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Einstein's New Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab

State Senator Jeff Klein Launches Einstein's New Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab

November 15, 2011 – (BRONX, NY) – New York State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein joined administrators and faculty members of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University last Friday to officially open their new Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory. Several pieces of high-tech diagnostic and monitoring equipment, including advanced electroencephalogram (EEG) systems, stimulus delivery equipment and specialized video recording devices, were purchased through a $1 million capital grant that Senator Klein secured for Einstein in the 2009-2010 budget cycle.

From left: Sophie Molholm, Ph.D., John Foxe, Ph.D., Sen. Jeffrey Klein, Ruth Gottesman, Ed.D., and Allen M. Speigel, M.D.
From left: Sophie Molholm, Ph.D., John Foxe, Ph.D., Sen. Jeffrey Klein, Ruth Gottesman, Ed.D., and Allen M. Spiegel, M.D.
The mission of the Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab is to understand how the brain function of individuals with disorders such as autism, attention deficit disorder and childhood schizophrenia differs from that of their typically-developing peers. The facility includes a new 5,000-square-foot lab housing specially-designed rooms that allow researchers to control sound and other stimuli and the latest tools to monitor the responses of study participants and patients. The ultimate goal of the lab is to use the information collected to advance the field and develop targeted intervention programs.

"There’s still so much we need to learn about these types of brain disorders" said Senator Klein. "That’s why I am pleased we were able to secure these needed funds for our outstanding medical institution, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. It’s my hope that the Bronx can continue to lead the way for this type of medical research and innovation and that our residents will be better for it."

"Once again, Senator Klein has demonstrated his commitment to helping Einstein fulfill its mission as a leader in translational research," said Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean of Einstein. "In conjunction with our National Institutes of Health-funded Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, the Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab will contribute to our essential understanding of the brain and ultimately help improve patient care."

Salvatore Ciampo (left) with members of the engineering department, who constructed the lab
Salvatore Ciampo (left) with members of the engineering department, who constructed the lab.
"The construction and outfitting of the Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab was greatly assisted by the New York State capital budget funding secured by Senator Klein," said John Foxe, Ph.D., director of research at Einstein’s Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center and professor of pediatrics and of neuroscience. "With this support, I was able to return to Einstein to lead an outstanding team of researchers and clinicians searching for the causes of and treatments for intellectual and developmental disabilities."

The grant was used to construct the lab and adjoining office space for researchers and to buy equipment, including four high-density EEG recording systems; electrically shielded sound attenuated booths made by a local company in the Bronx (International Acoustics Corporation); stimulus delivery equipment; high-resolution eye-tracking systems; direct feed video and infrared cameras; and a projection screen for visual experiments.

The Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory also received substantial support from the National Women’s Division of Albert Einstein College of Medicine.