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School News Archive: 2011

Kenneth M. Blumenthal
It's been another exciting year in the Biochemistry department, and despite the travails of the NIH budget, both the department and the faculty research portfolio remains strong.
More than 150 years have elapsed since endometriosis was discovered and described. Yet, until now, no scholarly history has ever been written about the disease, which affects millions of women worldwide.
Having worked as a researcher and medical educator for sixty years now, Dr. Alexander Brownie never lacks interesting information to deliver.
Robert Klick, director of the Medical Technology Program, has received the 2011 Regional Member Award for the Northeast from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
Faculty and students in the HWI lobby for the inaugural Combined Summer Undergraduate Research Day

The inaugural Combined Summer Undergraduate Research Day featured the research of talented students who came to UB and HWI from around the country to participate in summer programs.

Dr. Murray Ettinger.
Butler auditorium sits vacant on an August afternoon, awaiting a fresh wave of students to fill its seats in the upcoming fall semester. When a bevy of new faces finally greet this room and cycle through these seats once again, one surefire constant will remain: Dr. Murray Ettinger will be here to help them.

Reid Heffner, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, will direct all of Kaleida’s diagnostic laboratories.


A University at Buffalo psychiatry professor has received an NIH grant to develop a uniform vocabulary describing chronic pain and related disability, mental health and quality of life issues.

Thomas J. Covey, a third-year graduate student in the Neuroscience Program, has received a highly competitive Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship from the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA).
Elie A. Akl, MD, PhD

Elie A. Akl, MD, PhD, recently served as guideline methodologist for the World Health Organization's recommendations to decrease HIV/AIDS rates among men who have sex with men and transgender individuals.


Fourth-year medical student Sara Hansen couldn't believe that her Joseph Collins Foundation scholarship was twice the amount previous awardees had received.


The elderly and youngsters need special attention as temperatures rise, says Richard V. Lee, MD.


John Tainer, PhD, a senior scientiest at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, was the keynote speaker at the annual event.


Undergraduates from across the country have come to UB this summer to participate in a mentoring research program launched by Margarita Dubocovich, PhD.

Bioinformatic Research

A major grant from the Oishei Foundation will expand bioinformatics and computational biology at UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.


UB medical students received praise for their innovation, dedication to service and contributions to new policy.


Mark J. Lema, MD, PhD ’78, professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, will become only the 65th physician in the ASA’s century-plus history to receive its highest tribute for service and achievement.


Since being named dean of the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Michael E. Cain, MD, has appointed six new chairs and high-level physician-scientists.


Hundreds of international scientists will gather at UB this month to help develop a common language of biomedical terms that can be uniformly interpreted by people and computers.


Beatrice L. Wood, PhD, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, received the 2011 Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy.


UB medical student Vanessa Sarfoh is one of 13 students nationwide to receive the $10,000 award.


Decreased mobility and steroid use may not be the only causes of osteoporosis in people with MS, a new UB study finds.


Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, UB Distinguished Professor of Medicine and study leader.

If confirmed, the findings could represent the first significant new treatment for type 1 diabetes since patients started taking insulin in the 1920s.


Boys with a demyelinating disorder are twice as likely as girls to have a body mass index in the 95th percentile or greater.

John J. Leddy, MD, Karl Kozlowski, PhD, Barry Willer, PhD

University at Buffalo researchers have developed a test to determine when it’s safe for athletes to return to play after a concussion.


Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members from the department have been invited to present at the FASEB Summer Research Conference on Melatonin Receptors.

Aerial view of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in downtown Buffalo

Passage of NYSUNY 2020 legislation provides revenue needed to implement the next phase of UB 2020, which includes relocating the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in downtown Buffalo.

Ali A. El Solh, MD

Two University at Buffalo physicians have developed a computerized screening tool that could make it easier and faster to identify sleep apnea in heart patients.

UB, Royal College of Physicians Train Medical Educators

The workshops, which resume this fall, help faculty hone their clinical teaching skills.


Tomaszewski comes from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he serves as interim chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Valerie Kennedy accepting 2011 Naughton Award

Valerie Kennedy, executive administrator for Graduate Medical Education, received the 2011 John P. Naughton Award for her work with residents.

William Ruyechan, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, received the Stockton Kimball Award, which honors a faculty member for academic accomplishments and worldwide recognition as a researcher.

The award honors Ruyechan's academic accomplishments and his international reputation in research.

Lucy Campbell, MD ’86

Lucy Campbell, MD ’86, clinical associate professor of medicine, received this year's Robert S. Berkson Award in the Art of Medicine.


Honored by Dean Cain for their respective efforts with the school’s CTSA application and LCME review.


Margarita Dubocovich, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, won awards for melatonin receptor research and mentoring postdocs.


UB medical student Andrew Matho is one of 116 students nationwide to win the prestigious clinical research fellowship.

Michael E. Cain, MD

Michael E. Cain, MD, has been named vice president for health sciences in addition to continuing in his role as dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD

An announcement at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting that the drug exemestane significantly reduces the risk of breast cancer in high-risk, postmenopausal women is the result of a clinical trial in which UB researchers and women in Western New York played a critical role.

Khurshid A. Guru, MD and Thenkurussi “Kesh” Kesavadas, PhD

Two UB life-sciences entrepreneurs—one a surgeon and the other a biomedical engineer—are launching the first-ever software modules for teaching robot-assisted surgical procedures.


UB leaders have submitted a proposal to the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program in support of a plan to relocate the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to downtown Buffalo.

Surgery Research Day 2011

The Department of Surgery held its seventh annual research day May 19 in Harriman Hall.


A presentation on the Clinical and Translational Research Center will be among the highlights of this year’s UB Partners Day to be held on June 3 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.


UB’s addiction medicine residency is one of the first of its kind to be accredited by the American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation.


The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has stopped the AIM-HIGH clinical research trial 18 months earlier than planned due to lack of efficacy in reducing cardiovascular events.

Animesh A. Sinha, PhD, professor and chair of dermatology

Animesh A. Sinha, MD, PhD, has been installed as the inaugural Rita and Ralph Behling Professor and Chair of Dermatology.

The Undergraduate and Graduate Biomedical Sciences Commencement for the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences took place on May 12, 2011, at the Center for the Arts.
Kelly Picchione, PhD, recipient of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research, with Kenneth Blumenthal, PhD, senior associate dean for research and graduate education. Picchione’s major professor was Arin Bhattacharjee, PhD, neuroscience.

Awards presented at the Undergraduate and Graduate Biomedical Sciences Commencement on May 12, 2011.

The honored speaker at the 2011 commencement for the Biomedical Sciences was Constance Brinckerhoff, PhD ’68, Nathan Smith Professor of Molecular Medicine and Biochemistry, and associate dean of science at the Dartmouth Medical School.
Tim Murphy

Timothy F. Murphy, MD, senior associate dean for clinical and translational research, has been named a SUNY Distinguished Professor.

Paul Knight

Paul R. Knight III, MD, PhD, received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in recognition of his “consistently outstanding scholarly and creative productivity.”