COLLEGE RECEIVES $3.25 MILLION GRANT TO DEVELOP BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER
VALHALLA, N.Y., May 6, 2010 – New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins today announced the awarding of $3.25 million in State funding to support the development of the Hudson Valley Biotechnology Center for Disaster Medicine and Emerging Infections at New York Medical College. The initiative is expected to enhance the College’s reputation as a regional resource in three areas of its greatest expertise and proven strength.
The funding, which comes from the state’s Gen*NY*sis program, will be used to develop and enhance the physical infrastructure that will house the new center in a repurposed building acquired by the College in 2006. In the first phases of the program, the College will expand its acclaimed programs of emergency preparedness for disasters, terrorism and public health emergencies. The grant also calls for a clinical skills and simulation center, designed to utilize mannequins and other simulation technology to give medical students hands-on clinical training for a disaster response. The third goal of the grant provides for a Center for Emerging Infections, which will conduct multidisciplinary research programs to study and prepare for newly emerging or recurring infectious diseases.
Karl P. Adler, M.D., president and chief executive officer, said, “There has never been a better time to focus on the growth of biotechnology in the Hudson Valley region. New York Medical College has been contributing steadily to that growth through its 150-year-old tradition of research, education and public health. The new Center will bring together the best minds in disaster medicine, infectious diseases and public health, thus enabling the College to serve as a leading biotechnology resource in the region.”