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The Impact of Sandy on Research and Patient Care

A powerful op-ed column in the New York Times by Dr. Danielle Ofri discussed the impact of Hurricane Sandy on research activities at NYU and elsewhere. She discussed the link between research and patient care and how recovering lost research will take years.

She concluded, “Bellevue and Tisch are returning to their clinical operations and will be able to admit patients shortly. But even after the hospital wards and clinics are bustling at full capacity, the ribbon won’t feel ready to snip until the researchers are restored to their homes as well. For many patients, the thrum of research within a medical center is invisible. But it is an integral – and very human – part of a hospital. When a hurricane disrupts research, it is a loss that resonates well beyond the laboratories.”

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