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Date: Monday, August 31, 2015

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Dorothy Supp, PhD
Translational Research

UC Awarded $16.7M Grant to Support

Bench to Bedside Research Efforts

The University of Cincinnati has been awarded $16.7 through the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program which will be used to support programming within UC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST). 

The goal of the CCTST is to support the translation of basic scientific discoveries from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside as well as to support junior faculty and researchers in career development and to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists.

Established in 2005 as a collaborative effort among UC, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), UC Medical Center (UCMC/UC Health) and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, the CCTST is a research resource and "academic home” for clinical and translational scientists and programs. In 2009, it received a five-year award of nearly $23 million from the NIH. 

The CCTST is co-directed by James Heubi, MD, professor of pediatrics and associate dean for clinical and translational research. Leadership for the CCTST includes Joel Tsevat, MD, professor of medicine and associate dean for clinical and translational research; Brett Kissela, MD, Albert Barnes Voorheis Professor and Chair of neurology and rehabilitation medicine; Jack Kues, PhD, professor emeritus of family and community medicine and associate dean for continuous professional development; and Christopher Lindsell, PhD, professor of emergency medicine and associate dean for clinical research.

>> Read more about the award 

James Helmsworth, MD
James Helmsworth, MD

Helmsworth, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Passes Away

James Helmsworth, MD, emeritus professor of surgery, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, at the age of 100. Helmsworth gained national acclaim in 1952 for one of the first uses in the United States of a heart-lung bypass machine in the treatment of a human patient. He helped place Cincinnati among the leading centers of medical innovation. 

Helmsworth received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and after completing a two-year internship in Philadelphia he began a surgical residency at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati General Hospital. From 1944 to 1947 Helmsworth was a surgeon in the U.S. Army. He returned to Cincinnati, completed his surgical residency in 1949 and was appointed an assistant professor of surgery. Soon after, he began performing pediatric surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He was appointed professor and director of the division of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery in 1969. Helmsworth retired in 1984 and was named emeritus professor the next year.

During his career, he collaborated with chemist Leland Clark, PhD, and cardiologist Samuel Kaplan, MD, on the development of one of the first heart-lung machines. In 1969, Helmsworth performed Cincinnati’s first heart transplant at Cincinnati Children’s. It was the world’s fourth heart transplant in a child. He also perfected the surgery for tetralogy of Fallot.

A service for Helmsworth will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at St. Francis de Sales Church, 1600 Madison Road. A public viewing will be held that day beginning at noon at the church.

Tangeman University Center

Chief Diversity Officer Roundtable Discussion Sept. 2

Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for a special Chief Diversity Officer Roundtable Discussion at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, in Tangeman University Center, Room 427. Local diversity and inclusion professionals will talk about what it takes to build inclusive organizations and empower colleagues.

Speakers include:

  • Lisette Martinez, director of diversity services for Tri-Health.
  • John Munson, director of Supplier Diversity for Macy’s, Inc.
  • Terri Hurdle, director of diversity and inclusion for  Mount St. Joseph University.
  • Bennyce Hamilton, regional director of diversity and multicultural services at Miami University.
  • Takiyah Cunningham, diversity specialist for the United Way.
  • Bleuzette Marshall, PhD, UC Chief Diversity Officer, moderator.

For more information, visit

Gallery of Awardees
Gallery of Awardees

College of Medicine Research Awards Program Sept. 9

Faculty members who have been recognized as part of the Office of Research’s Gallery of Awardees will be honored 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. There will be a pre and post reception. 

Faculty Forward
Faculty Forward

Reminder: Faculty Forward Engagement Survey

The College of Medicine is participating with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) on an initiative called "Faculty Forward: Advancing the Academic Medicine Workplace” to support medical schools in their efforts to attract and retain the best and brightest academic scientists, educators and clinicians. 

On Sept. 1 all full- and part-time college faculty members will receive an email from the AAMC with information and links to an online Faculty Forward Engagement Survey. The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete and will be open until Sept. 30. The college will only receive aggregate data and anonymous comments from the AAMC. The survey will benchmark the College of Medicine against peer institutions and provide actionable data on key workplace issues important to faculty. Data will be shared with everyone in early 2016.

Contact Alex Lentsch, PhD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs and development, at or 558-0175 with questions. 

Xiaoting Zhang, PhD, of cancer cell biology, at the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies
Xiaoting Zhang, PhD

Zhang to Speak at ChinaNANO 2015

Xiaoting Zhang, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Cancer Biology and member of both the Cincinnati Cancer Center and UC Cancer Institute, has been invited to speak at ChinaNANO 2015 (, a prominent international nanoscience and technology conference, Sept. 3-5 in Beijing.

Zhang will present his lab’s most recent advancements in developing RNA nanotherapeutics to overcome tamoxifen resistance of human breast cancer at scientific session Nanobiotechnology and Nanomedicine. The title of his talk will be "Overcoming tamoxifen resistance of human breast cancer by RNA nanotechnology.”

Rekha Chaudhary, MD
Rekha Chaudhary, MD

Documentary 'PlantPure Nation' Sept. 17

The UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness will host a screening of the documentary film "PlantPure Nation” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in Kresge Auditorium. 

Rekha Chaudhary, MD, associate professor in the UC Division of Hematology Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, and UC Health Integrative Medicine physician, will be featured in the film as well as images of UC Medical Center.

"PlantPure Nation” focuses on the efforts of nutritional scientist and author T. Colin Campbell, PhD, who inspires Kentucky state Rep. Tom Riner to propose a pilot program documenting the health benefits of a plant-based diet. When industry lobbyists kill the pilot program, Campbell’s oldest son, Nelson, decides to try his own grassroots approach in his hometown of Mebane, North Carolina.

>> Register for the free event

Space is limited, so please register early, and remember to bring your ticket on the day of the showing. Attendees are invited to participate in a panel discussion with Campbell and director of the film Nelson Campbell on the issues raised in the film after the screening event.

Track Runners

Volunteers Needed for Warrior Run Team Oct. 10

The UC College of Medicine will participate in the Warrior Run which is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, in Mariemont.  

Proceeds will benefit the College of Medicine and will specifically be dedicated to the expansion of the Integrative Medicine Student Mindfulness Program.  

The event features both a 5-kilometer race and 1-mile walk. Both courses start and finish at the Bell Tower at Dogwood Park.

There will be two challenges: A university-wide student challenge and individual college challenges for faculty and staff.

>> Registration for College of Medicine Faculty and Staff 

>> Registration or College of Medicine Faculty/UCP

Click "Contribute" to make a donation or "Register" if you would like to participate in the 5K run or 1-mile walk. While registering as an individual or additional team member, select "UC College of Medicine Faculty and Staff” as your team and "Kelly Lyle” as your team captain.

All students must register at the University of Cincinnati College Challenge page

With questions, contact Kelly Lyle at

College of Medicine
College of Medicine

Register for November Faculty Development Programming

November tracks for professional, research and teaching/education development programs by the College of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Development are:

  • Nov. 3, noon – 1:30 p.m., Professional Development: "Understanding the Budgetary Process” with Neil Holsing, associate dean for operations and finance, and Jan Hawk, associate dean for operations and finance, as facilitators. >> Register online
  • Nov. 10, noon – 1:30 p.m., Research Development: "Research Compliance” with Holly Bante, PhD, director of research affairs, Conflict of Interest Office, and Jane Strasser, PhD, associate vice president, Office of Research Integrity, as facilitators. >> Register online 
  • Nov. 17, noon – 1:30 p.m., Teaching/Education Development: "Groups at Work: Creating More Effective Learning Environments for Our Students” with Brian Kinkle, PhD, and Jill Beyette, PhD, professor and assistant professor at McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, as facilitator. >> Register online

All sessions will be held in Medical Sciences Building Room 3051. Lunch will be provided for those who register.

Medical Sciences Building
College of Medicine

Reminder: Outside Activity Reports Due Sept. 4

To comply with federal deadlines, UC College of Medicine and Hoxworth employees must complete an annual report of collateral employment and outside activity no later than Sept. 4, 2015. All employees—faculty and staff—with a full-time equivalency (FTE) of 50 percent or more must complete the report. In addition, all faculty and staff who engage in research at UC are required to complete the outside activity report regardless of their FTE percentage. Use your central login username and password to complete the Outside Activity Report. Questions should be directed to

Raising Spirits

Raising Spirits for the Cure Event Sept. 25

Raising Spirits for the Cure, a wine tasting event, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center to benefit the UC Cancer Institute and the Hank Roy Fund for research and awareness of head, neck and oral cancers. The cost of the event is $60 per person and includes hors d'oeuvres, auctions, raffles and entertainment.

For more information, contact Pamela Kinane at 513-558-9928 or

>> Purchase tickets 

UC Cancer Center/Barrett Center Golf Classic

SAVE THE DATE: Hoxworth Golf Outing Benefit Oct. 12

A golf outing to benefit Hoxworth Blood Center’s Research & Regenerative Medicine Program is set for Monday, Oct. 12, at Traditions Golf Club in Hebron, Kentucky. The event is hosted by Dean Gregory of the Montgomery Inn, with UC Health as presenting sponsor.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., with tee time (shotgun start, in which groups tee off on each hole) at 11. The event is a scramble format, in which each member of a group plays from the spot of the group’s best shot. The entry fee of $250 per golfer includes 18 holes of golf and cart, lunch and dinner, door prizes, on-course contests and refreshments. Hole sponsorships are available.

>> Complete the online reservation

Justin Held, MD
Justin Held, MD

Held Named Interim Director of Hospital Medicine Program

Justin Held, MD, has taken on the role of Interim Director of the Hospital Medicine Program in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine and at UC Medical Center. Held completed his undergraduate training in biology at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He obtained his medical degree from the UC College of Medicine in 2008 and subsequently completed his medical residency in Internal Medicine at UC Medical Center. He went on to become a chief medical resident and a faculty member for the Department of Internal Medicine in 2011. He joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as faculty in the Hospital Medicine Program in 2012 and became the associate director of the section of Hospital Medicine. Held is also an associate program director for the Department of Internal Medicine’s Residency Program and is currently an assistant professor in the College of Medicine.


  • Transplant Division Grand Rounds Sept. 1: Nicholas Parrish, PharmD, will present "Update on Adherence Following Solid organ Transplantation—ATC Abstracts 2015” from 4 to 5 p.m. in MSB 3351.
  • ENT Grand Rounds Sept. 2: Charles Stewart, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins Institute, will present "System Innovation and Quality Improvement in the Hospital Microsystem” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Sept. 2: Eric Warm, MD, will present on the state of residency at noon in MSB 3351.
  • Child Neurology Grand Rounds Sept. 2: Allen DeSena, MD, will present "Anti-MOG Antibody Syndrome: Creating More Unknowns and Expanding the Spectrum of Neuroimmunologic Disorders” from 8 to 9 a.m. in Sabin Auditorium (D1.23).
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Sept. 2: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division will give an introduction to the NIOSH education and information division programs and activities and will discuss ways to collaborate at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Sept. 3: Kari Dunning, PhD, College of Allied Health Sciences, will present "Priming the Brain for Stroke Recovery” at 4 p.m. in MSB Room 3351.
  • Dermatology Grand Rounds Sept. 3: Danny Barley, MD, UC Medical Center resident, will present "Acne Scarring: An Update” from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building’s Heaton Conference Center, Room G344.
  • Biomedical Informatics Speaker Series Sept. 4: Liang Niu, PhD, Department of Environmental Health, will present, "IUTA: A Tool for Effectively Detecting Differential Isoform Usage From RNA-Seq Data” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location S, Room S10.130.

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