ABOUT US:         

The Research Center for Stroke & Heart Disease of the Jacobs Neurological Institute was founded in 1997 by Frederick E. Munschauer III, M.D., Smith Professor & Chair, Department of Neurology, State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine. It is currently led by Executive Director, Mary M. Smith, R.N.

The Center is a 501c3 organization, operating out of Buffalo General Hospital, and is entirely grant funded. The Center employs several full-time and part-time staff and contractors who have backgrounds in such areas as health care management, epidemiology, communications, and computer programming. Their responsibilities include but are not limited to grant writing; study/project design, implementation, and evaluation; health research and epidemiological surveillance/profiling; data collection, management, and analysis; and publishing study results in applicable medical and epidemiological journals.

Over the past ten years, the Center has built a very strong reputation in the Western New York community as the go-to organization for regional and statewide stroke and heart disease death and prevalence statistics and associated risk factors.

Among our core competencies are:

  • Forming effective, trust-based community collaborations.
  • Executing soundly-designed, critically-evaluated studies/projects that have been modeled by other organizations.
  • Performing expert database establishment, management, and analysis for which we have been lauded for our timely and accurate generation of outcomes.
  • Positively impacting uninsured, underserved, and minority communities to help close a gap as the deliverance of health education/services is concerned.
  • Aligning ourselves with top-quality medical and epidemiological advisors and recruiting highly competent, motivated staff to conduct projects.
  • Remaining consistently financially healthy with a steady stream of funding which can be directly attributed to our reputation for professionalism and precision.
  • Realizing the results of our efforts toward raising awareness of and preventing stroke and heart disease through behavior change.


“Civic Empowerment Award” for Moving in Faith Community-Based Research Program. Honored by the Buffalo Niagara All-America City Committee, 2002.

“Health Care Hero Award” for Moving in Faith Community-Based Research Program. Honored by Business First of Buffalo Magazine, 2002.

“Be Active Erie County Community Award” for Moving in Faith Community-Based Research Program. Honored by the New York State Physical Activity Coalition, 2002.

“Organizational Partner of the Year Award.” Honored by the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, 2003.