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Date: Monday, July 6, 2015

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Peter Stambrook, PhD
Peter Stambrook, PhD

Shuk-mei Ho
Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD

Three Upcoming Events Will Recognize

Work of College's Research Community

The College of Medicine Office of Research will host three events that will recognize the work of our research community. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend:

  • Recognizing a Lifetime of Achievement in Research: Peter Stambrook, PhD: 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, MSB E-351. Reception to follow. Dr. Stambrook joined the College of Medicine faculty in 1981 and was recently recognized as a UC 2015 Distinguished Research professor.
  • Research Awards Program: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, CARE/Crawley Atrium and Kaplan Reception Area. Pre and post reception. Faculty who have received a College of Medicine Office of Research Recognition Award will be acknowledged in addition to those inducted into the Gallery of Awardees, which highlights faculty who have successfully competed for research grants totaling $100,000 or more in direct costs per year.
  • Recognizing a Lifetime of Achievement in Research: Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD: 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, MSB E-351. Reception to follow. Dr. Ho joined the College of Medicine faculty in 2005 and was recently awarded the George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Distinguished Scientific Research.

Robert Shen, MD
K. Robert Shen, MD

Andrea Wolf, MD
Andrea Wolf, MD

SAVE THE DATE: Lung Cancer Conference Sept. 25

The UC Cancer Institute's Comprehensive Lung Cancer Center is presenting "Lung Cancer in the 21st Century: An Educational Conference for Health Care Professionals," from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Marriott Northeast, 9664 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason. 

The event will focus on the following:

  • Defining the risk factors for lung cancer including tobacco, genetics and environmental influences.
  • Understanding the surgical standards for early-stage lung cancer.
  • Understanding the newest targeted therapies and immunotherapies for lung cancer.
  • Understanding the role of interventional pulmonology in the treatment and palliation of lung cancer.
  • Understanding advances in radiation dosing and fields for the treatment of lung cancer.
  • Describing the new pathological and molecular classification of lung cancer.
  • Understanding the current trends in the treatment of mesothelioma.
  • Understanding the indications, risks, benefits and process of lung cancer screening.

Visiting speakers include K. Robert Shen, MD, from the Mayo Clinic, and Andrea Wolf, MD, from Mount Sinai Health System. There will also be a lung cancer screening workshop. 

The cost is $75 per person in advance and $90 per person at the door and $35 per nurse in advance and $50 per nurse person at the door. Medical students, residents and fellows are free with prior registration and $25 at the door. 

>> More information

>> Register

David Plas, PhD, Maria Czyzyk-Krzeska, MD, PhD, and Jarek Meller, PhD
Maria Czyzyk-Krzeska, MD, PhD

Czyzyk-Krzeska to Serve on NIH Study Section

Maria Czyzyk-Krzeska, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Cancer Biology and a member of both the Cincinnati Cancer Center and the UC Cancer Institute, will serve as a member of the Molecular Oncogenesis Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, for the National Institutes of Health from July 2015 through June 2021. Members are selected on the basis of their competence and achievement in their scientific discipline and by the quality of their research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. 

In addition to Czyzyk-Krzeska, fellow cancer biology faculty and CCC and institute members David Plas, PhD, and Susan Waltz, PhD, serve as NIH study section members. Plas serves in the Tumor Cell Biology Study Section; Waltz serves in the Cancer Molecular Pathobiology Study Section.

David Bernstein, MD
David Bernstein, MD

David Bernstein Appointed to Research Committee

David Bernstein, MD, professor in the Division of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, has been appointed to the Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation Research Committee (AITC) for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Bernstein’s tenure runs from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2019. The AITC reviews T32 training grants for NIAID and other special grant applications.

Kavitha Subramanian Vignesh
Kavitha Subramanian Vignesh, PhD

Subramanian Vignesh Receives Awards

Kavitha Subramanian Vignesh, PhD, in the laboratory of George Deepe, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, has received a 2015 Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the American Heart Association for the project titled, "Interleukin-4 Regulates Zinc Homeostasis to Weaken Macrophage Antifungal Defense.”

Subramanian Vignesh has also received  a New Investigator Scholar Award from the UC Center for Environmental Genetics funded by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences for the project titled "Zinc regulation by interleukin-4 shapes macrophage phenotype to promote survival of a medically important fungal pathogen."

Marzieh Salehi, MD
Marzieh Salehi, MD

Salehi Receives Support for Bariatric Surgery Research

Marzieh Salehi, MD, associate professor of endocrinology, has received a five-year grant of $2.9 million from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the National Institutes of Health for her research titled "The Weight-Independent Effects of Bariatric Surgeries on Islet Cell Function.” The award number for this research is R01DK105379. 

Kingsgate Marriott
Kingsgate Marriott

UC Cancer Institute to Host Retreat July 14

For the second year, the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute will host a half-day retreat July 14 for multidisciplinary researchers from across both campuses with hopes of developing new collaborations and research ideas.

The event, being held at the Kingsgate Marriott and titled "University Retreat for Research: Cincinnati Charge Against Cancer/Cancer Curathon,” will be an organized meeting of the minds, where both cancer-type specific and randomized groups will be formed and will work together on a previously unfunded scientific project, with hopes of impacting the field of cancer research.

This year, the Cincinnati Enquirer is collecting research ideas from the community that may be considered on the day of the retreat.

>> Submit Your Idea


  • Neurology Grand Rounds July 8: John Quinlan, MD, will present "Cost Effective Analysis: Can We Make It Easy Enough for a Clinician to Use?” at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Medical Grand Rounds July 8: Silvana Obici, MD, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, will present "Approaches to Obesity Therapy” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Series July 9: Masahiro Morita, PhD, McGill University, will present "Post-transcriptional regulation of cancer metabolism” at 11 a.m. in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.

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