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New Lab Opens for Neonatal Research

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From left: Steven Strongwater, CEO, SBUMC; Sean and Mary Ellen Russell and their daughter, Molly; Margaret McGovern, chair, SBUMC Department of Pediatrics; and Michael Russell (photo by Sam Levitan Photography).
From left: Steven Strongwater, CEO, SBUMC; Sean and Mary Ellen Russell and their daughter, Molly; Margaret McGovern, chair, SBUMC Department of Pediatrics; and Michael Russell (photo by Sam Levitan Photography).

This summer SBUMC held a dedication of the Brady William Russell Laboratory in the Department of Pediatrics, which is devoted to research in neonatal lung development. The event was attended by the parents and family of Brady William Russell, along with Steven Strongwater, CEO, SBUMC; Margaret McGovern, chair of pediatrics; and pediatric medical and nursing staff.

The creation of the new research laboratory stems from the private support of the family and friends of Brady William Russell, a patient who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and a $250,000 grant made possible through the leadership of New York State Senator John Flanagan. In 2006 the Brady William Russell Memorial Fund was established to conduct research into neonatal complications from high-risk pregnancies, premature birth, and SIDS. The laboratory is located in Room 067 on the 11th floor of the Health Sciences Center. 

“The establishment of the Brady William Russell Laboratory will further advance our research and help establish a firm foundation for translational projects that will use both genetic and pharmacologic interventions for the promotion of lung development in the neonate,” said McGovern, who also indicates that the laboratory will play an active role in the research training of neonatology fellows who represent the next generation of investigators into lung development and diseases. 

“By turning their personal tragedy into a lasting tribute to young Brady William Russell, the Russell family is bringing hope to many Long Island families,” said Senator Flanagan. “On behalf of our community, I thank the entire Russell family for their efforts and am privileged to have played a role in helping them help others in young Brady’s honor.”

“We believe the research and laboratory offers profound hope and that the lab will be the legacy of Brady,” added Sean Russell, father of Brady William Russell.

All directed gifts to the Russell Fund will support clinical and basic research in neonatal complications from high-risk pregnancy, premature births, and SIDS. Funding will also support lectures within the Medical Center as well as community outreach activities to raise awareness. For more information or to make a gift, contact the SBUMC Advancement Office at 444-2899, or go to www.stonybrook.edu/giving (please include the name of the Brady William Russell Memorial Fund).

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