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[November 30, 2017]

First Total Removal of the Pancreas and Successful Islet Autotransplant in Brooklyn for the Treatment of Chronic Pancreatitis

Brooklyn, NY – 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. More


[November 27, 2017]

Novice Pilots Improve Visual Responses to Emergency Simulation by Watching Experts’ Eye Movements

Eye Movements Reliably Distinguish between Novice and Expert Military Pilots, According to Research from SUNY Downstate

Brooklyn, NY – 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. More


[November 13, 2017]

SUNY Downstate’s Dr. Brahim Chaqour Receives $2 Million for Research Into Treatment of Incurable Vision-threatening Diseases

Awards Will Support and Further Research on Neovascular and Fibrovascular Diseases of the Eye

Brooklyn, NY – 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. More


[October 9, 2017]

SUNY Downstate Awarded $10 Million from National Institutes of Health

Funding Will Go to Health Disparities Program to Research Minority Health Disparities & Train More Minority Researchers and Scientists;

First Major Award for Downstate under Tenures of SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson and President Wayne Riley

Brooklyn, NY – 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. More


[October 5, 2017]

SUNY Downstate’s Incubator Program Launches Company Revolutionizing
Bone Marrow Transplant Process

HemoGenyx Receiving International Acclaim, Now Public on London Stock Exchange

Brooklyn, NY – A biotech start-up company supported by SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Biotech Incubator has created a revolutionary new process for conditioning patients to receive bone marrow transplantation. More


[September 15, 2017]

SUNY Downstate Signals New Chapter with the Inauguration of Dr. Wayne J. Riley as the 17th President of the Academic Medical Center


Brooklyn, NY (Sep. 15, 2017) – Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, was inaugurated today as the 17th president of the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center. More


[August 23, 2017]

SUNY Downstate Transitions Physician Assistant Program to the Master of Science Curriculum

Expanded Opportunities Available in One of the Fastest Growing Professions

Brooklyn, NY– State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn - Downstate Medical Center’s College of Health Related Professions has welcomed the first class of its new Physician Assistant Master of Science (MSPA) program. More


[August 9, 2017]

SUNY Downstate Researchers Receive Award from National Science Foundation to Study Restoring Vision

Drs. Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde Will Work to Genetically Modify Brain Cells and Stimulate Them with Light in a Process Called Optogenetics 

Brooklyn, NY – Researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center are among the recipients of 19 awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) made to cross-disciplinary teams from across the United States to conduct innovative research focused on neural and cognitive systems. More


[August 3, 2017]

SUNY Downstate President Dr. Wayne J. Riley Named to Board of Trustees of Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS)

Brooklyn, NY – Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, president of State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, has been named to the Board of Trustees of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). More


[July 17, 2017]

Dr. Rainer W. G. Gruessner Named Chair of Surgery at SUNY Downstate

Brooklyn, NY – 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. More


[June 20, 2017]

Antimicrobial Products Can Do More Harm than Good

Global Call to Action on Antimicrobials from Scientists Published Today; SUNY Downstate’s Dr. Laura Geer among the Authors

Brooklyn, NY, June 20 – A consensus statement published today in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives ( concludes that common antimicrobial products do not provide health benefits and can harm human health and the environment. More


[June 14, 2017]

Dr. Lori A. Escallier Named Dean of the College of Nursing at SUNY Downstate

Brooklyn, NY – 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 today by Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, president of SUNY Downstate. More


[June 13, 2017]

Amid Russia Conflict and Drug Epidemic, SUNY Downstate Researchers Battle HIV in Ukraine

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

Brooklyn, NY – As prolonged military conflict destabilizes the region, and incidence of injection drug use (IDU) rises, Ukraine is one of few countries experiencing an increasing HIV epidemic. More


[June 6, 2017]

SUNY Ranks Among Top 100 Worldwide For Patents Granted In 2016

Downstate's Work on Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators to Restart the Heart Cited

Highlights Include Advances in Crime Scene Technology, Cancer Research, Concussion Diagnosis

Albany - The State University of New York ranked 38 in the 'Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents for 2016,' according to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), which publishes the ranking annually based on U.S. Patent and Trademark Office data. More


[June 5, 2017]

Hundreds of New Health Professionals Graduate from SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Dr. James B. Ranck and Dr. Deborah E. Trautman Awarded Honorary Degrees; Robert L. Wooten, Jr. Receives the Ailanthus Award; Drs. Michael Lucchesi, Daisy Cruz-Richman, Ruth C. Browne,  and Richard Winant Receive President’s Award

Brooklyn, NY – SUNY Downstate Medical Center graduated a new class of physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, research scientists, and public health professionals at commencement ceremonies held recently at Carnegie Hall. More


[May 31, 2017]

Dr. Ramaswamy Viswanathan Honored by American Psychiatric Association

Brooklyn, NY – Ramaswamy Viswanathan, MD, DrMedSc, associate professor of psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, was honored at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) held recently in San Diego. More

[May 24, 2017]

Three Types of Work Stress Increasing in the U.S., According to SUNY Downstate Researchers

Findings May Explain Why Declines in Cardiovascular Disease and Related Mortality Have Slowed

Brooklyn, NY – Researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s School of Public Health  have determined that 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. More


[May 4, 2017]

SUNY Downstate and Maimonides Medical Center Create Joint Regional Chair in Neurology to Serve the People of Brooklyn

Position Will Expand Clinical Care, Education, and Research

Brooklyn, NY (May 4, 2017) – SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Maimonides Medical Center have announced the creation of a regional chair of neurology. More


[March 21, 2017]

SUNY Downstate Medical Students Excel in 2017 National Residency Match

71 Percent of Graduates to Train in New York State; Downstate Surpasses National Average

Brooklyn, NY – Fourth-year students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s College of Medicine had a strong showing on Match Day on March 17, the annual event at which future physicians learn where they will spend the next three to seven years receiving advanced medical training. More


[March 20, 2017]

Downstate Allergy and Immunology Research Projects by Medical Student and Resident Recognized with News Media Interviews at National AAAAI Meeting in Atlanta

Brooklyn, NY – Research by SUNY Downstate Medical Center 4th-year Medical Student Jared Ditkowsky and 2nd-year Pediatrics Resident Sairaman Nagarajan, MD, MPH, was recognized by members of the national press at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) in Atlanta, March 3-6. More


[March 15, 2017]

Pilot Eye Movements Change Noticeably By Two Hours In-Flight

Brooklyn, NY – Pilot fatigue is a major contributor to aviation disasters, but coming up with an objective measure of fatigue has long eluded supervisors in both military and commercial airlines. More


[March 13, 2017]

Locked-In ALS Patients Answer Yes or No Questions with Wearable fNIRS Device Created at SUNY Downstate

Brooklyn, NY – Functional near infrared spectroscopic (fNIRS) imaging (pronounced f-nears) has led to a breakthrough in communication with ALS patients who are "Locked-In," meaning they are in advanced stages of the disease where the brain is conscious and functioning, but they are unable to move any muscles, including the eyes. More


[March 9, 2017]

Active Shooter Symposium to Be Held at SUNY Downstate Wednesday, March 22

Brooklyn Coalition for Emergency Preparedness Presents “Active Shooter Incidents in Hospitals and Healthcare Settings”

Brooklyn, NY – Would you know what to do if confronted with an active shooter? More


[March 2, 2017]

Empire State Development Announces 43 More Companies Choose to Grow in New York State and Commit to Creating 640 New Jobs

90 New Jobs Are at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY – Empire State Development recently announced that 43 businesses will expand in or locate to New York State, partnering with colleges and universities to spur economic growth across the state. More


[February 27, 2017]

Lack of Oxygen, Not Excessive Stimulation, Cause for Half of Seizure-Related Brain Damage in Epilepsy

Brooklyn, NY – 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. More


[February 21, 2017]

Drugs that Alter Inhibitory Targets Offer Therapeutic Strategies for Autism, Schizophrenia

Targeted Drug Therapies during Adolescence May Be Used to Normalize Synapse Number in the Brains of Individuals with Abnormal Numbers of Synapses, Such As Found in Schizophrenia and Autism

Brooklyn, NY – Memories are formed at structures in the brain known as dendritic spines, which communicate with other brain cells through “synapses.” More


[February 16, 2017]

New Test May Quickly Identify Mild Traumatic Brain Injury with Underlying Brain Damage

Measurement of Peripheral Vision Reaction Time Could Lead to Earlier Diagnosis and More Effective Treatment 

Brooklyn, NY – 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, according to Peter J. Bergold, PhD, professor of physiology and pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and corresponding author of a study newly published online by the Journal of Neurotrauma. More


[January 24, 2017]

SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Wayne J. Riley as President of Downstate Medical Center

Albany, NY – The State University of New York Board of Trustees has appointed Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, as president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. More


[January 13, 2017]

Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York, to Receive Downstate Medical Center’s 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award

Brooklyn, NY – Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of The State University of New York, will receive SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award on January 20. More


[January 9, 2017]

Bioethicist Dr. Arthur Caplan to Speak on Organ Donation, January 11

Brooklyn, NY – Renowned bioethicist Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, will present a lecture entitled “C’mon NY – It’s time to take the shortage of organs for transplant seriously!,” sponsored by SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s John Conley Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, on Wednesday, January 11 at 4:00 pm. More


[January 5, 2017]

Dr. Steven Schwarz Is the Recipient of the 2016 Murray Davidson Award

Brooklyn, NY – 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). More


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