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UBMD to expand Alzheimer’s clinic

By Tracey Drury, Reporter
Buffalo Business First
June 8, 2017

With a third clinical trial set to begin in August, the University at Buffalo’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center is expanding its clinics in Buffalo and Williamsville.

The center, part of UBMD Neurology and the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, in April began seeing patients twice weekly, up from one a week. The clinic sees 700 patients, a three-fold increase since the center opened at Buffalo General Medical Center in 2011. It moved earlier this year into the Conventus medical office building just down the street from Buffalo General.

The practice is part of UBMD, the region’s largest multi-specialty physician practice group with more than 500 physicians in 18 practice groups.

The Williamsville Alzheimer’s disease clinic site is held at UBMD Neurology’s office at 5851 Main St. Currently open once monthly, the clinic will expand to weekly hours beginning Aug. 1 as specialty services for dementia and related disorders are expanded. Just over a year ago, the center was designated a Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease by the New York State Department of Health, which included a five-year, $2.35 million grant to support screening, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Already, 27 patients are enrolled in two clinical trials, with the third coming in August. The studies focus on patients who are as young as 55 years old and who have mild cognitive impairment to early Alzheimer’s disease.

“We treat all stages of dementia,” said Dr. Kinga Szigeti, associate professor of neurology and director of the center, “but more and more research is being conducted on mild cognitive impairment and early signs of Alzheimer’s disease with the goal of slowing or even stopping progression of this neurodegenerative disease.”

Read more information about the center in the release from the University at Buffalo.