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School News Archive: 2015

Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD
12/23/15

Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, is leading a pilot study to determine whether behavioral self-management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may lead to fundamental changes in the digestive system’s bacterial ecosystem.

Timothy F. Murphy, MD; Norma J. Nowak, PhD; Jennifer A. Surtees, PhD
12/10/15

The Genome, Environment and Microbiome (GEM) community — part of a University at Buffalo initiative that seeks new approaches to global challenges — has had its inaugural meeting.

12/10/15

Twenty-one faculty members with various research and clinical expertise have joined the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences over the past several months.

Stanley F. Fernandez
12/1/15

Stanley F. Fernandez, MD, PhD, research assistant professor of medicine, says the new statin alternatives known as PCSK9 inhibitors are a welcome treatment for high cholesterol.

Ciprian N. Ionita, PhD; student Megan Russ; Stephen Rudin, PhD
11/25/15

A research team including Megan Russ, a doctoral student in the medical physics program within the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, has developed a process to create patient-specific 3-D phantoms that can be used to practice vascular procedures.

Beth Smith, MD
11/25/15

Beth A. Smith, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry, has helped develop international guidelines for the screening and treatment of depression and anxiety in people with cystic fibrosis.

Warren Tai and Caressa Chen
11/19/15

Caressa Chen and Warren Tai — who have spent the past several months conducting intensive research in prestigious biomedical laboratories — were two of only 14 students nationwide selected as 2015-16 Sarnoff Fellows.

Melissa Rayhill, MD
11/18/15

Only a quarter of headache clinical trials published in the field’s core journals over a nine-year period were registered in an approved clinical trial registry, according to a study led by Melissa Rayhill, MD, and published in Neurology. 

Randall L. Rasmusson, PhD, and Glenna C. Bett
11/18/15

University at Buffalo spinoff company Cytocybernetics is testing Cybercyte, new biotechnology that could cut the time and money needed for preclinical drug trials in half.

11/13/15

More than 400 medical school graduates have completed a post-baccalaureate program that enables students from underrepresented communities and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to attend medical school.

Miller Johnstone III, MD, PhD
11/12/15

William Miller Johnstone III, MD, PhD, a trainee in the University at Buffalo’s obstetrics and gynecology residency, has edited an issue of the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics on advances in gynecologic oncology.

Michael W. Russell, PhD
11/12/15

Michael W. Russell, PhD, has co-edited and co-written the fourth edition of the only comprehensive reference on mucosal immunology’s basic science and clinical manifestations.

Michele Smith
11/9/15

The American Medical Association Foundation has selected fourth-year medical student Michele Smith for an award recognizing her academic excellence, community involvement and leadership roles.

Mary Wilson
11/6/15

The University at Buffalo has received a $4 million gift to establish the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Center of Excellence in Sports Medicine at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Amy Jacobs, PhD
11/4/15

Amy Jacobs, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, received an award from the National Science Foundation to focus on the entry mechanism of the Ebola virus. The mechanism could be used to deliver drugs to infected cells. 

10/26/15

Kara Kelly, MD ’89, has been appointed chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics, and she will lead the joint pediatric hematology and oncology program.

John M. Canty Jr, MD
10/23/15

Nine faculty members from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences were among those honored for notable achievement and service at the 12th annual University at Buffalo Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence.

Yungki Park, PhD
10/20/15

Yungki Park, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry, has received a $1.8 million grant to study a transcription factor key to developing and maintaining myelin in the central nervous system.

Mark Sutton, PhD, and Michelle K. Scotland
10/19/15

Research led by Mark Sutton, PhD, professor of biochemistry, has described a new model for DNA polymerase switching in E. coli that will better the understanding of antibiotic resistance and genetic mutations. 

James R. Olson, PhD, and Diana S. Aga, PhD
10/16/15

A new “one-shot” method, developed by James R. Olson, PhD, UB Distinguished Professor of pharmacology and toxicology, with other UB scientists, allows researchers to analyze flame retardants and their breakdown products at the same time. 

Daniel J. Kosman, PhD, and Changyi Ji
10/14/15

Research by a biochemistry doctoral candidate is featured on the cover of the Journal of Neurochemistry for its potential to contribute to the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders.

Robert F. McCormack, MD
10/6/15

Robert F. McCormack, MD, has been appointed chair of the University at Buffalo Department of Emergency Medicine.

Yannick Poitelon, PhD, and M. Laura Feltri, MD
10/6/15

Researchers at the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute (HJKRI) have discovered a new way to study the interface where cells in the myelination process touch — a method that may lead to a better understanding of myelin diseases.

10/6/15

The Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics (GGB) graduate program is now an institutional member of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH).

Students present research posters
10/6/15

Ninety-five student-scientists presented projects during the 2015 Buffalo Summer Research Day, an interdisciplinary forum marking the culmination of their summer research in Buffalo.

9/22/15

Twenty-one faculty members with research and clinical expertise in various specialty areas have joined the school’s faculty during the past several months.

Gil I. Wolfe, MD
9/21/15

The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) has awarded Gil. I Wolfe, MD, professor and Irvin and Rosemary Chair of Neurology, with the 2015 Doctor of the Year Award. 

Elad I. Levy, MD
9/18/15
The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences’ Department of Neurosurgery has the 17th most academically productive neurosurgery residency program in the U.S., according to an article in the Journal of Neurosurgery.
9/14/15
Jeremy M. Jacobs, his wife, Margaret, and their family have given $30 million to the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, which will be named for them in recognition of their long-standing service and philanthropy to UB.
Richard M. Gronostajski, PhD
9/11/15

A research team led by Richard M. Gronostajski, PhD, professor of biochemistry, has discovered a new way to generate oligodendrocytes. This method has the potential to enhance treatments for brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and more.

Amy A. Case, MD
9/8/15

The director of the University at Buffalo’s hospice and palliative medicine fellowship and the administrator of a family medicine program have won the first UB Graduate Medical Education Awards of Excellence.

Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD
9/8/15

The Affordable Care Act survived its final serious challenge when the Supreme Court voted to approve tax subsidies for those buying health insurance through a federal exchange, says medical policy expert Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for health policy.

 

Jian Feng, PhD
9/8/15

Researchers in the lab of Jian Feng, PhD, professor of physiology and biophysics, have generated human serotonin neurons, which could facilitate the discovery of new drugs for illnesses involving serotonin. 

Kenneth E. Leonard, PhD
9/3/15

The American Psychological Association’s Society of Addiction Psychology (SoAP) has honored Kenneth E. Leonard, PhD, with a Distinguished Scientific Contributions award for his addictions research.

James N. Jarvis, MD
8/27/15

A research team led by James N. Jarvis, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, has found that epigenetics and innate immunity play prominent roles in the development of juvenile arthritis.

David Dietz, PhD
8/27/15

Researchers in the lab of David Dietz, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, discovered an unknown neural pathway that can regulate changes made in the brain from cocaine use. 

Ralph H. Benedict, PhD (left), and Peter G. Bradford, PhD, have been recognized with 2015 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.
8/21/15

Ralph H. Benedict, PhD, professor of neurology, and Peter G. Bradford, PhD, associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology, have received 2015 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.

8/21/15

University at Buffalo Medical Students in the Class of 2019 celebrated their entry into medical school with the traditional white coat ceremony, a rite of passage symbolizing their commitment to professionalism and empathy in the practice of medicine. 

Mark D. Parker, PhD
8/20/15

Mark D. Parker, PhD, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics, has received a Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant from the American Society of Nephrology Foundation for Kidney Research.

Timothy F. Murphy, MD
8/13/15

The University at Buffalo has been awarded a four-year $15 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to speed the delivery of new drugs, diagnostics and medical devices to patients.

Oscar A. deLeon-Casasola, MD
8/13/15

Oscar A. deLeon-Casasola, MD, program director of the University at Buffalo’s pain management anesthesiology fellowship and professor of anesthesiology, has been named president of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA).

Torin J. Finver, MD
8/13/15

Torin J. Finver, MD, program director for the Department of Family Medicine’s addiction medicine fellowship, has been appointed to the board of directors for the New York Society of Addiction Medicine (NYSAM).

Serving the community
8/13/15

Incoming UB medical students last week tackled overgrown gardens and cleaned out a house that will be rehabbed for new tenants as part of the school's second annual Medical Student Day of Service.

John M. Canty Jr., MD
8/11/15

John M. Canty Jr., MD, Albert and Elizabeth Rekate Professor and chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, has been named a State University of New York Distinguished Professor.

Downtown medical campus construction
8/10/15

The 250-foot tower crane at the corner of Main and High streets will help erect the steel for the final four floors of the University at Buffalo’s new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Anne Curtis, M; Jennifer K. Lang, MD; Sanjay Sethi, MD
8/6/15

During the Department of Medicine’s third annual Research Day, residents and fellows presented the results of their research projects in areas including bronchoscopic lung volume reduction, improvement in hyperlipidemia management and exosomes in stem cell mediated cardiac repair.

Zhen Yan, PhD
7/28/15

Scientists at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences have identified the mechanisms behind a genetic mutation that produces certain autistic behaviors in mice, as well as therapeutic strategies to restore normal behaviors.

7/27/15
Physician-scientist Jeffrey S. Ross, MD ’70, discussed genomic profiling and targeted therapies for brain tumors during the inaugural Anne and Harold Brody Memorial Lecture.
Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD
7/14/15

Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, has been appointed to serve on the editorial board of Diabetes Care, the official journal of the American Diabetes Association. 

James N. Jarvis, MD
7/13/15

Testifying before a congressional subcommittee, James N. Jarvis, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, advocated for increased federal funding for health programs serving American Indian and Alaska Native children.