Dr. Arie Weinstock, section chief of child neurology and director of the epilepsy program for the Dept. of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, attended a press conference on June 29, 2018 to advocate for easy access of Epidiolex, a cannabidiol preparation that has received approval from the FDA for treatment of two forms of severe childhood epilepsy. Also at the press conference were NY Assemblyman Sean Ryan and NY State Senator Chris Jacobs. Dr. Weinstock and his team were part of the clinical trials that demonstrated the effectiveness of this form of medical marijuana in Lennox Gastaut and Dravet syndromes, two severe forms of epilepsy seen in children. The press conference requested that Governor Cuomo sign into law legislation already passed in Albany to expedite access to this new therapy.
The UB Dept. of Neurology of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences held its annual Michael E. Cohen, MD, Residents Research Day and Graduation Banquet on June 8, 2018. All graduating residents presented their research findings, while the PGY-3 level residents presented research plans. The Research Day was coordinated by Dr. Robert Zivadinov and his Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center staff.
Winners of the Outstanding Resident Presentation Awards for Research Day were Sandhya Mehla, MBBS, PGY4, and outgoing co-chief resident, and Felix Cheng, PGY3. A copy of the Research Day program is attached. Research Day Program 2018
At the Graduation Dinner banquet, Daniela Zambrano, MD, PGY4, and outgoing co-chief resident, received the teaching award from the medical students. Drs. Zambrano and Mehla both received the Dr. Edward Fogan Prize that recognizes overall clinical excellence. Ashley Alex, MD, PGY2, and Babitha Haridas, MBBS, PGY3, received the Resident Collegiality awards. Faculty Drs. Osman Farooq and Mo Hourihane received the Resident Teaching Award.
Graduating PGY4 residents were Drs. Muhammad Ahmed, Rabia Ghazi, Sandhya Mehla, David Okonkwo, Harshit Shah, Alok Singla, and Daniela Zambrano. Incoming chief residents are Drs. Kevin Schmitt and Alise Pham. Eva Tamoga and Thomas Ballanca, administrative support staff for the training programs, played key roles in organizing the banquet. Notably, Eva Tamoga, Assistant to the Chair for University Affairs, will be retiring later this year after working in the department for 22 years. Dr. Nick Silvestri, program director for the adult neurology residency training program, served as master of ceremonies.
Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD, Professor in the Dept. of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, has received the Gold Medal Award at the International Society for Neurovascular Disease. The award was presented on June 2, 2018 at the society’s annual meeting. It recognizes outstanding ongoing contributions to research and education in the field. Dr. Zivadinov serves as Director of the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center and the Translational Imaging Center at the university’s NIH-funded CTRC.