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School News Archive: 2016

Roseanne Berger, MD
12/29/16

UB recently marked the 10-year anniversary of its collaboration with London’s Royal College of Physicians (RCP) on a one-of-a-kind program that trains clinical educators for the demands of teaching medical students and residents.

12/23/16

The Department of Psychiatry’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Primary Care (CAP-PC) program has received a 2016-17 national Psychiatric Services Achievement Award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

12/23/16

John M. Canty Jr., MD — an attending cardiologist at the Buffalo VA Medical Center, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Albert and Elizabeth Rekate Professor of Medicine — has been awarded a $650,000 merit review grant from the Veterans Health Administration to explore why people die from ventricular fibrillation (VF) as the only manifestation of heart disease.

12/20/16

Twenty-six faculty with varied research and clinical expertise — including two division chiefs and an associate dean for medical curriculum — have joined the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences over the past several months.

Pablo M. Paez, PhD
12/14/16
Researchers have identified a critical step in myelination after birth that has significance for treating neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS).
Russell Pizzo
12/9/16

After a career as an auto mechanic servicing Audis and Porsches, Russell Pizzo is now studying to be a physician at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

12/1/16
Physicians in pediatric intensive care units aren’t using the newest guidelines to diagnose acute kidney injury (AKI) in critically ill children, according to research led by a UB specialist in the field.
Pinaki Sarder, PhD, Brendon Lutnick and Brandon Ginley
11/28/16

Two doctoral students in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences presented their research on digital pathology innovations at the Pathology Visions 2016 Conference, Oct. 23-25 in San Diego.

Steven Schwaitzberg, MD
11/23/16

UB has partnered with Kaleida Health to develop a sponsored MBA health care management track that allows surgical residents to earn the degree with only an additional year of training.

Samuel Racette
11/22/16

Samuel Racette is one of three medical students statewide to receive a $10,000 American Medical Association Foundation scholarship for academic excellence, community involvement and leadership.

11/18/16

Even before ground was broken three years ago for the new downtown home of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, it was clear that the building would transform the neighborhood.

Nadav Weinstock
11/14/16

Three students in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) have received prestigious fellowships from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Satish K. Tripathi, Elad I. Levy and Michael E. Cain
11/11/16

Elad I. Levy, MD, MBA, has been installed as the inaugural L. Nelson Hopkins III, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery.

Peter L. Elkin, MD
11/11/16

Peter L. Elkin, MD, professor and chair of biomedical informatics, has co-authored a paper that is the first to explore how standardized reporting may play a key role in improving patient safety.

 Margarita Dubocovich, PhD
10/28/16

A new preclinical study by researchers in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology finds exercise, coupled with methamphetamine, may help recovery of those addicted to the drug and increase their odds of avoiding relapse.

Med school building taking shape
10/28/16

Construction on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is moving along. Jennifer Kuhn, manager of project support, provides an update.

Awardees and attendees of the 2016 University at Buffalo Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence
10/26/16

Eight faculty and one staff member from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences were among those honored for notable achievement and service at the 13th annual University at Buffalo Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence. 

Mustafa Jarrar, PhD
10/26/16

An international leader in computational linguistics and ontology is the Department of Biomedical Informatics’ first Fulbright scholar.

Theresa Quattrin, MD, and Leonard H. Epstein, PhD
10/26/16

Making efficient family-based weight-loss programs more widely accessible is the aim of a new Department of Pediatrics study.

Michael H. Farkas, PhD
10/24/16

Michael H. Farkas, PhD, who joined the Department of Ophthalmology as an assistant professor in July, has been named a 2016 Emerging Vision Scientist by the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR).

Jack Tseng, PhD
10/18/16

A study published in Royal Society Open Science has shed light on the phylogeny of large, ferocious-looking animals called beardogs — neither bears nor dogs — that roamed the northern hemisphere between about 40 and 5 million years ago.

Brian Clemency, DO, MBA
10/13/16

Patients’ end-of-life wishes are often unarticulated due to ambiguity on Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatments (MOLST) forms, according to a Department of Emergency Medicine study.

Andrew B. Symons, MD
10/12/16

The Department of Family Medicine has been awarded a five-year, $2.5 million federal grant to institute the Buffalo Interprofessional Advanced Primary Care Training Program that will create a new model for health care.

10/11/16

Eight faculty members from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are conducting research supported by the Innovative Micro-Programs Accelerating Collaboration in Themes (IMPACT) program.

Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD
9/29/16

Researchers led by Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology and medicine, have developed a new model that provides a novel view of secondary bacterial pneumonia.

9/29/16
Twenty-five faculty members with diverse backgrounds and expertise have joined the school’s faculty over the past several months. 
Kai Ling Kong, PhD
9/28/16

Babies who seem to get upset more easily and take longer to calm down may be at higher risk for obesity, according to a study led by Kai Ling Kong, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics.

Teresa Quattrin, MD, and Gale Burstein, MD, MPH
9/23/16

The chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Erie County’s Commissioner of Health have been recognized for their significant contributions to the community.

David Dietz, PhD
9/20/16

A team led by David M. Dietz, PhD, has discovered that a protein in the brain’s reward center, the nucleus accumbens, regulates genes that help drive the craving for cocaine after a period of withdrawal. 

9/14/16

Nicholas J. Silvestri, MD, program director of the University at Buffalo’s adult neurology residency, and Emily Caldarelli, training program administrator for the hematology and oncology fellowship, have received UB Graduate Medical Education (GME) Awards of Excellence.

Vinny Polsinelli
9/13/16

Vinny Polsinelli — who first began conducting research in Haiti following his first year of medical school — was one of only 11 students nationwide selected for a 2016-17 fellowship from the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation.

Kenneth D. Pearsen, MD
9/12/16

New full-time faculty members joining the Department of Radiology will re-establish the University at Buffalo’s radiology residency program.

Kenneth D. Pearsen, MD
9/12/16

Kenneth D. Pearsen, MD, co-founder and former president and chief executive officer of Great Lakes Medical Imaging (GLMI), has been appointed chair of the Department of Radiology.

 Timothy F. Murphy, MD
9/9/16

UB’s Summer Research Fellowship Program, which provides first-year medical students with a personalized experience in research, has been renewed through another five years of funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD
9/8/16

Researchers in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism have found that dapagliflozin, designed for Type 2 diabetes, can benefit patients with Type 1 diabetes.

John Taylor, Linda Kahn and Christine Verni
9/1/16
The UB Primary Care Research Fellowship Training Program has been established through a five-year, $2 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Gil I. Wolfe, MD
9/1/16

Surgical removal of the thymus provides significant benefits to myasthenia gravis (MG) patients without a chest tumor, according to a new study authored by Gil I. Wolfe, MD, professor and Irvin and Rosemary Smith Chair of neurology.

Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD
8/29/16

Department of Neurology researchers are testing a new software tool they developed that could make assessing brain atrophy part of the clinical routine for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.

Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD
8/22/16

The Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement is developing a workshop series to help deepen medical residents’ understanding of the cultural issues that affect health care delivery.

Dan Kuhr
8/22/16

Two UB medical students are participating in a prestigious yearlong residential program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland, that introduces students to innovative research in areas matching their career interests and goals.

 Michael E. Cain, MD
8/19/16

A new class of 149 students celebrated its entry into the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences with a traditional White Coat Ceremony Aug. 12 at the UB Center for the Arts.

Lee Ann Garrett-Sinha, PhD
8/16/16

Lee Ann Garrett-Sinha, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry, is using a five-year, $2.7 million grant to continue her study of B cell signaling pathways and their roles in the immune system and autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

8/16/16

Trainees and faculty alike were honored at the 28th annual Department of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Graduation Dinner.

 Stelios Andreadis, PhD
8/15/16

A multidisciplinary team of researchers is studying an embryonic stem cell gene that has the capacity to delay aging and the potential in some cases to reverse it.

Marc S. Halfon, PhD
8/12/16

Marc S. Halfon, PhD, professor of biochemistry, has received a grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to study ways to manipulate the genes and regulatory sequences of DNA in malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

8/10/16

Five research projects that aim to improve our understanding of the human microbiome have been selected to receive the first round of funding from the Community of Excellence in Genome, Environment and Microbiome (GEM).

Gil I. Wolfe, MD
8/9/16

Gil I. Wolfe, MD, professor and Irvin and Rosemary Smith Chair of neurology, is co-director of an expert panel that has published the first international treatment recommendations for patients with myasthenia gravis.

Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD, and Nicole R. Luke-Marshall, PhD
8/3/16

Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD, senior associate dean for research and graduate education, is exploring the novel use of photodynamic therapy (PDT) as a noninvasive treatment for otitis media (OM) or middle ear infections.

Ferdinand Schweser, PhD and Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD
8/3/16

Cerebral microbleeds are associated with increased physical and cognitive disability in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to new research from the Department of Neurology.

Jennifer A. Surtees, PhD
7/27/16

Jennifer A. Surtees, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry, has been selected by her peers to join the editorial board of the scientific journal Genetics.