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Asian female student analyzing research at computer station at Upstate Medical University.
Medical Research

Medical and Clinical Research

The SUNY Academic Medical Centers conduct leading research in a variety of disciplines, helping bring the future of medicine and medical care to patients all across New York.

SUNY researchers conduct studies in a variety of disciplines, helping bring the future of medicine and medical care to patients all across New York. Biomedical and clinical research occurs at our university centers including the University at Albany, Binghamton University, SUNY Polytechnic as well as the SUNY Academic Medical Centers.

University at Buffalo

Basic science researchers and physician-scientists at the Jacobs School have made important, internationally recognized contributions to science and medicine, including patents, discoveries and treatment advances. Research at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is changing lives: furthering biomedical and medical knowledge, improving patient care and expanding the treatment options available to physicians and patients worldwide.

Downstate Medical Center

Downstate Medical Center role as the only academic medical center in Brooklyn and its focus on urban health are central to its powerful position in clinical, translational, and public health research. With two state-of-the-art biotechnology centers and a major research complex that includes a clinical and translational sciences center, Downstate's research spans the entire "bench to bedside" spectrum as an integrated entity, bringing together biomedical scientists, clinical researchers, and practitioners with common interests. Current strengths include learning and memory mechanisms; pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and cardiomyopathy; HIV/AIDS; immunology; pain and addiction; neurology; ophthalmology; alcoholism and genetics; and optical tomography imaging technology.

College of Optometry

Research at the SUNY College of Optometry includes a robust program of basic, translational, and clinical research in 14 areas. The college had 31 grants in FY 2016-17 and approximately 3.1 million in funding. In addition, students have access to colloquia and journal clubs through Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research, founded in 1983 in response to the growing need for knowledge about the visual system and methods of improving visual function.

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook Medicine, through Stony Brook University, is one of 62 members of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the invitation-only organization of the best research universities in North America. Stony Brook Medicine has increased its annual research funding by 25% since 2010 to $90 million, including world-class, National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored research programs in neurological diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, biomedical imaging, regenerative medicine and infectious diseases, among many other topics. Major innovations and medications developed by Stony Brook researchers include: developing the Nobel Prize-winning technology that led to the MRI, developing technology for 3D virtual colonoscopies, discovering the cause of Lyme disease, and development of ReoPro (a drug used for cardiac angioplasty, Periostat (a drug used for periodontal disease) and Xiaflex (a drug used to treat Dupuytren’s disease). More details about current projects can be found here.

Upstate Medical University

Upstate Medical University’s nearly $40 million research mission addresses many global health issues. Researchers are gaining ground on developing a vaccine against dengue fever, a rapidly spreading mosquito virus that affects nearly half of the world’s population. Additional research is looking at ways to control the spread of the Zika virus, another mosquito-borne disease. Work by Upstate researchers also has aided in the development of a concussion-assessment system that is now on the market. High-profile research also is underway in the areas cancer, vision and indoor air pollution. Upstate is also foster entrepreneurship with its sate-of-the-art Central New York Biotechnology Center, which currently provides opportunities for biomedical start-ups to incubate and partner with Upstate on new advances in medicine.

Academic Health and Hospital Affairs