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Governor announces NY HEALS initiative

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Albany/HV: Governor announces NY HEALS initiative
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- IBM's Watson supercomputer and SUNY's College of Nanoscale will soon be working with local doctors and scientists in Albany. It's all part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's new initiative to bring together public and private institutions to prevent, treat and cure a variety of diseases.

Albany Medical Center, University at Albany and IBM are among the groups joining the New York Hub for Emerging Applications in Life Sciences or NY HEALS initiative. It will allow doctors and scientists in various fields in New York State to have access to each other's research and technology, like IBM's Watson supercomputer.

"By combining technology with the new understanding in science, it's possible to develop unprecedented new treatments and approaches for a whole range of disorders," said Jonathan Wolpaw, Wadsworth Center of New York State.

Doctors hope to improve several fields of medicine with the project, including oncology, pharmacology and neuroscience.

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