Buffalo Translational Consortium News

UNYTE Scientific Session

Posted on 10/18/16 at 09:26 am

Accelerating Health Research Innovation
through Primary Care Partnerships

Monday, November 7, 2016
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Clinical and Translational Research Center
875 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY
Rooms 5019A and B, 5th floor


To bring together researchers, clinical leaders, and data scientists from across UNYTE institutions to spark interdisciplinary collaborations in practice-based research, clinical innovation, patient engagement and research recruitment. We will explore what research brings to the clinical enterprise, what clinical insights bring to research, and the power of partnerships to inspire and focus health research for maximum impact.

As a participant, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore innovative methods and recent successes in recruitment and practice-based research
  • Learn more about clinician and patient priorities for health improvements
  • Understand the relevance and synergies between research and clinical care
  • Share your personal expertise as an active participant
  • Accelerate collaborations with other institutions and community clinicians


Register on line here. Registration is free.


10:00 a.m.          Registration/Check-in

10:30 a.m.          Welcome

John Canty, Jr., MD, deputy director of the UB Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and director of the CTRC's Translational Imaging Center

10:45 a.m.          Keynote Address: Research that Matters: Engaging Primary Care Clinicians in Translational Research

Chester H. Fox, MD, professor of family medicine at the University at Buffalo, is director of the Upstate New York Patient-Powered and Practice-based Research Network (UNYNET). This PBRN – with 49 active practices and 175 clinicians serving close to 400,000 patients throughout the eight counties of Western New York – specializes in practice transformation in order to translate evidence into practice.

11:30 a.m.          Panel Presentation and Discussion

Michael Hasselberg, PhD, RN, NPP-BC, is the Project ECHO® director. He is assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center and a dementia care specialist, with special interest in delivery of care to older adults with mental and cognitive disorders using telehealth technologies. Project ECHO® supports general psychiatry, geriatric mental health and dementia care, and palliative care delivered by community-based clinicians throughout New York state.

Amanda Norton, MSW, is a performance improvement consultant with experience in healthcare system change, individual practice change, and evaluation and measurement system development. She is a practice facilitator for SUNY Upstate Medical University for a Practice Facilitation and Academic Detailing Intervention To Improve Cancer Screening Rates in Primary Care Safety Net Clinics, a project of three UNYTE partner institutions’ PBRNs.

Elaine Wethington, PhD, is a medical sociologist, jointly appointed in the Department of Human Development and the Department of Sociology at Cornell University College of Human Ecology. She will discuss the Cornell Institute for Translational Research in Aging’s Research – Practice Consensus Workshop. 

12:30 p.m.          Q&A with Keynote Speaker and Panelists

12:45 p.m.          Lunch and Poster Session

2:00 p.m.           Breakout Sessions

I. Turning Practice-Based Evidence into Evidence-Based Practice: Attending to the Needs of Refugees in Primary Care
Anna Ireland, PhD, Director of Community Development at the Jericho Road Community Health Center
Abigail Kroening, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurodevelopmental & Behavioral Pediatrics URMC Lisa Lyle FNP, The Center for Refugee Health, Rochester Regional Health

II. Matchmaking Plus: Engaging Clinicians in Research through Practice-Based Research Networks
Chester Fox, MD, Professor of Family Medicine at the University at Buffalo, Director of UNYNET at UB
Karen Vitale, MSEd, Assistant Director of the Greater Rochester Practice-Based Research Network, at URMC

III. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Embedding Recruitment and Study Interventions in Primary Care
Stephen R Cook, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Pediatrics at URMC
Hyekyun Rhee, PhD, RN, PNP, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, URMC

IV. Generating Research Questions through Clinician Engagement
Kevin Fiscella, MD, MPH Professor of Family Medicine, and Associate Director of The Center for Communication and Disparities Research

3:15 p.m.           Reconvene, Poster Award Announcements

3:30 p.m.           Closing

Call for Posters

UNYTE has issued a call for poster abstracts for presentation at the Accelerating Health Research Innovation through Partnerships with Primary Care scientific session. Click here for a PDF with instructions for submitting a poster. Two types of posters are invited for submission:

  1. Research posters focused on the topic of the session, as described above (award eligible),
  2. Descriptive posters sharing information on your institution’s programs, laboratories, services and resources related to the topic of the session, as described above.


The University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) is located at 875 Ellicott St. on the downtown Buffalo medical campus. Visitor parking is available at the Michigan-Goodrich (MiGo) Garage at 134 High St. Cost is up to $8 for the day.


UNYTE Translational Research Network; Clinical & Translational Science Institute, University of Rochester Medical Center; and Clinical and Translational Science Award, University at Buffalo