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Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, has conducted research that surveyed parents and children dining at participating restaurants, as well as executives of restaurant chains, to learn more about healthy children’s meals. “Our research can inform the development and implementation of efforts to make healthier choices easier for families in quick- or full-service restaurant settings, an important goal given the regularity with which children consume meals from restaurants,” she said.
Research has shown that poor eating habits can start at birth, according to Xiaozhong Wen, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics. “Dietary patterns are harder to change later if you ignore the first year, a critical period for the development of taste preferences and the establishment of eating habits,” he said.
An article about the new UBMD Pediatrics clinics that opened in early April in the Conventus building in downtown Buffalo reports it is one of three big moves this year to transfer dozens of outpatient clinics and other services from the old Children’s Hospital complex, and quotes Teresa Quattrin, MD, UB Distinguished Professor and chair of pediatrics, who also serves as president and CEO of UBMD Pediatrics.
The construction of the new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building marked a major milestone recently when workers began dismantling a 150-foot-tall buck hoist with two elevator cars that for more than a year were used to deliver supplies needed for work inside the eight-story building.
A walking tour of a Buffalo East Side community by students from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences was designed to provide a better understanding of real life issues the students will encounter when they begin working directly with patients in their third year during clinical rotations.  
A four-year trial has shown that teaching preschoolers to regulate their own behavior around food, combined with obesity prevention messages, did not reduce obesity or most obesity-related behaviors. Leonard H. Epstein, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and division chief of behavioral medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, and Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, called the study “valuable,” and said that while it didn’t show improving self-regulation impacted on kids’ weight, it’s premature to call the case closed.
The incubators that have developed as part of Buffalo’s startup economy and the funding that has gone into supporting them as part of the Buffalo Billion programs include $50 million to support UB’s supercomputing and genomics work, including grants for specific companies. UB has at least four separate buildings that host startups, including the UB Technology Incubator in Amherst and the Clinical and Translational Research Center, New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and the Gateway building downtown.
Reports on the political calculus President Donald Trump has to make right now, as he tells lawmakers they need to vote for his health care bill or else risk losing re-election, but at the same time the bill will rip insurance away from millions. Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for health policy, says Republican leaders are in a tough spot as they weigh backlash from voters both now, and in the next election.
A new UB study has shown that obese children with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have poor oral health compared with normal-weight and obese children without the disease. “It turns out that while obese adolescents with Type 2 diabetes typically do have access to dental health, often through federally funded insurance, they do not routinely go to the dentist,” said Lucy D. Mastrandrea, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics.
An article about the Buffalo Billion II, which is aimed at building on the foundation laid out by the first Buffalo Billion while also spreading the economic development plan’s focus into smaller initiatives intended to build on the projects in the first phase and branch out into new neighborhoods and communities that were not part of the first phase, reports it includes $20 million to allow UB to increase the size of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to 180 students from the current 144 students, and also would allow the school to add 100 new physicians and scientists to the faculty.
Research by Michal K. Stachowiak, PhD, professor of pathology and anatomical sciences, shows that a common genomic pathway lies at the root of schizophrenia and could be a step toward the design of treatments that could be administered to pregnant mothers at high risk of bearing a child with schizophrenia, potentially preventing the disease before it begins.
Articles about a study that showed that multiple sclerosis is more likely to progress to advanced disease among patients who suffer from fatigue and limited use of their legs quote Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD, professor of neurology.
A report on the work of the Western New York Center for Survivors of Refugee Trauma and Torture, the only program of its kind outside of New York City, quotes Kim Griswold, MD, MPH, the center’s medical director and an associate professor of family medicine and psychiatry.
A story about the national physician shortage quotes David A. Milling, MD, senior associate dean for student and academic affairs. Milling talked about how the medical school is helping to address the shortage regionally through the expansion of this year’s class by 40 students, made possible by the construction of the new building downtown.
An editorial lauds the UBMD Physicians’ Group’s move into the Conventus building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and notes that Conventus has direct connections to the new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building and John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, both of which are in the final stages of construction.