Published September 29, 2020
Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD, professor of neurology and director of the Jacobs Multiple Sclerosis Center for Treatment and Research at UBMD Neurology, has received the 2020 Stockton Kimball Award for outstanding scientific achievement and service.
Her research interests are aimed at better understanding the heterogeneity of multiple sclerosis (MS), identifying predictors of disease progression with a primary focus on genetic and environmental interactions and influences on MS disease phenotype.
Weinstock-Guttman serves as executive director of the New York State Multiple Sclerosis Consortium, a member of the board of directors of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and a member of the board of directors of America’s Committee for Treatment and Research in MS.
She also currently serves as a member of the Clinical, Translational and Rehabilitation Research Grants Review Committee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
In presenting the award, Suzanne G. Laychock, PhD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs, noted Weinstock-Guttman’s “service to the profession, university, school and department have been exemplary.”
“Bianca has developed a career at UB that demonstrates excellence in academic accomplishment, national and international recognition, and concern for and contributions to furthering the missions of the university and school,” Laychock added.
Weinstock-Guttman first came to UB in 1998 as an assistant professor of neurology and as an attending neurologist.
She has been honored with the UB Exceptional Scholars – Sustained Achievement Award in 2013, and by several awards from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, including the Impact Award for her research, patient care and advocacy.
“Bianca has also consistently taught residents and fellows, and was recognized for her efforts by the Neurology Resident Teacher of the Year award,” Laychock said.
Weinstock-Guttman has made more than 110 invited presentations internationally, nationally, regionally and locally.
She has published more than 460 papers as well as dozens of reviews and book chapters. She is currently principal investigator (PI) on eight active grants, and over the years has been PI, co-PI or site PI on many others.
Weinstock-Guttman completed a neuroimmunology fellowship at the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research at the Cleveland Clinic.
She completed a neurology residency at Tel Aviv University and received her medical degree from the University of Bucharest.
Weinstock-Guttman was recognized Sept. 23 during the Jacobs School’s Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards celebration.
She will deliver the Stockton Kimball Lecture in 2021.
The award and lecture recognize an outstanding scholar and researcher who has also contributed significantly to the school. It is named in memory of Stockton Kimball, MD ’29, dean of the medical school from 1946 to 1958.