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[September 13, 2016]

SUNY Downstate’s Dr. Maja Nowakowski Appointed to the International Committee for Review and Evaluation of Medical Laboratory Science Training Programs in Israel

 

Brooklyn, NY – SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology and Medicine Maja Nowakowski, PhD, has been appointed by the Israeli Council of Higher Education to serve as a member of the International Committee for Review and Evaluation of Medical Laboratory Science Training Programs in Israel.

Dr. Nowakowski, who is also director of pre- and post-doctoral education at the Center for Allergy and Asthma Research (CAAR) at SUNY Downstate, was among four persons (two from the United States, two from Israel) selected as experts in medical laboratory science principles, practice, and training.

The Council of Higher Education was established in 1958 as Israel’s national body in charge of higher education, with powers to grant permission to establish, and to grant accreditation to, institutions of higher education. Further, the Council of Higher Education has the power to authorize an accredited institution to award academic degrees, to make proposals to accredited institutions for organizational and academic changes and improvements, to submit higher education budgets to the government, and to provide branches of foreign higher education institutions with licenses to operate in Israel.

Dr. Nowakowski has been a member of the SUNY Downstate faculty for several decades and is an expert in basic and translational immunology, diagnostic immunology, and virology. She participated in the establishment of the Diagnostic Immunology Laboratory at Downstate’s University Hospital of Brooklyn and directed it from 1984 to 2009. In 2010, Dr. Nowakowski was an invited lecturer at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel, where she taught a course on clinical laboratory immunology.

Dr. Nowakowski has taught medical and graduate students, residents, and fellows at SUNY Downstate. Currently, she teaches in the College of Medicine’s Foundations of Medicine phase of the curriculum (Units 1-4). She also teaches the Human Immunology elective for MS3-4, a research selective for MS4, and in the School of Graduate Studies (Graduate Immunology, Human Immunology, and Immunopathology of Virus Infections).

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SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.

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