Research Tower at the Institute for Basic Research Renamed to Honor former Director

July 29, 2009

Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid Island) and Senator Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) announced today legislation they sponsored to rename the Research Tower at the Institute for Basic Research (IBR) after a former director has been signed into law by the Governor.

Under the measure, the tower at IBR’s administration building will now be called the “Dr. Henryk Wisniewski Tower.” The former director was the longest serving director in the history of IBR and a highly regarded Neuroscientist. Dr. Wisniewski died in 1999.

“Naming IBR’s administrative building tower after Dr. Wisniewski, who is considered the pioneer of modern Alzheimer's disease is a tribute to his accomplishments in the advancement of pathological research relating to dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease," said Senator Lanza. "This should also serve to underscore IBR's significant commitment to unlocking solutions for autism and mental health issues," added Senator Lanza.

“I am pleased the Governor signed this legislation into law today. Dr. Wisniewski dedicated his entire life to his work researching the treatment and prevention of a variety of developmental disabilities including extensive work on Alzheimer’s disease and autism. He was a giant in the field of science and his contributions will long be remembered. Naming the research tower after Dr. Wisniewski is a fitting tribute,” concluded Assemblyman Cusick.

Gregory Giordano at the Institute for Basic Research indicated that an official ceremony will be planned for later in the year.