Medicine and Biomedical Sciences


Primary care treatment of overweight and obese preschoolers works better when treatment targets both parent and child compared to when only the child is targeted, according to research published this week in Pediatrics and conducted at the University at Buffalo and Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.


Five faculty members representing the health sciences and engineering have been named University at Buffalo Distinguished Professors for 2014. The appointments are effective Sept. 1.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Bruce R. Troen, MD, University at Buffalo professor in the Department of Medicine and chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, has been named a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS).

Athletes and others reporting cognitive difficulties after a head injury are usually diagnosed as having had a concussion. But is it really a concussion? A new study published by University at Buffalo medical faculty finds that many of the same symptoms are common to concussions and to injuries to the neck and/or balance system, known collectively as cervical/vestibular injuries.


A University at Buffalo team of researchers has been awarded a federal grant to explore how environmental chemicals that disrupt neuroendocrine circadian functions and hormone release may raise the risk of diabetes and other disorders.


Service learning — where students put what they’re learning to work by volunteering in the community — has been steadily growing in popularity at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. More than half of UB’s medical students take the service learning elective. This year, there’s a new twist.


“People with alcohol and drug addictions are at greater risk for depression and suicide, even when they’re in recovery,” says Richard D. Blondell, MD, vice chair of addiction medicine and professor of family medicine at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

2014 white coat ceremony

One hundred forty-four students participated in the white coat ceremony in the Center for the Art’s Mainstage Theater on August 15, as members of the class of 2018 of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — John M. Canty Jr., MD, the Albert and Elizabeth Rekate Professor of Medicine in the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and UB’s chief of cardiovascular medicine, has been appointed to the Heart, Lung and Blood Program Project Review Committee of the National Institutes of Health. He will serve on the committee for four years.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Why do cocaine addicts relapse after months or years of abstinence? The National Institute on Drug Abuse has awarded a University at Buffalo scientist a $2 million grant to conduct research that will provide some answers.

Jed E. Rose, PhD, renowned smoking researcher and co-inventor of the nicotine patch, will visit the University at Buffalo on Sept. 11 to discuss new methods for smoking cessation.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo researchers and colleagues studying a rare, blistering disease have discovered new details of how autoantibodies destroy healthy cells in skin.  This information provides new insights into autoimmune mechanisms in general and could help develop and screen treatments for patients suffering from all autoimmune diseases, estimated to affect 5-10 percent of the U.S. population.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – In competitive swimming, setting the correct pace can mean the difference between finishing first or second.
Michael Cain, Steve Koury and Brian Higgins

Students from groups that are underrepresented in science and technology fields will become proficient in genomics and genetics, thanks to a five-year, $1.2 million grant to the University at Buffalo from the National Institutes of Health, said Rep. Brian Higgins, who announced the grant today at UB’s South Campus.

BUFFALO, N.Y.— The University at Buffalo’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS) will host Rheonix, Inc., a molecular diagnostic company based in Ithaca, N.Y., to deliver September’s  Life Sciences Commercialization Lecture.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. – A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem has revealed how we fall into deep sleep. Discovered by researchers at Harvard School of Medicine and the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, this is only the second “sleep node” identified in the mammalian brain whose activity appears to be both necessary and sufficient to produce deep sleep.

The University at Buffalo Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP), will present a day-long public workshop that aims to increase awareness of air pollution-related research from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) report improved symptoms and health status when they use a hand-held respiratory device called the Lung Flute®, according to a new study by the University at Buffalo. Usually caused by smoking, COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
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A lack of longitudinal studies on CTE hinders scientists’ ability to understand how the brain disease is linked to behavioral health symptoms in former athletes.

Students in Medical Humanities

On Dec. 5, first-year medical students at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will participate in a new requirement: attending the First Year Humanities Day.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Scientists at the University at Buffalo and other institutions have turned cells normally used as model cells, known as immortalized cells, into stem or, as they call it, “stem-like” cells, using nothing more than mechanical stress. They have done it without employing the potentially hazardous techniques previously used to obtain similar results.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — What does it take for a drug molecule to turn on a protein? Sometimes nothing more than jostling a few atoms.  New research from University at Buffalo scientists will help pharmacologists better understand how drugs work and how to make them more effective.

What makes cancer cells sensitive or resistant to chemotherapy? University at Buffalo researchers are working on an answer, thanks to a $792,000 grant from the American Cancer Society.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The FBI presented the 2014 Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) to Paul Wietig, EdD, assistant vice president in the University at Buffalo Office of Interprofessional Education (IPE), on Dec. 17 at the Buffalo office of the FBI. Brian Boetig, special agent in charge (SAC) of the Buffalo office, conferred the award.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — More people are applying to the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and more accepted students are choosing UB, according to officials at the medical school.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Roseanne C. Berger, MD, senior associate dean for graduate medical education in the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is one of three leaders nationwide to be honored with a 2015 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award.

UB researchers made headlines around the world this year with studies on coffee, climate change, babies’ eating habits and more.


The University at Buffalo’s Millard Fillmore College will offer a distance-learning health care practice facilitator program beginning in February aimed at training individuals to help medical practices evaluate and improve their quality of care.


Tomorrow’s doctors could use this technology to obtain a super-clear picture of patients’ organs and tissues.


Hot flashes, night sweats predict a greater likelihood of hip fracture, a new study finds.


Buffalo Sabres and libraries join UB and partners in expanded STEM programs for K–12 students.

Norma Nowak

Part of Science Week, the event will promote genomic and bioinformatics literacy.


The event will spotlight new patents, student innovators and startup companies in UB’s business incubators.


The mockup, built at the Construction Research Laboratory in Miami, provides a sneak peek of what the new UB medical school will look like.


The public is in the dark when it comes to herbal supplements, said Edward Bednarczyk, UB pharmacy practice chair, PharmD.


The 11th annual Celebration of Student Academic Excellence takes place April 16.


Three graduate students took first place in the University at Buffalo’s Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition (Panasci TEC) for a biotechnology venture that offers a revolutionary new way to deliver cancer drugs.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) paper published today and co-authored by University at Buffalo neurosurgeons reports that stroke patients have a much better chance of surviving and returning to normal function when they receive clot-busting drugs in conjunction with a wire mesh stent device, than when they receive the medications alone.

UB researchers contribute to study on new candidate drug that may help treat misfolded protein diseases like CMT, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.


They expect to create 39 jobs and invest $597,000 in the region within five years.


An infographic looks at the largest medical education facility under construction in the U.S.


PhotoZyne, the startup led by the three UB graduate students that won this year’s Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition, has done it again — this time at the state level.


The treatment has shown promise in preventing the spread of tumors.

Ontogeny diagram

New UB research advances our understanding of how masses of undifferentiated cells transform into tremendously complex organisms.


Alan J. Lesse, MD, associate professor in the UB Department of Medicine, has been appointed senior associate dean for medical curriculum in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


When it comes to vehicle safety, car buyers get what they pay for, according to new research conducted at UB.

Dietrich Jehle, MD

Train travel remains statistically much safer than driving, UB emergency medicine professor notes.  


University at Buffalo physician-scientist John M. Canty Jr. has been named a SUNY Distinguished Professor, the highest faculty rank in the State University of New York system.

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A genetic mutation that produces some autistic behaviors and potential therapeutic targets to restore normal behaviors are described in a new paper.


Thirteen medical professionals are now equipped with the skills to save costs without impacting quality of care, negotiate better outcomes, make sound financial decisions and effectively manage others as graduates of UB's first-ever Executive Development in Health Care Management Certificate program.


The group includes For-Robin, a UB spinoff company developing a cancer therapy.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Gil I. Wolfe, MD, Irvin and Rosemary Smith Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has been selected to receive the 2015 Doctor of the Year award from the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA).
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — More people with significant mental health needs in Western New York and throughout the state are receiving quality psychiatric care in the community, instead of the hospital, thanks to two innovative programs developed by University at Buffalo psychiatrists.

Discovery of new neural pathway may lead to preventing relapses in addicts.


Having survivors re-live what they just went through increases the likelihood that they will have more issues down the road, says Steven Dubovsky.


This could be the end of serious legal attacks on Obamacare, says UB's Nancy Nielsen.