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Alice Mills, MD, MPH
Alice Mills, MD, MPH

Mills Named Career Development Director

Alice Mills, MD, MPH, has been appointed career development director in Student Affairs and Admissions. In this new role, Mills will be working with medical students on career planning and advising students on the residency matching process. She also will also be collaborating with college faculty and staff on developing and implementing curricular and extracurricular activities in those areas.   

Since July 2014, Mills, an adjunct associate professor of family and community medicine, has served as interim director and then assistant director of University Health Services (UHS), which provides care to UC students and employees. Mills will continue to assist UHS on campus public health projects while also maintaining her appointment in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Rita Alloway, PharmD
Rita Alloway, PharmD

Alloway Presents at FDA Meeting 

Rita Alloway, PharmD, research professor of medicine and director of transplant clinical research within the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, made a presentation June 5 to the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Generic Drugs’ Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GUDFA) public hearing. She joined Wenlei Jiang, PhD, Office of Generic Drugs deputy director, for a discussion on the post-market safety and efficacy of generics. 

During the presentation, Alloway highlighted her own research on the generic version of tacrolimus, a drug used post-transplant to lower the risk of organ rejection. Alloway and team have found that generic formulations of tacrolimus are just as good as the brand name version. Jiang highlighted this study and resulting letters from transplant nephrologists to their patients stating that generic tacrolimus is safe and effective and cited this study as a gold standard for the impact GUDFA funded research has clinical practice and addressing public concerns. 

Alloway’s presentation to the FDA follows a May 3 presentation of her work at the American Transplant Congress annual meeting in Philadelphia and May 12 presentation for the Canadian British Columbia Transplant Programs in Vancouver.

Kettering North
Kettering North

Lot 13 Parking Restricted for Kettering North Project

In preparation for the relocation of utilities and the demolition of Kettering North, the north end of Lot 13 became inaccessible for parking Saturday, June 6. Permit holders will need to use the parking spaces on the south side of Lot 13. (The north end is adjacent to the Holmes lot; the south side is adjacent to the main entrance of the Kettering Lab complex.) The section of Lot 13 located to the rear (west side) of Eden Garage is now the designated parking area for reciprocity parking only (West Campus, UC Blue Ash, UC Clermont and Campus Recreation parking permits).

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Parking Services at 513-556-2283. 

Nooshin Hashmei
Nooshin Hashmei, MD

El Mustapha Bahassi, PhD
El Mustapha Bahassi, PhD

Hashmei and Bahassi Receive Foundation Grant

Nooshin Hashmei, MD, and El Mustapha Bahassi, PhD, both assistant professors in the Department of Internal Medicine, have been awarded a $20,000 grant by the Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation for their research project, "Pharmacogenomic Profiling of Circulating Tumor Cells to Guide Head and Neck Cancer Therapy.” 

Hashemi will serve as principal investigator and Bahassi will be co-principal investigator for the project. 

Mehran Attari, MD, UC Health electrophysiologist
Mehran Attari, MD, 

Marzieh Salehi, MD
Marzieh Salehi, MD

City Silence Initiative Comes to UC 

The UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness is coordinating weekly silent meditation sessions on UC’s medical campus. Led by Mehran Attari, MD, and Marzieh Salehi, MD, the sessions are part of the international City Silence movement, a network of community mindfulness gatherings encouraging barrier-free silent meditation in city and community spaces. The sessions on UC’s campus will begin Wednesday, June 10, and continue weekly on Wednesdays. Each session will run from 7:30 to 8 a.m. on the steps outside the CARE/Crawley Building. Participants can stay for a few minutes or the entire half hour. No prior experience is needed. For more information, contact Kelly Lyle, health affairs program officer.

Medical Residents

UC Residents Take Top Honors at OVSPS Meeting 

University of Cincinnati residents received the Best Clinical and Best Poster awards at the Ohio Cup, held during the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons, May 29-31, in Covington, Ky. There were 125 residents, program directors and chiefs involved as well as practicing surgeons from five states and institutions including Pittsburgh, Cleveland Clinic, Case Western, OSU, Summa and IU. The Ohio Cup gave recognition in the areas of Best Overall, Best Clinical, Best Research and Best Poster with runners up in clinical and research.

The OVSPS serves highlights new technologies, new treatment modalities and new techniques in plastic and reconstructive surgery and serves to educate these individuals on patient safety topics and research occurring within the region to expand the breadth and scope of plastic surgeons. Specifically, the meeting included didactic and panel presentations to generate discussion involving new concepts and controversies in plastic surgery.

John Kitzmiller, MD, professor of surgery and director of the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive, Hand Surgery and Burn Surgery and a member of the UC Cancer Institute, is president of the OVSPS. 

Kathryn Kenney, DO, and Brian Evans, DO
Kathryn Kenney, DO

Kenney Wins Laughlin Foundation Award

Kathryn Kenney, DO, a Class of 2015 General Psychiatry resident, is the 2015 winner of the Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Durkee Laughlin Foundation Psychiatric Endowment Fund Award at UC. This cash award is given to residents in recognition of their professional achievement, dedication and scholarship throughout residency training. Based in Frederick, Maryland, the Laughlin Foundation for more than 30 years has honored outstanding residents in psychiatric training programs throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

Alberto Espay, MD
Alberto Espay, MD

Espay Part of Parkinson Study Group Leadership

Alberto Espay, MD, an associate professor in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine and director and endowed chair of the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the UC Neuroscience Institute, has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Parkinson Study Group. His term begins immediately and will continue to May 2018.

The Parkinson Study Group is a nonprofit group of physicians and other health care providers from medical centers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico experienced in the care of Parkinson patients and dedicated to clinical research of Parkinson’s disease.

Rock Out Cancer

Happy Hour Party to Benefit Pancreatic Cancer Research

As a preview event to the Rock Out Cancer Concert with the Guess Who June 20, Rock Bottom Brewery, 10 Fountain Square, downtown Cincinnati, is hosting a Happy Hour Tap Party from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 10. All proceeds will support the GIVEHOPE Pancreatic Cancer Fund and the UC Cancer Institute.

Five dollars will get patrons a beer and an appetizer sampler. Silent auction items and a raffle will also be available to help support this cause.

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Phil Howels
Philip Howles, PhD

Eleanor Powell, 24, is a third-year graduate student in pathobiology and molecular medicine.
Eleanor Powell

Howles and Powell Receive Honors

Philip Howles, PhD, research assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has been named Teacher of the Year by the pathobiology and molecular medicine graduate program. Students who nominated Howles praised him for his service as a mentor willing to speak with students about their projects, career goals and graduate life in general. He is also a supporter of the PMM Journal Clubs.

Eleanor Powell, a third-year graduate student, was named Student of the Year by the pathobiology and molecular medicine graduate program. She was nominated by Jason Blackard, PhD, director of the Office of Global Health in the College of Medicine, and described as someone who is "hardworking and intellectually curious”  with an ability to excel at the bench and in the classroom. Powell is also recipient of the Albert J. Ryan Fellowship—an honor awarded by UC, Harvard University and Dartmouth College to students interested in conducting research that will contribute new knowledge in the biomedical sciences.

George Gardner
George Gardner

Jialiang Liang
Jialiang Liang, PhD

Gardner and Liang Receive AHA Fellowships

George Gardner, a second-year PhD student in the Molecular, Cellular, and Biochemical Pharmacology program, is a recipient of a $26,000 American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship Award renewable for a two-year period. Gardner's grant was considered "excellent" and ranked in the 4th percentile out of 105 applicants. The title of his project is "The Role of Hsp20 and Its PKA-Phosphorylation in the Heart.” Gardner’s mentor is Litsa Kranias, PhD, Distinguished University Research Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics 

Jialiang Liang, PhD, post-doctoral fellow, is the recipient of a $45,000 American Heart Association postdoctoral fellowship award. Liang’s award is for the project titled, "The Role of Tunneling Nanotubes in Human iPSC-Derived Endothelial Cells in Angiogenesis of the Infarcted Heart.” Liang does research in the laboratory of Yigang Wang, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

David Rakel, MD
David Rakel, MD

Rakel Presents as Part of Health and Healing Series 

David Rakel, MD, MPH, director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Wisconsin, will present "The Clinician Effect: How You Trump Pills” on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, from noon to 1 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. The event is part of the Mind-Body Interface in Health and Healing series and is sponsored by the Dr. Khushman V. Sanghvi Memorial Lectureship and the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. Refreshments will be served and continuing medical education credits are available. For more information contact Lisa Doogan or 513-558-2310.

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)

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. 

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Carlos Sanchez, MD
Carlos Sanchez, MD

Jason J. Meunier Memorial Lecture Set for June 9

Carlos Sanchez, MD, OhioHealth Heart and Vascular Physicians-Riverside Methodist Hospital, is the featured speaker for the second annual Jason J. Meunier Memorial Lecture scheduled for noon Tuesday, June 9, in MSB 3351. Sanchez will present "Percutaneous Treatment of Mitral Regurgitation: Contemporary Data and Future Directions.”

The lecture is hosted by the Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease and the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program to honor the memory of Jason Meunier, the late husband of fellowship program manager Eva Meunier. At the request of the Meunier family, the memorial lecture focuses on educational topics identified by current and previous fellows. Fellowship program alumni are invited as speakers.


  • CCTST Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Monthly Seminar June 9:  Liang Niu, PhD, Department of Environmental Health, will present "IUTA: A tool for effectively detecting differential isoform usage from RNA-Seq data” at 3 p.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical center Location S, Room S8.125.
  • Transplant Division Grand Rounds June 9: Andrew Friedrich, MD, Department of Anesthesia, will present "Functional Hemodynamic Monitoring” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Department of Anesthesia Grand Rounds June 10: Andrea Girnius, MD, will present "Cardiac Disease in Pregnancy: Cardiac Management and Anesthetic Considerations” at 7 a.m. in MSB 3351.
  • ENT Grand Rounds June 10: Robert Hale, MD, will present "Managing Facial Trauma Injuries” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds June 10: Ciaran Kelly, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston, will present "Clostridium Difficile – Beyond Antibiotics” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine June 10: Joseph Broderick, MD, will present "A Sea Change in the Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke” at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Research in Patient Services Talk Series June 15: David Moore, PhD, Department of Otolaryngology– Head and Neck Surgery, will present "Do Children Hear with Their Ears or Their Brain? Why Does It Matter?” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S5.125.

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