Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that seven research projects involving 10 SUNY campuses will each receive up to $100,000 from the SUNY Research Collaboration Fund, which supports research collaborations among campuses as part of the SUNY system’s strategic plan, The Power of SUNY. Among the funded initiatives are projects that seek to improve cancer detection and treatment, further medical imaging and diagnostics, and analyze the effects of climate change.
“Not only does the SUNY system provide quality, affordable higher education opportunities to New Yorkers – but it is also an engine of research and development to increase innovation and grow our economy in New York State,” Governor Cuomo said. “The projects receiving awards today showcase a wide range of areas being explored in campuses across the SUNY system, and they all have potential to leave a positive and lasting impact on our health, environment and society. I applaud these award recipients and look forward to seeing their projects progress.”
“The broad range of SUNY’s scientific research is reflected in these awards and we will continue to incentivize cross-campus collaboration to promote the strength of working together as a system,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to the campuses, faculty, and students involved in these promising research projects.”
“The scope, scale, and diversity of SUNY’s research portfolio are on full display with the announcement of these awards,” said Dr. Tim Killeen, president of the Research Foundation for SUNY and SUNY’s vice chancellor for research. “Collaborative research invites industry interest and entrepreneurial opportunity that lead to innovation, new business, jobs, and public benefit. We congratulate each of the fund recipients for their visionary work.”
The purpose of the SUNY Research Collaboration Fund is to support collaboration among researchers and students across SUNY’s campuses in order to enhance the collective impact of their work and ability to advance science, innovation, and economic prosperity in New York State. The 2013 recipients are as follows:
- Cancer Treatment: A nanotechnology-enabled research project led by
SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (Thomas Begley) and
Stony Brook University (Orlando D. Scharer) will provide a basis for
identifying cancer patients who will respond well to specific
chemotherapeutic regimens, thus promoting personalized medicine for the
treatment of ovarian cancer.
- Cancer Detection: An interdisciplinary research project led by the
University at Buffalo (Yijun Sun) and Downstate Medical Center (Brian
McNeil) will examine the use of advanced computational algorithms to
improve prognostic accuracy for prostate cancer.
- Developmental Biology: A collaboration led by SUNY Brockport (Adam
Rich) and Upstate Medical University (Jeffrey Amack) will create a novel
transgenic zebra fish that will extend our understanding of how gene
function affects organ development and disease in the gastrointestinal
- Stress Treatment: A project conducted by Binghamton University
(Richard E. Mattson, Matthew D. Johnson, Nicole Cameron), Upstate
Medical University (Frank Middleton), and Stony Brook University (Joanne
Davila) aims to develop an integrative genetic, developmental, and
psychosocial framework that links social support and improved health
outcomes in order to develop treatments that target the negative
consequences of stress.
- Medical Imaging: A collaboration by Binghamton University
(Chuan-Jian Zhong) and SUNY Potsdam (Maria Hepel) aims to develop a
fundamental understanding of functional nanoprobes for detection of DNAs
to aid in diagnostics and healthcare.
- Stroke Prevention: Research by Binghamton University (Chun-An Chou)
and Upstate Medical University (Yahia Lodi) aims to develop a tool to
help doctors make more informed medical decisions by predicting possible
aneurism ruptures in patients, which often causes strokes and has a
high mortality rate.
- Climate Change: A study by University at Albany (Scott Miller) and
SUNY ESF (David Kieber) focuses on the physical, chemical, and
biological processes that affect the emission of carbon dioxide to the
atmosphere and how these can be expected to shift due to climate change.
This second annual round of Research Collaboration Fund awards attracted
77 proposals. Funded projects were selected through a rigorous
peer-review process. Factors considered in the evaluation included:
originality and significance of the research; student involvement;
industry and other outreach efforts; and the ability to attract future
federal, state, philanthropic, or private funding.
About CNSE. The SUNY
College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the first college
in the world dedicated to education, research, development, and
deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering,
nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. With more than $17 billion in
high-tech investments, CNSE represents the world’s most advanced
university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind
academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with
access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and
commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations.
CNSE’s footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech
Complex, a 1.3 million-square-foot megaplex with the only
fully-integrated, 300mm and 450mm wafer computer chip pilot prototyping
and demonstration lines within 135,000 square feet of Class 1 capable
cleanrooms. More than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers,
students, and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel,
GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Applied Materials, Tokyo
Electron, ASML, and Lam Research. CNSE’s latest expansion, which
includes NanoFab Xtension (NFX), headquarters for the world’s first
Global 450mm Consortium (G450C), and the Zero Energy Nanotechnology
(ZEN) building, a living laboratory for green energy technologies, will
add more than 1,000 scientists, researchers, and engineers from CNSE and
global corporations. CNSE’s Solar Energy Development Center in
Halfmoon, which provides a prototyping and demonstration line for
next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells, and the CNSE Photovoltaic
Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility (CNSE MDF) in
Rochester, the solar industry’s first full-service collaborative
facility dedicated to crystalline silicon, support CNSE’s leadership of
the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC). CNSE’s Smart
System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in
Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and
packaging. CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer
Chip Commercialization Center (QUAD-C) at SUNYIT in Marcy. For
information, visit www.sunycnse.com.