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Nerve-stim startup Sanguistat shuffles its deck

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Connecticut-based biotech spun out of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has assembled a powerful collection of advisors and directors, including corporate heavyweights and recognized global leaders in the burgeoning field of biolelectronic medicine. Sanguistat Inc., a 2016 clinical-stage medical-device startup, has named Feinstein Institute President and CEO Kevin Tracey as chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board, a role that will leverage the pioneer’s decades of groundbreaking bioelectronics research. The…


Feinstein prof snags $3.5M for bladder-cancer effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // The National Institutes of Health is backing a Long Island-based researcher’s efforts to develop a first-of-its-kind care program for post-surgical bladder cancer patients. Michael Diefenbach, a fellow of both the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and a professor at Northwell Health’s Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, has earned a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the NIH’s National Cancer Institute. The funds will be used…


No. 322: On P.T. Barnum, Sinatra, Julius Caesar and Han Solo – and why Stony Brook’s CEBIP is shaking with excitement

It’s Friday the 13th: And there’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of, dear readers – in fact, it’s time to celebrate, with another productive week of socioeconomic innovation in the books and another weekend upon us. Triple play: As a bonus, this particular Friday the 13th also includes a very rare supermoon solar eclipse. With the moon as close as it will get to Earth this year and in its New Moon phase (meaning it’s…


No. 321: Integrating LI schools, fighting crime with TV, and why the sun shines so brightly on J. Kings

Half full: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as another summery week of socioeconomic innovation reaches its midpoint. It’s July 11 out there – “7-Eleven Day,” according to the marketing geniuses behind the international convenience store chain, with participating locations marking the date with free Slurpees. Pop culture: It’s also World Population Day, a function of the United Nations Development Programme designed to raise awareness of global population issues. Among World Population Day’s touchstone…


Good sports Hofstra, Northwell team up (once again)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hofstra University athletes will now receive primary medical care directly from New York State’s largest healthcare provider. The Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute – part of New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider by number of practitioners and number of patients – will “coordinate and provide primary care” for Hofstra’s men’s and women’s teams, Northwell Health announced this week. The university’s 300-plus student-athletes, who compete annually in 17 different…


No. 318: On Helen Keller, Ross Perot, J.J. Abrams and Captain Video (and yes, that iced tea IS very spicy)

Welcome, welcome: It’s the midpoint of another exciting week of socioeconomic innovation, dear readers, with just seven days to go before the nation’s 242nd birthday. Mathematically, that must mean it’s June 27 out there, a.k.a. Multicultural Day in Canada and Mixed Race Day in Brazil. In the States, we have to settle for the 125th anniversary of the Great Stock Crash of 1893, which set off a four-year depression. Wire to wire: Marking the first…


No. 317: Anid’s big promotion, Adelphi’s big award, keeping it local and why you need grumpy employees

The end: Another busy week concludes and another blessed weekend dawns, dear readers – congratulations on successfully navigating the choppy waters of socioeconomic innovation, once again. It’s Friday, June 22, the first full day of the Summer of 2018 and the last day of school for most Long Island tykes. It’s also Anti-Fascist Struggle Day in Croatia, kicking off a four-day holiday weekend that concludes with the republic’s national independence celebration, Statehood Day. Uživati! Bay…


No. 316: The winds of change blow at SBU, the BeerBox keeps tabs and Keith Hernandez steps up

Wednesday welcome: And a happy midweek to you, dear readers, as we hurtle together through an exciting (and blessedly summerlike) week of socioeconomic innovation. It’s June 20 all over the world. Here in the United States, it’s also American Eagle Day, the 236th anniversary of the date the U.S. Congress selected the bald eagle as our national bird. Now arriving: Before we dive in, a heartfelt welcome to freshly minted newsletter subscribers Jim, Tywana, Gerry,…


No. 315: Governor Cuomo’s spending habits, Captain Kirk’s weekend plans and live from The Spur sports desk

Survival instinct: Well done, dear reader – you’ve made it to the end of another busy workweek. Your instincts are formidable indeed. It’s June 15 out there, and while the exact date is unknown, today is the traditional anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s famous kite-with-a-key-in-a-lightning-storm experiment. Take your pick: It’s also Arbor Day in Costa Rica, Engineer’s Day in Italy and National Beer Day in the UK. We’ll be in the pub. History lesson: School’s about…


Pinning down patient comfort with Gamma Knife Icon

By GREGORY ZELLER // The latest precision instrument for targeting brain tumors – and only brain tumors – has come to Long Island. But the precision delivery of radiological treatments directly to malignant tissue is not the big breakthrough here – or perhaps even the most appealing upgrade for patients. Northwell Health’s Department of Neurosurgery and Department of Radiation Medicine have both installed cutting-edge stereotactic radiosurgery systems known as Gamma Knife Icon – another cutting-edge…


Feinstein ‘risk index’ could get the jump on lupus

By GREGORY ZELLER // A complex research effort led by top Feinstein Institute scientists has opened the door to a wide range of early-intervention protocols for the dreaded disease lupus. A Feinstein Institute for Medical Research team led by immunologist and Professor Betty Diamond has developed a system for identifying a person’s risk for lupus by examining antibodies and a specific protein complex found in the blood. Ideally, scientists may use these unique markers to…


At Elmezzi, it’s the thought (not the size) that counts

By GREGORY ZELLER // At its 58th commence exercises on May 18, counting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, Stony Brook University conferred 7,185 total diplomas upon happy graduates – a school record, a Long Island-based-graduating-class record and a proud achievement indeed. And then there were two, at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. That’s the size of the 2018 graduating class of the Feinstein Institute’s Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine, which on May 24…


No. 309: Gandalf grays, Northwell walks, Islip eyes the CFA and why they’re lining up to fund Envisagenics

Oh, you SO earned it: Congratulations, dear reader – you’ve completed another busy week in socioeconomic innovation, and not just any week, but the week leading up to a long holiday weekend and the unofficial start of summer. Well done. It’s May 25 out there, and still shaking from last night’s premier of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (really good, not great), we’d like to wish you a very happy Geek Pride Day. Doppler on…


No. 307: Big Brother beached, commencements classed-up and a big first for Hofstra/Northwell nurses

Nicely done: Kudos, dear reader, on once again rising above the mayhem and reaching the end of another busy work week. It’s May 18 out there – International Museum Day, for those keeping score. War, and remembrance: The then-Kingdom of Great Britain declared war on France on this date in 1756, kicking off the Seven Years War; on the same date in 1803, the United Kingdom declared war on France again, this time ticked off…


Is there a nurse practitioner in the house? 28, actually

By GREGORY ZELLER // Three years after opening its doors, the Hofstra/Northwell nursing school is promoting its first graduating class. Twenty-eight freshly minted nurse practitioners – each specializing in either adult-gerontology acute-care nursing, psychiatric/mental health nursing or family nursing – are set to receive their degrees Friday, marking the first graduates to emerge from the Hofstra/Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. The school, a joint venture of Hempstead-based Hofstra University and New…