BUFFALO, N.Y. – Twenty Bennett High School students will
have the opportunity to check out brain surgery on May 17 when they
tour the Gates Vascular Institute, hosted by the University at
Buffalo Department of Neurosurgery.
Media are invited. The tour takes place from 9 a.m. to 11
a.m. in the UB Neurosurgery facility at the Kaleida/UB building,
which houses the Gates Vascular Institute/Clinical and
Translational Research Center, 875 Ellicott Street on the Buffalo
Niagara Medical Campus.
Best time for visuals is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the 8
floor of the GVI/CTRC.
Adnan Siddiqui, MD, PhD, associate professor in the UB
Department of Neurosurgery in the School of Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences, will lead the tour.
Bennett High School is one of a dozen schools in the
Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership, (ISEP) a
nationally funded, UB-led coalition in Western New York. The
coalition is designed to use interdisciplinary research to improve
the knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics
teachers at ISEP schools to keep middle and high school students in
the Buffalo Public Schools excited about science.
Siddiqui says he is eager to show students the advanced medical
and research facilities at the Gates Vascular Institute, UB’s
Clinical and Translational Research Center and the Jacobs
“The GVI is a wonderful resource that sits right in the
middle of the city of Buffalo and is a world leader in vascular
medicine and vascular surgery and yet it’s unbeknownst to
many local people,” says Siddiqui. “This tour provides
a great opportunity for Buffalo Public School students to see the
unique blend of advanced medical science and cutting-edge research
that goes on in this building. Perhaps it will ignite a passion in
some of them to pursue an advanced career in one of these exciting
Students will tour the angiography suites of the Gates Vascular
Institute, where X-rays are taken of patients’ blood vessels
in order to detect abnormalities. They will also tour the Toshiba
Stroke and Vascular Research Center, where they will:
about the evolution of the human brain by handling and examining
brain specimens from rats, dogs and humans.
· See a
demonstration of how computers model aneurysms and how stents are
deployed in blood vessels in order to treat them.
how stents and shape-memory alloys are made
· Watch a
demonstration of a micro-CT machine that Toshiba researchers
developed in the lab.
· See and
handle casts that researchers have made of arteries, which help
them learn about and treat these life-threatening conditions.
The field trip was, in part, made possible by ISEP, a coalition
of UB, the Buffalo Public Schools, Buffalo State College and the
Buffalo Museum of Science, designed to keep students interested in
science during the critical transition from middle school to high
“ISEP funding from the National Science Foundation
included significant opportunities for field trip funding, an area
that Buffalo Schools cannot afford as much as needed,” says
Joseph A. Gardella, Jr., the John and Frances Larkin Professor of
Chemistry at UB and ISEP director. “ISEP leadership always
saw this as a means to inform students and teachers about the
significant interdisciplinary research that is ongoing in Western
New York, and to show them that this is an area where science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs are real.
Besides the excitement it generates for students, faculty, teachers
and staff, we hope that the students will take away the real
opportunities for their future from field trips like those at UBNS
ISEP allows for undergraduate and graduate students as well as
volunteer faculty to work directly with Buffalo Public Schools
teachers and students in their classrooms. More information about
ISEP is at http://isep.buffalo.edu/.