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School News Archive: 2013

xiuqian mu and steven fliesler
University at Buffalo researchers have identified a transcription factor needed for the formation of horizontal cells in the retina and discovered—in a surprising secondary finding—that these cells, in turn, contribute to the survival of photoreceptors.
white coat ceremony

A new class of University at Buffalo medical students celebrated its entry into the medical profession at this year’s White Coat Ceremony.

kirstie cummings and gabriela popescu
Kirstie A. Cummings, a PhD student studying in the lab of Gabriela K. Popescu, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry, has been awarded a highly competitive, three-year fellowship from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
pablo paez
Pablo M. Paez, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, will use a $1.74 million grant to study how cellular processes involving calcium channels contribute to myelination and myelin pathology.
piero bianco
Piero R. Bianco, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, will use a $1.8 million grant to develop the first clear model of a biochemical DNA repair mechanism needed to stave off cancer.
michael cain and susan karol
The University at Buffalo and the Indian Health Service (IHS) have entered into a historic alliance to improve the health of Native populations in New York State and Southern Ontario.
michael cain accepts award

Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has received a Distinguished Fellowship Award from the International Academy of Cardiology.

jian feng and zhen yan
Two physiology and biophysics professors will be highlighted through the global biology and medicine literature review service F1000Prime.

UB medical students made their mark on the annual AMA-MSS meeting, where one was elected to the national governing council and another authored an amendment that passed overwhelmingly.


For the first time, biomedical researchers will have 24/7 access to some of the world’s most powerful scanners at the University at Buffalo’s Clinical and Translational Research Center.

paresh dandona
New research is the first to uncover several biological ties between obesity and asthma.
neurosurgery residents
Five times over the past 21 years, Department of Neurosurgery residents have achieved among the 10 highest scores on the American Board of Neurological Surgery primary examination, according to the board.
daniel kosman
Daniel J. Kosman, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of biochemistry, will use a $1.2 million grant to study how organisms manage ionic iron—biochemical processes that contribute to essentially all neurodegenerative diseases.
laura feltri
M. Laura Feltri, MD, professor of biochemistry, has been honored with the 2013 Distinguished Postdoc Mentor Award.
michelle hartley-mcandrew
The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo has expanded services to become a full-scale resource for children on the autism spectrum and their families.
anthony campagnari
Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD, has been named senior associate dean for research and graduate education, effective July 1.
zhen yan
A new University at Buffalo animal study suggests that brain-produced estrogen makes females more resilient to stress than males.

Andrew B. Symons, MD, associate professor of family medicine, has won the 2013 Family Doctor of the Year award from the New York State Academy of Family Physicians for ensuring quality of care in family medicine.

roberto diaz del carpio

Roberto O. Diaz Del Carpio, MD, MPH, has won the inaugural Evan Calkins, MD Fellowship for Community Based Research for his project addressing the spectrum of needs for diabetes patients through shared medical visits.

luther robinson

Luther K. Robinson, MD, professor of pediatrics, has been honored with the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome’s 2013 Excellence Award.

The University at Buffalo’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology was prominently represented at the “Melatonin Biology: Actions and Therapeutics” conference.
Six outstanding University at Buffalo medical residents and fellows have been honored with 2013 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Aashutosh Vihani, a junior in the Department of Biochemistry, has received the 2013 Mary Rosenblum Somit Scholarship for academic excellence.

For obese patients with Type 1 diabetes, a key measure of diabetes control improves when liraglutide is added to insulin, according to a new University at Buffalo study.
robert smolinski

Their Haitian seaport hometown may seem idyllic, but residents of Les Cayes who need medical care face severe obstacles, University at Buffalo faculty-physicans and students learned during a Hope for Tomorrow Foundation medical mission.

rutao yao
Rutao Yao, PhD, research professor of nuclear medicine, and his team have developed a unique, cost-effective small-animal imaging hybrid system that adds SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) capability to existing PET (positron emission tomography) scanners.
Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD

UB researchers and their global collaborators are building a growing body of evidence that links changes in the brain’s thalamus region to MS.


Elad I. Levy, MD, MBA, has been named chair of the Department of Neurosurgery.

richard browne and todd rideout
A diet that includes plentiful low-fat dairy foods improves measures of insulin resistance, according to a study by University at Buffalo researchers and their Canadian colleagues.
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.
Biologist and national science diversity advocate Clifton A. Poodry, PhD, shared his inspirational success stories through two University at Buffalo forums on June 24.
Wearing the white coats of their profession and armed with stethoscopes, reflex hammers and a desire to make a difference, a group of UB medical students spent a spring afternoon back in high school.
jens ponikau and david sherris
The first diagnostic test for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), developed and patented by University at Buffalo researchers, is set to launch nationally.
david thorn and amy gancarz
Pharmacology and toxicology researchers have been honored for their contributions to the 2013 Behavior, Biology and Chemistry conference in San Antonio March 9-10.
josh gordon, ruchi mathur, adam korus and kirk scirto
The student-run Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic has been honored with an award recognizing contributions to the community, and its student organizers—past and present—have been recognized for their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
jian feng, phd

Jian Feng, PhD, will use a $1 million state grant to explore molecular signatures of neurons in two types of Parkinson’s disease patients.

jean wactawski-wende
Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD, professor and associate chair of social and preventive medicine, has been honored with the 2013 Stockton Kimball Award for outstanding scientific accomplishment as well as significant service to the university.
Maria Theresa Mariano, MD

Maria Theresa Mariano, MD, has won a national poster competition for research demonstrating the value of the PSYCH mnemonic.

michael cain, jean wactawski-wende, suzanne laychock
The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences celebrated outstanding research, service and teaching achievements during its 2013 Faculty/Staff Recognition Awards event June 5.
Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD

UB researchers and their global collaborators are building a growing body of evidence that links changes in the brain’s thalamus region to MS.


Cevher Ozcan, MD, assistant professor of medicine, has won the 2013 Harold Brody/Medical Emeritus Faculty Society Award for Translational Research.


Richard B. Bankert, VMD, PhD, professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Zhen Yan, PhD, professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, have received 2013 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.


Passenger car drivers are more likely to die in crashes with sport utility vehicles, regardless of crash safety ratings, according to a study led by Dietrich V. Jehle, MD, professor of emergency medicine.

leonard epstein

Leonard H. Epstein, PhD, delivered the 2013 Stockton Kimball Lecture “Reinforcement Pathology and Obesity” June 5.


Eleven master’s students from the Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences presented research at a conference featuring scholars from a wide range of fields, including biology, environmental science, pharmacoeconomics and engineering.

paresh dandona, md

A UB study shows that insulin injections exert a strong anti-inflammatory effect at the cellular and molecular level in Type 1 diabetics.

teresa quattrin, md

Teresa Quattrin, MD, is leading the local efforts of a nationwide TrialNet study in a quest to find ways to prevent, delay or reverse Type 1 diabetes.


Ten faculty members with diverse backgrounds and expertise have joined the school’s faculty during the past several months.


Peter L. Elkin, MD, has been appointed professor and founding chair of the University at Buffalo’s new Department of Biomedical Informatics.