National Institutes of Health

Researchers eye Alzheimer’s link in 9/11 responders

By GREGORY ZELLER // Biomarkers similar to those found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients are appearing in the brains of first responders to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and Stony Brook University researchers are hot on their trail. Funded by a fresh $7.9 million grant from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Aging, a collaborative SBU research team – combining sociologists, positron emission tomography experts and others – is embarking on what the…


Federal grants back very different SBU compu-efforts

By GREGORY ZELLER // Millions of dollars in new federal grants are flowing to Stony Brook University’s Department of Computer Science, with cyber-defense and mobile data playing large. The research couldn’t be more disparate: digital security via cryptographic codes and better understanding of alcoholism through mobile data. But the nine-digit awards – one from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the other from the National Institutes of Health – both support ongoing efforts inside the…


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….


At Renaissance School, a closer look at depression

By GREGORY ZELLER // A hefty federal grant will support a multi-disciplined team of Stony Brook University researchers with a unique take on the enigma that is depression. Combining experts in psychological health, pharmacological sciences and next-generation scanning technologies, the team hopes to better understand how inflammation in the brain is related to the leading worldwide disorder and its myriad forms – and it now has a $3.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to…


No. 471: Hike! It’s your Super Bowl newsletter, starring Michael Sahn, the Jingle King and Ham the space chimp

  The time warp, again: It’s happened once more, dear readers – that blink-and-you-missed-it jump to the left (or was it a step to the right?) and the whole first month of 2020 is gone, poof, just like that. Yep – it’s Jan. 31 already, a Friday this year, wrapping up both the month and the week in socioeconomic innovation. Ad on: Speaking of socioeconomic innovation (and the first weekend in February), we already know…


Codagenix scores big with $20M Series B round

By GREGORY ZELLER // A stellar $20 million investment round has blasted a Long Island biotech into the stratosphere, and a new tax bracket. Farmingdale-based Codagenix Inc., a 2012 startup launched by Stony Brook University assistant research professor Steffan Mueller and Farmingdale State College biology professor J. Robert Coleman, has closed a $20 million Series B investment round, led by Adjuvant Capital, a New York City/San Francisco venture capital firm focused on life sciences. Also…


In Israel, high honors for Feinstein’s diabetes warrior

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research professor who’s dedicated his life to battling diabetes has earned a rare honor. Endocrinologist Jesse Roth, a fellow of the American College of Physicians and head of the Laboratory for Diabetes and Diabetes-Related Research at the Feinstein Institutes’ Center for Biomedical Science, was honored Nov. 14 for his lifelong achievements in diabetes research at the ninth D-Cure Symposium in Israel. D-Cure is focused on advancing…


No. 449: Braving the rebrand, locking down opioids and building a better Manufacturers’ Symposium

  Almost there: You’ve made it this far, dear readers, and congratulations for that, as we wind down another busy workweek and look ahead to another well-earned autumnal weekend. Shoe ins: It’s Oct. 25 on Long Island and around the world, and before we dive in, welcome aboard new newsletter subscribers Judy, Michael, Wayne, Lee, Lloyd, Gordon, Holly, Maryellen, Raymond, Sai, Richard, Stephen, Eric and Tim. If any of you had Crispin and Crispian, the…


No. 442: Snoopy and Gandhi in ‘The Twilight Zone’ – and puppy love at the SBDC

  Fall for it: Don’t let the thermometer fool you – it’s actually autumn, dear readers, and we’ll be bundled up soon enough! Whatever the hell Mother Nature is smoking, welcome to Wednesday, Oct. 2, as we hurdle the hump of this latest, very busy week of socioeconomic innovation. A stitch in time: To our many readers in Indonesia, a festive Batik Day, celebrating the Asian nation’s traditional cloth – officially recognized in 2009 by…


‘Early’ $2M grant cheers ambitious depression study

By GREGORY ZELLER // A seven-digit federal grant will help a Stony Brook University researcher develop new treatment protocols for adolescents suffering from depression. More than just “feeling sad” because it’s raining or the Mets were finally eliminated, clinical depression – a.k.a. major depressive disorder – is a common but serious condition with sometimes severe symptoms that affect how the afflicted feel, think, eat, sleep, work and otherwise function day-to-day. And more than a healthcare…


With pilot run ending, top marks for LI Bioscience Hub

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Bioscience Hub is making the grade, according to a report card prepared by independent evaluators. Since launching in 2015, the LIBH – a National Institutes of Health effort uniting Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research – has trained hundreds of innovators, helped fund dozens of technology-development projects and assisted the formation of numerous startup companies and…


See you in September (not): Stanley stuns SBU, SUNY

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Didn’t See That Coming file comes the sudden departure of Stony Brook University President Samuel Stanley Jr., who has resigned his position and will step down July 31. Stanley, who become SBU’s fifth president in July 2009, will become the 21st president of Michigan State University, according to several news reports. His decision – which follows a decade-long tenure ripe with physical expansion and award-winning faculty research – has…


Feinstein stimulates talk of an arthritis breakthrough

By GREGORY ZELLER // An encouraging new study out of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research says noninvasive bioelectronic stimulation – administered through the outer ear – can effectively reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. The potentially quantum leap for the treatment of RA and other inflammatory diseases was reported Tuesday in Bioelectronic Medicine, an open-access journal aggregating articles and data from across a dozen-plus basic and clinical disciplines, including biochemistry, neuroscience, bioengineering, artificial intelligence and…


How to build a better med-tech entrepreneur

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of this generation’s commercialization aces says Long Island’s next crop of healthcare visionaries has got the goods. They’re not ready for prime time. Only some have advanced as far as prototyping. But the medical technology (and the creativity) are off the charts, according to Gregory Montalbano, a principal executive at Smithtown-based MIDI Medical Product Development who, for the third straight year, was invited to consult students under the tutelage of…


No. 371: On Hollywood Whisky, organic sweeteners, zero-calorie chocolate and other tasty matters

  Welcome to Friday: You’ve done it, dear reader – the first full workweek of 2019 is just about in the books, and a very welcomed weekend is upon us. It’s Jan. 11 out there, and yes, Grand Canyon National Park – which today celebrates the 111th anniversary of Teddy Roosevelt declaring the canyon a national monument – is open, despite the partial federal government shutdown. Code maker: Today is also an important anniversary for…