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Newswise: SUNY Downstate Medicine Department Chair Dr. Moro Salifu Receives Prestigious Master Recognition From the American College of Physicians
Released: 3-May-2018 2:05 PM EDT
SUNY Downstate Medicine Department Chair Dr. Moro Salifu Receives Prestigious Master Recognition From the American College of Physicians
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Department of Medicine Chairman and professor Moro Salifu, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, was recognized as a Master of the American College of Physicians in a convocation ceremony at the recent 2018 Annual Meeting of the American College of Physicians.

Newswise: SUNY Downstate Medical Center Launches State-of-the-Art Hand Hygiene Program to Help Prevent the Spread and Transmission of Infections
Released: 28-Mar-2018 10:10 AM EDT
SUNY Downstate Medical Center Launches State-of-the-Art Hand Hygiene Program to Help Prevent the Spread and Transmission of Infections
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Medical Center (Downstate) launched a novel initiative to improve hand hygiene with the new state-of-the art BioVigil system to increase compliance by Downstate staff on proper hand hygiene to prevent the spread and transmission of infections.

Released: 1-Dec-2017 4:50 PM EST
First Total Removal of Pancreas and Successful Islet Autotransplant in Brooklyn for Treatment of Chronic Pancreatitis
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

For the first time in Brooklyn, a procedure has been performed implanting a patient’s own insulin-producing pancreatic cells ("islets") after the total removal of pancreas.

Released: 27-Nov-2017 4:45 PM EST
Novice Pilots Improve Visual Responses to Emergency Simulation by Watching Experts’ Eye Movements
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Novice military pilots can improve their visual responses to a simulated emergency procedure by observing the eye movements of expert pilots, according to new research from SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Released: 14-Nov-2017 4:05 PM EST
SUNY Downstate’s Dr. Brahim Chaqour Receives $2 Million for Research Into Treatment of Vision-threatening Diseases
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Brahim Chaqour, PhD, professor of cell biology and ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has received two awards to support research into treatment of currently incurable vision-threatening diseases. The new awards, totaling $2,008,973, are from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Released: 10-Oct-2017 3:10 PM EDT
SUNY Downstate Awarded $10 Million from National Institutes of Health
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Medical Center has been awarded a $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to form a translational health disparities research program, with a focus on recruiting and training underrepresented minority scientists.

Newswise: Dr. Lori A. Escallier Named Dean of the College of Nursing at SUNY Downstate
Released: 31-Jul-2017 4:05 PM EDT
Dr. Lori A. Escallier Named Dean of the College of Nursing at SUNY Downstate
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Lori A. Escallier, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FAAN, has been named dean of the College of Nursing at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, it was announced by Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, president of SUNY Downstate.

Newswise: Dr. Rainer W. G. Gruessner Named Chair of Surgery at SUNY Downstate
Released: 17-Jul-2017 1:05 PM EDT
Dr. Rainer W. G. Gruessner Named Chair of Surgery at SUNY Downstate
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Rainer W. G. Gruessner, MD, FACS, FICS, has been named chair of surgery and Clarence and Mary Dennis Professor of Surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Newswise: Amid Russia Conflict and Drug Epidemic, SUNY Downstate Researchers Battle HIV in Ukraine
Released: 12-Jun-2017 9:00 AM EDT
Amid Russia Conflict and Drug Epidemic, SUNY Downstate Researchers Battle HIV in Ukraine
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

New York State International Training and Research Program Receives $1.5 Million to Conduct HIV Research Training Program in Ukraine

Released: 24-May-2017 1:05 PM EDT
Three Types of Work Stress Increasing in the U.S., According to SUNY Downstate Researchers
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Two stressful work characteristics, low job control and “job strain” – that is, high-demand, low-control work – have been increasing in the U.S. since 2002. The findings may explain why declines in cardiovascular disease and related mortality have slowed. Researchers also found an increase in "work-family conflict."

Newswise: Pilot Eye Movements Change Noticeably By Two Hours In-Flight
Released: 15-Mar-2017 9:00 AM EDT
Pilot Eye Movements Change Noticeably By Two Hours In-Flight
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

A study published recently in the journal Psychology and Behavior unveils the potential to use changes in saccadic eye movements - the rapid repositioning of the eye to focus on a target - as a reliable biomarker for pilot fatigue. Professors Stephen Macknik, PhD, and Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD of SUNY Downstate Medical Center were co-authors in the study.

Newswise:Video Embedded locked-in-als-patients-answer-yes-or-no-questions-with-wearable-fnirs-device-created-at-suny-downstate
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Released: 13-Mar-2017 9:00 AM EDT
Locked-In ALS Patients Answer Yes or No Questions with Wearable fNIRS Device Created at SUNY Downstate
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

fNIRS imaging has led to a breakthrough in communication with ALS patients that are “Locked-In” and unable to move or speak.

Newswise:Video Embedded lack-of-oxygen-not-excessive-stimulation-cause-for-half-of-seizure-related-brain-damage-in-epilepsy
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22-Feb-2017 2:05 PM EST
Lack of Oxygen, Not Excessive Stimulation, Cause for Half of Seizure-Related Brain Damage in Epilepsy
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Neuronal degeneration is the most severe long-term consequence of repetitive seizures in patients with epilepsy, which until now was thought to be primarily caused by excitotoxicity, or over-stimulation of the neurons. New findings indicate hypoxia, or lack of oxygen, due to abnormal blood flow may be to blame for as much as half the neuronal death caused by the condition.

Released: 21-Feb-2017 12:05 PM EST
Drugs That Alter Inhibitory Targets Offer Therapeutic Strategies for Autism, Schizophrenia
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Researchers at SUNY Downstate recently discovered that an inhibitory brain receptor triggers synaptic pruning in adolescence. Drugs that selectively target these receptors, when administered during adolescence, can alter synapse number, with possible implications for the treatment of autism and schizophrenia.

Released: 16-Feb-2017 11:00 AM EST
New Test May Quickly Identify Mild Traumatic Brain Injury with Underlying Brain Damage
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

A new test using peripheral vision reaction time could lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment of mild traumatic brain injury, often referred to as a concussion.

Newswise: Momentary Attention Switching Easily Causes Pilot Errors, Like Alleged Harrison Ford Runway Mix-Up
Released: 16-Feb-2017 9:55 AM EST
Momentary Attention Switching Easily Causes Pilot Errors, Like Alleged Harrison Ford Runway Mix-Up
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Experts on aviation and perception, Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde comment on the factors that can lead to pilot errors, such as the reported incident involving actor Harrison Ford landing his plane in close brush with a 737 at John Wayne Airport on Wednesday.

Released: 5-Jan-2017 1:05 PM EST
Dr. Steven Schwarz Is the Recipient of the 2016 Murray Davidson Award
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Steven M. Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF, professor of pediatrics at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, was honored with the prestigious Murray Davidson Award for 2016 by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Released: 20-Dec-2016 1:05 PM EST
SUNY Downstate Medical Center Honors Dr. Garry S. Sklar and Sarah Sklar
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Philanthropists Garry S. Sklar, MD, and his wife, Sarah Sklar, were recently honored by SUNY Downstate in recognition of gifts that support clinical care and research efforts in Anesthesiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, as well as healthcare education through simulation technology.

Released: 19-Dec-2016 2:05 PM EST
For Relatives of Alzheimer’s Patients, Gift Ideas and Tips for the Holidays
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but we all know they can be stressful even under the best of circumstances. Add to the mix a relative with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) or dementia, and caregivers and family members can quickly become overwhelmed.

Released: 2-Nov-2016 12:05 PM EDT
SUNY Downstate Receives Insight into Diversity 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Medical Center has received the 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

Released: 2-Nov-2016 11:05 AM EDT
Dr. Kathleen Powderly Elected a Fellow at the Hastings Center
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Kathleen Powderly, PhD, CNM, director of the John Conley Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has been elected a fellow of The Hastings Center.

Released: 1-Nov-2016 4:05 PM EDT
Dr. James Cottrell Receives Leadership Award From the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

James E. Cottrell, MD, Distinguished Service Professor and chair of anesthesiology and Garry S. and Sarah Sklar Professor in Anesthesiology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, recently was honored with a 2016 Leadership Award at the 22nd Annual Black Tie and Sneakers Gala of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.

Released: 21-Oct-2016 1:05 PM EDT
SUNY Downstate’s Dr. LeConté Dill Receives APHA Women’s Caucus Highest Scoring Abstract Award
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Dr. Dill’s abstract focuses on the role of gender and gender-based inequities in instances of violence, specifically as they relate to violence experienced by teenage girls in their dating relationships.

Released: 8-Sep-2016 1:05 PM EDT
SUNY Downstate’s Dr. Richard Rosenfeld Recommends Shared Decision-Making in Treating Adult Sinusitis
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

In an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Distinguished Professor and Chair of Otolaryngology Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, recommends a process of shared decision-making between physicians and patients in the treatment of adult sinusitis.

Released: 26-Aug-2016 11:05 AM EDT
Research Suggests That a Novel Inhibitory Brain Receptor Is a Mechanism for Remission of Epilepsy in Adolescence
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Research led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center shows that, at the onset of puberty, the emergence of a novel inhibitory brain receptor, α4βδ (alpha four beta delta), reduces seizure-like activity in a mouse model of epilepsy.

Released: 23-Aug-2016 3:05 PM EDT
Dr. Ayman Fanous Named Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Ayman Fanous, MD, has been named professor and chair of psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He previously was at the Washington DC VA Medical Center and Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Released: 19-Aug-2016 2:05 PM EDT
SUNY Downstate’s STAR Program Receives $1.9 Million to Expand HIV Prevention Services
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Brooklyn, NY – SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Program has been awarded $1.9 million in new grant funding from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide enhanced HIV prevention services throughout Brooklyn using the latest biomedical tools, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV (PEP).

Released: 17-May-2016 9:05 AM EDT
New Findings from SUNY Downstate Resolve Controversy over PKMzeta in Maintaining Memory
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

New research led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center shows that mice devoid of PKMzeta, a molecule previously identified by SUNY Downstate scientists as essential to memory formation and storage, recruit a closely related molecule, PKCiota/lambda, to make up for the missing PKMzeta.

Released: 4-May-2016 2:05 PM EDT
Use of Personal Care Products During Pregnancy Linked to Adverse Effects in Newborns
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

A study led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s School of Public Health presents evidence linking personal care products used during pregnancy to adverse reproductive effects in newborns.

Released: 2-May-2016 2:05 PM EDT
SUNY Downstate Research Identifies Origin of Synaptic Pruning Process Linked to Learning, Autism and Schizophrenia
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Research led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center has identified a brain receptor that appears to initiate adolescent synaptic pruning, a process believed necessary for learning, but one that appears to go awry in both autism and schizophrenia.

Released: 22-Apr-2016 3:05 PM EDT
Hearing Impairment Linked to Type 2 Diabetes
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

A review of studies of possible linkages between type 2 diabetes and hearing impairment concludes there is compelling evidence that diabetes can damage the auditory system, and that clinicians should include hearing testing in managing type 2 diabetes.

Released: 21-Apr-2016 3:05 PM EDT
Researchers Find Moderate Vascular Risk in Southwest Native Population
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

In a newly published, pilot study in the journal Ethnicity & Disease, researchers report a relatively low prevalence of vascular risk among participants of the Southwest Heart Mind Study, especially among those treated for hypertension and hyperlipidemia despite overweight and obesity.

Released: 29-Feb-2016 3:05 PM EST
Study Finds Increased Risk of Obesity with Increased Time in the U.S. in Filipino Immigrants Living in New York Area
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

A study led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center has found increased risk of obesity among Filipino immigrants living in the New York City metropolitan area.

Released: 22-Feb-2016 3:05 PM EST
SUNY Downstate Launches the Institute for Genomic Health
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Medical Center announced today that it has established an Institute for Genomic Health (IGH). The Institute is dedicated to exploring the role of genomic factors in risk and resilience to illness.

Released: 28-Dec-2015 3:05 PM EST
SUNY Downstate Researchers Identify Areas of Plague Risk in Western U.S.
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center have identified and mapped areas of high probability of plague bacteria in the western United States.

Released: 26-Oct-2015 8:00 AM EDT
Pregnant Women in Brooklyn Have the Highest Levels Worldwide of Certain Substances Used as Preservatives in Cosmetics
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Researchers have published the first study of levels of parabens in human cord blood samples. The researchers found that a cohort of pregnant women in Brooklyn predominantly of Caribbean- and African-American descent had the highest level worldwide of methyl paraben and propyl paraben.

Released: 5-Oct-2015 3:05 PM EDT
Women with Alzheimer’s-Related Gene Lose Weight More Sharply After Age 70
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Women with a gene variant (APOEe4 allele) associated with Alzheimer’s disease experience a steeper decline in body mass index (BMI) after age 70 than those women without the version of the gene, whether they go on to develop dementia or not.

Released: 2-Sep-2015 2:05 PM EDT
Researchers Identify a New Approach for Lowering Harmful Lipids
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Xian-Cheng Jiang, PhD, professor of cell biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has led a study identifying a new approach for lowering "bad" lipids in blood circulation, a critical means to combat devastating cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis.

Released: 17-Aug-2015 3:05 PM EDT
Dr. Iuliana Shapira Named Chief of Hematology and Oncology at SUNY Downstate
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Iuliana Shapira, MD, has joined SUNY Downstate Medical Center as chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology.

Released: 3-Mar-2015 1:05 PM EST
Early Life Stress May Cause Excess Serotonin Release Resulting In A Serotonin Deficit Where the Brain Needs It Most
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Mood disorder research suggests that early life stress may cause excess serotonin release, resulting in a serotonin deficit where the brain needs it most. The data suggest a reason why SSRI medications may fail in many patients, and why depressed patients may benefit from strategic SSRI-augmenting treatment approaches.

Released: 21-Jan-2015 12:00 PM EST
Animal-to-Human Transmission of Ebola Virus Appears Tied to Increasing Human Population Density in Forested Regions
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center have found an apparent link between human population density and vegetation cover in Africa and the spread of the Ebola virus from animal hosts to humans.

Released: 18-Nov-2014 12:00 PM EST
Were Neanderthals a Sub-Species of Modern Humans? New Research Says No
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

In an extensive, multi-institution study led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center, researchers have identified new evidence supporting the growing belief that Neanderthals were a distinct species separate from modern humans (Homo sapiens), and not a subspecies of modern humans.

Released: 24-Oct-2013 4:55 PM EDT
Five SUNY Downstate Faculty Members Given Empire Clinical Research Investigator (ECRIP) Awards
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Five SUNY Downstate Medical Center faculty members have been awarded Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP) fellowship awards.

Released: 7-Oct-2013 8:30 AM EDT
New Findings Identify Stress Steroid Mediated Withdrawal Anxiety in Methamphetamine Dependent Rats: Reversible by Flumazenil
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Medical Center's Sheryl Smith, PhD, has published new findings demonstrating a reproducible pathology that may help shed light on anxiety and mood volatility in methamphetamine dependence.

Released: 16-Sep-2013 4:35 PM EDT
Dr. Michael A. Weber to Deliver Nahum J. Winer Lecture at the New York Academy of Medicine
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Michael A. Weber, MD, professor of medicine and associate dean for research at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, will deliver the New York Academy of Medicine's 2013 Nahum J. Winer Lecture on October 8.

Released: 24-Jun-2013 1:30 PM EDT
Researchers Identify Molecule that Reduces Fats in Blood
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Researchers led by M. Mahmood Hussain, PhD, found that a regulatory RNA molecule interferes with the production of lipoproteins and, in a mouse model, reduces hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis.

Released: 6-Jun-2013 5:00 PM EDT
Downstate to Receive SUNY Award to Advance Innovative Breast Cancer Test
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Medical Center will receive up to $50,000 from the statewide SUNY Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) to advance a blood test to determine breast cancer prognosis.


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