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Governor announces $3 million in key scientific awards to attract, retain top-level researchers

Governor George E. Pataki has an- nounced that the state is providing nearly $3 million in faculty development awards to four universities in New York state, including Binghamton University. The awards, which total approximately $750,000 each, are funded through the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) Faculty Development Program. The funding will enable the schools to attract a select group of world-class scientists to help ensure the continued long-term growth of the state’s high technology and biotechnology industries.

Binghamton’s award will be used to recruit a director to lead the University’s new Clinical Sciences Research Center and strengthen the University’s biomedical research capability. By conducting research concerning blood and interstitial fluid flow, medical advances could be made for treating osteoporosis, diabetes and chronic fatigue syndrome, lower back pain and, potentially, heart disease.

“Binghamton University is continuing its growth in bioengineering and biomedical research that focuses on improving the quality of life for those with chronic conditions such as osteoporosis and diabetes,” said President Lois B. DeFleur. “This funding from NYSTAR allows us to attract a preeminent scientist who will significantly strengthen our research efforts.”

“By providing critical funds to attract key researchers to our world-class academic research institutions, we are continuing to build a solid foundation for the future long-term stability and growth of our high-tech economy in New York State,” Pataki said. “Our comprehensive high-tech strategy has catapulted New York to the forefront as the nation’s high-tech leader. As we move forward with these efforts, we will encourage even more high-tech investment and job creation and move closer to realizing our ambitious goal of creating one million new jobs by the end of the decade.”

Kenneth McLeod, chair of the University’s Bioengineering Department, said the new Clinical Sciences Research Center will be housed in the Innovative Technologies Complex, the former NYSEG building. “Establishment of this center will help to expand our basic clinical research in circulation and lymphatic flow in the body and how these relate to the development of conditions such as osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease,” he said.

Providing critical support for scientific research is part of Pataki’s comprehensive job creation and economic growth agenda for New York to strengthen New York’s high-tech economy. His proposed budget provides strong support of New York’s high-tech/biotech efforts to encourage new investment and job creation in emerging high-tech and biotechnology industries across the state.

Dr. Russell W. Bessette, executive director of NYSTAR, said, “This award is important because recruitment of a director at Binghamton will advance development of a strong clinical side to it’s fast-growing and economically important life science research program.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08