The Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health combines basic and applied research and education in biomedical and environmental sciences with a public health mission of clinical and environmental testing and quality assurance. Located in Albany, New York, it is the most comprehensive public health laboratory in the nation. The center responds to present and emerging public health threats; develops and applies the most advanced technologies and methods to ensure rapid, accurate detection of disease; and, through licensure and training, assures high quality performance of clinical and environmental laboratories and tissue banks providing services to New Yorkers.
Wadsworth Center's researchers work at the intersection of science and health. Investigations range from the cause of diseases to the method of transmission of HIV, and from the relationship between environmental toxicants and disease, to the regulation of gene expression in model organisms. Many of the scientific staff also take part in Center-wide research programs and education programs. Two academic departments of the University at Albany's School of Public Health operate at the Wadsworth Center. Its state-of-the-art instrumentation includes a federally funded microscopy and image analysis facility, a national biotechnology resource available to qualified biomedical researchers.
The Trudeau Institute is an independent , not for profit, biomedical research institute located in Saranac Lake, New York. Founded in 1964, the Trudeau Institute is the historical successor to The Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium (Little Red), established in 1884 for the treatment of tuberculosis Today, the goal of its research program is to understand the functions of the body's immune system and to learn how to strengthen these functions to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, cancer and other life threatening diseases. About 15 percent of the investigators work on cancer, 40 percent on basic mechanisms in immunity, 20 percent on tuberculosis, and 25 percent on other infectious diseases. Currently the Trudeau Institute employs 26 Ph.D.'s and M.D.'s.