Michael G. Dwyer, III PhD

Michael Dwyer, III

Michael G. Dwyer, III
PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Informatics

Department of Neurology

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Contact Information
Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center
Buffalo General Hospital
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 859-7065
Fax: (716) 859-7066
mgdwyer@buffalo.edu



Professional Summary:

My research as director of the Neuroinformatics Development Lab at the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center focuses on developing and applying quantitative image analysis methods to neuroimaging data in order to characterize better the onset, progression, and treatment of neurological diseases. In particular, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can provide a vast amount of raw data about a variety of brain and spinal cord tissue characteristics, but extracting meaningful clinical and research metrics from these data is still challenging. Modern computer science techniques, however, can play a transformative role in helping physicians assess data they receive from neuroimaging techniques in order to deliver the best possible care to their patients.

Highlights of my work include translational approaches to measuring brain atrophy in clinical routine MRI, methods for quantification of longitudinal myelin changes in vivo, more precise algorithms for tracking gray and white matter changes over time, and connectomics research elucidating the functional and structural networks involved in cognitive changes in multiple sclerosis. This work has had a substantial impact on our understanding of multiple sclerosis (MS) onset and progression, and these techniques have also been successfully applied in clinical trials to understand better the impact of various therapeutic approaches in MS.

My ongoing research in quantitative image analysis is aimed at increasing our understanding of the data available from state-of-the-art neuroimaging. This increased understanding can be directly translated to clinicians to better inform their patient diagnoses and treatment decisions.

Education and Training:

  • PhD, University of Bradford (2013)
  • MS, Computer Science, Nova Southeastern University (2011)
  • BS, Information Technology, Excelsior College (2009)

Employment:

  • Associate Professor, Neurology, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2020-present)
  • Director, Neurology, Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2006-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Neurology, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2013–2020)
  • Scientist, Neurology, Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2004–2006)
  • Research Assistant, Medicine, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2003–2004)

Research Expertise:

  • Neuroimaging

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • June 2017–June 2020
    The effects of working memory training on brain function, structure, and cognition in MS
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $622,839
  • August 2014–December 2015
    NeuroSTREAM - Neurological Software Tool for Reliable Atrophy Measurement
    Novartis, Inc.
    Role: Principal Investigator

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Abstracts:

  • Goldberg H, Weinstock A, Dwyer M, Bergsland N, Sazgar M, Poloni G, Zivadinov R. (2011) Automated Segmentation of Brain MRI for Quantification of Cortical and Subcortical Atrophy in Patients with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. (Apr)
  • Zhang L, Dwyer M, Kerr S, Finnegan S, Zivanidov R, Weinstock A. (2004) Source Analysis of Interictal Sharp Waves in Focal Epilepsy. (Dec)


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Contact Information

Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center
Buffalo General Hospital
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 859-7065
Fax: (716) 859-7066
mgdwyer@buffalo.edu