Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research

Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

Now entering its final stages, the evolving COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and academic – have risen to the challenge. Innovate Long Island presents Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus as a running journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.     Speeding past 1M, Albany…


No. 560: Do you ever have déjà vu? Or loose change? Or bagels? Or déjà vu?

  Stay tuned: You made it, dear reader – the end of another weak-in-the-knees workweek, with deadly pandemics and everything else overshadowed by the sickening schism in our nation’s capital. We’re in uncharted waters for sure – unprecedented impeachments, a GOP civil war, whispers of collusion within the House (“Benedict Arnold territory,” according to one former U.S. attorney), very real fears of violence in the streets. What happens next? This much we know: Innovation continues….


No. 554: Indiana arrives, Concordes soar, Hofstra picks a prez and Adelphi goes to the Grammys

  The end is nigh: And nobody’s complaining, dear reader, as we wrap up this blustery workweek and anticipate a weekend of bustling holiday shopping – or what passes for it in confused, confounded 2020. You WILL enjoy yourselves: It’s Friday, Dec. 11, and to our many readers in the Central Luzon, a joyous Pampanga Day, 500 years in the making and decreed four decades ago by that old Filipino softy Ferdinand Marcos. Here in…


No. 545: Hanging with Cronkite, King Tut and Long Island particle physicists, as the smoke clears

  Is it over? Not quite, dear readers – but the voting is done, there’s a hard stop on those miserable campaign commercials and the endless election signs blockin’ out the scenery … one day, like a miracle, they will disappear. So, there’s that. Welcome to Wednesday, very much The Day After. Sincerest congratulations to the 150 million-or-so Americans who exercised their right to vote this year, many under challenging conditions that ranged from unfortunate…


No. 542: Earth, Smurfs and the iPod all begin – and so does a new era in Bay Shore

  No argument here: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we recover from another debilitating debate night – hopefully, the last we’ll ever see like that – and wrap up another busy workweek. It’s Oct. 23 on Long Island and around the world – a big date for our readers in Hungary (National Day), Brazil (Aviator’s Day) and Thailand (Chulalongkorn Day, commemorating the 1910 passing of King Chulalongkorn, beloved fifth monarch of the Chakri dynasty)….


No. 526: Chancellors chosen, schools cleared and Cro-Magnon man unearthed – and it all goes to the dogs

  Cooler heads prevail: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, midpoint of another warm workweek – good news from the weather desk, though, which promises this latest heatwave breaks today. Stay tuned. Twice as nice: It’s Aug. 26 out there, a big one for our many readers in Namibia, where’s it’s both Herero Day (a gathering of the Herero people to honor historical chieftains) and the unrelated Heroes’ Day (marking the 1966 start of the southwestern…


Docs dig deep with brain-based neurostimulator

By GREGORY ZELLER // An innovative “deep brain” device that captures and records cerebral signals is changing the way Northwell Health physicians treat a drug-resistant form of epilepsy. Introducing the Percept PC neurostimulator with BrainSense technology, which earned FDA approval in June, boasts two distinct trademarks (“Percept” and “BrainSense”) and packs a plethora of cutting-edge tech designed specifically to battle refractory epilepsy – a particularly nefarious form of the neurological disorder known also as intractable…


No. 519: Baseball returns, Cape Canaveral launches and aquafarmers take a closer look – plus, a real Moon bounce

  Here’s the pitch: It’s Friday, dear readers, and you’ve completed yet another sultry summertime workweek – with a special bonus to boot. For the first time this entire pandemic, you can spend your weekend watching balls and strikes and dingers and diving stops, as greedy, aggravating and eternally glorious Major League Baseball makes its long-awaited return. Of course, the Mets’ rotation is already a shambles, so it appears the universe remains in working order….


Northwell experts update brain cancer biotechnology

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Northwell Health inner circle with deep biotechnology roots has issued a “comprehensive update” of breakthroughs in brain tumor research. The roadmap of next-generation advances in the difficult war against brain cancers comes from physicians at New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital, by way of the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, famed bioscience hub. The team on Thursday announced a…


No. 517: The universe ages, Adelphi goes for the Goldman and the AC is invented (thank goodness)

  You made it! And we’re so glad you did, dear readers, as we reach the end of this summertime workweek and get ready for another well-earned weekend. It’s July 17 out there, a date that reverberates across the human spectrum – both the World Day for International Justice, supporting the critical work of the International Criminal Court, and World Emoji Day, celebrating tiny digital cartoon things. Just peachy: It’s also National Peach Ice Cream…


No. 515: In which COVID takes off, Telstar blasts off and Applied DNA spins off

  The sweeter the reward: You’ve done it again, intrepid reader, and coming off a long holiday weekend to boot – another workweek conquered, another weekend earned, Phase Four and all. Yes, it’s Friday out there, July 10 to be exact, a day so sweet you may need to floss twice: It’s National Kitten Day, National Pick Blueberries Day and National Piña Colada Day, all at once. Lose some: It’s also Independence Day in the…


No. 513: On research funding in a crisis, Christmas in June and baseball (in August, maybe)

  June swoon: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we wrap up a sultry workweek in Phase 3 of Long Island’s pandemic recovery and anticipate the first full weekend of Summer 2020. Independent thought: It’s June 26 out there, which is of course Independence Day in both Madagascar and Somalia. Here in the States, Independence Day is one week from tomorrow – and with that in mind, Innovate LI will be taking next week to…


No. 510: Kevin Dahill, Newt Gingrich and M.C. Escher walk into a newsletter … plus, strudel for all 

  We’ve been sprung: Welcome, intrepid readers, to the last Wednesday of the Spring That Time Forgot, with Long Island’s reopening proceeding on schedule – just a week, give or take, until Phase 3 – and Summer 2020 rising Saturday. That makes it June 17 out there, known best as the U.N.’s World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, except in Iceland, where desertification is trumped by Icelandic National Day. Balanced approach: Here in the…


No. 503: In which we risk re-opening, plan retirements and map the world, with nowhere to go

  A Memorial Day to forget: It’s the unofficial start of summer, dear readers, and maybe the unofficial end of sanity, as another homebound workweek wraps up with Long Island on lockdown. It’s May 22 out there, marking the start of the three-day Memorial Day weekend – another pandemic bummer for the tourism trade, though still an opportunity for innovation. Calendar item: Innovate LI is clearing the baffles this holiday weekend, so no calendar newsletter…


CSHL, partners track COVID-19 culprit to tricky NET

By GREGORY ZELLER // An international research consortium with Long Island roots may have identified the culprit behind COVID-19’s worst cases. It’s been well-documented that a large majority of patients who contract SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, suffer only mild to moderate symptoms and fully recover. Much more documented: The novel coronavirus can kill, with severe COVID-19 infections leading to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, pulmonary inflammation, airway-blocking mucus secretions, blood clots and…