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Mini Med

UB Mini Medical School, sponsored in part by UBMD Physicians' Group, is a public service community education program of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and UB's four other health sciences schools. All sessions are from 6-8 pm in Butler Auditorium, 150 Farber Hall, on UB’s South Campus.  

Stayed tuned for more lectures coming this summer.

Trends in Medicine—Our Healthcare Future

Genomics, telemedicine, and electronic medical records

April 4, 2017
Butler Auditorium, Farber Hall
UB South Campus



Laurene M. Tumiel Berhalter, PhD
Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Translational Research
Department of Family Medicine
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo
Director of the Community Engagement Core
UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Laurene Tumiel Berhalter is director of community translational research in the UB Department of Family Medicine and director of the Community Engagement Core in the UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute. An epidemiologist by training, she has over 20 years of experience in community based participatory research, practice-based research and health disparities.



Susan L. Smith, PhD
Director, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs
College of Arts and Sciences, University at Buffalo

Susan L. Smith is the director of the social sciences interdisciplinary degree programs at UB. She researches metaphysics and race as well as genetics and ethics. Smith currently serves on the advisory board of the UB Genomics, Education and the Microbiome (GEM) Community of Excellence and collaborates on an interdisciplinary study involving the ethics of genetic testing and student athletes.


Heather M. Ochs-Balcom, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo

Heather Ochs-Balcom studies the role of genetics in complex diseases, primarily in cancer-health disparities. Her work involves the application of genetic epidemiology tools to understand the extent to which genes and lifestyle factors individually and jointly contribute to risk of chronic disease. Ochs-Balcom is also an active collaborator in the Women’s Health Initiative.


Carolyn Farrell, PhD
President and Founder, Professional Genetic Interactions
Adjunct Faculty, School of Nursing, University at Buffalo

Carolyn Farrell served for more than 15 years as director of the Clinical Genetics Service at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where she led a team of genetic counselors in providing risk assessment, counseling and genetic testing for persons and families at known or suspected risk of cancer genetic syndromes. Currently, Farrell is the president and founder of Professional Genetic Interactions, a firm that provides genetic and genome services.

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UBMD Physicians' Group
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