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Early Childhood Direction Center of WNY Awarded 5-year Contract to Continue Services

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) of WNY, administered by Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, received a five year contract from the New York State Education Department to continue providing services for families and professionals serving children birth to five with diagnosed or suspected special needs.

The ECDC was established in 1979 and the mission of ECDC is to ensure that children, birth to five years, with suspected or diagnosed delays or disabilities, are linked to appropriate services that will enable them to reach their potential.

ECDC provides free training and technical assistance for families and professionals working with children less than five years of age with suspected or diagnosed delays or disabilities.

Pediatric Rheumatologist Recruited to Establish New Service

Teresa R. Hennon, MD, has been recruited from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to establish a new pediatric rheumatology service at Women & Children Hospital.

Effective August 1, Dr. Hennon will provide pediatric rheumatology outpatient and inpatient services at Women & Children’s Hospital.  She returns to Western New York where she received her medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and after completing her training in Pittsburgh and spending two years at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.  She recently moved to Buffalo with her husband and two children and says she is excited to become a part of the Buffalo medical community.

3rd Annual Conquer Chiari Walk Across America

This past weekend was the first ever Conquer Chiari Walk in WNY. Amherst resident Agnes Starr joined forces with the Conquer Chiari Organization to help raise Awareness and funding for Chiari & Syringomyelia Awareness. This was the 3rd Annual Conquer Chiari Walk Across America but the first of its kind in our area. It took place Saturday Sept. 18th at Ellicott Creek Park in Tonawanda and raised over $20,000 towards research!

Chiari affects over 300,000 people in the US. Chiari is a serious neurological disorder in which the brain herniates out of the skull and puts pressure on the nerves and spinal cord causing debilitating pain and life-threatening symptoms.

The walk is a series of walks in different cities taking place on the same day to bring awareness and raise money for research.

Dr. Greenfield Awarded an Additional $1.8 Million for the NIH/NIDDK Sponsored RIVUR Trial

Saul P. Greenfield, MD, Director of Pediatric Urology, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Clinical Professor of Urology, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences has been awarded an additional $1.8 million for the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases sponsored RIVUR trial for children with vesicoureteral reflux.

Dr. Greenfield is principle investigator and Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is a major site for this important national project. This brings the total award for RIVUR to $4.8 million and will ensure funding of the project through 2013.

Total NIH funding to the Department of Pediatric Urology is now just over $5 million, which includes the recent award for CUTIE (Careful Urinary Tract Infection Evaluation)—an observational clinical trial for children with a history and urinary infection and no underlying structural urologic abnormalities.

Doctor Awarded NIH Grant to Study Urinary Tract Infection and Renal Scarring

Saul P. Greenfield, MD, Director of Pediatric Urology and Clinical Professor of Urology, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, has been awarded $287,716 by the NIH/NIDDK for the study of urinary tract infection and renal scarring in children.

The CUTIE project (Careful Urinary Tract Infection Evaluation) will assess the risk of the development of renal scarring in children who have urinary tract infections and do not have vesicoureteral reflux or any other underlying urologic abnormalities.

Rheumatology Center Opens in Williamsville

When you’re in pain, you want it to stop as soon as possible. No one wants to wait months just to get an appointment with a physician. However, for the thousands of people in Western New York with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a four-month wait is common.

 “When I was doing my fellowship in rheumatology at a Buffalo hospital, we tried to prioritize and fast-track the most serious cases as much as possible but, unfortunately, patients still had to wait up to four months for an appointment,” said Sunita Chadha, MD, now a board-certified rheumatologist. “There’s a worsening shortage of physicians in Western New York and that’s one of the main reasons I chose to stay local to open my own practice.”

March of Dimes Celebrates Annual Signature Chefs Auction

The March of Dimes, Western New York Division presents the 2010 Signature Chefs Auction, “Feathers & Flair, A March of Dimes Monte Carlo Affair” on Friday, October 8 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. Western New York’s finest chefs will offer their signature dishes coupled with wine tastings from regional wineries and accompanied by an array of unique live and silent auction items and entertainment. Everyone is invited to attend the evening, which raises money and awareness to save babies from prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality.

This year’s event promises to be an elegant night with some of the best restaurants in town. Featured dishes will be prepared by Alex’s Place, Blue Buffalo, Chef’s Restaurant, Fiamma Steak House, Harry’s Harbour Place Grille, Koi, La Scala, My Tomato Pie, Protocol Restaurant and Rich Renaissance Catering. Wine selections will be offered by Merritt Estate Winery.