Turning Scientific Potential Into Realized Biomedicine: Stony Brook University And Brookhaven Lab Hold First Clinical Research Day
Scientists convene at SBU School of Medicine for a day of networking
STONY BROOK, N.Y.,
May 27, 2011 – The first Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) Clinical Research Day, held on May 13 at Stony Brook University Medical Center, kicked off a gathering of scientists with the purpose of fostering future research collaboration in the development of new biomedical discoveries and technologies between the two institutions. Faculty from Stony Brook University School of Medicine discussed their individual research, networked with BNL scientists, and displayed posters about their research with BNL scientists.
Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., MACP, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, launched the day’s program by pointing out that leaders at both institutions have been meeting together over the last several months to explore biomedical research programs, and institute collaborations with the opportunities for turning “scientific potential into realized progress in biomedicine.”
Key to turning scientific potential into progress in biomedicine, he added, is combining the expertise and facilities available at both Stony Brook and BNL through collaborations at all levels of research.
Urging the group of about 50 scientists, John H, Marburger, Ph.D.,Vice President for Research, and Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Stony Brook University, and former Director of BNL, spoke of the need for action. “The kinds of programs that we envision require individual researchers to participate,” he said. “We can’t do it all from the top down. Today you can see what opportunities exist for you.”
“Scientists at both Stony Brook and Brookhaven perform critical research,” added Sharon Nachman, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Research, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, instrumental in conceiving and organizing the event. “This gathering provides opportunities to form new collaborations that might jumpstart the creation of new treatments or medical technologies.”
Examples of such collaborative work were displayed on posters in the Stony Brook University Hospital lobby. The posters featured aspects of translational medicine, which has the goal of bringing scientific discovery from the bench to the bedside. The research poster titles were varied, including findings and/or technologies related to diagnosing or treating addiction, brain aneurysms, brain tumors, cervical cancer, head and neck cancer, and obesity, among other health-related findings.
BNL Deputy Director for Science and Technology Doon Gibbs explained to the participants that the “possibilities for collaborations and for breakthroughs are really high,” and mentioned that there are 20 joint appointments between SBU and BNL, as well as several joint institutes, including the Advanced Energy Center, the New York Center for Computational Sciences, the Joint Photon Sciences Institute, and the Center for Science and Technology.
Gibbs added that there is a new push to commercialize technologies discovered at BNL, and collaborations between SBU and BNL can help to move research “from discovery to deployment.”
About Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Established in 1971, the Stony Brook University School of Medicine includes 25 academic departments centered on education, training, and advancing scientific research. The primary mission of the School is to educate caring and skilled physicians well-prepared to enter graduate and specialty training programs. The school’s graduate and specialty training programs are designed to educate medical specialists and investigators in the biomedical and clinical sciences to be well-prepared to advance the frontiers of research, clinical practice and education.
About Brookhaven National Laboratory
One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed for DOE’s Office of Science by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited-liability company founded by the Research Foundation of State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Laboratory facilities, and Battelle, a nonprofit, applied science and technology organization.