WTC Research at a Glance

We Are Currently Recruiting for the Following Projects:

Imaging related-Studies 

Stony Brook University Human Subjects Committee (IRB) Approved: 4/13/2023  Expiration Date: 4/12/2024

In order to provide optimal care to our American heroes, researchers at the WTC Health and Wellness Program are conducting research studies using PET/MR imaging to try to understand how WTC exposure has impacted the brains of WTC responders. We are currently recruiting patients aged 45-65 for the following PET/MRI projects with recruitment for the Beta-Amyloid & TAU study set to start by the end of 2021:

  • Beta-Amyloid study

  • TAU study

  • Beta-Amyloid & TAU study

If you would like more information regarding this study, please contact Project Coordinator Alissa Barber, 631-216-8842



FDNY Study

Stony Brook University Human Subjects Committee (IRB) Approved: 9/20/2022

The Stony Brook World Trade Center Health and Wellness Program is partnering with the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) to understand the similarities and differences between various 9/11 responders. Specifically, we want to find out if changes in the brain are occurring in FDNY responders. Responders participating in this study may also be contacted to participate in one of our imaging studies. We are now actively recruiting for this study.

If you would like more information regarding this study, please contact Project
Coordinator Alicia Fels at or (631) 268-0581.



A Glance of Our Publications:

Reduced cerebellar cortical thickness in WTC responders with cognitive impairment, 2022

Corticol Complexity in WTC Responders with Chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, 2021

WTC responders in their own words-predicting PTSD symptom trajectories with AI-based language analyses of interviews, 2021

COVID-19 cumulative incidence, asymptomatic infections, and fatality in LI, NY Jan-Aug 2020- A Cohort of WTC Responders, 2021

Risk factors for incident prostate cancer in a cohort of WTC responders, 2019

Role of modifiable health-related behaviors in the association between PTSD and Respiratory Illness, 2019

Hurricane Sandy Exposure and the Mental Health of WTC Responders, 2017

Cohort Profile: WTCHP General Responder Cohort, 2015

WTC disaster and sensitization to subsequent life stress_a longitudinal study of disaster responders, 2015

Exposure, probable PTSD and lower respiratory illness among WTC rescue, recovery, and cleanup workers,, 2012

Persistence of multiple illnesses in WTC rescue recovery efforts, 2011



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