Community of Scholars Seminar Series

The goal of the Community of Scholars (COS) Seminar Series is to provide an opportunity for attendees to learn about topics addressing health disparities and clinical and translational research, which are central components of our Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Attendees from all disciplines including medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, and pharmacy are invited to attend.

The Community of Scholars Workshop Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS) series – UB CME Course Code # 0608 is approved for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.

Upcoming Seminars

Decoding Mechanisms and Creating Tools for Social Cognition and Behavior

AZA Stephen Azariah Allsop MD, PhD.

Assistant Professor Adjunct
Department of Psychiatry 
Yale School of Medicine

July 21, 2023, 11:00 AM

LOCATION (Hybrid): Clinical and Translational Research Center - 5019 A+B Murphy Family Seminar Room and online via Zoom.

Social cognition is critical for human health and is necessary for our ability to demonstrate empathy and compassion. Social isolation leads to increased pro-inflammatory gene expression and overall mortality and has been linked to increased cardiovascular risk, functional decline, and to an increased likelihood of death. In addition, many psychiatric conditions including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and ASD manifest with altered social connections and behavior. However, there remains no FDA approved medication for targeting and improving social behavior.  The impact of social cognition on survival is also seen in many other species and is thought to be evolutionarily conserved and mediated by conserved neural mechanisms. Thus, we take a multidisciplinary, translational approach to dissect the neural mechanisms underlying fundamental aspects of social cognition and behavior. Our research lies at the boundary of social neuroscience, machine learning, psychedelics, and music psychology and is ultimately aimed at advancing our understanding of social cognition’s impact on mental health. To that end, we use data from rodent, primate, and human social neuroscience experiments and apply state of the art computational approaches to identify the neural circuitry mechanisms that support social behavior and the ways in which psychedelics, music, and mindfulness can change behavior to enhance social connection and treat mental health symptoms in the clinic and community. 

Dr. Allsop will be hosted by Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Jamal B. Williams, PhD. “In addition to his world-class training as both a scientist and a physician, AZA is a very talented musician and incorporates all of these experiences into his work,” says Williams. 

For more information, contact or 716-829-4718.

Past Seminars

JUNE 13, 2023

Allison Brashear, MD, MBA.
Allison Brashear, MD, MBA

Vice President for Health Sciences
Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Professor, Neurology

"Bench to Bedside and the Impact on Neuroscience"

May 23, 2023

Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH.
Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH

Vice-Chair for Pediatric Rehabilitation, Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatrics, and Vice-Chair for Quality, Department of Physical Medicine, and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh 

"Health Equity for Children With Disabilities"

February 28, 2023

Timothy P. Cripe, MD, PhD, FAAP.
Timothy P. Cripe, MD, PhD, FAAP

Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology/BMT Nationwide Children’s Hospital  Columbus, OH

"On the Shoulders of Giants: A New Paradigm of Cancer Gene Therapy"


December 6, 2022

Pasi A. Jänne, MD, PhD.
Pasi A. Jänne, MD, PhD

Director, Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology
Director, Belfer Center for Applied Cancer Science
Director, Chen-Huang Center for EGFR Mutant Lung Cancers, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Senior Physician, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

“New Strategies for the Treatment of EGFR Mutant Non-small Cell Lung Cancer”


December 6, 2022

Yang Chai, DDS, PhD.
Michael F. Chiang, MD

Director, National Eye Institute

“Artificial Intelligence and Data Science in Medicine: What We Can Learn From Ophthalmology”


June 28, 2022

Yang Chai, DDS, PhD.
Yang Chai, DDS, PhD

University Professor 
George and Mary Lou Boone Chair in Craniofacial Biology
Director, Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology
Ostrow School of Dentistry
University of Southern California

“Mechanisms of Cranial Suture Regeneration in Mitigating Skull and Neurocognitive Defects in Craniosynostosis”

June 21, 2022

Wei-Zen Wei, PhD.
Wei-Zen Wei, PhD

Karmanos Cancer Institute
Wayne State University

“Find a Needle in a Haystack — Identify Cancer Regulatory Genes in Diversity Outbred (DO) F1 Mice”

June 7, 2022

Amina Zoubeidi, PhD.
Amina Zoubeidi, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Cancer Therapy Resistance
Professor, Dept. of Urologic Sciences
Faculty of Medicine University of British Columbia
Senior Scientist
Vancouver Prostate Centre

“Lineage Plasticity in Treatment Resistance Prostate Cancer”

November 16, 2021

David Degraff, PhD.
David DeGraff, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Division of Experimental Pathology
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Pennsylvania State University

"Implications of Tumor Heterogeneity in Bladder Cancer on Immunotherapy"

September 27, 2021

Stephanie C. Hicks, PhD.
Stephanie C. Hicks, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

"Finding My Path to Genomic Data Science in Academia"

May 18,2021

Suzanne Conzen.
Suzanne Conzen, MD

Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

"Stress Hormone Signaling in Cancer Biology: From Chromatin to Community"

Assistant Professor  
Department of Psychiatry   
Yale School of Medicine 
New Haven, CT