Survey Ranks State Laboratory No. 13 on List of "Best Places to Work"

ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 21, 2007) - The New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Center laboratories ranked 13th in the "Best Places to Work" survey, according to The Scientist magazine. The annual "Best Places to Work" rankings are featured in this month's issue of the biomedical magazine.

"This honor is a tribute to Wadsworth's dedication to fulfilling its mission of protecting and promoting the public health of New Yorkers through analysis, research and education," said State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. "Wadsworth continues to be a exciting place to work and one in which scientists are given the opportunity to explore new ideas and research."

Wadsworth is ranked 13th in the United States among the Top 40 other non-commercial or academia life science research institutions. Each year the magazine conducts a survey to assess the working conditions that are most important to scientists at universities and other research institutions worldwide. Wadsworth received high marks from researchers on job satisfaction categories such as relationships with their peers, a sense of accomplishment in their work, and access to research resources, including adequate core facilities.

This is the fourth consecutive year Wadsworth placed in the top of the ranking published by The Scientist. Wadsworth received the same honor in 2004 and 2005. And in 2005 and 2006, Wadsworth was named one of the "Best Places to Work" for post-graduate doctors by The Scientist.

The No. 1 spot went to Massachusetts General Hospital with the National Cancer Institute-Frederick ranking No. 2 and Clemson University finishing No. 3. They were followed, in order, by Purdue University, Trudeau Institute, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, The J. David Gladstone Institutes, University of Nebraska Lincoln, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Duke University, Wadsworth Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, and The Mayo Clinic.

Wadsworth Center is a research-intensive public health laboratory of the New York State Department of Health. Wadsworth scientists work across the spectrum of biomedical and environmental sciences. They study public health issues, from drug resistance to emerging infections and environmental exposures; investigate basic biological processes that contribute to human health and disease; and employ modern methods, such as biomarkers of exposure, and state-of-the-art technologies, among them a national biotechnology resource for visualizing biologically relevant molecules.

For more information on the Wadsworth Center, visit http://www.wadsworth.org/.