New Member: Wadsworth Center Library

NYSHEI is pleased to introduce its newest member, the Wadsworth Center.


The Wadsworth Center is the largest and most sophisticated state public health laboratory complex in the United States. The Wadsworth Center is unique among state public health laboratories in its commitment to basic and applied biomedical and environmental research.

Scientists at Wadsworth Center:
* study public health issues, from drug resistance to emerging infections and environmental exposures
* investigate basic biological processes that contribute to human health and disease
* employ modern methods, such as biomarkers of exposure, and state-of-the-art technologies, among them a resource for visualizing biologically relevant molecules.

As the state’s public health reference laboratory, Wadsworth:
* responds to public health threats
* develops advanced methods to detect microbial agents and genetic disorders
* measures and analyzes environmental chemicals.

The Center also:
* operates the most comprehensive laboratory licensure program for clinical and environmental laboratories, and blood and tissue banks
* trains the next generation of scientists through programs for doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate students, as well as specialized training for postdoctoral fellows and others.

The Wadsworth Center is operated by the New York State Department of Health, and is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Among its several affiliations is a relationship with the University at Albany School of Public Health, which supplies the majority of the 200 graduate students performing research at Wadsworth.

NYSHEI Executive Director Jason Kramer said, “we are all gratified by the decision of Wadsworth to join NYSHEI. The Center is an important research and academic institution, their participation in NYSHEI only helps to broaden the role of NYSHEI libraries in New York’s future.”

The Wadsworth Center is centered in 900,000 square feet of research space below the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Also comprising Wadsworth is the Biggs Laboratory, the Axelrod Institute, the Genomics Institute, Griffin Laboratory, and the Center for Medical Science, all located in the Capital region.


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