Published July 10, 2014
Eight UB faculty members are principal investigators or co-principal investigators on research projects receiving $900,000 in the first round of funding through SUNY’s Health Network of Excellence.
The SUNY Health Network of Excellence, one of five networks throughout SUNY, was created to engage and maximize the system’s diverse strengths in biomedical research. The six projects that were funded involve students and faculty on nine SUNY campuses — including UB — and their private-sector partners, and will research causes, treatments and cures for such diseases as tuberculosis and brain disorders including stroke, traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease. Each project will receive approximately $150,000 in this first round of funding.
“This investment in SUNY campuses will continue New York’s rich tradition of leading medical advancement for the global community,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in announcing the grants. “The funding will provide scientists the infrastructure and talent that they need in order to continue conducting world-class research in the state and establishes yet another opportunity for colleges and universities to bolster upstate New York’s growing medical economy.”
Peter Winkelstein, professor of pediatrics in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and executive director of the medical school’s Institute for Healthcare Informatics, is principal investigator on a project designed to position SUNY as a leader in health care “big data” research through development of a Clinical Integrated Data Repository (CIDR) of electronic health record data generated by all SUNY entities that provide clinical care. Among co-investigators on the project, titled “Planning Grant to Produce a Road Map to the Creation of the SUNY-wide Centralized ‘Big Data’ Repository (CIDR) of SUNY Electronic Health Record Data,” are UB faculty members Werner Ceusters, professor of psychiatry, and Peter Elkin, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics.
UB faculty members will serve as co-investigators on four other projects. They are:
SUNY Health and the other SUNY Networks of Excellence were established within the past year to increase research collaborations and spur commercialization activities between SUNY and industry partners in core research areas. The other networks are SUNY 4E (energy, environment, education, economics); SUNY Brain; SUNY Materials and Advanced Manufacturing; and SUNY Arts and Humanities.