WIVB-TV reports that it is hosting an hour-long town hall discussion with six local medicine leaders, including ECMC Chief Medical Officer Brian M. Murray, MD, who is also an associate professor of medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Kenneth V. Snyder, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurosurgery.
Susan S. Baker, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics, is quoted in articles on research that found strains of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumonia, which produces high levels of alcohol, in 60 percent of patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a common disorder in which fat builds up in the liver. Baker, who was not involved in the study, said, “Other bacteria have been shown to make alcohol, so that… verifies what other researchers have seen. We’ve never really been able to induce the inflammation that you see [in people], but they were able to do that.”
Qidni Labs, winner of the 43North competition in October 2017, reports it is working to raise $2.5 million to continue development of the startup’s nano-filters, which function like a kidney, and notes the company will open an office in Buffalo and collaborate with the Division of Nephrology within the Department of Medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Honorees include Chiu-Bin Hsiao, MD; Jeffrey Lackner, PsyD; Shehzad S. Merchant, MD; Andrew H. Talal, MD; and Rocco C. Venuto, MD.