The Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY Department of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will once again have a large presence at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting to be held April 21-27, 2018 in Los Angeles. Between scientific and educational sessions, the department will conduct some 40 presentations, a likely record for the department. Research topics include multiple sclerosis (MS), neuroimaging, stroke, headache, epilepsy, myasthenia gravis, and the history of neurology. Department faculty listed as first, senior or co-authors on the abstracts include Drs. Ralph Benedict, Michael Dwyer, Edward Fine, Osman Farooq, David Hojnacki, Channa Kolb, Ping Li, Ashkan Mowla (former), Joy Parrish, Murali Ramanathan, Melissa Rayhill, Robert Sawyer, Ferdinand Schweser, Arie Weinstock, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Gil Wolfe, and Robert Zivadinov. Neurology residents and fellows include Drs. Svetlana Eckert, Haris Kamal, Sandhya Mehla, Harshit Shah, and Daniela Zambrano among others. Numerous research associates in the department and the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center were also listed on the abstracts. Tom Fuchs, an MD/PhD student at Jacobs School of Medicine, was awarded a Future Clinical Researcher in Neurology and Neuroscience Award by the AAN for his upcoming platform presentation on the impact of white matter tract disruption and connectivity on cognition in multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Gil Wolfe, Irvin and Rosemary Smith Professor and Chairman of the Univ. at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, participated in the American Academy of Neurology’s annual Neurology on the Hill in Washington, D.C. on February 27, 2018. Advocacy issues that were raised on Capitol Hill this year included two that directly relate to patient access to care: finding ways to control drug prices and forwarding electronic prior authorizations. Additional NIH funding to investigate alternatives to opiates for chronic pain was also requested. Dr. Wolfe serves on the AAN’s Government Relations Committee.
Nicholas Silvestri, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, Program Director of the Residency Training Program, and Co-Director of the MDA Clinics at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, has published a textbook that focuses on a history and examination approach to diagnosing and managing neuromuscular disorders. The text was published by Demos Medical, component of the parent Springer Publishing Company based in New York City. The text is titled “Neuromuscular Disorders: A Symptoms and Signs Approach to Differential Diagnosis and Treatment.” Gil Wolfe, MD, Irvin and Rosemary Smith Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at UB, wrote a foreword for the text.
On December 7, 2017, the Dept. of Neurology of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo, held an event to update the community on clinical and investigative progress being made in the clinical neurosciences. In addition to brief research and educational presentations provided by several department faculty, including Drs. Michael Dwyer, Osman Farooq, Alexis Lizarraga, Robert Sawyer, Nicholas Silvestri, Kinga Szigeti, and Caila Vaughn, guests were able to tour UBMD Neurology’s new clinical space on the 4th floor of the Conventus Building and the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit on the top floor of recently opened Oishei Children’s Hospital. The event closed with dedication of the adult and pediatric multiple sclerosis clinics in honor of Dr. Lawrence Jacobs, a pioneer in the therapy of MS and a former chairman of the UB Dept. of Neurology. Several members of his family were able to attend. Dr. Gil Wolfe, Irvin and Rosemary Smith Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Neurology, served as master of ceremonies. The UB Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, spearheaded by Jennifer Seth-Cimini, assisted the department in organizing the event.
The Dept. of Neurology boasts seven physicians who have been named to the Castle Connolly Top Docs list recently published in the January 2018 issue of Buffalo Spree magazine. The recognition follows screening by a physician-led team of researchers on both the national and regional levels. These are the physicians most highly regarded by their peers. The physicians mentioned as Top Docs are:
Adult neurology: Drs. Robert Sawyer, Kinga Szigeti and Gil Wolfe
Neuro-ophthalmology: Dr. Norah Lincoff (Ophthalmology)
Child neurology: Drs. Thomas Langan, Sarah Finnegan, and Arie Weinstock
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.
Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD, delivers inaugural Drs. Michael E. Cohen and Patricia K. Duffner Annual Lectureship in NeurologyPosted: October 23, 2017
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.