oral histories provided by 9/11 World Trade Center responders to the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center. The Center will become the permanent home of the collection, known as the “Remembering 9/11 Oral History Project.” Dr. Luft, along with…

“Substantial contribution of extrinsic risk factors to cancer development” publishes December 16 in Nature December 16, 2015 – A team of researchers from Stony Brook University, led by Yusuf Hannun, MD, the Joel Strum Kenny Professor in Cancer Research and Director of the Stony Brook University Cancer Center, have found quantitative evidence proving that extrinsic risk factors, such as environmental exposures and behaviors weigh heavily on the development of a vast majority (approximately 70 to 90 percent) of cancers. The finding, reported in the December 16 online issue of Nature, in a paper titled “Substantial contribution of extrinsic risk factors…

Stony Brook Medicine Offers Innovative, Non-Invasive Treatment to Correct Curving Spines December 9, 2015 – Scoliosis – typically defined as the curvature of the spine— affects around 3 out of every 100 people. While most cases of scoliosis are mild, some children develop spine deformities that continue to get more severe as they grow. An especially severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for the lungs to function properly. Whether the case is severe or mild, the long-lasting effects of scoliosis can be damaging. James Barsi, M.D. Assistant Professor of Orthopeadic Surgery,…

Ortek Therapeutics licenses Stony Brook’s patent applications for new microbiome altering compositions and methods for reducing body odor causing bacteria and S. Aureus proliferation November 19, 2015 – Stony Brook University and Ortek Therapeutics, Inc. announced today that two patent applications were filed in the United States and internationally for nutrient based compositions utilizing an innovative microbiome technology that may help combat certain infections. Developed at Stony Brook University, these compositions have been exclusively licensed to Ortek as part of a long-standing and commercially successful collaboration with Stony Brook University and the State University of New York (SUNY) Research Foundation.…

Barbara M. Mills, DNP ’09 was recently announced as the 2015 School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Dr. Mills has made and continues to make significant contributions to the profession of Nursing through outstanding practice, research and community involvement. She has transformed the Rapid Response program at Stony Brook University Hospital to one that is imitated throughout the nation. Dr. Mills will be honored for her accomplishments and offer the keynote address during an all-day symposium on April 1, 2016.

Alicia Stovell-Washington made a generous donation to the Dr. Aldustus Jordan Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine Endowed Alumni Scholarship Alicia Stovell-Washington ’84, ’88 first encountered Aldustus Jordan at a meeting for minority undergraduate students interested in medical school. Jordan, the medical school’s Associate Dean of Student & Minority Affairs, spoke honestly. “I come to this event every year and you all don’t follow up,” he said. He questioned whether the students truly wanted to attend medical school. If so, “You need to make an appointment with me,” he told them. It’s impossible to know how many students heeded his advice, but…

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