Gov. announces research grants for SUNY campuses

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he will award over $700,000 to 10 SUNY campuses for research.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he will award over $700,000 to 10 SUNY campuses for research.

The money comes from the SUNY Research Collaboration Fund – and it will help with projects to detect and treat cancer, prevent strokes, treat stress, and study medical imaging and climate change.

The Governor used the occasion to praise the state’s SUNY system, which he credits for both for making education affordable and for its impact on New York’s economic future.

The 2013 recipients include:

· Cancer Treatment: A nanotechnology-enabled research project led by SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (Thomas Begley) and Stony Brook University (Orlando D. Scharer) will provide a basis for identifying cancer patients who will respond well to specific chemotherapeutic regimens, thus promoting personalized medicine for the treatment of ovarian cancer.

· Cancer Detection: An interdisciplinary research project led by the University at Buffalo (Yijun Sun) and Downstate Medical Center (Brian McNeil) will examine the use of advanced computational algorithms to improve prognostic accuracy for prostate cancer.

· Developmental Biology: A collaboration led by SUNY Brockport (Adam Rich) and Upstate Medical University (Jeffrey Amack) will create a novel transgenic zebra fish that will extend our understanding of how gene function affects organ development and disease in the gastrointestinal system.

· Stress Treatment: A project conducted by Binghamton University (Richard E. Mattson, Matthew D. Johnson, Nicole Cameron), Upstate Medical University (Frank Middleton), and Stony Brook University (Joanne Davila) aims to develop an integrative genetic, developmental, and psychosocial framework that links social support and improved health outcomes in order to develop treatments that target the negative consequences of stress.

· Medical Imaging: A collaboration by Binghamton University (Chuan-Jian Zhong) and SUNY Potsdam (Maria Hepel) aims to develop a fundamental understanding of functional nanoprobes for detection of DNAs to aid in diagnostics and healthcare.

· Stroke Prevention: Research by Binghamton University (Chun-An Chou) and Upstate Medical University (Yahia Lodi) aims to develop a tool to help doctors make more informed medical decisions by predicting possible aneurism ruptures in patients, which often cause strokes and have a high mortality rate.

· Climate Change: A study by University at Albany (Scott Miller) and SUNY ESF (David Kieber) focuses on the physical, chemical, and biological processes that affect the emission of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and how these can be expected to shift due to climate change.

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