Rep. Zeldin Announces Over $1.7 Million in Grants for Stony Brook University

November 4, 2019
Press Release

PATCHOGUE, NY - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) announced Stony Brook University has been awarded three grants through the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health totaling over $1.7 million in funding, including $1,299,433 for cancer treatment research, $402,785 to research harnessing network science to personalize scalable interventions for adolescent depression and $336,134 for Diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic research.

“Stony Brook University has long led the future of research and innovation, especially when it comes to studying some of the most common medical challenges Long Islanders face, including cancer, diabetes and mental illness,” said Congressman Zeldin. “Driving critical federal funding back to our district, and this world-renowned institution, will ensure that some of the brightest minds of today continue to help local residents with their vital work.” 

“Pancreatic inflammation is the top cause of gastrointestinal-related hospitalization, as well as a key risk factor for the development of pancreatic cancer,” said Department of Medicine Assistant Professor Weiqin Lu, PhD.  “Pancreatic inflammatory insults promote oncogenic KRAS hyperactivation, leading to sustained pancreatic inflammation and a spectrum of pathologies, including pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia, a definitive precursor of pancreatic cancer. However, how inflammatory insults promote oncogenic KRAS hyperactivation remains a mystery. The objective of our study is to unravel the mystery and open a new paradigm for the design of novel therapeutic strategies against inflammation-associated pancreatic diseases in humans.”

"Despite progress in the identification of effective youth mental health interventions, rates of youth psychiatric problems remain stable and high," said Department of Psychology Assistant Professor Jessica L. Schleider. "Low access to treatment exacerbates this problem: In the U.S., up to 80% of youths with mental health needs never access treatment. Our lab's research aims to address this discrepancy by developing brief, accessible interventions for youth psychopathology, with a focus on depression; identifying mechanisms underlying these interventions' effects; and testing novel models of dissemination." 

Founded in the late 1800s, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary agency of the federal government responsible for biomedical and public health research, conducting its own research and providing research grants to non-NIH research facilities. In September of 2018, Congressman Zeldin voted in favor of H.R. 6157 to fund NIH at $39 billion, a $2 billion increase over the previous year.