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.