Shucard Lab Receives National Institute of Justice Grant for Research Program

Thomas Covey, PhD

Janet Shucard, PhD

Janet Shucard, PhD, a faculty psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, has received a 3-year grant totaling $830,000 from the National Institute of Justice (US Department of Justice).  The grant will support her investigations into post-traumatic stress disorder, employing advanced neurophysiological measurements of brain function.  The current project will study police officers.  The group has used their neurophysiological techniques recording brain function to study neurocognitive processes in a variety of populations including patients with diseases such as multiple sclerosis and lupus, as well as Vietnam War Veterans.  David Shucard, PhD, Professor and Director of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurosciences, and Thomas Covey, PhD, Assistant Professor, are both co-investigators on the grant, as is John Violanti, PhD, Professor in the UB Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health.  A number of undergraduate and graduate students are trained in the Shucard laboratory.

David Shucard, PhD

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Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD, delivers inaugural Drs. Michael E. Cohen and Patricia K. Duffner Annual Lectureship in Neurology

On October 12, 2017, Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD, Neurologist-in-Chief at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Bronson Crothers Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School who is an international authority on childhood central nervous system tumors, gave the inaugural annual lectureship that honors Drs. Michael Cohen and Patricia Duffner, child neurologists and professors emeritus in the Univ at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology.  Neuro-oncology was a primary interest of both Drs. Cohen and Duffner;  the lectureship is supported by a fund they established in 1977.  Dr. Pomeroy’s talk was entitled “Neurodevelopmental Origin of Childhood Central Nervous System Tumors”  and was held at the Hauptman-Woodward Institute.

Drs. Michael Cohen, Scott Pomeroy and Patricia Duffner (l to r)


Dr. Weinstock-Guttman and MS Program Receive Impact Award from National MS Society

Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD, Professor of Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, and Director of the Jacobs Multiple Sclerosis Center for Treatment and Research, has been recognized by the National MS Society with the Impact Award.  The award recognizes individuals or entities who help ensure that patients with MS live life to the fullest.  The award was presented at the society’s 39th Annual Ambassadors Ball on October 12, 2017 in Washington, DC, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.  Other faculty in the MS Division are Drs. David Hojnacki, Channa Kolb, and Alexis Lizarraga.  Congratulations to the entire MS team!

Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD, receiving NMSS Impact Award


Dr. Ferdinand Schweser Receives Neuroimaging Program Grant through Dana Foundation

Ferdinand Schweser, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, has received a $200,000 grant from the Dana Foundation’s David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program.  The grant funding stretches over 3 years and will support Dr. Schweser’s pioneering work at the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC) on magnetic resonance features of iron homeostasis and oligodendrocyte viability in gray matter in the setting of acute and chronic inflammation, as may be seen in multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders.  The Dana Foundation is based in New York City.

Ferdinand Schweser, PhD

 


Dr. David Hojnacki Honored at National MS Society Champions on the Move Dinner

David Hojnacki, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and an expert in multiple sclerosis and neuroimaging, was honored this week at the Upstate New York Chapter Champions on the Move dinner for the National MS Society.  At the event, Dr. Hojnacki was recognized with the Stephen H. Kelly Award for a “Professional on the Move.”  The event was hosted by local news anchor Jacquie Walker of WIVB-TV, Channel 4.  Dr. Hojnacki plays a key role in the clinical and research arms of the Department of Neurology’s MS Section.  He also serves as program director for the UCNS-accredited neuroimaging fellowship.

David Hojnacki, MD


UB Dept. of Neurology Moves to New Administrative/Research Space

The Dept. of Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY moved in August 2017 to renovated office space across the street from the Conventus Building that houses our outpatient practice on the Buffalo Niagara downtown medical campus.  Our new space is also only one block north of the new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences downtown building on Main Street.  Our new address is: Dept. of Neurology, 1010 Main St., 2nd floor, Buffalo, NY 14202.


UB Dept. of Neurology to be Busy at 2017 ECTRIMS Meeting

Members of the Dept of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY will present over 20 scientific papers at the upcoming European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS).  The meeting will be held in Paris, France from October 25-28, 2017.  Department faculty and directors listed as authors on the ECTRIMS abstracts include Drs. Ralph Benedict, Sue Bennett, Michael Dwyer, David Hojnacki, Channa Kolb, Ferdinand Schweser, Caila Vaughn, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, and Robert Zivadinov.  Topics include a wide range of studies on neuroimaging in MS, disability and other disease outcome measures, treatment trials, and the efficacy and safety of knee arthroplasty in the MS population.