SUNY Network of Excellence Awards $530,000 to Advance Understanding and Treatment of Brain Injury and Disorders

October 1, 2015

Albany – The State University of New York today announced $530,000 in funding for two collaborative research projects by the University at Buffalo, Downstate Medical Center, and Stony Brook University that will advance understanding of the human brain as part of the SUNY Brain Network of Excellence. The projects will enhance imaging tools used to map brain activity and determine treatment of neurological disorders; and advance research into the causes of traumatic brain injury.

In addition, the Network provided support for two post-doctoral fellowships involving faculty at the University at Albany, Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, and Stony Brook University.

“The continued work of those receiving support today is likely to result in new, innovative ways to treat, cure, and possibly prevent neurological and psychiatric conditions,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “By providing our campuses with shared resources and support, the Networks of Excellence continue to foster collaboration among SUNY’s leading researchers and scientists, broadening our knowledge and deepening our understanding in some of today’s most complex fields.”

Alexander N. Cartwright, SUNY provost and executive vice chancellor, and interim president of the Research Foundation for SUNY, said, “Today’s awards reflect the depth and breadth of faculty expertise that resides in SUNY, made all the more meaningful when our talented scholars commit to working together to advance the frontiers of knowledge and address pressing medical challenges.”

Projects funded by the SUNY Brain Network include:

  • $450,000 to support a partnership between the University at Buffalo, Downstate Medical Center, and Stony Brook University in which researchers will use nanoparticles for real-time mapping and stimulation of brain activity in order to better understand brain function and the effects of treatment.
  • $80,000 for a project involving Downstate Medical Center and Stony Brook University researchers who will explore the relationship between inflammation, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Post-doctoral fellowships supported by the SUNY Brain Network are as follows:

  • A Loughborough University (England) graduate, Adam Fry, will advance research into cognitive and behavioral disorders following a stroke, working with Andrew Goldfine, assistant professor of neurology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and Gerwin Schalk, neuroscience researcher at University at Albany School of Public Health.
  • A University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, graduate, Ken Wakabayashi, will explore the Nucleus Tractus Solitarius (NTS) circuits that influence and motivate feeding behaviors. He will work with Caroline Bass, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine, and Patricia Di Lorenzo, professor of psychology at Binghamton University.

Additional information about both projects and fellowships is available online.

To date, the SUNY Brain Network of Excellence has invested more than $1.3 million to advance research in neurosciences, neuroclinical services, and analytic sciences at multiple SUNY campuses. The Network has also funded research opportunities for undergraduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

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

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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