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Forty-two residents, fellows, faculty and medical students were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and one student received the Goldstein scholarship during a March ceremony.


Five students will be selected annually to receive the Zannoni Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, which encourages careers in pharmacological or pharmaceutical sciences and aims to help undergraduates gain research experience.

Frederick Sachs, PhD, led research showing that mechanically sensitive ion channels cause disease.

UB researchers have identified defects in a mechanosensitive ion channel leading to a hereditary anemia.


Jun-Xu Li, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, is studying a family of receptors as targets for treatment of chronic pain.

Yijun Sun, PhD

Yijun Sun, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, is using a $519,000 award from the National Science Foundation to develop novel analytic methods for the study of microbial communities.


The UB Clinical and Translational Research Center showcased award-winning studies and novel technologies developed jointly by UB researchers and collaborators.


Eleven medical school teachers and five residents received 2013 Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Awards during an April 17 ceremony.


Jane Elberg, MD, co-chief fellow in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, has been named a Laughlin Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists (ACP).


James D. Bangs, PhD, has been installed as the Grant T. Fisher Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Anne B. Curtis, MD

The New England Journal of Medicine published results of a major trial led by Anne Curtis, MD, showing benefits of cardiac resynchronization therapy.

Michael E. Cain, MD, with Richard J. Quigg Jr., MD, and Satish K. Tripathi, PhD, UB president.

Richard J. Quigg Jr., MD, was installed as the inaugural Arthur M. Morris Professor and Chief of the Division of Nephrology during a March 7 ceremony.

Barry Willer, PhD and John Leddy, MD

UB researchers found that aerobic exercise may help restore normal cognitive function in patients who have suffered a concussion.

Robotic surgery simulator

UB researchers helped develop and test a successful curriculum for robotic surgery, according to a study published in Urology.

Alexander D. Diehl, PhD; Barry Smith, PhD; and Alan H. Ruttenberg are combining expertise in neurology, philosophy and dentistry to aid immunology researchers.

Alexander D. Diehl, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, is helping to develop ontologies related to immunology and infectious disease.


The University at Buffalo's new downtown medical school is designed to foster interaction among researchers, clinicians and medical students.


UB has unveiled the dramatic design for its new medical school on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in downtown Buffalo.


The UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences was one of five institutions to receive the largest portion of a $10.6 million New York State Department of Health grant promoting medical training in ambulatory settings.

Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD

UB researchers and colleagues will use advanced imaging tests to reveal why behavioral changes help relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

Alexandra Corrine Keller and Fraser Sim MD

Alexandra Corrine Keller, who earned her master’s degree in pharmacology and toxicology in September 2012, has won the 2013 Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Master’s Thesis Award.


With support from Research to Prevent Blindness, ophthalmology faculty are generating new knowledge about visual processes and disease.

Paresh Dandona, MD PhD

Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor of medicine, is studying liraglutide, potentially a major new treatment for Type 1 diabetes.


Virginia Havel, a PhD student in microbiology and immunology, has received an American Heart Association Founders Affiliate predoctoral fellowship.


UB and Toronto researchers have developed a contrast agent that can be used jointly to create ultrasound and photacoustic tomography images.


A paper by senior author Gabriela K. Popescu, PhD, has been selected and evaluated by the Faculty of 1000, placing her work in its library of the top 2 percent of articles in biology and medicine.


Faculty in or associated with the UB medical school are involved in four of five research projects that have received grants from the Catalyst Fund.

Frederick Sachs, PhD

Frederick Sachs, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of physiology and biophysics, has won the 2013 Kenneth S. Cole Award from the Biophysical Society.

Adnan Siddiqui, MD
Balloon angioplasty does not improve outcomes for patients with multiple sclerosis—and, in a few cases, worsened symptoms, according to a landmark UB clinical trial.
Daniel Kosman, PhD

Daniel Kosman, PhD, has joined a worldwide body of experts who select and evaluate the most significant articles from biomedical research publications.


Thanks to a donation of land from First Niagara, UB will acquire the last piece of real estate needed for its new downtown medical school.

Roseanne Berger, MD and David Milling, MD

Fifty percent more graduates of the University at Buffalo’s medical school chose a UB residency program this year than last.


Thirty-two individuals were inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and two received the John Naughton award during a ceremony in Butler Auditorium.


Nine faculty members received awards for their contributions to the university and the field of psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry’s annual faculty appreciation event.


The Office of Graduate Medical Education announced the Evan Calkins, MD, Fellowship for Community-Based Research, an award for residents and junior faculty members who conduct community-based research or quality improvement projects.


Sixteen faculty members with diverse backgrounds and expertise have joined the school’s faculty during the past several months.


Sarah X. Zhang, MD, is studying a possible mechanism underlying retinopathy and testing a novel protective agent to thwart it.


Match Day festivities took place March 15 at First Niagara Center’s Harbour Club 200 in downtown Buffalo, where students, their families and faculty gathered to celebrate.