Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. - Congressman Steve Israel and Assemblyman Charles Lavine held a press conference at CSHL on June 17 to announce their support for a NY State bonding initiative that would fund Alzheimer's research, create jobs, and help the 5.2 million Americans suffering with the disease. CSHL Associate Professor Hiro Furukawa spoke about the critical need for public funding of Alzheimer’s research.l-r: New York State Assemblyman Chuck Lavine; CSHL Associate Professor Hiro Furukawa; United States Congressman Steve Israel"CSHL has a robust research program for studying the brain -- how healthy brains work and what goes wrong in brains that are sick," said Furukawa. "I know that our work will make a difference in combatting diseases like Alzheimer's and public funding for CSHL's research on the fundamental biology of diseases like Alzheimer's is critical to better diagnosis and treatments."About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. CSHL is ranked number one in the world by Thomson Reuters for impact of its research in molecular biology and genetics. The Laboratory has been home to eight Nobel Prize winners. Today, CSHL's multidisciplinary scientific community is more than 600 researchers and technicians strong and its Meetings & Courses program hosts more than 12,000 scientists from around the world each year to its Long Island campus and its China center. Tens of thousands more benefit from the research, reviews, and ideas published in journals and books distributed internationally by CSHL Press. The Laboratory's education arm also includes a graduate school and programs for undergraduates as well as middle and high school students and teachers. CSHL is a private, not-for-profit institution on the north shore of Long Island. For more information, visit www.cshl.edu.