Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

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…


No. 305: BioMentors, advanced architects and 10 of the nation’s best STEM high schools, right here on LI

And down the stretch they come: You’ve reached the finish line of another busy workweek, dear readers, and if you’d picked Good Magic to finish second, you’d have made a killing. It’s May 11 and it may be National Technology Day in India, but in the United States it’s undeniably National Twilight Zone Day, truly a dimension of sight, sound and mind. Give us your sick: Predating the United States itself, Pennsylvania Hospital – credited…


Heavy-hitting LI BioMentor Initiative makes it official

By GREGORY ZELLER // A high-octane effort to unite regional bioentrepreneurs with qualified business mentors has formally launched – though the Long Island BioMentor Initiative is already quite busy. The LIBMI officially accepted its first program applications in a “launch event” Thursday morning at the de Seversky Mansion on the New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus. But the BioMentor Initiative is already a year into a “pilot phase,” according to founding mentor Mark…


No. 304: The Piano Man ages, the yacht club sets a new course and Feinstein’s codebreakers show some real nerve

Happy National Bike to School Day: And a glorious National School Nurse Day to you, dear readers, part of what we trust is a peaceful and joyous National School Nurse Week. It’s May 9, 2018, and together we’re hurdling the hump of another busy week of Long Island socioeconomic progress. Drawing board: We come to you today on the 264th anniversary of a truly noteworthy innovation – the very first newspaper political cartoon, which appeared…


How to speak cytokine: a bioelectronics breakthrough

By GREGORY ZELLER // You can bet they didn’t use secret decoder rings. In a major feat of bioengineering and neurological science, a team of doctors at Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has intercepted and decoded specific signals the human nervous system uses to communicate immune and inflammation status to the brain – a potentially ginormous forward leap for bioelectronic medicine. This latest bioelectronic breakthrough at what has become the international nerve center…


No. 302: Inventor-palooza at SBU, drones in the Mohawk Valley and why Long Island’s Craft Beer Week will fill bellies with more than brew

You certainly May: Enough with the Marching like a lion and the April showers (and April snow, for the matter) – it’s May and time for the good stuff. The weather people say 80 degrees all over Long Island today. Rejoice. It’s May 2, to be exact, and the midpoint of another exciting week in Long Island socioeconomic innovation. Welcome new newsletter subscribers Paul, Evan, Kerry, Krista, Rick and Paolo – you’re just in time…


Morning of a thousand stars

(Photos by Bob Giglione) A dazzling array of sensational scientists, energetic entrepreneurs and regional rainmakers gathered April 24 for the 2018 Innovator of the Year Awards. Innovate Long Island’s third-annual innovation celebration, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, honored 2018 Master of Innovation Michael Faltischek, senior partner at Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek and chairman of the Long Island Angel Network. The breakfast banquet also recognized more than 40 of the…


No. 300: Anniversary edition, starring Shakespeare, Dutch Reagan and Academy Award-winner Jessica Lange (and introducing Vengo)

An imperfect 300: Welcome, friends, to your latest Innovate LI newsletter, and not just any Innovate LI newsletter, but the 300th since founder John Kominicki e-blasted the first more than three years ago. That’s a lot of historical anecdotes, celebrity birthdays, regional shout-outs, hyperlinks, funding reports and Stuff We’re Reading. And we wanted to do something truly spectacular to recognize our tercentenary edition. So, we came up with… Suggested serving: These foods/serving sizes all contain…


No. 293: Caligula rises, NeuLion roars, Israel energizes, and how a Feinstein researcher discovered a new human organ

Welcome: Howdy and hallelujah, dear readers – it’s March 28 out there, and it is not snowing. Further proof that spring has sprung: Major League Baseball winds up and delivers its 2018 season tomorrow, the earliest Opening Day in MLB history and the first time all 30 teams open on the same day (everyone last opened on the same day in 1968, when there were only 20 Major League teams). Mets host the Cardinals at…


Forget something? NY’s life-sci panel (mostly) stiffs LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // Eyeing a “vibrant life-sciences ecosystem” across the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday the launch of a new Life Science Advisory Board – but the high-profile panel largely overlooks life-sciences-heavy Long Island. Although Albany would seem to consider the Island a hotbed of biotech and health-science research and commercialization, none of the region’s major research institutions or life-science enterprises are represented on the new LSAB. So, no one to share updates…


No. 288: On awards season, Opportunity Zones, international patents and dumpster fires

Snow kidding: Another whitewashed workweek is in the books, dear readers, and if you thought Wednesday’s surprise snowstorm was a shocker, just be glad you weren’t in England 127 years ago today. That’s when the Great Blizzard of 1891 began its tear across the UK. Featuring 15-foot snowdrifts and crippling winds, the five-day snowmageddon is blamed for the deaths of 200 people and more than 6,000 animals. According to the story, snow piles were still…