About PATH Foundation NY
PATH Foundation NY Background
PATH Foundation NY is a 501(c)(3) not-‐for-‐profit organization focused on brain health research and improving health throughout the aging process. We believe that a multimodal approach to health and diagnostic methods provides effective long-‐term results. Our clinical research strategies have proven to be successful in determining key links in health issues such as obesity, endocrine change, and cognitive function. Our research fellows include renowned experts and notables. Kenneth Blum PhD, founder of Reward Deficiency Syndrome and the DRD2 (“alcoholism gene”), is our Scientific Director. We have worked with Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse on our research initiatives also. PATH Foundation NY’s prominent study on BMI and obesity with Nirav Shah, Commissioner of Health in New York State, has been featured on national news and NBC Nightly News.
Philosophy and Culture of Health
Aside from clinical research and diagnostics, PATH Foundation NY also has objectives in public health and beyond. Our Culture of Health proposes a new model of health care in which strategic diagnostic methods treat a number of health issues. The idea of using integrative medicine partnered with new technology will be the future of medicine. The American health care system has many flaws; the Culture of Health endeavors to posit a system that is both therapeutically effective and cost-effective.
Public Health and Radiation
The Potassium Iodide Distribution Initiative would potentially protect citizens from radiation exposure in the event of a nuclear incident. Disasters such as Fukushima and Chernobyl have taught many lessons, yet the United States is still under prepared for such an event. The distribution of Potassium Iodide, a prophylactic supplement, would protect citizens from the health risks associated with exposure to ionizing radiation: thyroid disease, thyroid cancer, and long-‐term cognitive problems. We are working with health officials and legislators such as Senator Bill Nelson, Senator Ed Markey, and Senator Kristin Gillibrand to mandate distribution of Potassium Iodide within 200 miles of nuclear reactors around the country.
Most recently a press conference was held for the publication of our paper on the topic, at which former governors George Pataki and David Paterson supported the initiative and endorsed the preparation measures proposed in the paper. James Hurley MD, Irwin Redlener MD, and Jordan Ryan, medical officials and crisis management experts, were featured speakers who also highlighted the need for updated nuclear disaster preparation.
March 21, 2014 Brain Health Conference
Our recent conference, Finding Adequate Reward in Life: The Brain featured Nobel Laureate Paul Greengard, PhD, NIDA Director Nora Volkow, MD, Yasmin Hurd MD and Pittsburgh Steelers neurosurgeon Joe Maroon, MD.
The mission of the conference was to educate scientists, physicians, and the public about concussions in sports as well as dopaminergic mechanisms and brain health, investigating how brain injury or an unhealthy brain can lead to addictive disorders, depression, obesity, and neuropsychiatric illnesses. The seminar course was eligible for 4.0 AMA Continuing Medical Education credits.