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!
Ferdinand Schweser, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, has received a $200,000 grant from the Dana Foundation’s David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program. The grant funding stretches over 3 years and will support Dr. Schweser’s pioneering work at the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC) on magnetic resonance features of iron homeostasis and oligodendrocyte viability in gray matter in the setting of acute and chronic inflammation, as may be seen in multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders. The Dana Foundation is based in New York City.
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.
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.
Department of Neurology faculty of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY have again contributed to the recognition of Buffalo General Medical Center and Gates Vascular Institute as a Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award Hospital. The recognition comes from the American Heart Association (AHA) which includes the American Stroke Association as a component body. Department of Neurology stroke faculty include Dr. Robert Sawyer, Stroke Center Director and department Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, as well as Drs. Marilou Ching, Christopher Deline, Amit Kandel, and Ashkan Mowla. Stroke centers that receive Gold Plus recognition adhere to the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatments for stroke.
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.
Drs. David Hojnacki and Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, both faculty neurologists at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo/SUNY, have been recognized by ThreeBest Rated for neurologic care in Buffalo. They actually were the only neurologists chosen; the third provider selected practices neurosurgery. ThreeBest Rated chooses physicians based on practice history, customer reviews and satisfaction, trust, and cost. Drs. Hojnacki and Weinstock-Guttman are members of the multiple sclerosis division in UB’s Department of Neurology.