UB Dept. of Neurology to be Busy at 2017 ECTRIMS Meeting

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.


Univ. at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology Holds 2017 Research Day and Graduation Banquet

UB Neurology Faculty and Housestaff at Research Day 2017

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.

Graduating residents (l to r): Drs. Ashish Arora, Svetlana Eckert, Brian Trummer, Hao Cheng

 


UB Dept. of Neurology Active at AAN Annual Meeting

The Dept. of Neurology of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo, had an active presence at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology held in Boston from April 22 to 28.  In addition to over 30 platform and abstract presentations mentioned in an earlier post, Gil Wolfe, MD, Irvin and Rosemary Smith Professor and Chairman of the department, presented results of the thymectomy trial in myasthenia gravis at the Clinical Trials Plenary session.  Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD, Professor of Neurology, had a presentation on fingolimod in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, highlighted by Medpage Today.  In the photograph below, Dr. Wolfe is pictured with current and former neurology housestaff (left to right: Ashish Arora, Sandyha Mehla, Daniela Zambrano, Haris Kamal, Gil Wolfe, Brian Trummer, Lynn Chouhfeh) during one of the meeting’s poster sessions.

 


UB Dept. of Neurology to Present over 30 Papers at 2017 AAN Annual Meeting

The Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY Department of Neurology, Jacobs Neurological Institute, of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences again will have a large presence at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting to be held April 22-28, 2017 in Boston.  Between scientific and educational sessions, the department will conduct over 30 presentations.  Research topics include multiple sclerosis (MS), neuroimaging, stroke, headache, central nervous system malignancies, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (a model for MS), and the history of neurology.  Department faculty listed as first, senior or co-authors on the abstracts include Drs. Ralph Benedict, Marilou Ching, Christopher Deline, Michael Dwyer, Edward Fine, David Hojnacki, Amit Kandel, Channa Kolb, Ping Li, Ashkan Mowla, Murali Ramanathan, Melissa Rayhill, Robert Sawyer, Ferdinand Schweser, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, and Robert Zivadinov.  Neurology residents and fellows include Drs. Muhammad Ahmed, Ashish Arora, Hao Cheng, Svetlana Eckert, Rabia Ghazi, Haris Kamal, Rakesh Magun, Sandhya Mehla, Harshit Shah, Brian Trummer, and Daniela Zambrano.   Research staff and other collaborators are Rahil Ahmed, Nicola Bertolino, Ellen Carl, Annemarie Crumlish, Jackie Durfee, Sirin Gandhi, Jesper Hagemeier, Dejan Jakimovski, Katelyn Kavak, Navdeep Lail, Clair Modica, Muhammad Nadeem, Deepa Ramasamy, and Michelle Sudyn.


Dr. Ashkan Mowla Receives Junior Investigator Award

Ashkan Mowla, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, has received a Junior Investigator Travel Award from the International Stroke Conference (ISC) for his paper, “Intravenous thrombolysis with alteplase for acute ischemic stroke in patients with thrombocytopenia.”  Dr. Mowla will be presenting several abstracts at the upcoming conference to be held in Houston, Texas in February 2017.  For more information about the Univ. at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology’s stroke division’s activities at the ISC, see the accompanying story from earlier this month.

Ashkan Mowla, MD

Ashkan Mowla, MD

 


UB Dept. of Neurology Stroke Division to Present at Intl Stroke Conference

The stroke division of the UB Dept. of Neurology will present 5 papers at the upcoming International Stroke Conference to be held February 22-24, 2017 in Houston, TX.  Stroke faculty named on the abstracts include Drs. Marilou Ching, Christopher Deline, Amit Kandel, Ashkan Mowla, and Robert Sawyer.  Several current and recently graduated housestaff are also listed as authors, including Khaleeq Ahmed, Haris Kamal, Sanhya Mehla, and Aurangzeb Memon.  Annemarie Crumlish, research coordinator, and Navdeep Lail, research assistant, played key organizational roles.  The presentations include research investigations into the risk of home antiplatelet and subtherapeutic anticoagulant therapy on intravenous (thrombolysis (IV tPA), impact of low platelet counts on IV tPA, and outcomes of stroke occurring during hospitalization.

Drs. Ashkan Mowla, Peyman Shirani, Robert Sawyer, and Christopher Deline (left to right)

Drs. Ashkan Mowla, Peyman Shirani, Robert Sawyer, and Christopher Deline (left to right)


UB Dept. of Neurology Celebrates Annual Research Day and Graduation

The UB Dept. of Neurology held its annual Michael E. Cohen, MD, Residents Research Day and Graduation Banquet on June 10, 2016.  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 Haris Kamal and Aurangzeb Memon, both PGY4s and outgoing co-chief residents, and Svetlana Eckert, PGY3 and incoming co-chief resident.  The Research Day program is available here: Research Day 2016 Program.

At the Graduation Dinner banquet, Ashish Arora, PGY3 and incoming co-chief resident, and Lindsay Dudeck received the teaching award from the medical students.  Resident collegiality awards were given to Adnan Khan, PGY4, Brian Trummer, PGY3, and Khaleeq Ahmed, PGY2.  Graduating residents were Drs. Farid Din, Lindsay Dudeck, Haris Kamal, Adnan Khan, Emily Langan and Aurangzeb Memon.  Graduating neurophysiology fellows were Drs. Mei Jiang and Pooja Sofat.  Drs. Sarah Finnegan, Norah Lincoff, and Ashkan Mowla each received Faculty Teaching Awards.  Eva Tamoga and Thomas Ballanca, administrative support staff for the training programs, played key roles in organizing the banquet.

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Dr. Norah Lincoff with Chief Residents Haris Kamal (l) and Aurangzeb Memon (r)