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Time for Skin Cancer Screening

Mon, 2018-04-23 15:46
Did you know skin cancer is one of the more preventable types of cancer with more than 90 percent caused by excessive exposure to the sun? The combined number of skin cancer and melanoma cases account for about 50 percent of all types of cancer. This is why skin cancer screening is important for all adults. In support of National Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month in May, Stony Brook Medicine's Department of Dermatology will host free skin cancer screenings on Saturday, May 5, from 8 AM to 11:30 AM, at Stony Brook Medicine Advanced Specialty Care, 500 Commack Road, Commack, NY 11725. Individuals 18 or older who haven't received a screening within the last year are encouraged to make an appointment.

New Imaging Method Identifies How Normal and Cancer Cells Move and Adapt

Thu, 2018-04-19 14:01
An international team of scientists including David Q. Matus, PhD, and Benjamin L. Martin, PhD, in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Stony Brook University Cancer Center researchers, have developed a new cell imaging technology combining lattice light sheet microscopy (LLSM) and adaptive optics (AO) to create high-resolution "movies" of cells in their 3D environment that also captures subcellular processes. Published in Science, the research reveals a technology that shows the phenotypic diversity within cells across different organisms and developmental stages and in conditions such as mitosis, immune processes and in metastases.

Stony Brook University Makes Forbes List of "America's Best Value Colleges"

Wed, 2018-04-18 16:57
Forbes has released its 2018 list of "America's Best Value Colleges," and Stony Brook University ranks #41 overall among 300 schools in the United States that provide students with the most bang for the buck, up from #83 in last year's ranks. Stony Brook ranks at #18 among public colleges and universities, up from #29 in 2018, and received the highest ranking of all SUNY schools.

New Drugs Using the Body's Natural "Marijuana" Could Help Treat Pain, Cancer

Wed, 2018-04-18 09:33
A new technology developed by Stony Brook University researchers affiliated with the Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (ICB & DD) that has identified Fatty Acid Binding Proteins (FABPs) as drug targets of the body's endocannabinoid system is licensed to Artelo Biosciences, Inc. Endocannabinoids are natural marijuana-like substances in the body and have potential as the basis for new medicines. Artelo has an exclusive license with the Research Foundation for the State University of New York to the intellectual property portfolio of FABP inhibitors for the modulation of the endocannabinoid system for the treatment of pain, inflammation and cancer.

New Rapid-Fire Method Using Pathology Images, Tumor Data May Help Guide Cancer Therapies

Thu, 2018-04-05 16:57
By combining data on pathology images of 13 types of cancer and correlating that with clinical and genomic data, a Stony Brook University-led team of researchers are able to identify tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs), called TIL maps, which will enable cancer specialists to generate tumor-immune information from routinely gathered pathology slides. Published in Cell Reports, the paper details how TIL maps are related to the molecular characterization of tumors and patient survival.

New Non-Invasive Test for Urothelial Cancer Emerging

Fri, 2018-03-30 14:04
Urothelial cancers of the bladder and upper urinary tract are among the most common cancers encountered worldwide. In the United States, urothelial cancers are among the most costly cancers to treat. With early diagnosis, followed by surgery, most urothelial cancers can be cured. Now an international team of cancer researchers including Kate Dickman, PhD, of the Department of Pharmacological Sciences and Medicine/Nephrology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine have developed a highly sensitive and specific non-invasive test as a biomarker for early detection of urothelial cancers. Details of this method known as UroSEEK, are published in eLife.

Time for Oral Cancer Screening: Young and Healthy Need Screening Too

Wed, 2018-03-28 10:46
Did you know the quickest growing segment of the oral cancer population is young, healthy, non-smokers? Commonly associated with tobacco use, oral cancer can strike anyone. In younger populations the incidence of this form of cancer is on the rise in part due to exposure to the HPV virus.

New Technology Cleans Solar Panels to Enhance Efficiency

Tue, 2018-03-27 16:02
A technology in development that uses electric fields to sweep dust from solar panels has promise as a new self-cleaning solar panel system designed to enhance energy efficiency and reduce costs. The technology was created in the laboratory of Stony Brook University Professor Alex Orlov and is being further developed by a Stony Brook research team named SolarClear.

High-Tech Imaging of Ancient Crocs Helps Define How Species Evolve

Tue, 2018-03-20 15:39
Scientists believe that anatomical variation within and between species is the raw material for natural selection. However, the prevalence of convergent evolution, or the repeated evolution of highly similar yet complex forms among distantly related animals, suggests the presence of underlying general principles (or "rules") of evolution. Now Alan Turner, PhD, Associate Professor of Anatomical Sciences, along with colleagues at the University and at Oklahoma State University are conducting research they believe will help to unlock the rules of evolution. Their research is funded by a $579,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Stony Brook University Receives Prestigious Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization

Thu, 2018-03-15 10:52
Stony Brook University has been awarded a prestigious 2018 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Named after the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, the award recognizes outstanding innovation and accomplishment in integrating international education throughout all facets of university and college campuses.

Medieval Barbarians Likely Imported Brides With Elongated Heads From Southeastern Europe

Tue, 2018-03-13 11:21
An international research team including Krishna Veeramah, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, has performed the first genomic analysis of populations that lived on the former territory of the Roman Empire from around 500 AD. The analysis provides a direct look at the complex population movements during the era known as the European Migration Period. The palaeogenomic study, published in PNAS, investigated early human medieval genomic variation in southern Germany, with a specific investigation of the peculiar phenomenon of artificial skull formation, the origins of which scientists have debated for more than 50 years.

Seeking Truth in Science: Meta-Analysis as a Key

Thu, 2018-03-08 13:52
Figuring out what is true in science when researchers are bombarded with information from many different studies is a challenge. A new paper, published in Nature, reveals that the power of meta-analysis in research synthesis over the past 40 years has transformed scientific thinking and research approaches. Meta-analysis has also become invaluable to making advances in many scientific fields, including medicine and ecology.

Joshua D. Miller, MD, Named as President of the American Diabetes Association Long Island Community Leadership Board

Wed, 2018-03-07 12:15
The American Diabetes Association, the nation's largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes, is pleased to announce that Joshua D. Miller, MD, of Setauket, NY, has been named as President of The American Diabetes Association Long Island Community Leadership Board.

Stony Brook Launches Three-Year MD Program

Tue, 2018-03-06 12:19
Stony Brook University School of Medicine has created a new medical training curriculum that enables students to complete their MD degree in three years instead of the traditional four years. The new MD program is the first of its kind on Long Island and only the second one in New York State.

Breaking Through Disparities, Advancing Women in Medicine

Fri, 2018-03-02 16:28
Women have practiced medicine and conducted biomedical and other scientific research for decades, yet disparities remain at the highest levels in academic medicine. On March 7, more than 150 Stony Brook University women faculty and students will assemble at the School of Medicine's 12th Women in Medicine Research Day to celebrate the achievements of women researchers, discuss issues women continue to face during medial training and the workplace, and share their own research in a networking environment.

"Supercolony" of Adélie Penguins Discovered in Antarctica

Fri, 2018-03-02 10:40
For the past 40 years, the total number of Adélie Penguins, one of the most common on the Antarctic peninsula, has been steadily declining--or so biologists have thought. A new study led by Stony Brook University ecologist Heather Lynch and colleagues from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), however, is providing new insights on this species of penguin.

Women's History Month: Women & Men Supporting Women at Stony Brook University

Thu, 2018-03-01 16:41
Stony Brook University celebrates Women's History Month with educational, professional development and social programs that commemorate the historical achievements of women and address contemporary issues that affect them. These events are part of the University's Equity, Inclusion and Diversity initiative. Following is list of events, sponsored by the University administration and variety of student groups.

Intensive Women in STEM Leadership Program Offers Strategies to Balance Inequities

Thu, 2018-03-01 11:02
Why is women's presence in executive positions and senior academic posts in STEM scarcer than men? Whether it's the influence of gender/cultural bias; the impact of tokenism, isolation due to a lack of support networks or experience with glass ceiling obstructions, something needs to be done. One such approach, the new Women in STEM Leadership Program, hosted by Stony Brook University's Center for Corporate Education (CCE), looks to drive greater advancement, empowerment, and environments where best leadership practices will thrive.