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Landmark Achievements

  • 1926 - Development of the first system of standardized laboratory analysis for the diagnosis of human disease
  • 1941 - Identification and isolation of cardiolipin, the first chemically defined antigen used in the standard test for syphilis
  • 1948 - Isolation and characterization of Coxsackie virus
  • 1950 - Discovery of Nystatin, the first safe and effective antifungal antibiotic
  • 1965 - A model newborn screening program established and new assays developed, allowing detection of more treatable conditions
  • 1978 - Studies on arboviruses begin and expand to include Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Dengue, West Nile and Chikungunya viruses to define more effective and targeted control measures
  • 1978 - Sophisticated analytical methods developed to assess the toxicity of complex environmental mixtures
  • 1981 - Electron microscopy and computer processing used to analyze 3D structures of large biomolecules, discovering new targets for antibiotics and a potential new treatment strategy for Fragile X syndrome
  • 1983 - Vaccinia virus used as a vector to express selected genes from pathogens to make safer vaccines
  • 1984 - Mobile genetic elements known as introns discovered in bacteria
  • 1991 - Development of a brain-computer interface system that uses electrical signals from the brain to communicate with and control devices for people with severe motor disabilities
  • 2001 - Sensitive biomonitoring analytics used to detect low levels of environmental toxins in human samples
  • 2006 - Whole genome studies define genes associated with Parkinson’s disease, allowing genetic testing for disease susceptibility
  • 2008 - HIV studies lead to development of an HIV tropism assay to predict disease progression
  • 2014 - Wadsworth Center's Centennial Celebration

Wadsworth Center's Centennial Celebration at the Clark Auditorium, New York State Museum on October 17, 2014