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Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Fred Finkelman, MD
Fred Finkelman, MD

Uma Kotagal
Uma Kotagal, MBBS

College of Medicine Honors Two Faculty 

With Daniel Drake Medals

The UC College of Medicine on Saturday, May 23, presented two current faculty members with the college’s highest honor, the Daniel Drake Medal.

The Daniel Drake Medal, established in 1985, is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Medicine and is given annually to living faculty or alumni for their outstanding and unique contributions to medical education, scholarship and research.

Drake Medal recipients for 2015 are:

Fred Finkelman, MD, professor of medicine and pediatrics and investigator and clinician at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and researcher at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Uma Kotagal, MBBS, MSc, executive director of the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s and UC professor of pediatrics.

›› Read about the Drake winners

Elizabeth Tiffany
Elizabeth Tiffany

Tiffany Wins Maurice and Diana Levine Travel Award

Elizabeth Tiffany, MD, inpatient chief resident (general psychiatry), was selected as the winner of the third annual Maurice and Diana Levine Travel Award. The award was created by the daughters of Maurice Levine, MD, who chaired what was then known as the UC Department of Psychiatry (now Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience) for almost 25 years, in memory of their parents. Previous awardees are Christopher Marett, MD, MPH, and Stephen Rush, MD.

Tiffany received a grant of $1,000 toward her travel expenses to attend the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting in Toronto. She also had the opportunity to meet with Ellen Ebert, daughter of the Levines, and her husband, psychiatrist Michael Ebert, MD, to receive their congratulations in person.

Christopher Lindsell, PhD
Christopher Lindsell, PhD

Regulatory Forum May 29

Sponsored by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST), the forum "Blurred Lines: Is randomized controlled patient care research or practice?” will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 29, in the Cincinnati Children’s Research Auditorium, 3381-3383 Location R.

The event is open to researchers, administrators and staff from UC, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati VA Medical Center, UC Health and affiliates. Panelists will discuss the line between clinical care, comparative effectiveness and human subjects research; when IRB oversight is required; and what to do when IRB oversight is not required.

Opening remarks will be offered by Christopher Lindsell, PhD, vice president for research at UC Health and associate dean for clinical research at the UC College of Medicine. The session will be moderated by Mike Linke, PhD, Health Science Officer, Cincinnati VA Medical Center, and chair, UC Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Featured panelists include:

  • Evaline Alessandrini, MD, assistant vice president, Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, Cincinnati Children’s, and UC Department of Pediatrics
  • Michael Lyons, MD, associate professor, Emergency Medicine, UC
  • Jeff Norton, chief performance officer and vice president, UC Health
  • Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, professor and scientific director for nursing, Cincinnati Children’s
  • Shimul Shah, MD, UC associate professor of surgery and director, liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery

Registration is not required. A recording of the Forum will be linked from the CCTST website after the event. More information is available online or email

Bicycle in Ride Cincinnati
Bicycle in Ride Cincinnati

Register for UC Advance Team Ride for 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

Divaker Choubey, PhD
Divaker Choubey, PhD

Choubey Presents at European Congress of Rheumatology

Divaker Choubey, PhD, professor in the Department of Environmental Health, has been invited to give a lecture during the 16th annual European Congress of Rheumatology EULAR 2015 in Rome, Italy, June 10-13, 2015. Choubey’s laboratory is known for identifying the molecular mechanisms that contribute to a female bias in the development of certain autoimmune diseases. He will present the lecture "Estrogen’s Effects on B Cells and Implications for Sex Bias in Development of Autoimmunity.”

Bench to bedside research

UC Cancer Institute Research Pilot Grant Letters of Intent Due 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 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.

>>Get more information and full details on the UC Cancer Institute Clinical Research Pilot Grants

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)
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.

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 Vite, 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 26: Jianhua Xing, PhD, University Pittsburgh, will present "Cooperative Molecular Interactions Lead to Monoallelic Expression of Olfactory Receptors” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Anesthesiology Grand Rounds May 27: Andrew Friedrich, MD, and Sean Josephs, MD, both in the Department of Anesthesiology, will present "QA and Case Presentations” at 7 a.m. in MSB 3351.
  • ENT Grand Rounds May 27: Allen Seiden, MD, Department of Otolaryngology, will present "A Half Century of Rhinology: How Did That Happen?” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds May 27: Tim Smith, MD, Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease, will present "Cardiology Critical Care” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Series May 28: Rafeeq Habeebahmed, PhD, Department of Pathology, will present "Cardia Regeneration Using Stem Cells and MicroRNA” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.
  • Transplant Division Grand Rounds June 2: Rita Alloway, PharmD, Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, will present "Generic Tacrolimus: Good Medicine or Cheap Fix” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.


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