SUNY Downstate Receives Centers of Excellence in Alzheimer’s Disease $2.3m Award Renewal
By Office of Communications & Marketing | Mar 10, 2022
Grant renewal will continue integrated one-stop care for geriatric patients and caregivers
Brooklyn, NY –SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University announced that its Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease (CEAD) grant from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) was competitively renewed through 2027. CEAD offers integrated, one-stop care for patients and caregivers, including geriatric psychiatrists, geriatric medicine specialists, a behavioral neurologist, medical assistants, social workers, and care managers. The program also serves as a training site for interprofessional students, residents, and fellows in dementia care, geriatric psychiatry and medicine.
“We are proud of the Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease, which has demonstrated the best of what Downstate offers—the advancement of knowledge through cutting edge research and patient care,” said University Hospital of Downstate chief executive officer David H. Berger, M.D., MHCM. “The grant helps us extend the critical work of partnerships, and the training of our students, residents, and fellows.”
“This $2.35M renewal represents the culmination of six years of hard work, dedication to patient care excellence, and gratifying partnerships with the Alzheimer’s Association, CaringKind, and Sunnyside Community Services,” said CEAD associate director Michael Reinhardt, M.D. “As we slowly and cautiously emerge from the ravages of the pandemic, we realize that persons living with dementia have experienced acceleration of their disorders. These changes amplify the far reaching physical and social challenges faced by all older adults during the pandemic. This grant will allow us to further expand and improve our programming for persons living with dementia and their caregivers throughout the New York City region.”
The grant also provides high-quality provider and community education throughout New York City – all of which are supported by Downstate Health Sciences University and University Hospital at Downstate.
According to the Department of Health, in 2017, an estimated 390,000 individuals in New York State had Alzheimer’s disease. This figure is expected to increase to 460,000 by 2025. Yet, despite its prevalence, there remains a concerning lack of research and available treatment options to address Alzheimer’s, which contributes to staggering disability and disease burden for patients, their families, and society, and billions in economic costs annually to the State.
About the Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease at SUNY Downstate (CEAD)
CEAD offers integrated, one-stop care for patients and caregivers, including geriatric psychiatrists, geriatric medicine specialists, a behavioral neurologist, medical assistants, social workers, and care managers. Many of the staff are bi-lingual. In addition, the program serves as a training site for students, residents, and fellows in dementia care, geriatric psychiatry and medicine. Our Coney Island Hospital Satellite Center and Telemedicine service allow CEAD to provide high quality service throughout the New York City region. Caregivers and education services are provided in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, CaringKind, and Sunnyside Community Services. This CEAD is supported by SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, University Hospital at Downstate, and a grant from the New York State Department of Health.
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About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough's only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care. It is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City and Brooklyn's 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate's teaching hospital, backed by an outstanding medical school's expertise and world-class academic center research facilities. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.
In addition to high-risk neonatal and infant services, pediatric nephrology, and dialysis (kidney diseases)—and offering the only kidney transplantation program in Brooklyn, among many other distinctive programs—Downstate also sponsors a major learning center for young children with developmental disorders and disabilities. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit www.downstate.edu or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.