Harvey Arbesman, a Solver from Buffalo, New York, recently won the Discovery Prize for the InnoCentive Prize4Life ALS Biomarker Challenge.
I am a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in a suburb of Buffalo. I graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and did my dermatology residency at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to dermatology, I have always been interested in public health and epidemiology. So, while continuing to see patients in my private dermatology practice, I decided to go back to school and obtained my Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health-Related Professions.
I really enjoy looking at different problems from new angles with "out of the box" thinking and seeking out clues from epidemiology and old medical textbooks and journals. I try to think of new ways to prevent, diagnose or treat different medical problems. To assist me in this goal, I also earned a certificate in Facilitating Creative Problem Solving from the International Center for Studies in Creativity (where the term "brainstorming" was coined).
In 2002, my wife Marian and I founded ArbesIdeas, Inc., a research and development company devoted to innovation in health-related issues. I am currently the Vice President. I love learning about new and innovative approaches to health-related issues and combine my medical background with a passion for new ideas to develop new medical hypotheses and innovative health-related products.
I have published in various medical journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and Medical Hypotheses. I am currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences where I teach dermatology residents about clinical epidemiology and hypothesis generation. I am also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine in the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University at Buffalo.
I have participated in different InnoCentive Challenges dealing with various areas of medicine, including ALS, Muscular Dystrophy and Tuberculosis.
Find out more about Harvey and ArbesIdeas at www.arbesideas.com/
Find out more about the Prize4Life ALS Biomarker Challenge.