Buffalo Translational Consortium News
Workshop on Creativity and Innovation in the Biomedical Sciences To Be Held in Buffalo in June 2013
One of the major criteria by which every NIH grant is scored is innovation, and one of the most common reasons that grant applications go unfunded is lack of innovation. In order to assist investigators and trainees in the Buffalo Translational Consortium to improve innovation scores in their grant applications and to encourage innovation in research, UB, under the leadership of Dr. Leonard Epstein and with the assistance of Drs. Steven Fliesler and Larry Hawk, is hosting a unique workshop that will be held at the Ramada Inn in Amherst on June 10 and 11, 2013:
SUNY ‘Conversations in the Disciplines’ Workshop on Creativity and Innovation
The Workshop is supported by a grant from the SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines and multiple UB Schools and Departments. The agenda includes:
• talks and interactive sessions conducted by national leaders in creativity
• breakout sessions with 4 winners of NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards that support exceptionally innovative and/or unconventional research projects that have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms.
Click here for the complete agenda, biographies of each of the speakers and event details.
The concept for the workshop arose in the planning of the Translational Pilot Program as part of the infrastructure of the Clinical and Translational Research Center in partnership with the Office of Vice President for Research.
Summer Research Fellowships for Medical Students Now Accepting Applications
The NIH funded T35 training grant entitled “Research in Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Immunology for Medical Students” is now accepting applications from first year medical students for research fellowships for the summer of 2013. This joint UB-Roswell Park program supports 10 week fellowships for 6 medical students to perform mentored research projects during the summer between first and second of medical school.
This is the second year of the program. The first year was a huge success by all accounts. The first class of “T35 Fellows” completed fellowships in the summer of 2012
Click here for more information about the program and how to apply
2012 Fellows, their faculty mentors and the titles of their projects.
•Fellow: Moyukh Ghosh
•Mentor: Sandra Gollnick PhD
•Project: Role of TLR4 in Prostate Cancer
•Fellow: Aleksandr Kalininskiy
•Mentor: Mark O’Brian, PhD
•Project: Analysis of Irr binding sites in Bradyrhizobium japonicum
•Fellow: Chinelo Ogbudinkpa
•Mentor: Amy Jacobs PhD
•Project: Structure-based Drug Design to Inhibit HIV Entry into the Cell
•Fellow: Christopher T. Sciria
•Mentor: Thomas A. Russo MD CM
•Project: Investigating the virulence of the hypervirulent variant of Klebsiella pneumoniae
•Fellow: Matthew Stevens
•Mentor: Elizabeth Repasky PhD
•Project: Cold Stress Contributes to Therapeutic Resistance in Models of Pancreatic Cancer
•Fellow: Lauren Schmidt
•Mentor: Anthony Campagnari PhD
•Project: Generation and Characterization of Acinetobacter baumannii Biofilm Mutants
The Department of Medicine has recently announced the recruitment of two key leadership positions that will be filled by internationally recognized translational researchers who are moving their research programs to the CTRC.
Dr. Andrew Talal, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition joined the faculty on September 2012. Dr. Talal is a leading investigator in the area of hepatitis C and has published landmark work in the development and testing of new antiviral agents and biomarkers of the disease. His work will involve performing clinical trials in the Clinical Research Center and laboratory-based investigations on samples he will obtain during the conduct of the trials. Dr.Talal comes to UB from Cornell Medical College.
Click here for more about Dr. Talal
Dr. Richard Quigg, will join the faculty in January 2013 as Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Arthur M. Morris Chair in Nephrology. Dr. Quigg is renowned for his work on elucidating the mechanisms of glomerular disease, in particular the role of complement. Dr. Quigg comes to UB from the University of Chicago
Click here for more about Dr. Quigg