School News Archive: 2015


The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) has selected Ronald E. Batt, MD, PhD, for an award recognizing his pioneering work in the science and treatment of endometriosis.


University at Buffalo research published in PLOS One has revealed the role of a protein as a global genomic programmer of cell, neural and muscle development.


More people with significant mental health needs in Western New York and throughout the state are receiving quality psychiatric care in the community, instead of the hospital, thanks to two innovative programs developed by faculty in the University at Buffalo Department of Psychiatry.

University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have been awarded a $1.85 million grant to create an interdisciplinary stem cell research training program.

Two hundred UB medical residents received their long white coats in a ceremony symbolizing they have graduated from medical school and earned the title of physician.

Three faculty in the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences have been recognized for founding startups and licensing their technology.

Gerald L. Logue, MD, professor of medicine and chief of hematology, died suddenly June 7. Logue, who was known for his commitment to medical training, had practiced medicine in Buffalo since 1982.


In the fight against infectious disease, University at Buffalo immunologist Michael W. Russell, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, advocates a novel alternative to antibiotics and vaccines: directly target the immune system.

For-Robin, a company founded and led by a Kate Rittenhouse-Olson, PhD, will further study and develop a promising potential cancer treatment.

Thirty-two doctoral, 35 master’s and 150 baccalaureate candidates were eligible to receive degrees in biomedical science fields during the May commencement ceremony.


In his book, “Optimal Aging: A Guide to Your First Hundred Years,” Jerrold C. Winter, PhD, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, aims to bring a “total perspective” to the topic.

Two expert reviewers for the global literature review service F1000Prime have recommended a University at Buffalo paper identifying molecular mechanisms affected by the local anesthetic bupivacaine.
The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences celebrated scientific achievements, outstanding service and significant teaching contributions during its 2015 Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards event.
University at Buffalo researchers have created a biotechnology model that shows promise for developing an HIV vaccine and targeting cancer cells.

Mark R. O’Brian, PhD, University at Buffalo professor of biochemistry, has been named the department’s chair.


Cystic fibrosis expert Drucy S. Borowitz, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, has received the 2015 Stockton Kimball Award for outstanding scientific achievement and service.


University at Buffalo neurosurgeons have contributed to a New England Journal of Medicine study that shows significant advantages for stroke patients treated with both a stent device and clot-busting drugs.


Steel erection is underway in downtown Buffalo for the first three floors of the University at Buffalo’s state-of-the-art medical school.

Researchers in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Neurology shared their findings through more than 30 presentations at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting.
University at Buffalo researchers will test the effectiveness of using stem cells from donors to treat patients with heart failure.
Three faculty members with varied research and clinical expertise have joined the school’s faculty during the past several months.
Top members of the Class of 2015 received special recognition during the medical school’s Honors Convocation, held May 1.

The UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences graduated 136 medical students during its 169th commencement on May 1.

The University at Buffalo welcomed 46 exemplary medical students, residents, fellows and faculty members into its Richard Sarkin Medical Emeritus Faculty Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Students in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences were among those recognized for outstanding achievement during the University at Buffalo’s 11th Celebration of Student Academic Excellence.


The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has selected second-year University at Buffalo medical student Niema Razavian for its Medical Research Fellows Program.


Alan J. Lesse, MD, has been named senior associate dean for medical curriculum at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Three first-year medical students are the first to receive full scholarships from the Western New York Medical Scholarship Fund.

Students in biomedical engineering and medicine are principals in the biotechnology venture that won a University at Buffalo entrepreneurship competition.


Eighteen medical school teachers and a medical student received 2015 Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Awards or honorable mentions for excellence in teaching.


The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine has selected Amy A. Case, MD, to lead its special interest group on education, giving her opportunities to share and increase her knowledge about innovative training. 


The Graduate School has recognized Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD ’84, professor of microbiology and immunology and medicine, with an Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award.


Twenty-seven dedicated medical trainees and one faculty member have joined the University at Buffalo’s chapter of the national honor medical society Alpha Omega Alpha.

University at Buffalo researchers have identified the minimum genetic requirement needed to generate retinal ganglion cells — key neuronal cells that connect the eye’s retina to the brain.

Starting in April, beams of steel will rise at the construction site at the corner of Main and High streets in downtown Buffalo, providing passersby with their first glimpse of the new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, which will open in 2017.

Medical students in the University at Buffalo’s Class of 2015 celebrated the next steps in their medical careers during a Match Day event March 20.

Seven University at Buffalo medical students spent their winter break building fundamental skills in a busy, makeshift clinic. In the process, they immersed themselves in the culture — and the many health care challenges — of the developing world.


David L. Kaye, MD, University at Buffalo professor of clinical psychiatry, has received a one-year, $1.2 million grant extension for the country’s second-largest pediatric mental health consultation program.


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

University at Buffalo researchers are the first to identify solifenacin as a drug target to promote stem cell therapy for myelin-based disease, such as multiple sclerosis.

Gabriela K. Popescu, PhD, professor of biochemistry, has been elected to the governing council of the 9,000-member multidisciplinary Biophysical Society.


Meir Wetzler, MD, a University at Buffalo professor of medicine and chief of the Leukemia Section at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, died Feb. 23 from injuries sustained during a skiing accident in Colorado.


A $1 million gift from Buffalo’s James H. Cummings Foundation will support a multidisciplinary Structural Science Learning Center within the University at Buffalo’s new state-of-the-art medical school, set to open in 2017.


Safely braving arctic cold requires adequate preparation and precautions, especially for ill and vulnerable people, warns David M. Holmes, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine and director of global health education.


Even untrained bystanders can help a cardiac arrest victim by performing simple chest compressions, says cardiac arrhythmia expert Anne B. Curtis, MD, Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and Chair of medicine.

Although measles was declared eliminated in the United States 15 years ago, recent outbreaks are spurring medical educators — including those at the University at Buffalo — to place a stronger emphasis on the disease in their lectures and clinical training.

U.S. presidents have experienced neurological conditions — including migraines, Alzheimer’s disease and strokes — that have at times significantly affected their ability to carry out official duties, says Nicholas J. Silvestri, MD, assistant professor of neurology and American history buff.


As part of the state-funded $105 million collaboration between the University at Buffalo and the New York Genome Center (NYGC), the year-old Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics (BIG) is helping to develop upstate New York as a national center for genomic medicine research.


As part of a multimillion federal grant, between 60 and 70 students from around the country will take an online health care practice facilitator certificate course developed by the Department of Family Medicine.


University at Buffalo biochemist and genomics entrepreneur Norma Jean Nowak, PhD, professor of biochemistry, has been promoted to executive director of UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS).