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A new  $7.6 million lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University aims to allow researchers to investigate infectious diseases such as Lyme Disease, COVID-19, and others like them. Officials cut the ribbon today on what’s called the Vector Biocontainment Lab.   Upstate Medical President Dr. Mantosh Dewan says SUNY experts have been at the forefront of the field.

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Upstate Medical University is working on a plan to reach the region’s LGBTQ and other underserved populations as part of its role as a hub for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.  The group SAGE Upstate recently hosted a discussion with Terrence Howell, SUNY Upstate’s Director of Quality for Research. 

"We will create what we're going to call pods, where there will be LGBTQ-centered vaccine sites," Howell said.  "Maybe we can get the Q Center in Syracuse specifically fro those who may feel uncomfortable going to a different facility to get a vaccination."

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A pilot says FAA approved drone test flights for Upstate Medical University in Syracuse this week are proving they can fly safely across the city.  Pilot Brendan Stewart who works for DroneUP says the length of flights completed here within a visual line of sight is groundbreaking because there was live street traffic below.

Upstate Medical Doctor Assisting Promising COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

Nov 10, 2020
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Syracuse has an important connection to the latest Coronavirus vaccine study recently in the news for its 90% effectiveness in early trials. Not only have volunteers here been getting the vaccine, an Upstate Doctor is playing a critical role in getting it approved.

Upstate Expanding Youth Mental Health Outpatient Services

Oct 6, 2020
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Upstate Medical University is expanding its mental health services for youth to address disorders and behavioral difficulties in an outpatient setting. A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed Central New York’s Coronavirus infection rate and its economy in his briefing from Syracuse Tuesday.  Cuomo realizes Upstate is very different than New York City.

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Nursing students at two Central New York Community Colleges have a new path to a four-year degree and the opportunity for employment.  Monday, presidents from SUNY Upstate Medical University, Cayuga Community College, and Onondaga Community College signed agreements to create a dual-admission Registered Nurse Bachelor’s Degree program.   


A SUNY Upstate pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases says vaccinating children should not be optional in light of the measles outbreak in Brooklyn.  New York City has declared a health emergency after at least 280 people became ill, mostly in ultra-orthodox Jewish communities.  Dr. Jana Shaw at Golisano Children’s Hospital says not vaccinating is not worth the risk.

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SUNY Upstate Medical University has joined the process of developing a vaccine that could help address the ongoing heroin epidemic.  Scientists here are working in conjunction with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research using a $3.7 million grant to conduct clinical trials. 

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A 43-year veteran of SUNY Upstate Medical University is wrapping up the second week of his new role as interim president of the teaching hospital and research institution.  The psychiatrist by trade is trying to focus on the positive amid turmoil that has shaken the campus over the past year.