Satyan Lakshminrusimha, MD, has received the 2016 Mentor of the
Year award from the Eastern Society for Pediatric
Research (ESPR) in recognition of his excellence in developing
trainees’ research skills and launching productive research
The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Class of
2018 was honored during the 14th annual Student Clinician Ceremony
recognizing the transition of rising third-year medical students
from the academic to the clinical years.
Ira J. Blader, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, is
using new grant funding to build on prior research aiming to
identify how the infection-causing parasite Toxoplasma gondii
triggers seizures and other neurological complications in AIDS and
cancer patients as well as fetuses.
Fourteen faculty members, including two new division
chiefs, with varied research and clinical expertise have joined the
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences during the past
A record number of residents, fellows, junior faculty and
medical students presented their research results in areas
including new treatments for endocarditis, overcoming
cardiovascular health disparities and boosting mitochondrial health
during the Department of Medicine’s fourth annual
Sunshine, butterflies and heartfelt tributes ruled the day as
600 family members of individuals who donated their bodies to
medical science gathered for the UB Anatomical Gift Program
John J. Leddy, MD, clinical professor of orthopaedics, has
received the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine’s
(AMSSM) Best Overall Research Award for determining predictors of
recovery from concussion in adolescents.
Vasvi Singh, MD, a first-year trainee in the cardiovascular
disease fellowship, won the “Best Fellow in Training”
poster award for her presentation at this year’s Scientific
Sessions of the American College of Cardiology.
Andrew H. Talal, MD, professor of medicine in the Division of
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, has received a $7
million grant to develop an effective way to treat drug users with
the hepatitis C virus (HCV).
A pioneering researcher and others who have made significant
contributions to their fields and to the Jacobs School of Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences were honored with 2016 Faculty-Staff
Gabriela K. Popescu, PhD — with first author Kirstie
A. Cummings, a candidate in the biochemistry doctoral
program — has published a paper in Scientific
Reports showing that an elusive brain receptor may play an
important role in the death of neurons from neurological
Gabriela K. Popescu, PhD, professor of biochemistry, has been
awarded a four-year, $1.37 million grant by the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) to study modulation mechanisms in fast
neurotransmitter brain receptors.
A study led by Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, and published
online in Diabetes Care shows overweight and obese Type 1 diabetics
saw the most significant improvements — including a reduction
in blood sugar — in a randomized clinical trial of
Jun-Xu Li, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and
toxicology, has received the Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award
from the College of Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD)
for his research on pharmacotherapy for stimulant abuse.
Forty-four exemplary medical students, residents, fellows and
faculty members have been inducted into the University at
Buffalo’s Richard Sarkin Medical Emeritus Faculty Chapter of
the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS).
Evan Myers, a candidate in the physiology doctoral program, has
been recognized by the American Physiology Society for his research
in the area of blindness caused by dysregulated pH homeostasis in
Researchers in the departments
of Orthopaedics and Psychiatry have been
awarded a five-year, $2 million grant to study how the brain
changes following a concussion and how that information may be used
to predict recovery time.
Through a unique intersection of medicine, the justice system
and the human rights field, medical students are advancing their
training by assisting survivors of torture and political violence
seeking asylum in the United States.
Eleven first-year medical students participated in the Jacobs
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences’ inaugural
community immersion program through a weeklong series of activities
during spring break.
Daniel R. Schlegel, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department
of Biomedical Informatics, has been named to the Journal of the
American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) Student Editorial
Graduate student and trainee researchers and their mentors in
the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology received
positive feedback on in-depth studies they presented at the 2016
Behavior, Biology and Chemistry: Translational Research in