Your article on research opportunities for life scientists in the New York metropolitan area largely overlooks SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.1 SUNY Downstate is the only full academic medical center in Brooklyn, Staten Island, or Queens. It is a thriving research, education, and healthcare institution with a long and interesting history.

SUNY Downstate is home to 85 faculty researchers, including Dr. Robert Furchgott, whose research at Downstate on nitric oxide won him the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. It is also home to one of the largest groups of hippocampus researchers in the country. Other research programs cover neuro-robotics, near-infrared light imaging, and the genetics of alcoholism, to name a few. The institution currently receives $56 million in annual research grants, and is home to a host of national and international collaborations.

In addition, Downstate's Advanced Biotechnology Park has had an anchor tenant, ImClone Systems, Inc.,...

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