On December 7, 2017, the Dept. of Neurology of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo, held an event to update the community on clinical and investigative progress being made in the clinical neurosciences. In addition to brief research and educational presentations provided by several department faculty, including Drs. Michael Dwyer, Osman Farooq, Alexis Lizarraga, Robert Sawyer, Nicholas Silvestri, Kinga Szigeti, and Caila Vaughn, guests were able to tour UBMD Neurology’s new clinical space on the 4th floor of the Conventus Building and the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit on the top floor of recently opened Oishei Children’s Hospital. The event closed with dedication of the adult and pediatric multiple sclerosis clinics in honor of Dr. Lawrence Jacobs, a pioneer in the therapy of MS and a former chairman of the UB Dept. of Neurology. Several members of his family were able to attend. Dr. Gil Wolfe, Irvin and Rosemary Smith Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Neurology, served as master of ceremonies. The UB Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, spearheaded by Jennifer Seth-Cimini, assisted the department in organizing the event.
Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD, delivers inaugural Drs. Michael E. Cohen and Patricia K. Duffner Annual Lectureship in NeurologyPosted: October 23, 2017
On October 12, 2017, Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD, Neurologist-in-Chief at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Bronson Crothers Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School who is an international authority on childhood central nervous system tumors, gave the inaugural annual lectureship that honors Drs. Michael Cohen and Patricia Duffner, child neurologists and professors emeritus in the Univ at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology. Neuro-oncology was a primary interest of both Drs. Cohen and Duffner; the lectureship is supported by a fund they established in 1977. Dr. Pomeroy’s talk was entitled “Neurodevelopmental Origin of Childhood Central Nervous System Tumors” and was held at the Hauptman-Woodward Institute.
Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD, Professor of Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, and Director of the Jacobs Multiple Sclerosis Center for Treatment and Research, has been recognized by the National MS Society with the Impact Award. The award recognizes individuals or entities who help ensure that patients with MS live life to the fullest. The award was presented at the society’s 39th Annual Ambassadors Ball on October 12, 2017 in Washington, DC, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Other faculty in the MS Division are Drs. David Hojnacki, Channa Kolb, and Alexis Lizarraga. Congratulations to the entire MS team!
David Hojnacki, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and an expert in multiple sclerosis and neuroimaging, was honored this week at the Upstate New York Chapter Champions on the Move dinner for the National MS Society. At the event, Dr. Hojnacki was recognized with the Stephen H. Kelly Award for a “Professional on the Move.” The event was hosted by local news anchor Jacquie Walker of WIVB-TV, Channel 4. Dr. Hojnacki plays a key role in the clinical and research arms of the Department of Neurology’s MS Section. He also serves as program director for the UCNS-accredited neuroimaging fellowship.
The Dept. of Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY moved in August 2017 to renovated office space across the street from the Conventus Building that houses our outpatient practice on the Buffalo Niagara downtown medical campus. Our new space is also only one block north of the new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences downtown building on Main Street. Our new address is: Dept. of Neurology, 1010 Main St., 2nd floor, Buffalo, NY 14202.
Members of the Dept of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY will present over 20 scientific papers at the upcoming European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS). The meeting will be held in Paris, France from October 25-28, 2017. Department faculty and directors listed as authors on the ECTRIMS abstracts include Drs. Ralph Benedict, Sue Bennett, Michael Dwyer, David Hojnacki, Channa Kolb, Ferdinand Schweser, Caila Vaughn, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, and Robert Zivadinov. Topics include a wide range of studies on neuroimaging in MS, disability and other disease outcome measures, treatment trials, and the efficacy and safety of knee arthroplasty in the MS population.
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 9, 2017. 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 Ashish Arora, MBBS, PGY4 and outgoing co-chief resident, and Sandhya Mehla, MBBS, PGY3. A copy of the Research Day program is attached. Research Day 2017
At the Graduation Dinner banquet, Daniela Zambrano, MD, PGY3 and incoming co-chief resident, received the teaching award from the medical students. Felix Cheng, MD, PGY2, and Harshit Shah, MBBS, PGY3, both were recognized with Resident Collegiality awards. Ashish Arora also received the Dr. Edward Fogan Prize that recognizes overall clinical excellence. Graduating PGY4 residents were Drs. Ashish Arora, co-chief resident, Hao Cheng, Svetlana Eckert, co-chief resident, and Brian Trummer. Drs. Osman Farooq and Robert Glover each received Faculty Teaching Awards. Eva Tamoga and Thomas Ballanca, administrative support staff for the training programs, played key roles in organizing the banquet. Dr. Nick Silvestri, program director for the adult neurology residency training program, served as master of ceremonies.