Research and Scholarship

Kinga Szigeti, MD, PhD, and Brian Trummer, MD.

Kinga Szigeti, MD, PhD (left), advises resident Brian J. Trummer, MD, in selecting a viable topic for his original research project.

Advance your career potential by completing a basic or clinical research project that explores an intriguing question in the field of neurology, guided by a faculty mentor who shares your interests.

Research will hone your analytical abilities, refine your evaluation skills and broaden your knowledge, all of which will increase your skill as a physician.

We expect you to produce findings that are suitable for publication and contribute to the body of neurological knowledge.

Areas of Inquiry

You may build on faculty research or explore your own ideas, with guidance from your mentor. We encourage diverse research: a number of recent projects have explored a wide variety of neurological disorders and diseases.

Research Track Options

Original Research Project

You will examine an hypothesis through laboratory work and exemplary prospective and retrospective studies.

We expect your research project to produce findings that are suitable for publication. 

You may elect to pursue a more intensive research experience over the course of three years with an original research project that begins in PGY-2. Your project will be more complex and detailed, requiring extensive additional research during PGY-3. 

Your research findings must be submitted for publication to a respected journal as part of this more rigorous research experience.

Analytic Research Project

Through a project applying evidence-based medicine, you may explore a question that you answer from citations in existing literature. This involves a comprehensive review and analysis of the literature to definitively confirm your conclusions.

Alternately, you may complete a retrospective-prospective compilation of at least three to five clinically interesting cases. You will aim to uncover and/or identify new information as well as produce significant data.

Present Your Research

You will present your research project and results at our annual Dr. Michael E. Cohen Resident Research Day.

We also strongly encourage you to submit your findings for publication in well-regarded, peer-reviewed neurology journals, as many of our residents have done, with successful outcomes.

Conference Support

We encourage and support your career development through participation in major neurology research forums. You will receive up to $1,000 to attend one national conference, such as the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, during your residency.

In addition, you will receive up to $1,000 each academic year to attend any national neurology conference at which you present as a first author.

Contact Us

For more information about conducting research during your residency, contact our residency research director:

Resident Research Training Director

Covey, Thomas

Thomas Covey, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurosciences Sherman Hall Annex Room 114 Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: 716-829-5989; Fax: NA