Research Centers

The school’s associated research centers include:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Translational Genomics Research Laboratory

    Director: Kinga Szigeti, MD, PhD

    Conducts research focused on characterizing the contribution of copy number variations to the genetic architecture of Alzheimer’s disease to develop genetic biomarkers for risk stratification; explores olfactory identification deficit as a biomarker of the disease; and uses stem cell technology to study the disease mechanism.

  • Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center

    Director: Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD

    Works to extend the boundaries of knowledge about neurological diseases and disorders through innovative neuroimaging research techniques and the application of bioinformatics resources.

  • Canon Stroke and Vascular Research Center

    Director: Adnan Siddiqui, MD, PhD

    Focuses on image optimization and dose reduction, device development and hemodynamics in order to better understand the physiological mechanisms that produce brain aneurysms.

  • Center for Computational Research

    A state-of-the-art supercomputing facility with high-end visualization laboratories. Provides consulting services including bioinformatics support, scientific and medical visualization, advanced database design and data mining, parallel computing and software engineering.

  • Center for Developmental Biology of the Lung

    Conducts translational research to prevent and treat disorders of pulmonary transition such as birth asphyxia, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), transient tachypnea of the newborn (TTN) and respiratory distress syndrome (RDS).

  • Center for Research in Cardiovascular Medicine

    Director: John M. Canty, MD

    Conducts translational research in preclinical models of ischemic heart disease and pursues parallel patient-oriented investigation in humans with chronic coronary artery disease.

  • Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center

    Medical Director: Michelle Hartley-McAndrew, MD

    Research encompasses neurobiology of children with autism spectrum disorders; concurrent seizure disorders; epileptiform abnormalities; etiology; screening and evaluation techniques.

  • Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions

    Director: Kenneth E. Leonard, PhD

    Contributes to research in three primary areas: etiology, prevention and treatment; social, psychological and neurophysiological aspects of addiction; and health and medical aspects of addiction.

  • Cystic Fibrosis Center of Western New York

    Has participated in more than 40 clinical trials and has helped bring several drugs through development to clinical use for patients with CF, focusing on inhaled antibiotics, mucoactive drugs and CFTR potentiators and correctors.

  • Diabetes-Endocrinology Center of Western New York

    Director: Ajay Chaudhuri, MD

    Offers care for approximately 16,000 patients a year who have diabetes and other endocrine pathologies, making it the largest academic diabetic unit in New York.

  • Institute for Myelin and Glia Exploration

    Director: Lawrence Wrabetz, MD

    Supports basic and clinical research related to the cause, prevention and treatment of myelin-related diseases, such as Krabbe and other leukodystrophies, multiple sclerosis and hereditary neuropathies.

  • Ira G. Ross Eye Institute Research Center

    Director: Steven J. Fliesler, PhD

    Nationally innovative collaboration among the UB Department of Ophthalmology, the Elizabeth Pierce Olmsted, MD, Center for the Visually Impaired and University Ophthalmology Services.

  • Jacobs Multiple Sclerosis Center for Treatment and Research

    Director: Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD

    Conducts research to understand mechanisms of disease progression, with a primary focus on the role of environmental factors and environmental-gene interactions. Also conducts clinical trials for new pharmacologic interventions.

  • Liver Biorepository at the UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute

    Director: Andrew H. Talal, MD

    Collects, stores and manages clinically annotated human liver samples for use in clinical and translational research. Offers samples from patients with a full spectrum of liver conditions, including fatty liver disease and hepatitis B and C.

  • Center for Biomedical Imaging

    Provides cutting edge MRI and PET CT imaging facilities dedicated to advancing technical, basic, and translational research.

  • Neuromuscular Disease Research Center

    Director: Gil I. Wolfe MD, FAAN

    Conducts clinical research and clinical trials in a wide variety of neuromuscular disorders with a focus on myasthenia gravis and peripheral neuropathy, including neuropathic pain.

  • Neuropsychology Center

    Director: Ralph H. Benedict, PhD

    Employs behavioral psychometrics to understand how cerebral disease affects personality, cognition and psychiatric stability. Develops widely adopted tests, notably memory tests, to determine areas of cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis, cerebral injury and disease, and other conditions.

  • Primary Care Research Institute

    Director: Ranjit Singh, MB BChir, MBA

    Transdisciplinary research unit dedicated to improving health, patient care and medical education by encouraging scholarship in primary care.

  • Toxicology Research Center (TRC)

    Director: Paul J. Kostyniak, PhD/Pharmacology and Toxicology

    Facilitates research; provides occupational and environmental health and safety training and educational programs; and houses the Atlantic OSHA Training Center.

  • UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute

    Director: Timothy F. Murphy, MD

    An integrated academic home for UB’s outstanding clinical research and translational science, and the hub of the Buffalo Translational Consortium. The CTSI provides innovative research tools, support, training, resources and coordination.

  • UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences

    Executive Director: Norma J. Nowak, PhD

    Home to more than 250 scientists and research staff with physical, biological and computational expertise who are engaged in interdisciplinary translational research collaborations.

  • Upstate New York Practice Based Research Network

    Director: Laurene M. Tumiel Berhalter, PhD

    Investigates questions related to community-based primary care practice. Aims to improve patient care by translating research into practice and by involving practices in research.

  • Western New York Stem Cell Culture and Analysis Center

    Director: Richard M. Gronostajski, PhD

    This NYSTEM-funded Center is dedicated to promoting and supporting stem cell research within UB, Western New York and the world.

  • Witebsky Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology

    Director: Thomas Melendy, PhD

    Brings together researchers and their students/fellows interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases and host defenses against them.