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Honors Day 2012

College of Medicine Recognizing Graduates 

at 2015 Honors Day Saturday, May 23

The College of Medicine will recognize 164 graduates during the 2015 Honors Day celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, in the Aronoff Center for the Arts, downtown. UC President Santa Ono, PhD will be this year’s Honors Day speaker and will present "Education of the Heart and Mind.” 

The 2015 Excellence in Public Health Award will be presented to fourth-year medical student Heather Marlene Hughes. The Golden Apple Award will be presented to David Fischer, MD, Department of Surgery, while Silver Apple Awards will go to Robert Neel, MD, and John Quinlan, MD, both from the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine.

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award will be presented to Philip Diller, MD, PhD, Fred Lazarus Jr. Professor and Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and fourth-year medical student Leslie Applegate. The Tow award recognizes individuals who emphasize humanism in the delivery of care to patients and their families.

Bench to bedside research

Research Week 2015 Sessions Online

A number of Research Week 2015 events are now available online for viewing. All events that took place in MSB E-351 and Kresge Auditorium are posted. These include talks on the Million Veteran Program, academic-community research partnerships, personal stories of commercialization success, as well as keynote addresses by Nobel Laureate David Baltimore, PhD, and Tom Beauchamp, PhD, who was this year’s presenter of the annual Hutton Ethics Lecture. Research Week 2015 was presented by Assurex Health.

>> View Research Week 2015 videos.


REMINDER: Findlay Market Pop-up Shop Wednesday 

Merchants from Cincinnati’s Findlay Market will set up shop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, in the CARE/Crawley Building's Kaplan Reception Area. Fresh produce, locally made items and ready-to-eat foods will be available for purchase. Vendors will be set up to accept cash and credit cards. Confirmed for Wednesday’s market are: Bean Haus (fresh baked breads), Churchill’s Teas, Daisy Mae’s (fresh produce and jams, sauces and peanut butter), Dean’s Mediterranean Imports, Eli’s BBQ, Mama Lo Hizo (kettle corn) and Taste of Belgium. The May 20 pop-up market was coordinated by the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. Look for additional pup-up market dates. For more information, contact Kelly Lyle, health affairs program officer. 

Bicycle in Ride Cincinnati

Register for UC Advance Team for Ride Cincinnati Event

UC Advance, UC's first corporate team for Ride Cincinnati, is asking for participants to join the event Sunday, June 14. All proceeds benefit the UC Cancer Institute and the UC Health Barrett Cancer Center. 

If participants are unable to register to Ride, they can donate to the team. Riders who join the team and contribute or raise more than $100 will receive a University of Cincinnati cycling jersey. If you are unable to ride but would still like to support the team and receive a jersey, please indicate your shirt size in the comments section when making your donation of $100 or more. 

Ride Cincinnati raises money to support breast cancer research at UC. Twenty-nine pilot grants totaling more than $1 million have been awarded to breast cancer research faculty. 

>>More about the event

>>Register for UC Advance team

Thomas Herzog, MD
Thomas Herzog, MD

Vijaya Gandhi, PhD, with Thomas Boat, MD
Vijaya Gandhi, PhD

Pilot Grant Program Letter of Intent Deadline June 1 

The UC Cancer Institute will offer two pilot grants of $50,000 to $60,000 each to facilitate the conduct of investigator-initiated clinical trials. The grants will be awarded for a period of one year with the possibility for a one-year renewal contingent upon adequate progress in accruals and availability of funds. It should be noted that renewal applications will be in competition with new applications for funding.

All proposed protocols should be eligible for review by the UC Cancer Institute Protocol Review Monitoring Committee and approved by the UC Institutional Review Board. Clinical and postdoctoral research fellows, instructors and research associates are eligible to apply as co-investigators with their UC faculty advisor or mentor as the principal investigator (PI).

All proposals should be investigator-initiated cancer clinical trials. Preference will be given to interventional trial protocols (defined by NCI guidelines as protocols designed to evaluate one or more interventions for treating a disease, syndrome or condition. The participants may receive diagnostic, treatment, behavioral or other types of interventions) with the ability to accrue well.

The deadline for letters of intent is Monday, June 1, 2015. This is a change from the original announcement about this program that was distributed in mid-April. Full proposals (only for selected Letters of Intent) will be due Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 

For questions regarding the definition of interventional trials, contact Thomas Herzog, MD. All other questions should be directed to Vijaya Gandhi, PhD. 

>>More information on the UC Cancer Institute Clinical Research Pilot Grants 

Twenty-five students were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Gold Humanism Honor Society Inducts 25 New Students

The College of Medicine chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society inducted 25 new members into its ranks Wednesday, May 6, and recognized six others with awards for humanism in teaching and medicine. 

The event was held at the UC Faculty Club in the Richard E. Lindner Center. Laura Malosh, PhD, assistant dean for academic support in the college’s office of student affairs and Gold Humanism Honor Society chapter advisor, welcomed the largest class of honor society members since the chapter’s inception in 2008.

Medical students inducted into the honor society are: Victoria Adegboye, Katie Baughman, Candice Carpenter, Ashley Cattran, Grant Comstock, Mark Costello, Rebecca Currier, Zachary DeVore, Kristina Gaietto, Rahul Handa, Craig Hansen, Elizabeth Hathaway, Kevin Janek, Jeremy Kearns, Justin King, Josie Maione, Tricia Minton, Srinidhi Reddy, Sara Sadat-Hossieny, Marguerite Schneider, Anna Scott, Aaron Smith, Susan Williams, Samantha Wu and Richard Yeager.

The college also awarded six residents with Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards. The awards were presented by Amy Bunger, PhD, assistant designated institutional officer. Resident awardees included: Margaret Beaudrot, MD, obstetrics & gynecology; Hannah Galey, MD, obstetrics & gynecology; Katherine Glass, MD, pediatrics/psychiatry and child psychiatry; Michael Sabbah, MD, internal medicine; Megan Stevenson, MD, surgery; and Gregory Wilson, MD, surgery.

Dale Smith, PhD
Dale Smith, PhD

Cecil Striker Lecture on Public Hospitals May 19

The Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions and the Cecil Striker Society for the History of Medicine will host the Cecil Striker Society Annual Lecture Tuesday, May 19, in Kresge Auditorium. 

Sponsored in part by UC Health, the evening will include a reception from 4 to 5 p.m. At 5, Dale Smith, PhD, will present "The History of Public Hospitals: Cornerstone of American Healthcare,” with a focus on Cincinnati General Hospital (now UC Medical Center).

Smith is senior vice president of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and chair of medical history in the F. Edward Hubert School of Medicine, USHUS. 

Admittance is free. For more information contact or call 513-558-5120.

Rekha Chaudhary, MD
Rekha Chaudhary, MD

Chaudhary Presents ‘Healing and Cancer’

Rekha Chaudhary, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Hematology Oncology, will present "Healing and Cancer: Is There More Than Traditional Medicine Has to Offer?” at 7:30 a.m. in MSB 2351 Wednesday, May 27, as part of the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness Grand Rounds.

Steven Kyle Grinspoon, MD
Steven Kyle Grinspoon, MD

Internal Medicine 2015 Research Symposium June 12

The Department of Internal Medicine 2015 Research Symposium is set for 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 12, in the CARE/Crawley Atrium and MSB E-351. This year’s keynote speaker is Steven Kyle Grinspoon, MD, Neuroendocrine Clinical Center and Neuroendocrine Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The itinerary for the day’s events includes:

  • 8:30 to 9 a.m. Breakfast (Outside E-351)
  • 9 to 9:30 a.m. Welcome (E-351)
  • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Keynote speaker (E-351)
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Trainee poster session / TGR with lunch (CARE/Crawley Atrium)
  • 1 to 5 p.m. – Symposium speakers (E-351)
  • 5 to 6 p.m. – Cocktail hour (CARE/Crawley Atrium)

IvaDean Concert

Rock Out Cancer With The Guess Who Concert June 20

The first "Rock Out Cancer” concert benefiting the UC Cancer Institute and GIVEHOPE is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Horseshoe Casino, downtown. The Guess Who will be performing. Gold Star Chili and BSI Engineering will sponsor the event. Tickets are $80 for general admission and include dinner by the bite featuring restaurants Gold Star Chili, Rock Bottom Brewery, Via Vita, Palomino, Taft’s Ale House and Horseshoe Casino and desserts by Patricia’s Wedding Cakes. 

VIP tickets are $160 and include the above plus a meet-and-greet with the band before the concert, reserved seating, VIP cash bar area with bar service from seats, goodie bags and the opportunity to nominate a cancer patient/survivor or someone who lost their battle with cancer to be highlighted during the event. Super VIP tickets are $500 and feature dinner with the band after the concert, front row reserved seats with cash bar service from seats and free VIP parking.

>> Purchase tickets online.


  • Physiology Seminar May 18: Peter Lauf, MD, Wright State University, will present "Na/K Pump ATPase and Bci-2 Proteins: An Oligomeric Bio-Sensor Controlling Cellular Life and Death?” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Molecular Genetics Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar May 19: Swati Tiwari, doctoral student, Punam Malik Lab, will present "Genetic Therapy for Perforin Deficiency Associated Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis Requires High Level Expression of the Perforin Gene for Adequate Correction” in MSB 2351 at noon.
  • ENT Grand Rounds May 20: Charles Parker, MD, will present at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Neurology Grand Rounds May 20: Aram Zabeti, MD, will present at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds May 20: Kenneth Sherman, MD, PhD, Division of Digestive Diseases, will present "Hepatitis C: The New Internist’s Disease” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Series May 21: Ravi Amaravadi, MD, University of Pennsylvania, will present "Targeting Autophagy in Cancer” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.
  • Biomedical Informatics Friday Speaker Series May 22: Philip 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. Cincinnati Children’s S10.130.
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