March, 2013
Message from the CTRC Director

Welcome to the monthly newsletter of the CTRC. With the building now open for 7 months, we are growing our capabilities and our services for researchers and trainees. We have a long way to go but are making steady progress. An excellent example is that UB is now a member institution in ResearchMatch, a national network to enhance recruitment into clinical studies.

Timothy F. Murphy MD
Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center

CTRC Building Update

An increasing number of high-profile events are being hosted at the CTRC. The venue overlooks the site of the new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and the new Conventus medical office building, giving a bird’s eye view of the remarkable transformation that is occurring on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Recent events at the CTRC:

  • March 27, 2013: Press conference announcing First Niagara’s support of the medical school (see photo below)
  • March 25, 2013: Inventor’s and Entrepreneurs Reception honoring UB inventors hosted by the UB Office of Science, Technology and Economic Outreach
  • March 22, 2013: UB Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting
  • March 7, 2013: The installation of Dr. Richard Quigg as the inaugural Arthur M. Morris Endowed Chair of Nephrology

Press conference at the CTRC announcing First Niagara’s support of the new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences


UB is now an institutional member of ResearchMatch, a national network of researchers and volunteers whose goal is to connect willing volunteers with researchers who are searching for volunteers to enroll in their IRB-approved research studies. This is a powerful tool to enhance recruitment into clinical studies, now available to clinical researchers in Buffalo.

For more information, see this link or contact the UB ResearchMatch liason, Kim Brunton, Clinical Research Nurse Manager of the Clinical Research Center in the CTRC.

The Second Annual Clinical and Translational Research Colloquium will be held at the CTRC on Friday April 12 from 2 to 4 PM. The Pilot Studies awardees from last year will present their work. In addition to the research presentations, Drs. Steven Fliesler and Leonard Epstein will give an overview of the pilot studies program with a presentation entitled "What we are looking for: How to win a Pilot grant award." Faculty and trainees are welcome to attend. Admission is free.

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The premier national conference on translational research will take place in April in Washington DC. This meeting brings together more than 800 clinical and translational researchers from across the country. It is an excellent opportunity for trainees to present their work. Keynote speakers will include Dr. Christopher Austin, Director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) and Dr. Otis Bradley, Medical Director and Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society.

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Funded by a $2.3 million NIH grant, Dr. Jeffrey Lackner, who has pioneered effective behavioral treatments for irritable bowel syndrome, is working with research teams from UCLA and Northwestern University to apply functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain to identify a biological basis for the behavioral therapies.

Dr. Jeffrey Lackner, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic at Erie County Medical Center
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