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Tal Richards
Tal Richards

Tal Richards, Surgery EDBA, Named 

2015 UC Health Leader of the Year

Tal Richards, executive director of business administration (EDBA) for the Department of Surgery, has been named UC Health’s 2015 Leader of the Year. UC Health President and CEO Richard Lofgren, MD, presented Richards with a $1,000 check and trophy Thursday, Feb. 11, during UC Health’s quarterly leadership retreat. EDBAs handle business affairs for both academic and clinical components of College of Medicine clinical departments, and therefore, are considered part of both the university and UC Health. UC Health has named a Leader and Associate of the Year since 2013. Honorees are nominated by their peers for their demonstration of enthusiastic initiative, their outstanding performance or because of a significant contribution they’ve made leading to improvement at UC Health. UC Health’s Associate of the Year award winner was John Walls, dispatcher in the UC Health public safety department.

Stephen Strakowski, MD
Stephen Strakowski, MD

Strakowski Inaugural Chair at New Medical School

Stephen Strakowski, MD, UC professor of psychiatry and senior vice president of strategy and transformation at UC Health, has been appointed inaugural chair of the psychiatry department at Dell Medical School, the University of Texas system’s newest medical college. His last day with UC and UC Health will be March 31. Strakowski formerly served as the College of Medicine’s senior associate dean for research and was chair of UC’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience from 2006 until June 2014. Strakowski most recently led UC Health’s strategic planning process.

Marvin Tabor, MD
Marvin Tabor, PhD

Environmental Health Emeritus Professor Remembered

Marvin Tabor, PhD, an emeritus professor of the University of Cincinnati, died on Jan. 27, 2016 at age 71. Tabor earned his PhD in biological chemistry from UC and joined the faculty of the Department of Environmental Health in 1979, where he was professor and director of the analytical chemistry and environmental analytical chemistry laboratories. Tabor worked globally in his contributions to medical science, serving as a visiting scientist in the Netherlands, Sweden, England, Mexico and China throughout his career. He received many accolades for his outstanding service both across Ohio and abroad, as well as distinguished service awards from his alma maters Emory & Henry College and Marshall University. A full obituary can be found here.

Gallery of Awardees
Gallery of Awardees

Gallery of Awardees Recognizes Outstanding Faculty

Each month the Office of Research will publicize faculty who have been awarded external grants of $100,000 per year or more in direct costs in a Gallery of Awardees. The gallery is displayed across from the dean’s suite. Besides celebrating our successful investigators, a synopsis of the award goals and photos of the faculty are included on the announcement, so that other faculty interested in potential collaborations or seminars by our researchers can contact them.

Heart Mini Marathon
Heart Mini Marathon

Register for the 2016 Heart Mini by Feb. 18

The 2016 Heart Mini is March 13, but there are perks for registering early. If UC Health reaches $100,000 in fundraising by Feb. 18, race shirts for all UC Health team members will be personalized to read "UC Health’s Got Heart.” If you register by Feb. 18, you are guaranteed to have your race packet delivered to your UC or UC Health location. Join a College of Medicine/UC Physicians team on the UC Health company page at All registrants will automatically be enrolled in ticket raffles for several upcoming concerts at US Bank Arena. Want to see why others have registered? Watch UC Health’s "What’s Your Why” videos.

Jonathan Bernstein, MD
Jonathan Bernstein, MD

Advancing the Science Webinar Series Feb. 25

This webinar series will discuss the advances being made with chemical-induced asthma and the role of clinical, toxicological and epidemiological research in regulatory and hazard characterization approaches. This first webinar, being held at 2 p.m., Feb. 25, is on "Current Clinical Perspectives in Evaluating Chemical Induced Asthma, or ‘What Caused My Asthma?’” by Jonathan Bernstein, MD. He will discuss symptom variability and its effect on diagnostic ability. This talk is sponsored by the American Cleaning Institute, in collaboration with the Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) Center, Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati. You can register for the webinar at:

UC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) is a major research resource at the UC Academic Health Center.

CCTST Processes and Methods Deadline is March 1

The CCTST Processes and Methods program enables investigators at all levels to explore ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical and translational research. For the March 1 deadline, proposals are requested that address recruitment of underrepresented minorities in clinical research, particularly: 

  • Identification of barriers and strategies for research participation.
  • Involving community leaders and fostering multisector collaborations.
  • Innovative partnerships and technology.

Faculty and staff of UC and regional colleges/universities, Academic Health Center partners, community members and representatives of patient advocacy groups may apply. Advanced degrees are not required. Applicants must be CCTST members. Join free of charge.

Up to $10,000 may be requested. For complete details, download the request for applications, visit the CCTST website or email Beth Hezlep.

Dorothy Air, PhD
Dorothy Air, PhD

Advanced Research Series March 3

Learn how to protect your novel research ideas and what is involved in the commercialization of technology by attending "Pathway to Technology Commercialization” at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 3 in University Hall, Room 454 

Speakers include Dorothy Air, PhD, and Geoffrey Pinski from the UC Accelerator for Technology Commercialization (UCTAC) and David Linger and Sara Guice from the University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI). Register by Feb. 19 through Faculty Development OneStop.

Looking Upstream Forum
Looking Upstream Forum

Looking Upstream for Breast Cancer Health Event March 5

The University of Cincinnati (UC) Center for Environmental Genetics (CEG), housed in the Department of Environmental Health, and the board for the Breast Cancer Registry of Greater Cincinnati are hosting "Looking Upstream for Breast Cancer Health,” an educational community program, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 5, on the UC Reading Campus, 2189 E. Galbraith Road.

The event will give breast cancer survivors, their families and friends the opportunity to hear about the latest research in improving breast health and the role of environmental factors in the illness. Topics will include the use of integrative medicine after diagnosis, the implications of genetic testing and how chemicals and pharmaceuticals in drinking water could relate to breast cancer.

Registration for the event is $25; parking is free. Please register by March 2. 

>> More information about the program and registration brochure 

Begońa 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

Applications for Pilot Research Funding Due April 1

The Education Research Center’s Pilot Research Program (PRP) is seeking applications for the 2016-2017 funding cycle. Supported by NIOSH, the program offers annual awards (average award expected is $7,000) to PhD students and junior faculty who are interested in beginning a career in occupational health and safety. The purpose of the Pilot Research Project Training Program is to increase the research capacity of trainees and young investigators in occupational health and safety research and to encourage investigators of any rank in other disciplines to pursue occupational safety and health research. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 1, 2016.

For more information, visit the PRP website or contact the PRP Coordinator at 513-558-5710.


  • UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute Series Feb. 15: Frank McCormack, MD, Taylor Professor of Medicine, Director, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, will present "Progress in Rare Lung Diseases” at noon in MSB 3351. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. 
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry & Microbiology Feb. 16: John Hogenesch, PhD, will present "The Circadian Clock Network: Implications for Biology and Medicine” at noon in MSB 2351. 
  • Clinical Informatics Focus Group Feb. 16: Brian Connolly, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "More Than Words: Transcribing Psychiatric Interviews” at noon in Room T8.334 Cincinnati Children’s, Location S.  
  • Biomedical Informatics Clinical Information Focus Group Feb. 16: Brian Connolly, PhD, will present "More Than Words: Transcribing Psychiatric Interviews” at noon in Room T8.334, Cincinnati Children’s Location T.  
  • Transplant Division Journal Club Feb. 16: Simon Tremblay, PharmD, will present "A Banff Component Scoring-based Histologic Assessment of Bortezomib-based Antibody-Mediated Rejection Therapy” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351. 
  • Physiology Seminar Feb. 16: Guang Yao, PhD, University of Arizona, will present "Controlling the Heterogeneous Growth Response of Quiescent Cells by a Gene Network Switch” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051. 
  • Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Feb. 17: Ryan Collar, MD, and chief residents will present "M & M” at 7 a.m. in MSB 3351.  
  • James J. and Joan A. Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Endowed Lectureship, Feb. 17: Anthony Lang, MD, University of Toronto, will present at 8 a.m. in MSB 5051. 
  • Medical Grand Rounds Feb. 17: Elizabeth Rabkin, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, will present "Wayfaring Strangers: Empowering Internists to Care for the Terminally Ill” at noon in MSB 5051. 
  • Environmental Health Seminar Series Feb. 17: Jeff Guo, PhD, College of Pharmacy will present "Therapeutic Risk Management Research and Regulatory Development for Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium in Kettering Lab Complex.   
  • Psychiatry Grand Rounds Feb. 17: Charles Kellner, MD, Mount Sinai, will present "ECT: Revered or Reviled?” at noon in the Stetson Building, Suite 2108.  
  • Diversity and Inclusion Seminar Series Feb. 17: Lisette Martinez will present "Cultural Competence in Health Care” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz. 
  • Center for Transplant Immunology (CTIMM) Research Forum Feb. 17: Lara Danziger-Isakov, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Challenges and Opportunities in Translational Transplant Research” at 1 p.m. in room S7.125, Cincinnati Children’s, Location S. 
  • Biomedical Informatics Services Series Feb. 18: Nathan Salomonis, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Tools for Researchers: AltAnalyze for Microarray, RNA-Seq and Metabolomics Analysis” at 10 a.m. in Room S1.203, Cincinnati Children’s, Location S.  
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Faculty Candidate Research Seminar Feb. 18: Monsheel Sodhi, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, will present "Glutamate, Stress and Depression” at 10 a.m. in MSB 3051. 
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Feb. 18: Hsin-Sheng Yang, PhD, University of Kentucky, will present "Pdcd4: Protein Translation Inhibitor Suppresses Tumor Invasion/Metastasis” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center. 
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Feb. 18: Monwabisi Makola and Ann Egan, both of the Neuroscience Graduate Program. will give presentations at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.  
  • Biomedical Informatics Friday Speaker Series Feb. 19: Leah Kottyan, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Identifying the Molecular Mechanisms Contributing to the Genetic Etiology of Lupus” at 11 a.m. in Room S10.130, Cincinnati Children’s, Location S.
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