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UC Medical Center
UC Medical Center

Consortium Names UC Medical Center

2015 Rising Star Award Winner

University of Cincinnati Medical Center has been selected as a 2015 Rising Star award winner by University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC). 

The award, given Thursday, Oct. 1, during UHC’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida, recognizes UC Medical Center for its significant improvement in its year-over-year ranking in UHC’s annual Quality and Accountability Study. The Quality and Accountability Study identifies exemplary performance in safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness and equity of care. 

In the 2015 study, UC Medical Center ranked No. 19, placing it among the top 25 percent of ranked institutions. In 2014, it was ranked near the 50th percentile. 

"We’re proud of our improvement across UHC’s measures and we see this award as recognition of our initial efforts to improve the care we provide,” says UC Health Chief Medical Officer William Hurford, MD. "It motivates us to redouble our systemwide efforts to continuously improve our ability to provide safe, effective and efficient care to our patients.”

The Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine occupies space in the Stetson Building.
Stetson Building

UCRI Plans Outdoor Open House Thursday, Oct. 15

The UC Research Institute (UCRI) will celebrate its growth and new office location from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, with an outdoor open house at the Stetson Building, 2600 Stetson St. UCRI occupies space on the building’s fifth floor in Suite 5305. It was formerly located in University Hall.

The "UCRI: Next Lives Here” open house will take place on the patio on the west side of the building. Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be served, and complimentary parking is available beneath the building (enter from Stetson Street). The rain date is Friday, Oct. 30.

UCRI, which has been in operation for two years, is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) which serves the university by assisting industrial clients in need of services from faculty experts and by attracting local, national and international industries to partner with faculty and students in performing sponsored research at UC. It also provides an efficient mechanism for commercialization of a wide range of intellectual property created by UC faculty and students.

CARE/Crawley Atrium
CARE/Crawley Atrium

UC IDs to Be Distributed at CARE/Crawley Building

In order to upgrade security of the university ID card, new cards are being distributed. UC faculty, staff and affiliates may pick up their new cards Monday through Thursday, Oct. 12-15, or Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 21-22, in the CARE/Crawley Atrium. Times are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Existing employee photographs are being used; there is no need to obtain a new photo. 

Student distribution begins Oct. 26 on the west campus and Nov. 2 on the medical campus. Cards for emeriti and retirees will be made as requested at the Public Safety Keys and Badges Office after Nov. 2.

>> More information about the new UC ID

William A. Altemeier, MD
William Altemeier, MD

Winkler Center 'Lunch and a Film' Event Oct. 27

The Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions will hold the first event in its new Impressions in Medicine series, "Lunch and a Film: An Interview with Dr. William Altemeier” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the Stanley J. Lucas Board Room, E Level of the Medical Sciences Building.

William Camm, MD, secretary of the Winkler Center Advisory Board, will give the introduction. Complimentary lunch will be provided as well as a viewing of an exhibit on the history of Cincinnati General Hospital. 

William Altemeier, MD, who died in 1983, was the longtime Christian R. Holmes Professor of Surgery and chairman of the Department of Surgery from 1952 to 1978. The William A. Altemeier, MD, Collection is housed in the Winkler Center.

Neil Buckholtz, PhD
Neil Buckholtz, PhD

NIH's Neil Buckholtz to Deliver Lurie Lecture Oct. 21

Neil Buckholtz, PhD, will present the Lurie Psychiatric Lecture Series’ 25th annual lecture at noon Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Stetson Building, Room 2108. His topic will be "The Past, Present, and Future of Alzheimer’s Disease Research.”

Buckholtz  is director of the Division of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health.

The Lurie Family Lecture, presented by the UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, honors Louis Lurie, MD, and his son, Max Lurie, MD, prominent psychiatrists who were both faculty members in the department. He was previously a faculty member at the Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Psychiatry, from 1970 to 1983.

Begoña Campos-Naciff, PhD

CCTST Pilot Research and Core Grant Program Offered

The  CCTST Pilot Translational Research and Innovative Core Grant Program will support projects by established principal investigators, or by new/early stage investigators mentored by established investigators, focused on applying discoveries generated during research in the laboratory, and in pre-clinical studies, to the development of trials and studies in humans. The program also promotes the establishment of new, innovative cores with a clear translational focus, to build a local or networked infrastructure. 

Offerings include the Translational Research Grant (TRG) for established investigators (up to $60,000/one year); the Mentored Translational Research Grant (MTRG) for new and early stage investigators (up to $60,000/one year); and the Innovative Core Grant (ICG) to build new clinical/translational research infrastructure (up to $50,000/one year). A second year of funding for any grant type is possible, with justification of the need for continued support.

Investigators with an 80 percent or greater FTE faculty appointment are generally eligible to apply.  Interdisciplinary and cross-institutional projects, including collaborations of basic and clinical scientists, and between investigators based in the Academic Health Center and on UC west campus, are strongly encouraged.  Applicants must be CCTST members.

>> Join free of charge

Letters of intent are due before midnight Thursday, Oct. 22. Notification to apply will be issued by Nov. 22, with invited applications due Dec. 19.  Funding start date is July 1, 2016. For complete details, visit the program homepage, email Beth Hezlep or call 513-803-7039.

Cincinnati Digestive Health Center

$50,000 Funding Opportunity: Digestive Disease Research

The Digestive Health Center (DHC) is now accepting applications for pilot projects to conduct basic, translational, patient-based or outcomes research broadly relating to pediatric digestive disease. Applications will be considered in all areas of digestive disease research with particular emphasis on the following DHC research themes: chronic liver disease, inflammatory and diarrheal diseases, obesity and the digestive system and development and digestive diseases.  

Applicants do not have to be a member of the DHC. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7.

The DHC, based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is one of only 17 Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers in the nation supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

>> Application forms and directions

Direct questions via email to Cynthia Wetzel, PhD, or call her at 513-636-9605.

Center for Women's Cancer
Center for Women's Cancer

UC Cancer Institute Holding Resource Fair Oct. 29

The UC Cancer Institute is holding "A Night in Pink and Teal,” a free resource fair for breast and gynecologic cancer patients, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Center for Women’s Cancer, UC Health Barrett Center’s third floor.

A number of community agencies will be represented to showcase resources available for patients. The fair also provides an opportunity for patients to network and meet one another. Light refreshments, raffles and free integrative medicine demonstrations will be available. Free parking is available at Goodman Garage. 

For more information, email Sarah Lukey or call her at 513-584-2005.

Kingsgate Marriott
Kingsgate Marriott

UCCI Offers Day of Education on Breast Cancer

The UC Cancer Institute is offering "Charting a Course: Breast Cancer Research, Risk Factors and Resilience,” a day of free education about prevention, detection, treatment and living with breast cancer, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center. Speakers will include researchers and counselors from the College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, along with motivational speaker and breast cancer caregiver John Wagner.

The day will also include a research poster display and breakout sessions on stress reduction, auricular acupuncture, chair massage and Y-Cat yoga. Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

For more information or to register, call 513-558-2030.

>> Register online 

Paul Wojciechowski, MD
Paul Wojciechowski, MD
Michael Hawryschuk, MD
Michael Hawryschuk, MD

Anesthesiology Faculty Members Elected to OSA Offices

Two faculty members from the Department of Anesthesiology have been elected to offices with the Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists (OSA): Paul Wojciechowski, MD, associate residency program director, is now president of the OSA and Michael Hawryschuk, MD, assistant residency program director, was elected secretary-treasurer. The announcements came at the OSA’s 76th annual conference in Columbus Sept. 26-27.  

The Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists is a statewide organization representing over 1,400 anesthesiologists and allied health providers. OSA promotes improved communication among its members and the advancement of anesthesiology within the medical profession. The OSA is a state affiliate of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.


$25,000 Interdisciplinary Research Grants Available

The UC University Research Council is offering $25,000 interdisciplinary research grants through its Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Support Program.  This program is designed to support pilot research projects that are part of a collaborative effort between 80 percent or greater FTE faculty in at least two different disciplines. All members of the UC faculty and its affiliate institutions are eligible.

The deadline for application is Jan. 14, 2016. Email Dawn O’Neill with questions.

>> Request for Proposal (RFP) and application process information

Rachel Morello-Frosch
Rachel Morello-Frosch, PhD

Seminar on Biospecimen Sharing 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 Lab Complex’s Kehoe Auditorium. 

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

Lunch is provided.

>>RSVP required


  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Oct. 14: Michael McClean, ScD, School of Public Health, Boston University, will present "Investigating an Epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease among Central American Workers” at 10 a.m. in the Kettering Lab Complex’s Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Heart, Lung and Vascular Grand Rounds Oct. 13: In recognition of World Thrombosis Day, "Threat of Thrombosis Related to Stroke, Cancer and Heart Attack" is the topic from noon to 1 p.m. in MSB 5051. 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. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology Graduate Seminar Series Oct. 14: Jiuzhou Huo will present "Conjugated Monoclonal Antibodies: Borterzomib,”  and Esam Salem will present "Resistance to Anticancer Drugs” at 11 a.m. in MSB 6051. 
  • ENT Grand Rounds Oct. 14: David Smith, MD, PhD, will present "Crosstalk between Hypoxic and Circadian Pathways: OSA is more than Intermittent Hypoxia” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Neurology Grand Rounds Oct. 14: Clay Johnston, MD, PhD, Dean, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin, will present "Rethinking TIA and Minor Stroke” at 8 a.m. in MSB 5051.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Oct. 14: Chris Droege, PharmD, will present "You Can Run, But You Can’t ESKAPE: Perspective on Antimicrobial Resistance” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Grand Rounds Oct. 14: Nelson Rodriguez, MD, will present "Treatment Resistant Depression: Update on Neuromodulation Therapy” at noon in the Stetson Building, Suite 2108.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Oct. 15: Alison Lloyd, PhD, University College, London, will present "Multicellular complexity of peripheral nerve regeneration” at 4 p.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Oct. 15: PhD candidate Marie Matrka (mentor: Susanne Wells, PhD) will present "The Consequence of DEK Over-Expression in a Murine Head and Neck Cancer Model” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Biomedical Informatics Fall Friday Speaker Series Oct. 16: American Medical Informatics Association practice presentation: Yizhao Ni, PhD, will present "Will They Participate? Predicting Patient Responses to Clinical Trial Invitations” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location S, Room S10.130.
  • Cancer Biology Special Seminar Friday, Oct. 16: Amato Giaccia, PhD, Stanford University, will present "Targeting the HIF/VHL Pathway to Treat Metastatic Disease” at 1 p.m. in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute Seminar Series Oct. 19: Alan Daugherty, PhD, University of Kentucky, will present "Angiotensin II—the Pivotal Regulator of Aortic Aneurysms” at noon in MSB 3351. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.

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