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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz calls it the "Shot and Chaser" program. In conjunction with some local breweries, clinics will be set up where patrons who receive COVID vaccinations will earn a free beer. Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, endorses the spirit behind the effort.

The distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine may be on pause, says Dr. Nancy Nielsen, but its benefits are still worth considering "Remember, we've had 7 million people that have already gotten it." The former President of the American Medical Association is applauding the decision to halt distribution, calling the move "government at its best." As health officials review the data, Nielsen offers some thoughts for those who have already received the vaccine.


Federal health officials are expected to approve distribution of a new COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson. "This could be a game changer," said Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

A lecture series and mentorship programs are a few of the new initiatives the University at Buffalo’s Department of Surgery is launching this year to help address systemic racism and healthcare inequality.

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The University at Buffalo Department of Surgery is tackling the issues of racism, anti-racism and representation in the fields of surgery and overall healthcare with several initiatives this year. To kick things off, the department is presenting Beyond the Knife, a lecture series. Their first Keynote Speaker is well known Author and Activist Dr. Cornel West.


With COVID positivity rates climbing, much of Erie County has been designated as an "Orange" zone. It may be only the beginning for extensive restrictions.  "It's a particular concern since Thanksgiving is approaching," said Dr. Nancy Nielsen during her weekly appearance with WBFO. Large holiday gatherings will almost certainly expand the spread of the virus. "There's no question: the number of positive cases are the leading indicator, followed several weeks later by a rise in hospitalizations, so we can expect that, followed by a rise in deaths."

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for use in the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Remdesivir's road to approval was paved by numerous institutions researching the drug, including the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


As President of the United States, Donald Trump had access to the best medical care when he was being treated for the coronavirus. But that's only part of the medical story. "It's a real challenge to take care of VIP patients, whether they're in the hospital or not," said Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, who wrote about the "VIP Syndrome" at The Conversation.com.


Despite concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, college parties have been reported around area campuses. Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is alarmed by the reports. "This is simply not a two-week disease," said Nielsen after hearing of new studies during a recent international conference on COVID-19.


With COVID-19 restrictions in place, local colleges are bringing students back to campus for the fall semester. Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, gives general approval of the plans. She says the region's lowering rate of coronavirus infections is the main reason for optimism, but there are concerns. Nielsen points to problems at the University of North Carolina where the campus was quickly closed after dozens of students tested positive for the coronavirus.


"It's in everybody's best interest for kids to be able to go school, somehow," said Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Nielsen cited a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics that indicates children have fallen behind academically since the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close. With the coronavirus spreading in some areas, returning to the classroom will be complicated.


Appearances matter. That was the thought of Dr. Nancy Nielsen as she was watching the news earlier this week when Vice President Mike Pence visited the Mayo Clinic. Officials were wearing masks in accordance to the facility's guidelines. The Vice President was not."It looked like it was obsequious deference to a non-science attitude at a time when infection controls are crucial," Nielsen said during her weekly appearance on WBFO.

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Buffalo MATTERS, a University at Buffalo-developed opioid treatment program, is set to expand across New York State. The program has been credited with helping reduce opioid overdose deaths in Erie County by 40 percent over the past two years.

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A University at Buffalo medical student will spend the next year at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland, as part of a prestigious research fellowship. Esha Chebolu is one of 50 students from across the country who were selected to participate in the 2019-2020 Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP).

New UB medical school goes beyond teaching

Feb 22, 2019
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The University at Buffalo opened its new medical school on the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus, downtown, last year. But as WBFO's Chris Caya reports the school is doing much more than training the next generation of physicians and healthcare providers.

An increase in diversity at UB’s medical school

Dec 10, 2018
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There is an increase in the number of enrolled students from underrepresented groups attending UB's medical school this semester.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to meet with some of those students to discuss the upswing. 

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First and second year medical students at the University at Buffalo were part of a panel discussion on the future of their industry on Wednesday, and the outlook is positive.

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Let's say you have the greatest medicine and it meets a vital need, but you can't persuade doctors to use it. The University at Buffalo has a federal grant to bridge that gap, what's called implementation science.

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Second year students in the University at Buffalo’s medical school have a lot to learn, especially about treating individuals in the LGBT community. WBFO’s Avery Schneider takes us on a classroom visit.

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A class of new doctors will receive their medical degrees today as they graduate from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. WBFO’s Avery Schneider spoke with one of them about her inspirational story.

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Some of the largest disparities in health in Erie County are happening in the City of Buffalo. A public conference this weekend aims to start trying to fix them.

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The University at Buffalo is celebrating a milestone achievement with Tuesday morning’s grand opening of the new home of its medical school.

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The University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has received a $4.5 million bequest gift. The gift comes from the estate of a beloved faculty member who spent nearly 50 years of teaching at the medical school.

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Yet another mark of the University at Buffalo’s expansion into the downtown medical corridor went on display Wednesday with the installation of its logo on the new Main Street medical school building.

UB welcomes its largest class of Medical Students

Aug 13, 2017
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The University at Buffalo welcomed new medical students to its campus  over the weekend.

In the ongoing debate over health care reform, what is the one thing that impacts Western New York the most? What will the local health care industry look like a year from now? The experts weigh in.

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When the only certainty in the debate over health care is uncertainty, how do we prepare for the future? That’s the key question being taken up by Western New York’s health care industry.

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Local leaders in the medical community are keeping a watchful eye on state budget negotiations – particularly, approval of Governor Cuomo’s pitch for phase two of the Buffalo Billion initiative.

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The University at Buffalo's new downtown medical school will be named after the Jacobs family. Jeremy Jacobs on Monday delivered a $30 million gift to UB.