The University at Buffalo, representing a national consortium of eight research universities and institutes, has been awarded $25 million to transform the field of structural biology and establish the BioXFEL research center, which will be directed by Eaton E. Lattman, PhD, of the Department of Structural Biology.
Timothy P. Murphy, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of medicine, will study potential vaccine antigens to fight the non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae bacterium in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, using a $2.3 million National Institutes of Health grant.
Commenting on the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, Steven Dubovsky, MD, professor and chair of psychiatry, says “we just don’t know for sure” why some people commit violent crimes.
Teresa Quattrin, MD, UB Distinguished Professor and chair of pediatrics, who also chairs the physician-led steering committee for the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, describes the collaborative process involved in planning the new facility.
The first proteomic analysis of Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, conducted by Steven J. Fliesler, PhD, Meyer H. Riwchun Endowed Chair Professor of ophthalmology, and colleagues, could pave the way for studying many common disease processes.
Timothy F. Murphy, MD, senior associate dean for clinical and translational research, comments on the impact of $1.6 billion in funding cuts to the National Institutes of Health caused by the federal sequester.
Even if speed bumps slow a trauma patient’s delivery to a hospital in an emergency vehicle, the delay would not significantly affect mortality, according to a study involving UB’s Department of Emergency Medicine.
A story on an athlete’s inspiration talks about the athlete’s uncle — a patient under the treatment of Jody Leonardo, MD, assistant professor of neurosurgery — who endured a life-threatening brain aneurysm and suffers from subsequent complications.
Along with his colleagues, senior author Satyan Lakshminrusimha, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, has found that babies born 37-38 weeks after a mother’s last menstrual period have a greater need for neonatal intensive care compared to those born after 39-41 weeks.
An international research team studying Alzheimer’s and mild cognitive impairment has reported potentially significant findings on a vascular abnormality outside the brain. The team of investigators includes Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD, and other researchers from UB’s Department of Neurology.
Mark J. Lema, MD, PhD, professor and chair of anesthesiology, comments on the possible legalization of medical marijuana and says, “What place does it have in society? I wouldn't bring it through the medical route to answer that question.”
A pilot study by Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD, professor of neurology and his international colleagues, suggests that jugular venous reflux (JVR) may be linked to white matter lesions in the brain and contribute to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Kinga Szigeti, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurology and director of the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center, talks about the research being done to help patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
David M. Holmes, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine, said most of the new cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines that include use of statins to lower LDL cholesterol are easy to follow.
A groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of construction for an eight-story medical school on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, where hospitals, research and medical training facilities will converge.
Sanjay Sethi, MD, chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, comments on a study showing that dose counters on rescue inhalers reduce emergency department visits. “In my well-controlled, compliant patients who are using inhalers without dose counters, I would not change their treatment just to include a dose counter,” he says.
John J. Leddy, MD, clinical associate professor of orthopaedics, comments on the findings of a report showing that football gear marketed to help reduce concussions may not actually provide additional protection for football players.
Commenting about a study on the efficacy of nanoparticles as cancer-drug carriers, Jonathan F. Lovell, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, says drug-delivery techniques that utilize ultraviolet-light may one day address significant unmet medical needs.
Two years ago, family medicine resident Michael Dlugosz used his training to help administer a life-saving injection to a boy suffering from an allergic reaction. Today, the third-year resident has received a noteworthy letter and gift of thanks for his actions.
Eaton E. Lattman, PhD, research professor of structural biology and CEO of the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, will direct a major new research center in Buffalo involving a national consortium of scientists.
Along with other UB translational researchers, Thomas R. Cimato, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is developing a richer understanding of atherosclerosis in humans, revealing a key role for stem cells that promote inflammation.
Early-term newborns may look as healthy as full-term babies, but a study led by Satyan Lakshminrusimha, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, has found they are at significantly higher risk for adverse outcomes.
The Cuomo administration is backing an effort aimed at turning the Buffalo Niagara region into a hub for nanotechnology; the Buffalo center could play off the talent and expertise at the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, future home of the new UB medical school.
SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is asking developers in Buffalo — where the University at Buffalo is building a new downtown medical school that will open in 2016 — to come up with ideas for a high-tech research, training and manufacturing center.
Turning off the wireless function of an ICD would not have an impact on the effectiveness of the device, but it would affect patient follow-up, according to Anne B. Curtis, MD, Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at UB.
M. Jeffery Mador, MD, associate professor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, explains that “metabolites that are built up in the brain when its working during the day might be effectively removed when you sleep. And if you don't sleep… then they may damage the brain, leading to worse brain function as you get older.”
In a story about the Affordable Care Act’s medical devices tax, Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for health policy, argues that the influx of around 30 million new health care consumers under the act will help to offset the tax hike on medical device companies.
Nancy Nielsen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for health policy, says the Affordable Care Act will bring more people into the health care system, thus offsetting the controversial tax hike on medical device companies.
An advocate of higher highway speed limits cites a UB emergency medicine study that found a 28 percent decrease in absolute traffic mortalities after the speed limit was raised on the New York State Thruway.
The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, which is the future home of the University at Buffalo’s new medical school, is creating a co-working space — designed by faculty from UB’s Department of Architecture — in its Thomas R. Beecher Jr. Innovation Center.
In a story about a 20-year-old runner fighting to remain part of a school track team, Michelle E. Hartley-McAndrew, MD, clinical assistant professor of neurology, says participation in athletics enhances self-esteem, social skills and happiness.
Through her startup firm, University at Buffalo researcher Kate Rittenhouse-Olson, PhD, professor of biotechnical and clinical laboratory sciences, is turning a mouse antibody she created into a promising cancer-fighting therapy for humans.
UB researcher Jonathan F. Lovell, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has received a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to work on a new nanotechnology that could greatly improve how doctors treat and understand cancer.
Metro Rail ridership is projected to increase as employment grows at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and when the Allen-Medical Campus Station becomes integrated with the new UB Medical School in 2016, according to an article examining the decline in train passengers.
Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation has finalized the financing for the building that will link key facilities on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus — home of the new UB medical school — and provide a forum for collaboration among UB physicians, researchers and students.
Funded by a $100,000 grant, a UB research team will study advanced computational algorithms to improve diagnostic accuracy for prostate cancer. Additionally, the Jacobs Neurological Institute and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus — home of the new UB medical school — were named among the founding members of a public-private research initiative launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Animesh Sinha, MD, PhD, Rita M. and Ralph T. Behling Professor and chair of dermatology, and colleagues have identified a protective mechanism in healthy individuals who have a genetic risk for an autoimmune skin disease.
In the wake of a young athlete’s death due to a football injury, John J. Leddy, MD, clinical associate professor of orthopaedics, and Elad I. Levy, MD, professor and chair of neurosurgery, discuss the dangers of concussions and head injuries and the success of locally available treatments.
Lorna K. Fitzpatrick, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, discusses her close connections with patients, the teen mentor program she instituted, her teaching role at UB and the challenges she faces as a pediatric oncologist.
John J. Leddy, MD, clinical associate professor of orthopaedics and the director of UB's Concussion Clinic, studies the effect of sports-related head injuries on the brain and says that those who play football need to realize it can lead to catastrophic injuries.
Anne B. Curtis, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine, urges local schools to train their students in CPR and says she hopes area lawmakers will pass legislation that ensures all students will learn this lifesaving skill before graduation.
The University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences added 144 medical students this fall, part of a class of 2,424 medical students beginning their studies at 16 schools across New York.
In an article about the former Navy reservist who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, Steven L. Dubovsky, MD, professor and chair of psychiatry, asserts that although people may believe all or many mentally ill people are violent, that assumption is untrue.
A number of studies, including one conducted by UB researchers, have investigated the connection between chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency and multiple sclerosis; a Canadian study has found no evidence of a connection.
In conjunction with Toshiba, UB has developed a system that tracks radiation doses in cardiac patients and provides real-time data in the form of a color-coded map. A hospital in Australia is the first in the world to have the imaging software system.
Along with other UB investigators, Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has found that the volume of denervated myocardium after a heart attack predicts the likelihood of sudden cardiac death and the need for an implantable defibrillator.
The organization that operates the downtown medical campus — the future home of the new UB medical school — will temporarily locate Albany Molecular Research Inc., the contract drug manufacturer, in the former SmartPill Corp. facility.
Along with their colleagues, UB scientists, including Xiuqian Mu, PhD, of the Department of Ophthalmology, are developing a clearer picture of how visual systems develop in mammals. The findings offer important clues to the origin of retinal disorders later in life.
To make room for the new UB medical school in downtown Buffalo, First Niagara Bank is relocating their 973 Main Street location to a temporary retail branch at the edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
The New Brunswick Medical Society has asked the provincial government to stop funding multiple sclerosis patients seeking liberation therapy outside Canada; UB research led by Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD, has not found any clinical benefits of the treatment.
University at Buffalo researcher Kate Rittenhouse-Olson, PhD, professor of biotechnical and clinical laboratory sciences, is working on a possible cancer-fighting therapy for humans; the antibody is almost ready for human trials.
The Clinical Translational Research Center, which emphasizes collaboration by housing a UB translational research center above a clinical vascular institute, has won an award for creating a new benchmark for facility design.
In his 30 years of researching obesity, SUNY Distinguished Professor Leonard H. Epstein, PhD, of the Department of Pediatrics, has seen that treating entire families for obesity seems to be a key factor in determining the success of maintaining healthy body weight.
Testosterone-deficient men with Type 2 diabetes significantly improved their insulin sensitivity when treated with the hormone, according to a trial led by Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of medicine.
Some say younger people should bank cells to benefit from stem cell therapies later in life, but Richard Gronostajski, PhD, professor of biochemistry, says cells from older people can work just as well.
Linda M. Harris, MD, of the Department of Surgery, comments on a study showing that one-third of perioperative deaths and complications after elective endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms occur after discharge.
As plans for the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital head toward state approval, Teresa Quattrin, MD, UB Distinguished Professor and chair of pediatrics, and pediatrician-in-chief for the hospital, envisions a better facility for patient care.
A significant percentage of women who undergo mastectomies for breast cancer continue to suffer pain from the surgery for at least a decade, according to Ognjen Visnjevac, MD, a resident in anesthesiology.
After giving birth, women can do several things to balance health, nutrition, fitness and family responsibilities, says cardiology expert Anne B. Curtis, MD, Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and chair of medicine.
Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has been appointed a member of the board of directors of HEALTHeLINK, an organization enabling and overseeing the business and legal issues involved in the exchange and use of health information.
UB's efforts with the new medical school on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus are put in a national context as Business First of Buffalo looks at the number of medical school projects being undertaken around the country. UB’s rank on a Buzzfeed list is also mentioned.
In response to New York City Mayor Bloomberg's ban on supersized soft drinks, Leonard H. Epstein, PhD, of the Department of Pediatrics, has established an online experimental grocery store as part of a $1.7 million study to develop evidence-based science about how people decide what to buy.
Anne B. Curtis, MD, chair of medicine, has led a national clinical trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showing that certain heart failure patients benefit from treatment that resynchronizes both sides of the heart.
Forensic psychologist Daniel Antonius, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, observes that the men suspected of planting the Boston Marathon bombs share characteristics with others who have been involved in terrorist acts.
The $375 million new UB medical school, scheduled for groundbreaking in September 2013, will help recruit outstanding faculty-physicians to the university and transform the region into a destination for innovative care and research.
With its two glass walls, skylights and internal bridges, the new UB medical school — a 500,000-square-foot facility — is a space designed to foster collaboration between students, researchers, faculty and members of the community.
The new UB medical school will house thousands of faculty, staff and students and will include multipurpose educational and community spaces, core research facilities, research labs, an expanded patient care simulation center and a surgical simulation center.
UB’s new school of medicine, which will sit at the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, integrates and connects to the surrounding communities and brings together clinical work, basic sciences and education.
The $375 million new UB medical school, which is designed to fit with the existing fabric of Buffalo, will be one of the city’s most energy-efficient buildings and is expected to increase economic activity in the surrounding neighborhood.
One of the largest Buffalo buildings to be constructed in decades, the new UB medical school will be a 21st century education and research facility that brings together students, scientists, physicians and labs.
Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, observes that the new UB medical school allows the university to hire additional talented faculty, educate more students and bring clinical services and training programs to the community.
The new UB medical school will help the university achieve objectives critical to the UB 2020 strategic plan, including the recruitment of outstanding faculty-physicians and the transformation of the region into a major destination for health care and research.
Timothy F. Murphy, MD, senior associate dean for clinical and translational research, comments on the wide-ranging effects of the spending cuts that will likely lessen the amount of research conducted on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Results of a clinical trial led by UB medical faculty, which show “Liberation Therapy” for multiple sclerosis does not improve patient outcomes, are cited in a story about the possible reduction of patient-interest in the treatment.
Joseph L. Izzo, MD, of the Department of Medicine, discusses fluctuating blood pressure, outlines medications and their effects, touches on the dangers of sodium in processed foods and converses about aerobic exercise.
Supporters of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, including Timothy F. Murphy, MD, senior associate dean for clinical and translational research, work to raise awareness about the consequences of sequestration and budget cuts.
The federal budget sequester cut $1.6 billion from the NIH and has far-reaching ramifications for research at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences' significant research and training partners.
Jack P. Freer, MD, clinical professor and chief of palliative medicine, expresses concern about medical ethics after a nurse at a California assisted living center refused to perform CPR on a dying resident.
Philip L. Glick, MD, professor of surgery, used Twitter to gain knowledge about his patient’s condition, just one example of how the social networking service can be a professional tool for physicians.
L. Nelson Hopkins III, MD, professor and chair of neurosurgery, highlights the translational medicine practiced at Gates Vascular Institute, where cardiac services of Kaleida Health and Erie County Medical Center are integrated.
All cardiac services will now take place at the Gates Vascular Institute, which L. Nelson Hopkins, MD, of neurosurgery, says “is the only center in the country where all of the physicians and scientists focused on vascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke, work side by side because of the unique building design.”
An article about an innovation hub in Buffalo — which will involve multiple intellectual assets, including UB — quotes L. Nelson Hopkins, MD, of neurosurgery, who asserts that the intersection of disciplines is where innovation is created.
Stephen Rudin, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Radiology, has received a four-year federal grant to conduct research that has the potential to translate into manufactured medical systems providing new standards of care in neurovascular medicine.
A news story about a man reported dead in Jamestown Police custody references a 2009 study about the Taser’s effects on heart rhythms. The study was authored by a group that includes Ronald M. Moscati, MD, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine.
Abha Rani, MD, clinical assistant professor of gastroenterology, provides insight about bowel preparation for colonoscopies, discusses risks for colon cancer and talks about relieving the stress and embarrassment often associated with gastroenterology procedures.
Elad I. Levy, MD, MBA, professor of neurosurgery and radiology, discusses pre-adolescent skeletal structure and asserts that the proposed ban on youth tackle football will raise awareness about the potential dangers of head and neck injuries.
Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, associate professor of gastroenterology, asserts that acupuncture is not currently a “go-to” IBS treatment in the U.S. and says that cognitive behavioral therapy is a possible non-drug treatment option.
In response to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s gun-control law, the executive director of the Erie County Mental Health Association asserted that people should stop associating violence with mental illness; he bolstered his argument with quotes from an article by Steven L. Dubovsky, MD, professor and chair of psychiatry.
The provision in New York State’s new gun legislation requiring mental health professionals to report potentially dangerous patients is misdirected, says Steven L. Dubovsky, MD, professor and chair of psychiatry.
David M. Holmes, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine, provides expertise about prescription dosages in a news segment about an infant who accidentally received medication 15 times stronger than he was prescribed.
Avery K. Ellis, MD, PhD, associate dean for medical curriculum and associate professor of medicine, will join seven faculty from leading institutions to develop virtual internal medicine cases for students.
By developing an adjuvant that dramatically boosts the potency of vaccines administered to mucous membranes, Terry D. Connell, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, has contributed to the discovery of a new vaccine target for tuberculosis.
Leonard H. Epstein, PhD, UB Distinguished Professor of pediatrics and social and preventive medicine, sheds light on the ways parents can arrange environments and set models for healthy or unhealthy behavior.
Using conscious sedation and local anesthesia in an aneurism intervention allows for simpler operations and helps patients avoid the risks associated with general anesthesia, according to Elad I. Levy, MD, professor of neurosurgery and radiology.