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Demolition of the North Wing of the Kettering Lab Complex is underway.
North Wing of the Kettering Lab Complex

Kettering North Demolition Underway; Completion Scheduled for December

Demolition of the North Wing of the Kettering Lab complex is underway, with completion scheduled for December 2015, weather permitting. The demolition contractor, O'Rourke Wrecking Company, is using a combination of hydraulic equipment and manual labor. Steps are being taken to mitigate dust in the area.

Constructed in 1930, Kettering North has been deemed infeasible to renovate. The site will be landscaped, and a new exterior masonry wall will be built where the North Wing had been connected to the complex.

If you have questions, contact the Office of Planning, Design and Construction at 513-558-8999.

Nagla Karim, PhD, MD
Nagla Karim, PhD, MD, at the conference

Experts Present 8 Abstracts at Lung Cancer Conference

Eight abstracts by UC researchers and members of the UC Cancer Institute’s Lung Cancer Center, as well as a number of UC fellows and residents, were presented at the 16th World Conference on Lung Cancer, held Sept. 6-9 in Denver. Among the presented abstracts was one on an ongoing investigator-initiated trial at UC, spotlighted during a session about clinical trials in progress.

The World Conference on Lung Cancer, the conference of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, is the world’s largest meeting dedicated to lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies. More than 7,000 delegates come from more than 100 countries to discuss the latest developments in thoracic malignancy research. Attendees include surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pulmonologists, radiologists, pathologists, epidemiologists, basic research scientists, nurses, allied health professionals, advocates and patients.

>> More about the conference

Jane Strasser, PhD
Jane Strasser, PhD

Register for Human Subject Protection Conference

Registration is open through Friday, Sept. 18, for "Human Subject Protection: Takin’ Care of Business,” a two-day conference at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington Oct. 1-2. Sponsors include the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Jane Strasser, PhD, UC associate vice president and director, Office of Research Integrity, is among those who will give opening remarks.

This year’s conference offers a new second day of programming by Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRIM&R), also a sponsor of the conference.

>> View the full conference brochure

>> Registration (click "Continuing Education Portal”)


Respiratory Care Conference Sept. 18

The Respiratory Care Conference, being held 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, is an educational conference for respiratory care practitioners that will focus on diverse pulmonary diseases and complex airway diagnosis with treatment options. The cost of the conference is $50 for physicians and $25 for students; breakfast and lunch are included.

For more information, contact Roger White at 513-418-2780 or

Raising Spirits

Reminder: 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 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

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.

All full- and part-time college faculty members received an email from the AAMC with information and links to an online Faculty Forward Engagement Survey. As of Friday, Sept. 11, 245 out of 1,951 faculty members within the college—a response rate of 13 percent—completed the 20 minute survey. The departments of emergency medicine (67 percent), environmental health (65 percent), medical education (50 percent) and pharmacology and cell biophysics (50 percent) were leading in response rates. 

The survey, which will benchmark the College of Medicine against peer institutions and provide data on key workplace issues important to faculty, will be open until Sept. 30. Data will be shared with everyone in early 2016.

Contact Alex Lentsch, PhD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs and development, at or 513-558-0175 with questions.

Alvin Crawford, MD
Alvin Crawford, MD

Crawford Named to Montague Cobb/NMA Institute Fellows

Alvin Crawford, MD, professor emeritus of orthopaedic surgery, has been named to the 2015 Class of the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute Fellows. From its inception in 1895, the National Medical Association (NMA) has been a leading force for equality in medicine, increasing access to treatment and care for African-Americans and the promotion of optimal health. In 2004, the NMA launched the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute (the Cobb Institute) to examine underlying causes of existing disparities and offer strategies informed by research and policy analysis. The Cobb Institute was named after the late William Montague Cobb MD, PhD, a distinguished physician, anthropologist and professor of medicine and anatomy at Howard University.

Bruce Bracken, MD
Bruce Bracken, MD

SAVE THE DATE: Sexual Health After Cancer Talk Oct. 12

Bruce Bracken, MD, professor in the Division of Urology at the UC College of Medicine, UC Health urologist and a member of the UC Cancer Institute, will share the latest treatments and methods for managing sexual health problems in male cancer survivors during an event, titled "Man to Man: A Straight Talk About Sexual Health After Cancer Treatment,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, 2806 Reading Road. The free event is being sponsored by the UC Cancer Institute’s Survivorship Program.

This will be an informative program for male survivors of all ages and will provide an opportunity for questions to be answered.

For questions or to register, contact Patricia Woellert at 513-558-9911.

There will be a similar event aimed at female cancer survivors that evening at the same time at Cancer Support Community (Blue Ash),  4918 Cooper Rd.

Breast Cancer

Free Patient Symposium Focusing on Breast Cancer Nov. 7

The UC Cancer Institute will host a day of free education about prevention, detection, treatment and living with breast cancer with an event titled "Charting a Course: Breast Cancer Research, Risk Factors and Resilience.” The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center.

Experts will discuss the latest breast cancer research from the region. Additionally, the event will feature a poster display and breakout sessions on stress reduction, auricular acupuncture, chair massage and Y-Cat yoga.

Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

To register, visit or call 513-558-2030.

Robert Shen, MD
Robert Shen, MD

Andrea Wolf, MD
Andrea Wolf, MD

Final Reminder: 'Lung Cancer in the 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


Michael Dourson
Michael Dourson, PhD

Dourson Attending Meeting on Pesticide Residues

Michael Dourson, PhD, a professor in the Department of Environmental Health and director of Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) at UC, is attending a meeting of the Joint Food Agricultural Organization and World Health Organization Meeting on Pesticide Residues, also known as the Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR), Sept. 15-24 in Geneva. He is part of a group of international experts who will be tasked with discussion and assessment of the risk to several pesticides.  

The JMPR has met annually since 1963 to evaluate pesticide residues in food, establishing Acceptable Daily Intakes. 


  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Series Sept. 15: Elizabeth Boston will present "Contamination Control and Detection” at noon in MSB 2351. 
  • Transplant Grand Rounds Sept. 15: Bradley Dixon, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "A Backhanded Complement: Role of the Complement System in Diseases of the Native and Transplanted Kidney” from 4 to 5 p.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds Sept. 16: Joseph Han, MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School, will present "Sub Classification of Chronic Sinusitis” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Anesthesia Grand Rounds Sept. 16: JP Lawrence will present "Challenges of Modern (Obese) Thoracic Anesthesiology” at 7 a.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Sept. 16: Katherine Burns, PhD, will present "The Immune System and Hormones in the Early Initiation of Endometriosis” at 10 a.m. in Kettering Lab Complex, Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology Graduate Seminar Series Sept. 16: Josh Travers will present "Natural Products: Vincristine,” and Hanna Wetzel will present "Hormone Antagonists: Tamoxifen” at 11 a.m. in MSB 6051.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Sept. 16: William Ridgway, MD, will present "Rheumatologic Emergencies” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Center for Transplant Immunology Research Forum Sept. 16: Pooja Khandelwal, MD, will present "Graft-Versus-Host Disease: Overview of Pathophysiology and Novel Methods of Prediction” from 1 to 2 p.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location S, Room S7.125.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Sept. 17: Harikrishna Nakshatri, PhD, IU Simon Cancer Center, Indiana University School of Medicine, will present "Ethnicity-Dependent and Independent Heterogeneity in the Normal Breast and Its Impact on Tumor Characterization” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Sept. 17: Youssef Sari, PhD, University of Toledo, will present "Glutamate Transporter 1: Potential Target for the Treatment of Drug Abuse” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Internal Medicine Research Conference Sept. 17: Marat Khodoun, PhD, will present "IgE-Mediated Disease: Targeting FceR1 Safely,” and Jane Yu, PhD, will present "The Role of Estrogen in Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) Pathogenesis—From Basic Research to Therapy in a Rare and Progressive Lung Disease” beginning at noon in CVC 1919.
  • Biomedical Informatics Friday Speaker Series Sept. 18: Helena Deus, PhD, Foundation Medicine, Inc., will present "Big Data, Data Science, Semantic Web and Other Buzzwords: Where Do They Fit in the Biomedical Informatics Toolbox?” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location S, Room S3.125.

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