Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

No. 546: The wait continues – with bread stuffing, Emma Stone and undead ferrets

  Your guess is as good as ours: Here we are, dear readers – it’s Nov. 6 on Long Island and around the world, and as we put the newsletter to bed Thursday night, there was still no clear word on who will be President of the United States come Jan. 21. Perhaps by the time you read this, an electoral winner will have been announced (though lawsuits are sure to follow, so stay tuned)….


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…


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. 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…


At Northwell, the doctor will Zoom you now

By TERRY LYNAM // Even as the world focuses attention and resources on COVID-19, it is also crucial to take heed of other illnesses and injuries that may require medical attention. As we all work toward a new normal during these unprecedented times, the healthcare professionals at Northwell Health are doing everything possible to keep our communities and our colleagues safe. “We would never want to make patients feel as if they’re abandoned just because…


No. 500: Voices from the past, eyes on the future

That’s, like, half-a-thousand: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and a special edition of your Innovate Long Island newsletter. It’s May 13 out there, midpoint of another busy workweek, and this is our official 500th newsletter. Reaching this milestone years after losing Publisher John Kominicki – entrepreneurial founder, tireless promotor, driving engine – was highly unlikely. Doing it without you would have been literally impossible. So thank you, newsletter subscribers and website visitors, inventors and investors,…


No. 495: Not the AI apocalypse we expected – plus whoops, coughs, space telescopes and past lives

  Week effort: And you’re finishing strong, dear reader, as we complete five more homebound workdays under COVID-19’s temporary reign and begin another locked-down weekend of spring cleaning, masked market runs and copious binge-watching. It’s April 24 out there – Concord Day in Niger, remembering the 1995 armistice between government officials and the organizers of the bloody Tuareg rebellion, and the big-hearted World Day for Laboratory Animals. Pigging out: It’s horrible, what they do to…


For future physicians, a Match Day like no other

By GREGORY ZELLER // An emotional rite of passage for future physicians has made a high-tech, if slightly more impersonal, Age of Coronavirus pivot. Match Day is an annual event during which graduating medical students across the nation open personalized letters from the National Resident Matching Program, revealing the next steps of their long educational journeys: their residencies, where they will spend years finishing off their medical educations. Usually a joyous tearjerker featuring packed college…


No. 485: Panther pride, equitable entrepreneurism and smarter self-diagnoses, in the palm of your hand

  The days, they are a blurrin’: And we’re just getting started, dear readers, as the global pandemic continues to take shape and the “new normal” – however impermanent it may be – finds its form. It’s Friday out there (trust us), March 20, and it’s a good time to note the words of author Steven Kotler, who believes innovation requires isolation, and French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, who reminded us that “Hell is other people”…


No. 482: On the meaningfully diverse, the Uber forgetful and CPR’s most heartfelt replays

  Shift change: Push that lever, dear readers, as we reach the fulcrum point and gear up for the latter half of this latest busy workweek. Apples and overlords: It’s Wednesday, March 11 – Moshoeshoe Day in Lesotho (celebrating the birthdate of the mountaintop African nation’s founding father) and National Johnny Appleseed Day in the United States (which doesn’t mark pioneering agriculturist John Chapman’s birthday, but the start of planting season). It’s also National Funeral…


Northwell gets personal with family-focused LI efforts

By GREGORY ZELLER // In 21st century healthcare, pharmaceutical discoveries and spectacular med-tech breakthroughs constantly move the ball – but sometimes, the most important innovations are more personal. To that end, Northwell Health – where laboratories constantly bristle with high-tech experimentation – has announced two Long Island projects on more intimate levels, each focused on families and the particular needs of Island residents. On Wednesday, the New Hyde Park-based health system cut the virtual ribbon…


No. 458: Ink flows, Whoppers sizzle and cyber-defenders rise – plus, a critical organoid donation

  When you’re having fun: Hard to believe, dear readers, but time is running out on 2019, as we fly through this first workweek of the last month of the year. It’s Wednesday, Dec. 4, and to our many readers in Tonga, a peaceful Tupou I Day, honoring 19th century King Tupou Maeakafa Ngininginiofolanga (a.k.a. George Tupou). Attention, cookie monsters: Today’s your day, too – National Cookie Day, to be precise, celebrated in the States…


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. 448: In which the Earth ages, Applied DNA’s patents proliferate and Marvel gets super-Sirius

  Turning point: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we hurtle the hump and steam into the latter half of this latest busy workweek. Holy moly: It’s Oct. 23 out there, and you certainly don’t need us to tell you this, but it’s Mole Day, celebrated internationally (at 6:02 a.m. and 6:02 p.m. precisely) by chemists and design/tech types. Of course, at those times, on this date, in the American style of date-writing, it’s 6:02…