Over 25 members of the Department of Neurology at the Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences went bowling on November 5, 2019. The event is one of several the department holds each year so that physicians, other providers, and staff can assemble outside the workplace. Bowling Night has proven to be a favorite activity. In this year’s event, Ralph Benedict, PhD, and division chief of neuropsychology posted a high score of 162. Dr. Benedict has had aspirations for the Professional Bowlers Association tour for many years, but his dedication to cognitive disorders and the patients who are challenged by them has forced him to put those dreams aside. In the women’s division, Jodi Berner, who coordinates the neuropsychology program and organizes Bowling Night among other social events, posted a high score of 134. She is tutored by her husband who is an expert of the lanes. Many attendees posted their personal highs at the event. Others were simply embarrassed.
On October 31, 2019, Elizabeth Ann Thiele, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, delivered the third Drs. Michael Cohen and Patricia Duffner Annual Lectureship in Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY. Dr. Thiele is Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital where she runs the Carol and James Herscot Center for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, one of her main research interests. She also directs the Dravet Syndrome comprehensive clinical program at MGH. Dr. Thiele summarized her work in refractory pediatric epilepsy and also lectured on Sunflower Syndrome, an increasingly recognized childhood refractory epilepsy syndrome that her group is characterizing. Dr. Arie Weinstock, section chief for epilepsy in the Univ. at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology, hosted Dr. Thiele during her two day visit. The annual lectureship honors Drs. Cohen and Duffner, child neurologists and professors emeritus in the UB Dept. of Neurology.