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Academic Health Center, UC Health Partner to Launch 1st-Ever Innovation Competition

UC Health and the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center have launched the first-ever "Care Delivery Innovation Competition.” The purpose of this competition is to showcase successes in care delivery innovation, and to drive, recognize and reward novel ideas throughout the academic medical center in fulfillment of our tripartite mission of clinical care, education and research. Winners—the top two proposal teams as determined by a panel of judges—will be named in November 2015. A total sum of $20,000 will be awarded to each team.

This inaugural competition will focus on telehealth solutions that enable more effective ways to provide care to patients by increasing efficiency, improving quality and enhancing access to care. Examples include home monitoring for complex patients, emergency consultations for providers in rural areas, outpatient video visits and specialist consults to primary care providers.

All health professionals and researchers within UC Health and the UC Academic Health Center currently part of a telehealth initiative in either the implementation or pilot stage are eligible to apply. Proposals must represent collaborations between UC Health and the UC Academic Health Center. 

>>Read the full competition announcement

>>Download the Competition Entry Form 

For more information, please contact Pamela Kimmel, UC Health’s director of telehealth, at 513-520-3716 or

Christian Hong, PhD
Christian Hong, PhD

Christy Holland, PhD
Christy Holland, PhD

Display Celebrates Research Award Recipients

A display created by the College of Medicine Office of Research celebrating faculty who were recently named recipients of the Rising Star award and Cross Cutting Research awards is now in the CARE/Crawley Atrium across from the Dean’s Suite. The recipients have demonstrated a level of performance that well exceeds normal expectations and places them in the top tier of their College of Medicine peers. 

Researchers recognized are: Christian Hong, PhD, Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Research Rising Star; Cincinnati Interprofessional Care Collaborative, with faculty throughout the Academic Health Center, UC Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and community organizations, Cross Cutting Research Team Award; and Christy Holland, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease, Cross Cutting Research Individual Award.

Faculty honored in this display in addition to those inducted into the Gallery of Awardees will be featured in the College of Medicine Research Awards Program from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the CARE/Crawley Atrium and Kaplan Reception Area. (Note: This represents a change from the previously announced date.) There will be a pre and post reception.

Breast Cancer Scan
Breast Cancer Research

NCI Holds Competition for Breast Cancer Research 

The National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences is partnering with Sage Bionetworks for the competition "Up for a Challenge (U4C)—Stimulating Innovation in Breast Cancer Genetic Epidemiology.”

The goal of the challenge is to encourage innovative approaches to more fully explain the genetic basis of breast cancer and to increase the number and diversity of researchers addressing a difficult problem by encouraging broader collaborations. Ideally, this will result in new insights that could help improve breast cancer prevention, screening and/or treatment. 

The NCI will award up to $50,000 and other prizes based on the identification of novel findings, replication of findings, innovation of approach, evidence of novel biological hypotheses and collaboration. The U4C offers participants an opportunity to advance scientific knowledge of the causes of breast cancer, the second most common cancer in the world.

A webinar, titled "Everything You Need to Know About NCI’s Up For a Challenge (U4C),” will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 23, to address any questions.

Laura Conforti, PhD
Laura Conforti, PhD

Conforti Receives Continued Funding from NCI

Laura Conforti, PhD, associate professor of medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, was awarded a five-year grant of $1.49 million by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health for the research titled, "Hypoxia and Potassium Channel Activity in T Lymphocytes.”  This research was supported under the Award Number R01CA095286.

>>More about Conforti’s lab

David Hildeman, PhD
David Hildeman, PhD

E. Steve Woodle, MD
E. Steve Woodle, MD

Center for Transplant Immunology Plans Monthly Forum

The newly established Center for Transplant Immunology (CTIMM) has announced the inaugural monthly CTIMM Research Forum. This forum, held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, is designed to bring together basic and clinical research, as well as support staff, for a highly interactive one-hour meeting. Topics will be related to transplantation immunology and its basic and clinical application. Each meeting will feature a 30-minute integrated presentation from a basic and clinical investigator from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and UC College of Medicine community, followed by 30 minutes of discussion.

The first meeting will be Tuesday, July 21, at Cincinnati Children’s Location D, Room D2.22. David Hildeman, PhD, and E. Steve Woodle, MD, will present "Characterization of renal allograft rejection under costimulatory blockade.” 

Persons wishing to present at this forum or add a name to the monthly distribution list should contact Jonathan Katz, PhD, or Lara Dazinger-Isakov, MD.

Fawcett Center
Fawcett Center

Essentials of Cancer Survivorship Workshop Aug. 14-15 

"Essentials of Cancer Survivorship: a Workshop for Health Care Professionals" will take place Aug. 14 and 15 at the Fawcett Center Alumni Room, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus. It is being held as part of the Midwest Consortium for Cancer Survivorship Education and Research, which involves UC, Indiana University and Ohio State University. The program will focus on the current status of cancer survivorship in the U.S., models of survivorship delivery, components of cancer survivorship care plans and major treatment-related side effects. Participants will be given information regarding the process of implementing and evaluating a cancer survivorship program within cancer centers and other health care settings. The event is free, but participants must pay for their own lodging. Registration is required. 

>>Register and see the full agenda.

UC at the Zoo
UC at the Zoo

SAVE THE DATE: UC at the Zoo Event Nov. 7

The date has been set for UC at the Zoo 2015: Saturday, Nov. 7. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will be open exclusively to the UC community for this special event. Tickets will be $5 (down from $7 last year) and include admission, parking and discounts. Because this is a private event, zoo memberships are not valid. Details on how to purchase tickets will be announced later.

UC at the Zoo is sponsored by UC and UC Health.
Robert Shen, MD
Robert Shen, MD

Andrea Wolf, MD
Andrea Wolf, MD

SAVE THE DATE: 'Lung Cancer in 21st Century' Sept. 26

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. 26, 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, MPH, 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


*An incorrect date for this event was listed in last week’s Dean’s List. 


  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Ethics Center Special Seminar July 13:  Michelle McGowan, PhD, Penn State University, will present "Expanded Carrier Testing: Prospective Parenting, Moral Burdens, and Gendered Genetic Accountability” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room 1.204.
  • Cancer Biology Special Seminar July 14: Max Wicha, MD, founding director emeritus at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, will present "Clinical Applications of Cancer Stem Cell Therapeutics” from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design Monthly Seminar July 14:  Marepalli Rao, PhD, Department of Environmental Health, will present "Two data sets: National Health Interview Survey (CDC) and National Inpatient Sample – What information can be extracted on asthma, red blood cell disorders, headache, diabetes, and other maladies?” at 3 PM in CCHMC Location S, Room 10.130.
  • Medical Grand Rounds July 15: Jonathan Bernstein, MD, Division of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, will present "The Many Faces of Angioedema" at noon in MSB E-351.

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