UB Dept. of Neurology Holds 2019 Research Day and Graduation Banquet

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 14, 2019.  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 Kevin Schmitt, MD, PGY4, and outgoing co-chief resident,  and Edina Komlodi-Pasztor, MD, PhD, PGY3, and Ahmed Sanai, MBBS, PGY3.  A copy of the Research Day program is to be attached shortly.

At the Graduation Dinner banquet, Kevin Schmitt, MD, also received the teaching award from the medical students.  Alise Pham, DO, PGY4 and outgoing co-chief resident, was awarded the Dr. Edward Fogan Prize that recognizes overall clinical excellence.  Daniel Sirica, MD, PGY3, and Saad Hasan, MBBS, PGY2, received the Resident Collegiality awards.  Faculty Drs. Osman Farooq and Robert Glover received the Resident Teaching Award.

Graduating residents were Drs. Evelyn Berman (child neurology), Felix Cheng, Alise Pham, Kevin Schmitt, Evelyn Walsh, and Zilfah Younas.  Incoming chief residents are Drs. Ashley Alex and Daniel Sirica.  Thomas Ballanca, senior administrative assistance for the residency training programs and medical student clerkship, played a key role in organizing the banquet.  Dr. Nick Silvestri, program director for the adult neurology residency training program, served as master of ceremonies.

Univ. at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology Faculty and Housestaff, June 2019

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Univ. at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology Presents Over 30 Papers at 2019 AAN meeting

19am_logo_bluesThe Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY Department of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences once again had a large presence at the 2019 American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting held May 4-10 in Philadelphia.  Between scientific and educational sessions, the department had some 35 presentations.  Research topics included multiple sclerosis, neuroimaging, stroke, epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, cognition, and history of neurology.  Department and affiliated faculty listed as first or co-authors on abstracts include Drs. Ralph Benedict, Marilou Ching, Michael Dwyer, Osman Farooq, Edward Fine, Sarah Finnegan, David Hojnacki, Channa Kolb, Alexis Lizarraga, Murali Ramanathan, Ferdinand Schweser, Nicholas Silvestri, Kinga Szigeti, Caila Vaughn, Arie Weinstock, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Gil Wolfe, and Robert Zivadinov.  Neurology residents/fellows and medical students included Svetlana Eckert, Haris Kamal, Nicole Khezri, and Daniela Zambrano among others.  Numerous research associates in the department and the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center were also listed on the abstracts.


Neurology Staff and Faculty Run in Cupid’s Undie Run for Neurofibromatosis

Members of the Univ at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Dept. of Neurology participated in the 1 mile run on February 9, 2019 through Elmwood Village to benefit the battle against neurofibromatosis on behalf of the Children’s Tumor Foundation.  Over $2100 was raised across the department, and over $18,000 was raised in Buffalo.  Dr. Cynthia Beatty, Assistant Professor of Neurology and a member of the child neurology division at UB, helps staff the clinic at Oishei Children’s Hospital.

Participants in the Cupid’s Undie Run (l to r): Francine Mistretta, Dr. Margaret Paroski, Karen Zakalik, Amanda Szalkowski, Stephanie McDermid, Mary Kapinski, Carmela Armeli. Not shown is Heidi Wicks-Pierce.


Dr. Robert Griggs honored with second annual Drs. Cohen and Duffner Annual Lectureship in Neurology

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.

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Berch Griggs, MD (left) and Michael Cohen, MD


Dr. Alok Singla Awarded 2018 Grass Young Investigator Award

Alok Singla, MBBS, a 2018 graduate of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo child neurology training program, has been awarded the 2018 Grass Young Investigator Award by the American Epilepsy Society.  The award recognizes eight outstanding young investigators conducting research related to epilepsy.  Dr. Singla, under the mentorship of Arie Weinstock, MD, Professor in the Dept. of Neurology and Director of the UB comprehensive epilepsy program, completed a project studying the predictive value of early EEG in neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.  Dr. Singla was selected from over 1300 other submissions.  He will present his findings at the upcoming American Epilepsy Society annual meeting to be held later this year in New Orleans.  Sarah Finnegan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology, serves as the director of the Child Neurology Residency Training Program.

Alok Singla, MBBS

 


Dr. Weinstock Attends Press Conference Promoting Access of Cannabidiol for Severe Epilepsy

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.

Dr. Arie Weinstock (3rd from left). Standing to his left in order are NYS Assemblyman Sean Ryan and Senator Chris Jacobs.


Dept. of Neurology Holds 2018 Research Day and Graduation Banquet

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.

Univ. at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology Housestaff, Faculty, and Staff, June 2018

Eva Tamoga (l) and Dr. Nick Silvestri (r) at 2018 Graduation Banquet