Media Coverage

Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted in articles about the benefits of continuing to offer healthy foods to picky kids. “This method of simply repeating the child’s exposure to healthy foods has a robust evidence base behind it,” Anzman-Frasca said. “There are many studies with preschoolers who start out not liking red peppers or squash, for example, but after five to six sessions where these foods are repeatedly offered, they end up liking them.” Anzman-Frasca is the lead author of new research that reviewed more than 40 peer-reviewed studies on how infants and young children develop preferences for healthy foods, especially vegetables and fruits.
Recent articles detail the opening of the new $375 million, 628,000-square-foot Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building in downtown Buffalo.
Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, has led a trial demonstrating a statistically significant improvement in lung function for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The results show the improvement is “achieved by the combination of aclidinium and formoterol compared to single LAMA bronchodilators tiotropium and aclidinium, with comparable safety,” he says.
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences faculty members weighed in on how to stay healthy in the new year in an article on resolutions. Anne B. Curtis, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and Chair of Medicine, said: “If you find you have been too sedentary, figure out when you can fit in 10 minutes of walking to start.” Priyanka Patnaik, MD, medical director at UBMD Family Medicine at Conventus and a clinical assistant professor of family medicine, suggested taking an hour a day “to relax and let go of all the stress of work, maybe spend some time meditating or doing yoga.”
An article detailing a study that shows that exercise can slow the progression of mild cognitive impairment to dementia quotes Bruce R. Troen, MD, professor of medicine and division chief of geriatrics and palliative medicine. Troen suggested that while the mechanism is unclear, exercise might help keep blood flowing to areas of the brain restricted by dementia.
In a Q&A interview, Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, describes the years of planning for the new building downtown and discusses the benefits to students, physicians, researchers and patients. “Everyone who works at an academic health center has to wake up every morning and say this is the place where we want people to come to learn. This is the place where new knowledge of some type is going to be created, and this is the place, if any of us need a physician, where I want to go because I'm not just getting standard of care but, if needed, have the opportunity to participate in new directions for treatment,” Cain said.
Robert H. Ablove, MD, clinical associate professor of orthopaedics, is quoted in a story about grants from UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine to two community groups, including Hand in Hand, which works to design and fabricate prosthetic hands using 3-D printers and other tech tools. “When we heard about the Hand in Hand program, it was a no-brainer. This is the sort of initiative we want to be a part of,” Ablove said.
A new study led by Michal K. Stachowiak, PhD, professor of pathology and anatomical sciences, uses cerebral organoids, or mini-brains, to understand the cause of schizophrenia. After growing the mini-brains, the research group saw architectural difference in the cortex: immature cells that would one day turn into neurons were spreading out in too many directions with too much distance between them. “I think for the first time we have a proper experimental tool to try to see if we can either correct or prevent some of these events,” he said. 
Various local and national media outlets reported on the grand opening of the new home of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. More than 500 people attended the ceremony for the spectacular new facility, including Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. “We’re celebrating the grand opening of much more than a new building today. This is the start of a new era for UB, for our medical school and for this entire region,” said Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president of health sciences and dean of the medical school.
The first opiate intervention court in the country has been operating since May 1 in Buffalo City Court. The new court is being funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the treatment programs are under the administration of Richard D. Blondell, MD, professor of family medicine, along with Horizon Health Services and the HOPE Program.
While the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences celebrated the grand opening of its new $375 million downtown medical school building on Dec. 12, exterior finishing work on the building’s Main Street canopy and other details won’t completely wrap up until early in 2018.
UB’s Research Institute on Addictions is leading a statewide program to train medical professionals in high-need regions, including Erie and Niagara counties, in providing medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. “Once you get trained, it's not an easy transition to getting your first patient. And, once you are treating patients, you have to make sure they are monitored. That can be difficult, especially if you are a single provider,” said Kenneth E. Leonard, PhD, RIA director and research professor of psychiatry.
An article on new 3D printing technology that allows surgeons to print highly realistic, functionally accurate replicas of complex anatomical structures quotes Adnan Siddiqui, MD, PhD, professor and vice chair of neurosurgery. “We designed a series of models with varying levels of tortuosity from the chest to the brain,” he said. “It’s impossible to do in animals or in patients. 3D printing makes it so easy to do that in a smooth, streamlined fashion.”
Michael G. Dwyer, III, PhD, assistant professor of neurology and biomedical informatics, was interviewed about a group of Americans and Canadians in Cuba who in September suffered symptoms that included hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues and difficulty sleeping, which prompted concerns their symptoms were caused by a neural toxin. Dwyer said the brain is made up of gray matter and white matter. “The gray matter is kind of like the actual computational units, the neuronal cell bodies,” he said. “The white matter is the wiring closet of the brain, composed almost entirely of axons that helps connect different parts of the brain.”
An article about meditation goggles being marketed by meditation guru Deepak Chopra that are supposed to guide users into a heightened state of meditation interviews James D. Reynolds, MD, professor and chair of ophthalmology, who said the goggles should be safe to use, but that he was unconvinced that they would achieve the claimed benefits. “Probably all placebo,” he said.