Two SBU Research Studies Advance to Round 2 of STAT Madness

Stony Brook University saw two of its three research projects advance to the second round of the national STAT Madness competition, where the public selects the top innovation or discovery made by leading research institutions from the previous year.

Research by SBU faculty members Pawan Kumar (Microbiology and Immunology), and Marci Lobel (Department of Psychology, and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine) won their respective first-round matchups.

Vote now for the Stony Brook studies in round two.

STAT Madness is structured like the March Madness basketball tournaments, with the studies pitted against each other in weekly rounds of voting. The study with the higher percentage of votes advances to the next round.

The teams competing are from colleges, universities and institutions across the U.S. who published exemplary biomedical research in 2022. Voting will continue through six single-elimination rounds before the winner of the popular vote is announced April 4.

Kumar’s research team led an SBU study that lays the groundwork to better understand and treat Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease. The study defeated the Wyss Institute at Harvard University in round one, and is now up against a study from the University of California-Irvine on “TBI and Brain Mapping.”

Lobel led SBU researchers in a large study that enrolled more than 8,000 women from the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Italy and Israel. The study was the first to compare prenatal pandemic stress and mental health across Western countries. The study defeated the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center in round one, and is facing Boston University’s “Boosting MRI” study on round two.

Voting is continual for about five days for each round. You can vote once a day from your computer, phone or other device. It is possible to vote a couple of times per day using different devices.

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