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Lisa Larkin, MD, associate professor of obstretics and gynecology
Lisa Larkin, MD

Larkin Testifies at FDA Committee Meeting

on New Drug Application for Flibanserin

Lisa Larkin, MD, associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the UC Health Women’s Center, offered testimony at the June 4 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee meeting on the new drug application for flibanserin, a non-hormonal tablet proposed for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women. Larkin, whose own clinic interests include midlife women’s health and sexual health, commented about the frequency at which she hears from patients about their own sexual health concerns. The FDA Advisory Committee voted 18-6 in favor of recommending approval for flibanserin. Additional review will now follow before the drug can be approved and made available for patients.

Health Professions Building
Health Professions Building

Visual Inspection Next for HPB Renovation Project

Architectural and engineering team members for the HPB Renovation Project will be onsite to perform a visual inspection of the Health Professions Building’s existing conditions between Tuesday, June 16, and Friday, June 26. The visual inspection is to verify existing building conditions room by room. 

While inspecting the building, staff will be confirming existing room conditions including casework, equipment, plumbing fixtures, finishes, ceilings, walls and other features and will need to enter offices, labs or classrooms for a short time. Team members will identify themselves before entering and will do their best not to interfere with occupants’ work. 

Please contact Dennis Funke, project manager in Planning + Design + Construction, at 513-558-8999 or  with questions.

David Hom, MD
David Hom, MD

Hom to Deliver Lectureship in Chicago

David Hom, MD, will deliver the 11th annual M. Eugene Tardy, MD Lectureship in Facial Plastic Surgery and the Humanities Friday, June 19, as part of the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Alumni Day. His topic will be "Enhancing the Art of Care during Awake Procedures in this High Tech Multi-Generational Environment.”

Hom is a professor in the UC Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and director of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also medical director for facial trauma at UC Medical Center.

Susan Waltz, PhD
Susan Waltz, PhD

Hong-Sheng Wang, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics.
Hong-Sheng Wang, PhD

Waltz and Wang Receive Bridge Funding

Susan Waltz, PhD, professor in the Department of Cancer Biology, and Hong-Sheng Wang, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics, have received awards from the Bridge Funding Program (BFP) in the College of Medicine Office of Research. Waltz received support for the project titled "The HGFL: Ron Receptor Tandem in Prostate Cancer,” while Wang received support for the project titled "Effects of Environmental Estrogen Exposure on the Heart.”

Daphne Glenn
Daphne Glenn

Glenn Hired for UC Neuroscience Institute Post

Daphne Glenn has been hired for the new position of clinical operations director for the UC Neuroscience Institute. The announcement was made by Lori Uphaus, the institute’s administrative director.

Glenn, who began the new job June 8 and is based in the Stetson Building, has 18 years of operational and strategic leadership in health care. Most recently, she served on the Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care senior leadership team and was the executive director for the skilled nursing and assisted living facility.

IvaDean Concert

Rock Out Cancer Concert Saturday, June 20

The first annual "Rock Out Cancer” concert benefiting the UC Cancer Institute and GIVEHOPE is set for the Horseshoe Casino at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20. 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, Bella Luna and Horseshoe Casino, and desserts by Patricia’s Wedding cakes.

>>> Purchase tickets

Location T

New Cincinnati Children's Research Building Opens

The Clinical Sciences Pavilion on Albert Sabin Way between the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center main clinical care center and a companion research tower opened Friday, June 12. The $205 million tower adds 445,000 square feet of space and brings the total research space at Cincinnati Children’s to more than 1.4 million square feet. More than 1,500 physicians, scientists and staff will move into the new building during the summer. Construction on the building, which includes clinical research space for children and their families, laboratories, offices and a rooftop terrace, began three years ago.

Glenn Egelman
Glenn Egelman

Egelman Named UHS Executive Director

Glenn Egelman, MD, has been named executive director of University Health Services and professor of family and community medicine. Egelman assumed his new post June 1.

Egelman brings 20 years of experience in campus health centers and an expertise in travel medicine. He formerly operated Campus Health Care Consultants in Washington, D.C., and from 2008 to 2011 was director of medical services for the United States Peace Corps overseeing health facilities in 78 countries. Previously, he directed student health services at Bowling Green State University and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. He also has held administrative and clinical positions at Stony Brook University and the University of Rochester.

Egelman received his medical degree from the University of Rochester and completed a residency in primary care internal medicine at Highland Hospital of the University of Rochester.

Alberto Espay, MD
Alberto Espay, MD

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Clinician's Guide to Parkinson's

The second annual Clinician’s Guide to Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, 2015, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center. Presented by the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the UC Neuroscience Institute, it is an educational conference for health care professionals.

The conference will begin with Challenging Movement Disorders Cases, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, and continue with a full day of sessions Saturday, Oct. 10. Course directors are Alberto Espay, MD, an associate professor in the UC Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine and director and endowed chair of the Gardner Center, and Kathrin LaFaver, MD, of the University of Louisville. Continuing education credit is available.

>>>   Register online

Gallery of Awardees
Gallery of Awardees

Researchers Honored in Gallery of Awardees Display

A display celebrating faculty who were recently awarded research funding annually totaling $100,000 or more is now in the CARE/Crawley Atrium across from the Dean’s Suite. The Gallery of Awardees is coordinated by the college’s Office of Research. Posters highlight each researcher and include a brief synopsis of the award goals and names of co-investigators. The display will be updated monthly and will be rotated at several medical campus locations throughout the month.

Researchers currently featured are: Andrew Norman, PhD, Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics; Thomas Thompson, PhD, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology; Vladimir Bogdanov, PhD, Internal Medicine; Chris Blakeman, MSc, Surgery; Frank McCormack, MD, Internal Medicine; Jason McMullan, MD, Emergency Medicine; Xiaoyang Qi, PhD, Internal Medicine; and Sergey Grinshpun, PhD, Environmental Health.

This is one of several initiatives that the Office of Research is undertaking to celebrate researchers' success and recognize their efforts. These include new opportunities for planning grants, comparative effectiveness research (CER) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and, most recently, awards to recognize the best of our early investigators (Research Rising Star) and Team Scientists (Cross-Cutting Research Award). The Office of Research will be rolling out a new Bridge Fund request for application, CER/PCOR opportunities, support for grant pre-review and additional recognition awards during the next several months.


  • 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.
  • Transplant Division Grand Rounds June 16: Sander Vinks, PharmD, PhD, Departments of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics and Pediatrics, will present "Evaluating the Impact of Pharmacogenetics on Tacrolimus Pharmacokinetics and Bioequivalence in Transplant Recipients” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Anesthesiology Grand Rounds June 17: Leo Peña, MD, will present "Management of the Septic Patient” at 7 a.m. in MSB 3351.
  • ENT Grand Rounds June 17: Chia-Ying James Lin, PhD, Dane and Mary L. Miller Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering, will present at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds June 17: Susan Smyth, MD, University of Kentucky, will present "Functional Validation of Genetic Risk for Coronary Artery Disease" as part of the Johnson McGuire Series at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds June 17: Holli Horak, MD, University of Arizona Medical Center, will present "Update on ALS Management” at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.

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