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School News Archive: 2014

Daniel Antonius, PhD
12/31/14
A lack of longitudinal studies on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) hinders scientists’ ability to understand how the neurodegenerative brain disease is linked to behavioral health symptoms, according to an interdisciplinary study by University at Buffalo researchers.
First-year medical student Sarah-Grace Carbrey and live model
12/23/14

As part of new curricula, first-year University at Buffalo medical students may participate in life drawing sessions, sketching muscle groups and skeletal structures from a nude model.

medical students drawing a live model
12/23/14
During the University at Buffalo’s inaugural Humanities Day, first-year medical students explored diverse issues related to medical humanism — an approach to care that emphasizes compassionate, empathic doctor-patient relationships.
Bogdan K. Beirowski, MD, PhD
12/15/14
A University at Buffalo biochemist led the first study to identify the liver kinase B1 (LKB1) pathway as a possible therapeutic target for neuropathies, including diabetic neuropathy.
12/10/14
Twenty-five faculty members with diverse backgrounds and expertise have joined the school’s faculty during the past several months.
12/5/14

Alan J. Lesse, MD, and John A. Sellick Jr., DO, associate professors of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, presented the latest information about the Ebola virus outbreak at a Mini Medical School lecture, a free public talk.

Anne B. Curtis, MD
12/3/14

Anne B. Curtis, MD, Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and chair of medicine, says patients with coronary heart disease and heart failure should not overexert themselves while engaging in cold-weather tasks, such as clearing snow.

Myron L. Glick, MD
11/26/14
“We have no reason to fear Ebola here in the United States, but the situation in West Africa is a grave humanitarian crisis,” Myron L. Glick, MD, told a standing room-only crowd of University at Buffalo medical students and residents shortly after returning from Sierra Leone.
Vincenzo Polsinelli and David M. Holmes, MD
11/26/14

Nearly one-third of adults in and around Fontaine, Haiti, suffer from hypertension, according to a pilot research project led by second-year University at Buffalo medical student Vincenzo Polsinelli.

Xiaozhong Wen, MBBS, PhD
11/25/14
University at Buffalo researchers have found that the dietary patterns of American infants at 6 months and 1 year vary according to their mothers’ racial, ethnic and educational backgrounds.
Diva Wilson and Jill Sperrazza presenting to students at PS 17
11/25/14

University at Buffalo Tar Wars volunteers, including medical students, are visiting fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms in Western New York, armed with important lessons about the dangers of smoking.

Wilderness Club participants
11/24/14
During an Adirondack adventure sponsored by the University at Buffalo’s Family Medicine Wilderness Club, 25 people braved rain, wind and cold to climb Algonquin Peak amid the brilliant color of autumn foliage.
Jack P. Freer, MD
11/17/14

What causes terminally ill patients like 29-year-old Brittany Maynard to take their own lives instead of seeking palliative care?

Roseanne C. Berger, MD
11/17/14

Roseanne C. Berger, MD, senior associate dean for graduate medical education, will be one of three leaders nationwide honored with a 2015 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead award.

Bruce R. Troen, MD
11/17/14

Bruce R. Troen, MD, professor of medicine, is working to address the growing need for quality geriatric care while preparing health care providers, researchers and medical educators for the high-demand field of geriatric medicine.

Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD
11/13/14

Males with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) experience more interpersonal difficulties than do females with the condition, according to research by Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. 

11/13/14

Researchers in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Medicine have been awarded a patent for a test that allows physicians to diagnose the autoimmune disease Sjogren’s syndrome earlier than ever before.

11/12/14

Avery K. Ellis, senior associate dean for medical curriculum, died Friday, Nov 7, 2014.

11/11/14
University at Buffalo physician-scientists are engaged in 150 cutting-edge biomedical science research projects through the Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System.
11/10/14

The nonprofit Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic — where University at Buffalo medical students care for uninsured patients — hosted an art opening to promote their services and provide health care information.

Xiuqian Mu, MD, PhD
11/7/14
University at Buffalo researchers have discovered that two transcription factors regulate the formation of multiple early-stage neurons in the retina during embryonic development.
11/4/14

University at Buffalo researchers — including an ophthalmology resident — have successfully used a smartphone app to image the back of the eye, or fundus, in patients who can be particularly challenging to examine: newborns and children.

Gabriela K. Popescu, PhD
10/30/14

Gabriela K. Popescu, PhD, professor of biochemistry, has been appointed to a six-year term as a reviewer with the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Center for Scientific Review.

10/20/14

The contract for the second — and by far the largest — phase of construction has been awarded for the University at Buffalo’s new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Ariel Engelman
10/20/14

First-year medical student Ariel Engelman has been honored with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellowship for her demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.

10/20/14

Federal approval of new drugs to treat the hepatitis C virus (HCV) represents “a dramatic, positive development for patients,” says University at Buffalo liver disease expert Andrew H. Talal, MD.

Frederick Sachs, PhD
10/20/14
A drug developed by University at Buffalo scientists from a small protein found in spider venom is moving forward as a promising treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal genetic disease affecting boys.
10/17/14

University at Buffalo researchers have helped discover a sleep-promoting circuit in the brainstem, revealing how we fall into deep sleep — findings that may lead to new therapies for sleep disorders.

Patient blowing into a Lung Flute
10/14/14
University at Buffalo researchers have confirmed that the inexpensive, non-invasive Lung Flute offers an array of benefits — including improved symptoms — for COPD patients with chronic bronchitis.
Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD
10/9/14

Nine faculty and one staff member from the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences were among those honored for notable achievement and service at the 11th annual UB Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence.

10/8/14

Along with her trainees, Gabriela K. Popescu, PhD, professor of biochemistry, organized an international meeting of researchers studying glutamate-gated neurotransmitter receptors.

Rep. Brian Higgins and John M. Canty, MD.
10/7/14
Representatives of the University at Buffalo and other biomedical research organizations joined Rep. Brian Higgins as he announced legislation that would increase funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to more than $46.2 billion by 2021.
Stephen Koury
10/6/14

Stephen Koury, PhD, research assistant professor in biotechnical and clinical laboratory sciences, has secured a $1.2 million NIH grant to help area high school students become proficient in genomics and genetics.

10/6/14

Research led by a student in UB’s Medical Scientist Training Program is featured on the cover of the world’s most frequently cited cancer journal.

Karanbir Singh, Pooja Sofat, Muhammad Masud, Deeya Gaindh, Nicholas Silvestri, Noureldin Abdelhamid
10/3/14
University at Buffalo residents and fellows are teaming up with faculty mentors to explore new ways of providing better health care.
9/19/14

University at Buffalo researchers are part of a multidisciplinary team using innovative techniques to reveal mechanisms of autoimmune disease pathology at the nanoscale level.

David Dietz, PhD
9/19/14

Research by David Dietz, PhD, has the potential to identify novel therapies to treat addiction to cocaine and other psychostimulants, for which no effective drug therapy exists.

9/12/14

A distance-learning practice facilitation program developed and supported by the Department of Family Medicine has been selected as a national exemplar by the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Wilma A. Hofmann, PhD
9/11/14

Wilma A. Hofmann, PhD, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics, will study cellular processes that cause high levels of unsaturated fats to increase the metastatic potential of prostate cancer cells.

Paresh Dandona MD, PhD
9/9/14
A University at Buffalo study has shown that high doses of steroids exert pro-inflammatory effects despite their use over the past six decades as anti-inflammatory drugs.
anthony campagnari
9/8/14

Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD, professor of microbiology/immunology and medicine, will use novel biofilm and animal models to study key disease mechanisms and infection-causing phenotypes of a prominent middle ear pathogen.

John M. Canty Jr., MD
9/4/14

Adding to his list of national leadership roles, John M. Canty Jr., MD ’79, Albert and Elizabeth Rekate Professor of Medicine and chief of cardiovascular medicine, has been appointed to a four-year term on the National Institutes of Health’s Heart, Lung and Blood Program Project Review Committee.

Bruce R. Troen, MD
9/4/14

Geriatrics researchers at the University at Buffalo and across New York State have joined forces to investigate the connection between frailty and dementia.

John J. Leddy, MD
8/26/14

Research by John J. Leddy, MD, clinical professor of orthopaedics, has found that it is difficult to distinguish between concussion injuries and neck injuries based on symptoms alone.

Teresa Quattrin, MD
8/25/14

Primary care treatment of overweight and obese preschoolers works better when treatment targets both parent and child, according to research by senior author Teresa Quattrin, MD, which has been published in Pediatrics.

Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD, and Rajendram Rajnarayanan, PhD
8/25/14

University at Buffalo researchers are studying how chemicals in the environment may raise the risk of prevalent metabolic conditions by disrupting neuroendocrine circadian functions and altering the release of hormones, including insulin.

Jack F. Coyne, MD
8/25/14

“All you have to do is have a good relationship with your patient. Focus on what’s going on in their lives,” Jack T. Coyne, MD ’85, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, advised medical students during the inaugural program of the University at Buffalo’s Center for Medical Humanities.

Ellene Sandoval, Thomas Guttuso Sr., MD, and Susan J. Gallagher, MD
8/25/14

A new class of 144 University at Buffalo medical studentscelebrated its entry into medical school with a traditional White Coat Ceremony Aug. 15 at the UB Center for the Arts.

Medical School Day of Service
8/25/14

More than half of medical students at the University at Buffalo engage in service learning — applying what they learn through community volunteer work.

Kim Griswold, MD, MPH
8/25/14

For one eye-opening afternoon, University at Buffalo resident physicians and medical students experienced the challenges and frustrations their patients face every day if they’re poor.