News about Upstate you may have missed

A drawing of the planned Upstate Health and Wellness Center, as viewed from East Adams Street. The eight-story building will rise on what is now a parking lot across the street from the Upstate Cancer Center. (ARCHITECTURAL RENDERING COURTESY OF STANTEC)


MANIKA SURYADEVARA, MD, and Joseph Domachowske, MD, received the Others’ Award, the highest civic honor bestowed by the Salvation Army, for their efforts to vaccinate children and families in Central New York. Senior research support specialist Cynthia Bonville received a certificate of appreciation for her work with the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital team at the September ceremony.

JENNIFER MOFFAT, PhD, is working on a drug that would treat the shingles virus, which causes a potentially debilitating and painful skin rash. Her lab has partnered with NanoViricides, a development stage company in Connecticut, to study new antiviral compounds and how they might work in nanoparticles. Moffat is an associate professor of microbiology and immunology.

STUDENTS FROM CORNELL and Syracuse universities raised more than $132,000 during dance marathons held on their respective campuses to benefit the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The Cornell Big Red Thon pulled in $21,000 on Nov. 5, while SU’s OttoTHON raised more than $111,000 a day later. More than 1,400 students registered to participate in the two events.

A NEW LAW ALLOWING 16- and 17-year-olds to join the New York State Donate Life Registry takes effect Feb. 14. Teens will be able to document their intent for donation. Parents or legal guardians would be notified of the documentation and would still have final authorization.

The law is designed to remove some of the burden from parents who may be left wondering about a child’s wishes with regard to organ donation. If a teen registered intent to become an organ donor, that would convert to consent when he or she turns 18.

THE GENETICIST WHO discovered the BRCA1 gene and its link to breast cancer risk spoke at Upstate’s first Presidential Symposium in October. Mary-Claire King, PhD, addressed a standing-room-only crowd at Upstate’s CNY Biotech Accelerator.

UPSTATE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL now makes available interpreters who are fluent in 275 languages 24 hours a day, through a company called Language Line Solutions. Secure audio and video connections are available in 35 spoken languages, and audio connections are available for 240 other languages.

THE CENTRAL NEW YORK Library Resources Council recognized the Health Sciences Library at Upstate as top academic library of the year, and clinical outreach librarian Olivia Tsistinas as academic library staff all-star of the year. Judges who represent library systems across the state said the Upstate library goes “above and beyond” what libraries typically offer. “There is extensive outreach and collaboration with the community,” the judges noted. Visit online at

UPSTATE’S PSYCHIATRY DEPARTMENT is collaborating with the state’s Hutchings Psychiatric Center on a Mental Health First Aid class called Project Aware. It’s  designed to help identify youth with mental health problems and get them help, lessen the stigma and improve awareness of mental illness. The free eight-hour course is for adults who work in schools, youth programs and other areas that deal with people ages 16 to 25. Learn more by calling Hutchings at 315-426-6812.

CONSTRUCTION IS SET to begin this spring on a $140-million addition to Upstate’s health system. The Upstate Health and Wellness Center will rise on the parking lot across from the hospital’s main entrance on East Adams Street. A variety of health and wellness services will be available in the building, aimed at providing medical access, better care and lower costs.

health-winter-2017cvrThis article appears in the winter 2017 issue of Upstate Health magazine.

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