Behavioral Medicine


Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, is leading a pilot study to determine whether behavioral self-management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may lead to fundamental changes in the digestive system’s bacterial ecosystem.


Males with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) experience more interpersonal difficulties than do females with the condition, according to research by Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. 


Award-winning participants in the Department of Medicine’s second annual Research Day are studying diverse topics, including disease processes for atrial fibrillation; treatments for leukemia, diabetes and COPD; and the need for cortisol.

Contrary to physicians’ expectations, when patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) rated their overall health, the severity of their symptoms played only a modest role in their assessments, a University at Buffalo study has found.
Award-winning participants in the Department of Medicine’s inaugural Research Day are studying diverse topics, including burnout, cold medications, a new-found anti-bacterial agent and a better leukemia treatment.

UB researchers and colleagues will use advanced imaging tests to reveal why behavioral changes help relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.