For the first time ever, Stony Brook University has three research projects competing in the national STAT Madness competition, where the public selects the top innovation or discovery made by leading research institutions from the previous year.
SBU faculty members Pawan Kumar (Microbiology and Immunology), Marci Lobel (Department of Psychology, and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine) and Markus Seeliger (Pharmacological Sciences) each have studies that were selected to participate in the 64-team competition, which begins today.
Vote now for any or all of the Stony Brook studies.
STAT Madness is structured like the March Madness basketball tournaments, with the studies pitted against each other in weekly rounds of voting. The study with the higher percentage of votes advances to the next round.
The teams competing are from colleges, universities and institutions across the U.S. who published exemplary biomedical research in 2022. Voting will continue through six single-elimination rounds before the winner of the popular vote is announced April 4.
About the Research
Seeliger led a team based at Stony Brook University, University of Maryland and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard that set out to understand why and how chemotherapy resistance occurs.
Kumar’s research team led an SBU study that lays the groundwork to better understand and treat Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease.
Lobel led SBU researchers in a large study that enrolled more than 8,000 women from the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Italy and Israel. The study was the first to compare prenatal pandemic stress and mental health across Western countries.
Voting is continual for about five days for each round. You can vote once a day from your computer, phone or other device. It is possible to vote a couple of times per day using different devices.