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Construction begins on Long Island's Neuroscience Research Complex

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018 file photo, a doctor looks at PET brain scans in Phoenix. A big study to help Medicare officials decide whether to start covering brain scans to check for Alzheimer’s disease missed its goals for curbing emergency room visits and hospitalizations. The results announced Thursday, July 30, 2020 call into question whether the costly tests are worth it for a disease that currently has no cure. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
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A doctor looks at PET brain scans.

Officials broke ground on the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Neuroscience Research Complex on Monday. The $57 million facility on Long Island is meant to further advancements in life sciences.

The complex will be housed on a seven-acre development, right on the border of Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Research will focus on neurodegenerative diseases, brain-body physiology, quantitative biology and neuro-artificial intelligence.

In her announcement Monday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul called Long Island a powerhouse for the life sciences industry. She also said the project will grow jobs and attract more businesses to the region.

The project is partially funded by a $30 million grant from Empire State Development. It’s part of the Transformative Investment Program funding allocated to Long Island.

Construction is expected to be completed by late 2025.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.