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Date: Monday, April 27, 2015



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Philip Diller, MD
Philip Diller, MD

Leslie Applegate
Leslie Applegate

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine

Winners Announced

Philip Diller, MD, PhD, Fred Lazarus, Jr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Leslie Rae Applegate, class of 2015, have been named winners of the 2015 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine awards. The honor is presented to a graduating student and faculty member who best demonstrate the ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients and their families along with health care colleagues and clinical experience. The awards are presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and will be bestowed on honorees at the 2015 Honors Day Ceremony scheduled for May 23 at 11 a.m. at the Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati.

Bench to bedside research


Research Week Kicks Off One Week from Today

Research Week 2015’s opening ceremony and block party is just one week away. The May 4-8 celebration of research across our academic medical campus offers more than 20 events, including lectures, poster sessions, panels and a Shark Tank-style competition.

The week kicks off with a keynote address from General Peter Chiarelli (Ret.), CEO of One Mind, 11 a.m. Monday, May 4, in Levine Park. A block party with free food and live entertainment will follow. Mid-week, hear from Nobel Laureate David Baltimore, PhD, professor emeritus, Caltech, as he speaks about genes, medicine and the future of health research.

The week closes with the Hutton Ethics Lecture, presented this year by Tom Beauchamp, PhD, senior research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and co-author of the landmark "Belmont Report,” which became the foundation of our legal and ethical framework for conducting research involving human subjects.

For planning purposes, RSVPs are being requested for a number of events.

>> See the full Research Week 2015 schedule and RSVP.

Research Week 2015 is presented by Assurex. For more information, contact Brieanne Sheehan, College of Medicine Office of Research.

College of Medicine


Medicine Faculty Among Grant Winners

Ten College of Medicine faculty are part of winning projects in the latest round of Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Support Grants from the UC Office of Research and University Research Council. The six winning projects—chosen from a pool of 29 submissions—will each receive $25,000. All submissions were required to combine at least two different disciplines.

College of Medicine faculty included in the awards are: James Bridges, PhD, Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s (Perinatal Institute); Keith Casper, MD, Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery; Bradley Dixon, MD, Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s (Nephrology and Hypertension); James Herman, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience; Brett Kissela, MD, Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine; Steven Kleene, PhD, Molecular and Cellular Physiology; William Miller, PhD, Molecular Genetics; Erik Nelson, MD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience; Brian Siroky, PhD, Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s (Nephrology and Hypertension); and Yvonne Ulrich-Lai, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience.

>>See the complete list of awardees and project titles

Jon Divine, MD
Jon Divine, MD

Divine Named AMSSM President

Jon Divine, MD, Department of Orthoapedic Surgery, was installed on April 18 as president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) during the organization’s 24th annual meeting in Hollywood, Florida. Divine served as the program chair for a joint annual meeting in 2008 of AMSSM and the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine called "Rendez-Vous.” He also served on the AMSSM Board of Directors from 2008-12 and has served the past two years on the AMSSM Executive Committee.

Also during the 2015 AMSSM meeting, Michael Donaworth, MD, Department of Orthoapedic Surgery, won the Harry L. Galanty, MD, Young Investigator's Award for his research titled, "The Use of Vision Training as a Means of Decreasing Concussion Incidence in Football.” The Galanty Award is presented at the annual meeting for the most outstanding research presentation by a member who is a sports medicine fellow or who has recently completed fellowship training. 
As one of his first duties as president, Divine presented Donaworth the award.

Martha Dua-Awereh
Martha Dua-Awereh

UC Medical Student Elected to Top Position in SNMA

Medical student Martha Dua-Awereh, class of 2018, has been elected Region V Director for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Established in 1964, SNMA is a student-governed organization with more than 6,000 members nationwide and in the Caribbean. Students in the College of Medicine are part of Region V, which includes Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. SNMA is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

Gallery of Awardees
Gallery of Awardees

Gallery of Awardees Honors Madan, Tso and Weiss

The display celebrating faculty who were recently awarded research funding annually totaling $100,000 or more is currently honoring Rajat Madan, MD, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; Patrick Tso, PhD, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; and Alison Weiss, PhD, Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology. The Gallery of Awardees is coordinated by the College of Medicine’s Office of Research. Posters highlight each researcher and include a brief synopsis of the award goals and names of co-investigators. See the Gallery of Awardees display in the CARE/Crawley Atrium across from the dean’s suite.

David Duwel
David Duwel

Thomas Iverson
Thomas Iverson


DMP Students Take Top Honors at Symposium

University of Cincinnati Doctor of Medical Physics (DMP) students David Duwel and Thomas Iverson participated in a research symposium last weekend at the University of Toledo and took home first and second place and cash prizes of $300 and $200, respectively, as part of the competition. The symposium was sponsored by the Ohio River Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, which includes students from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. This is the second consecutive year that a UC DMP student has been given the award for best research project; last year, Michael Hardin won the top award. The DMP program is housed in the Department of Radiation Oncology and is only one of two programs of its kind in the country.

Brandon Tan
Brandon Tan

UC Med Student Named NIH Medical Research Scholar

Brandon Tan, class of 2017, has been selected as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP). The program includes 55 participants who will represent 37 U.S.-accredited universities. A year-long residential program, the MRSP introduces medical, dental and veterinary students to cutting-edge research, part of NIH's goal of training the next generation of clinician-scientists and biomedical researchers. The program places creative, research-oriented students in NIH laboratories and clinics, including within the NIH Clinical Center, to conduct basic, clinical or translational research in areas that match their career interests and research goals.

Gregory Rouan, MD
Gregory Rouan, MD

Internal Medicine State of the Department Address May 7

Gregory Rouan, MD, Gordon and Helen Hughes Taylor Professor of Medicine, Chair, Internal Medicine, along with the department’s associate chairs and executive director, will present the annual State of the Department address Thursday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5 p.m. The Department of Internal Medicine has 294 faculty members in nine divisions.


Taylor Brooks
Taylor Brooks

Alpha Omega Alpha Honors UC Medical Student

Taylor Brooks, class of 2018, was named among the 2015 Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship recipients by Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society, a professional medical organization, which recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine. The Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship emphasizes a student designed and initiated project with an academic mentor. Brooks’ project was NK Cell Crosstalk with Myeloid Suppressor Cells Promotes Chronic Infection. His mentor was Stephen Waggoner, PhD, Department of Pediatrics; and his counselor was Robert Luke, MD.


UPCOMING LECTURES AND SEMINARS

  • Molecular Genetics Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar April 28: Catherine Chaton, doctoral student, Andrew Herr Lab, will present "Lonely Protein Seeking Tetrahedral Arrangement: Metal Binding Specificity of Aap,” and Nassif Tabaja, doctoral student, Rhett Kovall Lab, will present "Comparative Analysis of CSL Binding Partners” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Physiology Seminar April 28: James Wells, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, is the featured speaker at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Medical Grand Rounds April 29:  Keith Luckett, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, will present "Not Everything is MRSA: The Truth about Skin and Soft Tissue Infections” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • ENT Grand Rounds April 29: Otolaryngology Chiefs will present "M&M” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Neurology Grand Rounds April 29: Marcia Kaplan, MD, Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, will present "Diagnosis and Management of Psychiatric Problems for the Neurologist” at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Grand Rounds April 29: As part of the Nasrallah Endowed Schizophrenia Lecture Series, Dolores Malaspina, MD, New York University Langone Medical Center, will present "Searching for the Seeds of Psychosis” at noon in Stetson 2108.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Series April 30: Emily Wang, PhD, Beckman Research Institute City of Hope, will present "Cancer-host Crosstalk: Extracellular MicroRNAs in Breast Cancer” at noon in Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Biomedical Informatics Seminar May 1: Phillip Dexheimer, Division of Biomedical Informatics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Taking RNA-Seq Beyond Microarrays: Promises and Challenges of Advanced Analyses” at 11 a.m. in S10.130.

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