State awards research funding to local hospitals

Winthrop Hospital in Mineola received a $150,000 state award.

Three Long Island hospitals are among 26 statewide academic medical institutions receiving a total of $17.2 million in state research awards.

The awards, announced Thursday, will be used to train new researchers to work on cutting-edge clinical projects. A dozen institutions are receiving Center awards of $1.26 million each, while 14 teaching hospitals will receive Individual awards of $150,000 apiece.

North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset is receiving one of the 12 Center Awards, which each total $1,260,332 and are means to fund the training of research teams with at least six members. NSUH – like the other Center Award recipients – has committed to direct $200,000 in matching funds to the effort.

Individual awards – earmarked to help train researchers in diverse fields ranging from obesity to schizophrenia to hearing loss – are going to Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park and Staten Island University Hospital, all part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

A $150,000 Individual Award has also been made to Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola.

The awards are meant to attract new researchers and solidify New York as a national biomedical research hub, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who noted “some of the world’s most exciting and groundbreaking medical discoveries” have resulted from New York-based laboratory research.

“This investment will help ensure that the Empire State remains on the cutting edge of innovation,” the governor said in a statement.
Launched in 2000, The Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program helps institutions hire researchers for “critically important projects that represent a strategically important area of growth for the institution,” according to the governor’s office.

To date, including the $17.2 million announced Thursday, the program has invested $103 million in statewide institutions. The latest round of awards will help train 86 physician researchers over the next two years, preparing them for research careers focused on traumatic brain injuries, heart and kidney disease, cancer, healthcare IT and stem-cell therapy, among other critical and emerging fields.