Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

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…


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…


Northwell team beats hypofractionation’s drum

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the You Don’t Have to Cut to Cure file comes new research suggesting that a specific form of radiation therapy, previously thought to be ineffective against breast cancer, might in fact be a winning strategy against the dreaded disease. Researchers from Northwell Health’s Department of Radiation Medicine, part of the New Hyde Park-based health system’s multifaceted Cancer Center, and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Northwell’s R&D mothership, are adding…


Good sports Hofstra, Northwell team up (once again)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hofstra University athletes will now receive primary medical care directly from New York State’s largest healthcare provider. The Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute – part of New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider by number of practitioners and number of patients – will “coordinate and provide primary care” for Hofstra’s men’s and women’s teams, Northwell Health announced this week. The university’s 300-plus student-athletes, who compete annually in 17 different…


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…


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…


Is there a nurse practitioner in the house? 28, actually

By GREGORY ZELLER // Three years after opening its doors, the Hofstra/Northwell nursing school is promoting its first graduating class. Twenty-eight freshly minted nurse practitioners – each specializing in either adult-gerontology acute-care nursing, psychiatric/mental health nursing or family nursing – are set to receive their degrees Friday, marking the first graduates to emerge from the Hofstra/Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. The school, a joint venture of Hempstead-based Hofstra University and New…


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…


Northwell taps MSK veteran to head cancer programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // After a three-decade career at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, an internationally renowned surgeon will take the reins of Northwell Health’s vast network of cancer services and research. Following a national search and recruitment effort, the New Hyde Park-based health system has appointed Richard Barakat physician-in-chief and director of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute and senior vice president of Northwell’s Cancer Service Line. Barakat, who also becomes a professor of…


No. 272: Stalin says hello, MSC Industrial rides the momentum and understanding why Central Islip needs two Marriotts

Well done: Congratulations, true believers – it’s Friday and you made it! For successfully completing 2018’s first five-day workweek, approximately 37 percent of you (according to a Bloomberg study) will now enjoy a three-day weekend. Seems U.S. businesses treat Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday, about the same as President’s Day, insofar as paid vacations. (Schools, banks and stock markets get it right). All hail: However your weekend shapes up, today, Jan. 12,…


Feinstein study offers new spinal cord injury insights

New hopes for victims of spinal cord injuries can be found in findings published this week by a team representing two of Long Island’s most innovative research institutions. Lead researcher Ona Bloom, an associate professor at the Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University, has found that white blood cell genes are present at different levels in people with spinal cord injuries – a…


With ‘Fellows’ effort, SBU podcasts a wider net

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a big week for podcast innovations on Long Island. Just days after the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell launched a serialized podcast following the real-life adventures of first-year medical students, Stony Brook Southampton – in partnership with Connecticut-based WSHU Public Radio – has announced a first-of-its-kind Audio Podcast Fellows program. Designed to train students in all aspects of podcasting, the new program – which also involves…


No. 265: Santa snickers, the Manufacturing Task Force Awakens and the Golden Globes go to…

Gut Yontiff: “Good holiday,” for our non-Yiddish speaking readers, and a Happy Hanukkah to all. Adam Sandler’s “eight crazy nights” – the Jewish Festival of Lights commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the circa-160 B.C. Maccabean Revolt – commenced Tuesday evening. A big date for breakthroughs: The dry dock (1816), the ice cream cone (1903), the first fully automated photographic film developer (1928) and the fathometer (also 1928), which measures underwater…


Real-life drama paces new Hofstra/Northwell podcast

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s “Real World” meets “Grey’s Anatomy” in a new Zucker School of Medicine podcast, which dives deep into the lives of first-year medical students. Providing a “rare and intimate look into the daunting first year of medical school,” the 10-episode podcast “Making an MD: Year One” follows four students during their earliest days at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. The free-subscription series is produced and narrated…


Northwell innovators think outside the box, and in

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bioelectronics and “smart” tech won the day in the Northwell Health 2017 Innovation Challenge. The challenge, which invited the New Hyde Park-based health system’s 63,000-plus employees to submit groundbreaking healthcare ideas for a shot at project-development funding, eventually came down to two champions at Northwell Health’s Made For Big Ideas Showcase in October – a bioelectronic device designed to reduce premature births and a “smart” laboratory container that knows when a…