On November 15, 2018, Robert C. Griggs, MD, Professor of Neurology, Medicine, Pathology/Laboratory Medicine, and Pediatrics at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, delivered the second Drs. Michael Cohen and Patricia Duffner Annual Lectureship in Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY. Dr. Griggs is a former Chairman of the Dept. of Neurology at Univ. of Rochester and is an international authority on neuromuscular disorders. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Neurology and President of the American Academy of Neurology, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 1998. He founded the Muscle Study Group that same year and led the NINDS-supported CINCH network that studies neurological channelopathies such as periodic paralysis. The NIH has also funded his work in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Dr. Griggs’ talk was titled, “Evidence Based Treatments for Rare Diseases.” The annual lectureship honors Drs. Cohen and Duffner, child neurologists and professors emeritus in the Univ. at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology.
The epilepsy division of the Dept. of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, has been recognized as a Center of Excellence for deep brain stimulation (DBS) approaches to managing epilepsy. There are only 30 other centers across the country who received this initial recognition for this new approach to seizure management. Neurology faculty Drs. Robert Glover, Ping Li, Kelly Andrzejewski, and colleagues from the Dept. of Neurosurgery were involved with the programmatic recognition. The epilepsy program, under the directorship of Arie Weinstock, MD, also offers epilepsy surgery, laser ablation, vagus nerve stimulation, and other state-of-the-art approaches in treating epilepsy.