SUNY Health Network of Excellence Awards $900,000 for Research Into Lyme Disease, Pain Management, & More

June 25, 2015

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced $900,000 in funding for projects supported by the SUNY Health Network of Excellence. Six collaborative projects involving seven SUNY campuses will advance basic, clinical, and public health research in pain management, cardiovascular disease, cancer biology, and Lyme Disease, among other areas.

“With leading scientists and state-of-the-art facilities in every region, SUNY is uniquely positioned to convene top researchers and address the health challenges facing New York State,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Projects funded by this latest round of SUNY Health Network of Excellence Awards will continue to advance innovation and discovery that supports the state’s healthcare industry while providing our students with incredible access to research opportunities and career experience in their field of study. Congratulations to all of the project partners receiving these awards.”

“Some of the most transformative outcomes of University-based research come from projects aimed at addressing society’s greatest challenges,” said Alexander N. Cartwright, SUNY provost and executive vice chancellor, and interim president of the Research Foundation for SUNY. “Each of the projects supported today has the potential to profoundly benefit the lives of New York State residents and beyond and/or effect meaningful change in current treatment.”

Each of the following collaborative projects will receive $150,000 as a result of today’s announcement:

  • Developing an Integrated Biochemical and Imaging Pain Sensor to help clinicians and pain management personnel detect and measure pain levels (Binghamton University, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Upstate Medical University)
  • Studying racial and ethnic differences in gastrointestinal cancer biology (Stony Brook University, SUNY Downstate Medical Center)
  • Advancing new therapeutics for treating glaucoma, macular degeneration and other retinal degenerative diseases (University at Buffalo, University at Albany, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Upstate Medical University)
  • Conducting a comprehensive study of the chronic outcomes of Lyme Disease using the New York State Department of Health patient database (Stony Brook  University, University at Albany)
  • Improving primary care delivery to high-risk children to reduce health disparities (Stony Brook University, University at Buffalo, Upstate Medical University, University at Albany)
  • Designing novel patentable drugs and delivery systems to treat cardiovascular disease (SUNY Downstate Medical Center, University at Albany, University at Buffalo)

More information, and a detailed abstract for all six projects that were funded, is available online.

About the SUNY Networks of Excellence
SUNY Health is one of six SUNY Networks of Excellence. Each network assembles scientists, scholars, and external partners from SUNY campuses to conduct collaborative research in high demand areas. The remaining Networks are SUNY 4E (Energy, Environment, Economics and Education), SUNY Brain, SUNY Materials and Advanced Manufacturing, SUNY Arts and Humanities, and SUNY Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

To date, the SUNY Health Network of Excellence has invested $1.8 million in a variety of areas, including clinical applications of 3D printing, treatments for degenerative and infectious diseases, biosensors, big data, health disparities and aging. 

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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