Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

At Northwell, redefining the shape of things to come

By GREGORY ZELLER // A powerful new 3D printing system is providing Northwell Health doctors hyper-realistic surgical models, easing patients’ minds and saving millions of dollars in lost operating-room time. That’s the assessment from the New Hyde Park-based health system, which this week noted it has “doubled down” on 3D printing technologies provided by Massachusetts-based developer and manufacturer Formlabs. Specifically, Northwell Health – already a Formlabs customer – has incorporated the tech firm’s powerful Form…


No. 339: Innovation (and procreation) in Russia, the ‘Best Colleges’ on Long Island and strange things on Cynthia Nixon’s bagel

Fair-to-middling: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting workweek. We trust yours is, at least, slightly above average. It’s Sept. 12 out there, marking the international observance of Mindfulness Day, which promotes the notion of careful consideration. Why don’t you just think about that for a bit. Putin the “Mother” in “Mother Russia”: It’s also the Day of Procreation in Russia, which stems from a 2006 speech in which Vlad the…


For lupus patients, a possible ACE in the hole

By GREGORY ZELLER // A common pharmaceutical treatment for hypertension could be the key to preserving brain function in lupus patients. So says data published this month in the Journal of Experimental Medicine by an international team of scientists led by the redoubtable Betty Diamond, head of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research’s Center for Autoimmune, Musculoskeletal and Hematopoietic Diseases and a professor of molecular medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine…


No. 335: Phooey chop, King of Pop and a phone flop – and why is Hank Foley so big on blockchain, anyway?

Middle of the road: Welcome to the midpoint of another sweltering summer workweek, dear reader. Your three-day holiday weekend is now clearly in sight. It’s already Aug. 29 out there, and not only is this week half over, but at midnight tomorrow night, 2018 will be two-thirds kaput. That’s fairly amazing. Best of luck: For those keeping score, Wednesday is the best day of the week for airplane travel, grocery shopping, weighing yourself, getting married…


Feinstein doc eyes telehealth for Hispanic diabetes

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s not precisely the Telemundo of telemedicine, but a Long Island scientist will spend some $3 million of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s money exploring telehealth protocols for Hispanic diabetes patients. The PCORI, a government-funded (but non-government) Washington-based organization that supports and investigates various medical treatments, is backing Feinstein Institute for Medical Research professor Renee Pekmezaris’ study of home telemonitoring for Hispanic-community patients living with type 2 diabetes, the most common…


No. 332: Hitting it big in vagus, hitting it bigger at SBU, commercial support for the disabled and eternal respect for Aretha

Well done: It’s Friday, dear readers, and once again, you’ve conquered the five-day minefield that is the American workweek. To mark your achievement and put you in a proper Friday mood, ladies and gentlemen … The Cure! Continental breakfast: We’re sending a special hello this Aug. 17 to all of our South American readers – whether you’re celebrating Engineer’s Day in Colombia or Flag Day in Bolivia, please celebrate responsibly. Here in the States, it’s…


No. 331: A retail first at Roosevelt Field, phone calls from outer space and why dumping debris in LI waters is good (sometimes)

Hump-hopping: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we speed through another exciting (and mercilessly damp) week of socioeconomic innovation. It’s Aug. 15 out there, and today we observe the 73rd anniversary of Victory Over Japan Day. Sorta. (It could be Aug. 15, the date Japan officially announced its surrender, but it could also be Aug. 14 – the surrender date in the States, because of time zones – or possibly Sept. 2, the date Japan…


No. 324: Vikings on Mars, FSC on the job, Sanguistat on the move, and why Freeport is happy to be on the outs

Well done: Very impressive, intrepid reader – you’ve made it to the end of another productive workweek, and earned yourself another glorious weekend. It’s July 20 out there, and if you said “knight to king 4,” good move, since today is of course International Chess Day, commemorating the launch of the World Chess Federation on this date in 1924. The Eagle has landed: Today also marks the 49th anniversary of one of mankind’s greatest scientific…


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. 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…


No. 312: On D-Day, Nassau’s underage smoke-out, Feinstein’s lupus leap and SBU’s big new gig

Seasonal greetings: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midway point of another exciting week in Long Island innovation. It’s June 6 out there, and as the weather slowly warms, let’s thank our lucky News 12 forecast this ain’t 1816 – the infamous “Year Without a Summer,” when an eerie “dry fog” hung over the eastern U.S. for months, at least one hard frost was recorded every month throughout New England and six inches of…


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…


No. 310: Remaking the Nassau Expressway, recognizing Feinstein’s finest and why your laundry may soon be fungus-fresh

It’s still May? Strange but true, dear reader – Memorial Day is already two days gone and still the month of the emerald and the Crataegus monogyna has another day to go. Which must mean today is Wednesday, May 30 – Parliament Day in Croatia, Mother’s Day in Nicaragua, Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad and Tobago and, here in the States, a sort of midpoint of our shortened workweek. Burning devotion: The Maid of Orleans’…


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…