Stony Brook University has been awarded $175,000 to open a state-of-the art infectious disease laboratory, which will have an insectary dedicated solely for work on ticks.
The funding is part of a package approved by the New York State Senate aimed at fighting Lyme and other tick-borne diseases (TBDs) throughout the state.The new funding will help support a wide variety of local investments identified by the Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases to increase education, research, prevention, and treatment options, and combat the ongoing increase in TBDs throughout New York.
The laboratory will be open to Stony Brook scientists and others as a regional facility with unique research capabilities. The funds will be used to support activities in the laboratory and new research on TBDs.
“I am pleased that the Senate was able to secure $1 million for Lyme and Tick Borne Disease (TBD) funding,” Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) said.
“My colleagues and I fought hard to secure this funding, recognizing the importance of fighting the spread of Lyme and TBD’s throughout the state. My district is particularly hard hit, especially on the East End of Long Island,” Lavalle said. “This money will allow for the continuation of the highly successful Tick Borne Disease Center at Southampton Hospital, a four poster program on Shelter Island directly targeting the spread of ticks from the deer population, and the creation of a new state-of-the-art infectious disease lab at Stony Brook University.”