Western New York has emerged as a sizeable regional powerhouse for medical and clinical research as millions of dollars of federal funding flow into investigations into new medicines and devices to treat chronic and deadly disease.
From the University of Buffalo and Kaleida Health to Catholic Health and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center not to mention the VA Western New York Healthcare System and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus the research economy is driving exciting times in a region that has experienced its share of boom and bust. The research apparatus in Western New York represents a vital component of the health care economic engine powering the region now and into this decade. As UB and other research institutions employ many thousands of researchers, scientists, chemists and biologists, an ecosystem forms spinning off nonprofits and entrepreneurial startup ventures employing hundreds more and attracting millions in venture capital.
Clinical Trials Boom-Region
It is not a secret that the Buffalo region is home to a high concentration of medical research-based organizations. A recent targeted search in ClinicalTrials.gov, the reveals that 2,840 clinical trials are active (or planned) in the region. In a region of only 1.1 million, Buffalo and surrounding metro area has a high concentration of clinical research activity.
Recently, Stephanie Watson with The Buffalo News highlighted some of the prominent medical researchers in the region that have contributed to the foundation for what is now boom times. A summary is below.
· Dr. Kunle Odunsi, Center for Immunotherapy at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
· Dr. Yu-Ping Chang, associate dean, research and scholarship UB’s Nursing School; Co-director UB Center for Successful Aging
· Dr. Ali El-Solh, director of research, VA Western New York Healthcare System, professor of medicine and epidemiology at UB
· Dr. Joseph Gelormini, Cardiologist with Catholic Health’s Trinity Cardiology
· Dr. Steven Lipshultz, served as pediatric chair of UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Services and pediatric chief-of-service at Kaleida Health
· Dr. Jean Wactawski-Wende, spent 30 years with UB—an international reputation for research on women’s healthSource: Buffalo News