The PHO is a public health research, training, and informatics center. Faculty and students engage in population-based research both as primary investigators and as collaborators. 

A typical study requires the extensive health informatics expertise of PHO faculty, most of who hold PhD’s in quantitative fields such as biostatistics and collectively have many years of experience in health science research. Our research is conducted in the context of projects that first require development of data collection, management and linkage system. Other research efforts focus on already existing databases available from other sources, such as the National Center for Health Statistics or the Radiation Effects Research Foundation.

Areas of Current Research

  • Development of Bivariate Normal Limits for Newborn Screening for Early Infantile Krabbe disease
  • Estimated mortality and incidence rates of Krabbe disease and related leukodystrophies and lysosomal storage disorders
  • Creation and maintenance of a database containing ECMC trauma registry data


  • The Hunter James Kelly Research Institute at the UB Center of Excellence for Bioinformatics and Life Sciences
  • Surgery Department at the Erie County Medical Center
  • Community Health Center of Buffalo

Areas of Past Research

  • Mortality trends in the State of New York
  • Cardio-metabolic risk in Western New York
  • Radiation effects on atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan
  • Early childhood outcomes among 0-3 year old children who are disabled, developmentally delayed, or are diagnosed with Autism


Reports and Publications