BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Amy Gancarz, PhD, a postdoctoral associate in
the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA),
was honored for her work during the Seventh Annual Neuroscience
Research Day held at UB’s Clinical and Translational Research
Center on Sept. 27.
Gancarz received the first-place Beverly Bishop Poster Award in
the event’s poster session for her research outlining how
cocaine use and withdrawal can alter the molecular structure of the
brain. Her poster was chosen as the best from the more than 40
presented that day.
Neuroscience Research Day, sponsored by the Buffalo Chapter of
the Society for Neuroscience, was held concurrently with
RIA’s conference on “Neuroscience Research on Substance
Abuse.” More than 60 researchers from across SUNY attended
the conference and several UB scientists made presentations,
including Gancarz’s mentor, David Dietz, PhD, from UB’s
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology; Caroline Bass, PhD, also
from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology; and Samir
Haj-Dahmane, PhD, senior research scientist at RIA.
RIA’s postdoctoral research training program was
established in 2000 through a grant from the National Institute on
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The program provides quality training
to prepare scientists to conduct addictions research. Trainees are
assigned preceptors based on their research interests, and seminars
assist trainees in subjects such as grant writing and professional
RIA is a research center of the University at Buffalo and a
national leader in the study of alcohol and substance abuse issues.
RIA’s research programs, most of which have multiple year
funding, are supported by federal and private foundation grants.
Located on UB’s Downtown Campus, RIA is a member of the
dynamic Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and helps promote UB’s
strategic focus on research initiatives.