08.09.17

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

Federal Investment Will Be Used To Develop Life-Saving, Wearable Smart Health Monitoring Devices for Diagnosis and Detection of Cancer 

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,000,000 in federal funding for University at Buffalo. The funding was allocated through the National Science Foundation (NSF) and will be used to develop a smart service system for advanced health monitoring and disease diagnosis based on wearable devices that incorporate nano-biosensing networks.

“SUNY Buffalo is a world class institution that excels in education and innovation. This federal investment will allow Buffalo to use their expertise to develop new medical technologies, saving lives, and bolstering our local economy,” said Senator Schumer. “I will continue to fight for these types of federal programs that invest in our students, institutions and communities who can make a real difference with this type of funding.”

“This critical federal funding will help SUNY Buffalo invest in additional resources to continue its groundbreaking medical research and health services in Western New York,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I will continue to support federal funding for scientific research and development at our institutions and universities, so that more New Yorkers can do research, test their ideas, and help make our communities better places to live.”

The federal investment will be used to develop Wearable Nanoplasmonic Biosensing Networks for Smart Health Monitoring and Diagnosis, including biochips to be implanted under the skin, wearable smart bands, and a software platform to process the data and formulate a diagnosis. This technology will improve the applications of wearable medical devices; providing the means to detect various diseases, especially cancer.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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