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A Sister's Quest for a Cure

Margie McGlynn, MBA '83 and BS '82, president of the Homocystinuria Network America, has endowed a professorship in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to find holistic solutions for rare genetic diseases like the one that took the lives of two of her sisters in childhood.

After losing two sisters in childhood to a rare metabolic disease called homocystinuria, Margie decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and enter the pharmacy profession. She earned her pharmacy degree and an MBA from UB, and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for decades, conducting research and helping develop new therapies. In 2016, she established a nonprofit organization called HCU Network America to help patients with the condition and related disorders manage their disease, with the goal of one day finding a cure.  

Realizing the need for a holistic approach to educate and train professionals to help patients with genetic conditions, Margie also recently made the major decision to leverage the resources at the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences through a gift to endow a chair. “I want the school and this position to take on a leadership role and figure out what the educational modules across disciplines need to be,” McGlynn says. “Nutritionists, nurses, ophthalmologists, mental health counselors—whatever the case may be—all different disciplines need to learn about these diseases in order to treat them holistically.”

Finding the Answers

At UB we have always understood that to prepare students for the real world, they’d need real-world experience. Improving lives through health isn’t just an opportunity, it’s a responsibility. Our students, faculty and alumni work tirelessly to create solutions that affect real change in the lives of patients and their families, whether they are in Western New York or around the world. Often, these solutions start right at home, motivated by heartbreak experienced by families within the UB community.

Part of this holistic approach to care naturally requires us to address gaps and disparities in the health system and actively combat them head on. Not just the pharmacy school, but the entire university. Together, all five health science schools work together to create a synergy for change, unlocking potential and unleashing the power of interprofessional education, collaboration and care.

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  • Episode Six

    Untangling the Roots of Bullying

    Bullying can transform even the best school into a forbidding environment for children who endure classmates’ taunting. The pain can last a lifetime, with hopelessness and powerlessness giving way to depression. Psychologist Jean M. Alberti, PhD ’70, EdM ’62, wants to break the cycle.

    That’s why she gave the single largest gift ever made to the Graduate School of Education to establish the Jean M. Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at UB.

  • Episode Five

    Fieldhouse of Dreams

    Tunney Murchie (MBA ‘76, BS ‘75), Deanna Murchie (BS ‘74) and their family believe in collegiate athletics. They also understand that while UB provides an outstanding education, student athletes didn't have the space they needed to hold practice no matter the Buffalo weather.

    That’s why they gave the single largest gift ever made to the athletic department to help turn the long-awaited 92,000-square-foot fieldhouse into a reality.

  • Episode Four

    Changing the way the world works

    When Stephen Still (BS ‘76) arrived at UB, he had no idea what his future held. Along the way, he bumped into the notion that you can change the world through how vehicles move and how cities develop.  

    Over four decades later, he still believes UB is one of the top transportation research universities in the world—which is why he gave $4 million to support the Stephen Still Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics.  

    Watch his story and learn more about our bold vision to shape the future of transportation.

  • Episode Three

    What Legacy Do You Want To Create?

    That’s the question David Hooper, Class of 2020, asked himself after realizing he was in a negative cycle that began with his father’s death. While he didn’t quite have the answer, he knew one thing: he’d begin to build his new life by earning his bachelor’s degree. For Jim Smist, BS ’80, it was honor his late father, Felix Smist, BS ’65, a non-traditional student who enrolled at UB as a working husband and father and then graduated 16 years later. Watch their stories and learn how one man’s legacy helped shape the lives of many others.

  • Episode Two

    How, who and what we become

    Forty years ago, Carol Brewer went on a trip abroad with her husband. Having the opportunity to experience life in an underdeveloped country opened her eyes to a global world view and had a profound influence on what she chose to do in her career—so she created the Carol S. Brewer Global Health Fund to provide similar opportunities for today’s nursing students.

  • Episode One

    All that is not given is lost

    In order for us to get to the next step—the next version of Western New York—we need to develop our next generation of leaders. That’s why Daniel Alexander, MD ‘99, BA ‘95, and Gail Alexander, BS ‘87, decided to give $1 million to the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical sciences. Now, they’re helping underserved and underprivileged students achieve their educational dreams.

Our Place, Our Way, Our Future

For 170 years, the University at Buffalo has made life better in Western New York and around the world with bold action and an unmatched tenacity. At UB, being bold means solving society's most complex challenges. Helping millions of people around the world accomplish what was thought to be impossible. And fostering more leaders to take the reins of the future. Together, we take pride in our place, celebrate our way, and build our bright future.

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