Media Coverage

A story reports UB has received a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help doctors translate proven medical research into patient care, and interviews Ranjit Singh, MB BChir, MBA, associate professor of family medicine. “Clinical trials demonstrate that the drug works,” he said. “Our job once they have discovered that it can work under ideal conditions with specific types of patients, is to figure out how to get practicing physicians out in the real world to use this drug to help their patients.”
The Access to Psychiatry through Intermediate Care (APIC) program assists families struggling with disabled loved ones by connecting them with key medical and social services, and developing strategies to prevent avoidable emergency room and hospital stays. Michael R. Cummings, MD, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry, helped establish APIC in 2014. The Department of Psychiatry secured a $1.8 million, five-year grant to run the program.
Dennis Z. Kuo, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of General Pediatrics, appeared in a video on Voice of America about the benefits of breastfeeding vs. infant formula following recent news that the U.S. opposed a World Health Organization resolution urging countries to encourage breastfeeding. “I appreciate that formulas do get better and better but I’ve noticed that even our colleagues in the formula industry acknowledge that breast milk is the gold standard,” he said.
Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, comments on the success of the first semester in the new building. “Our first semester in the new building has been exceedingly positive,” he said. “I hear from our students, faculty and staff that the new building has generated a new energy, which was exactly what we had hoped to achieve.”
The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has received approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to recruit 16 residents in radiology over the next four years, beginning with four enrollees next March through the National Resident Matching Program.
Research by Heidi N. Suffoletto, MD, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine and orthopaedics, found that wearable technologies designed to track and improve staffing levels in hospital emergency rooms can be helpful, but must be judiciously chosen.
An article on AMA Wire, a publication of the American Medical Association, interviews Moudi Hubeishy, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Class of 2019. Hubeishy is founder and program director for UB HEALS (Homeless health, Education, Awareness and Leadership in Street medicine), a community outreach program being conducted by UB medical students and physicians from the Jacobs School. “The program has won numerous awards and grants, and — more importantly — has reconnected many homeless individuals with the medical and social care they have been looking for, while exposing and educating medical trainees and professionals about the challenges faced by their patients with low socioeconomic status,” he said.
UB research has developed a multifunctional microscope slide that supports real-time monitoring and mapping of temperature distribution and heat transport using a coating of an optical exceptional point structure. “We have instruments that magnify incredibly small objects. And we have tools that measure heat, like infrared thermometers,” said Ruogang Zhao, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical engineering. “But we haven’t been able to combine them in a low-cost and reliable manner. This new coating takes a big step in that direction.”
New treatments are helping to break the stigma of mental illness. Michael R. Cummings, MD, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, said new drugs have opened up new ways to treat people. “So prior to that there were very few treatments for schizophrenia, for bipolar disorder, for severe depression. Essentially individuals that had those conditions were institutionalized in large state hospitals with significant overcrowding and significant understaffing.”
UB’s Health in the Neighborhood course offers first-year students in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences the opportunity to better understand medical disparities and how social determinants can affect people. “If you want to learn about the source of that ambivalence and distrust, to discuss what health care providers can do to improve that, you need to go in without your white coat,” said Linda F. Pessar, MD, a teacher and founder of the course, professor emerita of psychiatry and director of the Center for Medical Humanities. “How can you trust someone who you feel is clueless about your life?”
An article about health disparities in the local African-American community features Linda F. Pessar, MD, professor emerita of psychiatry and founder and director of the Center for Medical Humanities in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Pessar participated in a daylong event in April at the new home of the Jacobs School that was designed to bring awareness to the issue and come up with ways to ignite change, which was sponsored by UB’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. “We have over 200 years of built-in distrust with the African-American community,” Pessar said. “We cannot offer care that will be accepted until we spend some time building trust.”
A story on WBFO-FM about the benefits of the meditation practice of mindfulness interviews Archana Mishra, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, who practices mindfulness. “Mindfulness is something that helps you become a better human being,” she said. “It reduces anxiety and stress and that’s been proven … by true scientific methods.”
An article in the Buffalo News reports that Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for health policy in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has received the Henry I. Fineberg Award for Distinguished Service from the Medical Society of the State of New York.
An article on HowStuffWorks about how often people should wash their coffee cups interviews Terry D. Connell, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology. “Streptococci, staphylococci and any number of resident or transient oral bacteria, which may include potential pathogens, may reside in unwashed cups,” Connell said. “And, of course, if someone else should drink from one’s cup, bacteria from their mouths can be transferred into it.”
An article on MedPage Today about women physicians who choose not to practice cardiology because of work-life balance issues and gender discrimination problems in the field includes an invited commentary by Anne B. Curtis, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine. “Having this factor be so important to career decisions today means that one needs to consider these issues in structuring positions in order to attract the best people,” Curtis said.