State Health Department's Wadsworth Center Recognized Nationally as a Top 10 Place to Work

ALBANY, March 4, 2005 - State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. today announced that the Wadsworth Center has been honored by The Scientist magazine as one of the best places to work for postdoctoral fellows. This 2005 Best Places to Work for Postdocs fellows builds on the Wadsworth Center's prestigious honor of being named as one of the 2004 Best Places to Work in Academia.

The award was announced in The Scientist's February 14, 2005, issue. This is the third year that the magazine surveyed postdoctoral fellows in the life sciences to determine what factors they consider important to their careers and how their employers fare in those standards. Wadsworth ranked sixth among the 125 U.S. institutions evaluated nationwide.

"Training the next generation of scientists is a key component in our efforts to advance our understanding of health care and discovering new ways to prevent or treat disease," Dr. Novello said. "This award underscores the vibrancy of Wadsworth Center's scientific community, and the state's commitment to a work environment that supports science and technology initiatives."

The Wadsworth Center, directed by Lawrence S. Sturman, M.D., Ph.D., is the most comprehensive state public health laboratory in the country. Wadsworth is unique among public health laboratories in its long history of research, a commitment that enriches its analytical and regulatory missions.

Like other organizations in the magazine's top ten list, Wadsworth Center has an active postdoctoral association for the 75 researchers-in-training who work in the laboratories. The more than 3,500 postdoctoral fellows who responded to The Scientist's national survey rated a valuable training experience, access to research equipment and library resources, and a good mentoring relationship as key components of a great workplace.