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Karl Golnik, MD
Karl Golnik, MD

Golnik Appointed Chair in the College of Medicine's Department of Ophthalmology

Karl Golnik, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees. Golnik has served as interim chair of the department since June 25, 2014.

Golnik was appointed an assistant professor at the College of Medicine in 1995 and for the last 10 years has held appointments as professor in the departments of Ophthalmology, Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurosurgery. He was appointed Chief of Ophthalmology at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2013. He has been a partner at Cincinnati Eye Institute since 1994 and also serves on CEI’s Board of Directors. Golnik is an active member of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology and Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology.

While interim chair, Golnik received the Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), was inducted into the Gold Humanism Society, received the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award and was selected to be on the U.S. Department of Education's National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation. He also formed a translational research group to foster collaboration between UC, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Eye Institute.

Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD
Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD

Event Honoring Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD, Set for Thursday

The College of Medicine Office of Research is honoring Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD, Jacob G. Schmidlapp Professor and Chair of Environmental Health, Thursday, Oct. 1, for a Lifetime of Achievement in Research. The event will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. in MSB E-351; a reception will follow. Ho joined the College of Medicine faculty as chair of the Department of Environmental Health in 2005 and earlier this year was honored with UC’s George Rieveschl Award for Distinguished Scientific Research.

Faculty Forward
Faculty Forward

Faculty Forward Engagement Survey Extended to Oct. 9

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. 25, 782 out of 1,943 faculty members within the college—a response rate of 40 percent—completed the 20-minute survey. The departments of radiation oncology (100 percent), molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology (94 percent) and cancer biology (93 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 now be open until Oct. 9; the date has been extended. 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.

Medical Sciences Building

Medical Education Webcast Seminar Oct. 1

The UC College of Medicine’s Office of Medical Education is offering a five-part webinar series in association with the International Association of Medical Science Educators. The fourth session in the series, "An Accelerated Pathway to Produce 21st Century Primary Care Physicians,” will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. in the MSB’s Lucas Board Room. 

Please register on Faculty One Stop if you are interested in attending.

CARE/Crawley Building

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 and Sciences, as facilitator. >> Register online

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

Teachers College

Office of Research Seminar Series Oct. 6

The UC Office of the Vice President for Research and UC Government Relations and Lewis-Burke Associates will provide a Washington update and a review of federal agencies’ funding priorities from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Teachers College, Room 407.

Lewis-Burke Associates is a firm retained by UC for its expertise on federal agency funding trends and opportunities as well as congressional advocacy. The presentation will assist UC faculty in pursuing federally funded research and other sponsored programs.

>> Register to attend

For questions, contact Phil Taylor at 513-556-5308.

Rachel Morello-Frosch
Rachel Morello-Frosch, PhD

SAVE THE DATE: Biospecimen Sharing Seminar Oct. 16

A panel of experts will present on data and biospecimen sharing in environmental health during a research symposium being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in the Kettering Complex, Kehoe Auditorium. 

Rachel Morello-Frosch, PhD, from the University of California-Berkeley, will be delivering a keynote address.

Lunch is provided.

>> RSVP required

Muhammad Aslam, MD
Muhammad Aslam, MD

Aslam Author of Geriatric Psychiatry Book Chapter

Muhammad Aslam, MD, associate professor and director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, served as a section editor and authored a chapter for the online book, "Geriatric Psychiatry Self-Assessment Program (GPSAP), 4th Edition.” Reviewed and updated, the self-study program aims to meet important personal and professional educational needs of geriatric psychiatrists and other clinicians involved in caring for older individuals living with mental illness. 

Begoña Campos-Naciff, PhD, is currently a research associate and laboratory manager for the Dialysis Vascular Access Research Group within the division of nephrology at UC

New CCTST Processes and Methods Pilot Grant Program

 A new Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Processes and Methods Pilot Grant Program will enable investigators at all levels to explore ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the processes and methods used in clinical and translational research. 

Funding requests of up to $10,000 are acceptable; special requests of up to $20,000 must be approved prior to submission.  Each funding round (3-5 per fiscal year) will have a specific focus.  Applications for this first round should target processes and methods to streamline informed consent or improve research participants' understanding of complex information.  Deadline for electronic submission is Nov. 1, 2015.

Applications will be accepted from faculty or staff members from all UC campuses, UC Academic Health Center partners, including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Cincinnati Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, and UC Medical Center, or any of the regional colleges/universities including Xavier University, Mount Saint Joseph University, Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College and Miami University. Investigators may include, but are not limited to, clinical research professionals and data management specialists. This program is also open to members of the Greater Cincinnati community and patient advocacy groups at a local, regional or national level.  Advanced degrees (MD, PhD, MD-PhD or equivalent) are not required for eligibility.  Collaborative groups of investigators spanning disciplines and programs are strongly encouraged. Submissions from underrepresented and minority investigators are also encouraged.  Applicants must be CCTST members. Join free of charge.

To request an application or for more information, visit the CCTST website, call 513-803-7039 or email Beth Hezlep.


  • College of Medicine Faculty Forum Sept. 28: This meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Series Sept. 29: Michael Kennedy, PhD, Miami University, will present "Metabolic Profiling of Type I Diabetes, Pancreatic Cancer and Acute Kidney Injury Using Mouse Model Systems” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Sept. 30: Xinxin Ding, PhD, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, will present "Role of Microsomal P450 Enzymes in Carcinogenesis and Disease Susceptibility” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology Graduate Seminar Series Sept. 30: Chang Zeng will present "Epidermal Growth Factor Inhibitors: Gefitinib,” and Fawzi Alogaili will present "Alkylating Agents: Cisplatin” beginning at 11 a.m. in MSB 6051. 
  • Medical Grand Rounds Sept. 30: Ruchi Bhabhra, MD, PhD, will present "Hyperprolactinemia: Think Outside the Pituitary" at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Oct. 1: Rina Plattner, PhD, University of Kentucky, will present "A Novel Role for Abelson Kinases in Melanoma Progression” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium. 
  • Biomedical Informatics Fall Friday Speaker Series Oct. 2: Steve Potter, PhD, will present at 10 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location , Room S10.130.

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