Buffalo Translational Consortium News

UB Receives Permanent Certificate of Occupancy for CTRC

Posted on 06/25/12 at 08:50 am

It’s official! The city of Buffalo issued UB a permanent certificate of occupancy for the Clinical and Translational Research Center on June 15.  A ribbon cutting to celebrate the partnership between Kaleida and UB in opening the Gates Vascular Institute and the CTRC was held on May 24. Equipment is being delivered and installation is getting underway. Delivery and installation of furniture is anticipated in late July and early August. The first research groups will move into the CTRC in mid or late August. A Grand Opening for the CTRC will be held on September 20. The event will feature an open house, tours of laboratories and a keynote speaker.

Click here for a recent Buffalo News article about the CTRC

Click here for more about the ribbon cutting


Summer Research Fellowships Awarded to Six UB Medical Students

Posted on 05/23/12 at 09:26 am

A T35 Training Grant from the NIH jointly awarded to UB and Roswell Park will support research fellowships to 6 UB medical students to perform 10 week summer fellowships in the laboratories of UB and Roswell Park faculty in the areas of infectious diseases, microbiology and immunology.  A total of 27 applications were received for 6 positions. Based on a rigorous review by a Steering Committee of faculty and educational leaders, fellowships were awarded for the summer of 2012.

The following students were awarded fellowships and chose faculty mentors.

Student Fellow             Faculty Mentor
Moyukh Ghosh                Sandra Gollnick PhD
Aleksandr Kalininskiy       Mark O’Brian PhD
Chinelo Ogbudinkpa         Amy Jacobs PhD
Christopher Sciria            Thomas Russo MD CM
Lauren Schmidt               Anthony Campagnari PhD
Matthew Stevens             Elizabeth Repaskey PhD


The program includes:
•    A mentored research project
•    A weekly seminar series
•    Laboratory practical sessions
•    Training in the responsible conduct of research.
•    Oral presentations by students at the end of the summer program
•    Poster presentations by students at an annual research day.

Co-Principal Investigators are Timothy F. Murphy MD, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research in the UB School of Medicine and Kelvin Lee MD, Chair, Department of Immunology and Vice Chair, Department of Medicine at Roswell Park.  

PET/CT Scanner Installed in Clinical and Translational Research Center

Posted on 03/26/12 at 10:31 am

An NIH Shared Instrumentation grant (Principal Investigator John Canty MD) supported a new GE Discovery PET/CT 690 which was recently installed in the Imaging Center on the 7th floor of the CTRC. This state of the art instrument, dedicated exclusively for research purposes, will advance preclinical and clinical translational molecular imaging. Investigators in the Center for Research in Cardiovascular Medicine and the Toshiba Vascular Research Center are among the first groups that will move into the CTRC and utilize the scanner. Once the scanner is operational, it will be available for use by investigators in the Buffalo Translational Consortium.  An excellent feature of this scanner is the flexibility to expand to the future generation of disease specific tracers, to diagnose and monitor more diseases, and to explore the efficacy of novel treatments.

Pilot Studies Grants in Clinical and Translational Research Awarded

Posted on 03/20/12 at 09:40 am

A total of 44 proposals in response to the two Requests for Applications were received. Applicants included faculty from throughout the Buffalo Translational Consortium. The following offices contributed a total of $200,000 in support.

  •     Office of the Vice President for Research
  •     Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
  •     Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  •     Dean, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  •     Dean, School of Public Health and Health Professions
  •     Dean, School of Nursing
  •     Dean, School of Dental Medicine
  •     Dean, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


After a first round of rigorous peer review led by Dr. Kenneth Tramposch, the Pilot Studies Oversight Committee, chaired by Drs. Steven Fliesler and Leonard Epstein, evaluated the proposals.  As outlined in the RFA, an important review criterion was the likelihood that work supported by Pilot Studies would lead to major extramural funding.

The Principal Investigators of the Pilot Studies that were awarded (see below) will present their work at the Second Annual Clinical and Translational Research Colloquium, which will be held in the Fall of 2012 at the Clinical and Translational Research Center.

The following 6 projects were chosen to receive funding:

Multifunctional Optical Imaging Probe for Cutaneous Chronic Graft versus Host Disease Lesions

  • Chulhong Kim, Ph.D. Department of Biomedical Engineering, University at Buffalo,
  • George Chen, M.D., Philip McCarthy, MD, Theresa Hahn, PhD, Hong Liu, MD, PhD, Maureen Ross, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Paul Bogner, MD, Department of Pathology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Greg Wilding, PhD, Department of Biostatistics, Roswell Park Cancer Institute


Novel Multiplex Autoantigen Arrays for Biomarker Discovery in Skin Autoimmunity

  • Animesh A. Sinha, M.D., Ph.D., Kristina Seiffert-Sinha, M.D., Department of Dermatology University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Norma J. Nowak, Ph.D., University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Song Liu, Ph.D., Department of Biostatistics, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Richard W. Plunckett, Ph.D., Raminder Grover, M.D., Beutner Labs, Inc.


Anthracycline-related Cardiomyopathy in Breast Cancer Patients: Impact of Carbonyl Reductase 3 Genotype Status on Echocardiographic Measurements of Cardiomyopathy

  • Javier G. Blanco, PhD, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University at Buffalo
  • Tracey O’Connor, MD, Department of Medicine, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Vijay Iyer, M.D, Department of Medicine, University at Buffalo


Adapting Photodynamic Therapy into a Novel Treatment for Bacterial Infections

  • Anthony Campagnari, Ph.D., Nicole Luke-Marshall, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo
  • Thomas Russo, M.D., C.M., Department of Medicine, University at Buffalo
  • Thomas Mang, Ph.D., Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dental Medicine University at Buffalo


Overcoming Myeloid Cell-Mediated Immunosuppression to Enhance Vaccine Efficacy in Ovarian Cancer

  • Brahm H. Segal, MD. Department of Medicine, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and University at Buffalo
  • Scott Abrams, PhD, Department of Immunology and Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


 One Size Fits All” Vascular Graft – Tissue Engineered Vasculature

  • Daniel D. Swartz, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, University at Buffalo
  • Stelios T. Andreadis, PhD, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University at Buffalo
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