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Letters of Intent Due Oct. 28 for Next Round

of CCTST's KL2 Research Scholars Award

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) is now accepting letters of intent from junior faculty for the next round of the KL2 Research Scholars mentored career development award.

Funded by a National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), the KL2 program provides 75 percent salary support (up to $100,000/year) plus $25,000 in research-related expenses for up to two consecutive years to highly qualified MD, PhD, or PharmD full-time junior faculty pursuing careers in clinical and translational research.  

To be eligible, the applicant must have a full-time UC faculty appointment at the time of application; the position cannot be contingent on obtaining the award. UC faculty based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center or the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center are also eligible. Additional restrictions apply.  

Letters of Intent are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28.  Invited applications are due Jan. 4, 2016. The funding start date is April 1, 2016.

Complete details are available on the CCTST KL2 program page, including the request for applications, required forms, mentorship information and helpful tips. 

Please email Sarah Elam or call 513-803-1044 if you have questions.

Vivien Coulson-Thomas, PhD
Vivien Coulson-Thomas, PhD

Coulson-Thomas Receives Young Investigator Award

Vivien Coulson-Thomas, PhD, assistant professor of research in the Department of Ophthalmology, received the Young Investigator Award from the British Society for Matrix Biology (BSMB) at its annual meeting in Edinburgh last month. This award recognizes early career researchers who have made a significant contribution to matrix biology and excelled in the early stages of their research careers.

The winner of the Young Investigator Award receives a check for 1,000 pounds sterling and delivers the John Scott Lecture at one of the biannual meetings of the BSMB.

Caleb Adler, MD
Cal Adler, MD

NAMI to Honor Adler as Exemplary Psychiatrist

Cal Adler, MD, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and co-director of the Mood Disorders Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute, has been named winner of the NAMI Southwest Ohio 2015 Award in Excellence for Exemplary Psychiatrist. He will be among the honorees in eight categories Wednesday, Oct. 28, at NAMI’s Evening of Hope Annual benefit at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, retired Ohio Supreme Court justice, will be the keynote speaker.

NAMI Southwest Ohio is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a nationwide grassroots advocacy group representing families and people affected by mental illness.

>> Register to attend the benefit

Joe Fodor
Joe Fodor

Fodor to Return as Interim EDBA for Psychiatry

Joe Fodor, former executive director, business administration (EDBA), for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, is returning to the position on an interim basis. He replaces Jim Woodrum, who is returning to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 

As interim EDBA, Fodor will participate in an assessment of the department’s organizational structure led by Melissa DelBello, MD, Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Chair and Professor. A permanent EDBA is expected to be hired by July 1, 2016.

Faculty Forward

REMINDER: Faculty Forward 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, Oct. 2, 926 out of 1,943 faculty members within the college—a response rate of 48 percent—had completed the 20-minute survey. The departments of biomedical informatics (100 percent), cancer biology (100 percent), radiation oncology (100 percent) and molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology (94 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, or call 513-558-0175 with questions.

Magdalena Szaflarski, PhD, (back row, center) is leading an academic-community partnership to address HIV/AIDS among African-Americans by educating clergy about prevention and treatment.

SAVE THE DATES: Grant Writing Seminars and Workshop

The UC Office of Research has scheduled three events geared toward grant writing:

  • April 19, 2016, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Write Winning Grant Proposals, a one-day seminar. Fee $150. No prerequisite.
  • April 20, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to noon: Half-day seminar on NIH Career Development Award Proposals (K and F32 grants). No fee. Prerequisite: Attend the Write Winning Grant Proposals seminar in April 2015 or April 2016.
  • April 20, 2016, 1 to 5 p.m.: NEW Grant Writing: Getting Started, a half-day seminar on how to begin the grant writing process. Fee $100. No prerequisite. 

Online registration will open on or about Feb. 1, 2016. All seminars will be held in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium. For more information, contact Dawn O’Neill.

Drake Center
Drake Center

Free Seminar on Health and Safety for Older Adults Oct. 13

UC Health Trauma Services, Molina Healthcare and People Working Cooperatively are hosting a free health and wellness seminar, "Healthy Lifestyles for Older Adults: A Health and Wellness Seminar for Older Adults and Caregivers," from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, 151 W. Galbraith Road. 

Nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, and other health care professionals from the sponsoring organizations will be available for an interactive seminar to help participants learn more about health and safety. 

Seminars include: Fall Prevention and Home Safety; Staying Active, Being Healthy; Caregiver Coping; and Simple Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget. Refreshments will be served.

>> Register for the seminar

For more information, call Lauren Stenger, UC Health Trauma Services, at 513-584-5382.

Richard Becker, MD
Richard Becker, MD

Grand Rounds for World Thrombosis Day Oct. 13

In recognition of World Thrombosis Day, Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute Grand Rounds will be Tuesday, Oct. 13, with "Threat of Thrombosis Related to Stroke, Cancer and Heart Attack" as the topic. Speakers will be Richard Becker, MD, institute director; William Barrett, MD, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology and director of the UC Cancer Institute; and Dawn Kleindorfer, MD, division chief, vascular neurology, Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine.

The event is from noon to 1 p.m. in MSB 5051. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. For more information, contact Laura Hildreth at 513-558-1057.


  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Oct. 6: Jason Heikenfeld, PhD, Department of Biomedical Engineering, will present "A Leap Beyond the Wearables of Today: Non-Invasive Biomarker Sensing Through Sweat” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • ENT Grand Rounds Oct. 7: Brian Goico, MD, will present "New Technologies in Rhinology—Fad or Paradigm Shift” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Child Neurology Grand Rounds Oct. 7: Charu Venkatesan, MD, will present "Standardizing Neurological Care of Neonates with Hypoxic Ischemic Injury” at 8 a.m. in Sabin Auditorium, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Oct. 7: Sean Gallagher, PhD, Auburn University, will present "Musculoskeletal Disorders as a Fatigue Process: Evidence and Implications” at 10 a.m. in Kettering Lab’s Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology Graduate Seminar Series Oct. 7: Ben Li (Fan lab) will present "Antimetabolites: Pyrimidine Analogs,” and Kobina Essandoh (Fan lab) will present "Monoclonal Antibodies: Panitumumab (Vectibix)” at 11 a.m. in MSB 6051. 
  • Medical Grand Rounds Oct. 7: Rajat Madan, MD, PhD, Division of Infectious Diseases, will present at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Oct. 8: Gerald Hart, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present "Nutrient Regulation of Signaling & Transcription by O-GlcNAcyclation” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Biomedical Informatics Fall Friday Speaker Series Oct. 9: Kevin Hommel, PhD, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Development of a Self-Management Web Portal” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130.

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