January, 2013 Edition

Welcome to the monthly newsletter of the Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center. The purpose of the newsletter is to update leadership, faculty, trainees, and community partners of the Buffalo Translational Consortium on activities.

Message from the CTRC Director

The CTRC is now up and running with several laboratories in full swing. We will be opening the Clinical Research Center to support clinical trials in the next month or so. We welcome 3 new School of Medicine faculty to the CTRC where they are establishing their translational research programs. See Building Update below.

Timothy F. Murphy MD
Director, Buffalo Clinical and Translational
Research Center

CTRC Building Update

Approximately 75% of the laboratory space in the CTRC is occupied and active. We are equipping the Clinical Research Center and expect to be operational and ready to conduct clinical trials in the next month. Construction to prepare for installation of two MRIs in the Imaging Center is underway for installation of the scanners in the upcoming months. The CTRC opened 5 months ago and is continuing to grow rapidly.

New UB Faculty in the CTRC:

James Jarvis MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology
Department of Pediatrics

Andrew Talal MD MPH
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Department of Medicine

Richard Quigg Jr MD
Chief, Division of Nephrology
Department of Medicine

Taketo Otsuka MD PhD, a visiting scholar from Japan, is working on developing vaccines for otitis media in Dr. Timothy Murphy’s laboratory in the CTRC.


UB will host a unique workshop intended for investigators and trainees in June 2013. The agenda includes national experts on creativity and innovation in addition to four winners of NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards that support exceptionally innovative research projects. The workshop, designed under the leadership of Dr. Leonard Epstein, is intended to assist investigators in performing innovative research and enhancing scores for innovation on grant proposals.

Leonard Epstein PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
Click here for more info
Click here for the agenda and registration

An NIH training grant, now in its second year, to support summer research fellowships for medical students between their first and second years is now accepting applications for 2013. The first year of the program in 2012 was a great success. The program will now be based in the CTRC.

August, 2012: Lauren Schmidt, now a second year UB medical student, presents a poster of her T35 fellowship project at Undergraduate Research Day
Click here for details on last year’s T35 Fellows and their projects
Click here for an overview of the program and to apply

The monthly seminar on clinical and research ethics is now being held at the CTRC on the third Tuesday of each month. Directed by Dr. Jack Freer, Professor of Medicine, the series hosts presentations by local and national experts. The program is held in seminar room 5019 on the 5th floor of the CTRC and is open to everyone.

Click here for the calendar of this seminar series and other CTRC events