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Jeffrey Botkin, MD, MPH
Jeffrey Botkin, MD, MPH

Jeffrey Botkin to Present Hutton Lectureship in Ethics During Research Week April 22

Jeffrey Botkin, MD, MPH, from the University of Utah, will present "Far from the Bedside: Is Consent Necessary for Research with Biospecimens?” from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 22 in MSB E-351 for the Hutton Lectureship in Ethics, and as part of Research Week 2016.

Botkin is a professor of pediatrics and an adjunct professor of human genetics. He is also chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities and serves as the associate vice president for research integrity with oversight responsibilities for the human subjects protection program.

Botkin received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, an MD from the University of Pittsburgh and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University. His research is focused on the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic technology with a particular emphasis on research ethics, genetic testing for cancer susceptibility, biobanking, newborn screening and prenatal diagnosis. Botkin is currently chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections. He also is a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Diseases in Newborns and Children and chairs the NIH’s Embryonic Stem Cell Eligibility Working Group and serves on the FDA Pediatric Ethics Subcommittee.

Allergies and springtime unfortunately go hand in hand.

Allergy and Rhinology Update Event March 9

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is hosting "University of Cincinnati Allergy and Rhinology Update-Otolaryngology” event from 5:30 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Courtyard Marriott Midtown/Rookwood, 3813 Edwards Rd.

The symposium, aimed at general practitioners, general internal medicine physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, will provide up-to-date information on the diagnosis and treatment of allergic rhinitis and sinusitis.

Food and beverages will be provided; educational credits are being offered.

The deadline to register is 9 a.m. today, March 7. To RSVP contact Barb Huber at or 513-558-5391.

Relay For Life
Relay For Life

Reminder: HSGA Hosting Concert Fundraiser March 11

The UC Health Sciences Graduate Association (HSGA), which has organized a team for the 2016 Relay For Life-University of Cincinnati on April 1-2, will be hosting a concert fundraiser at 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Northside Tavern. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. 

Das Brigade, LC Jones and Rivercity Roustabout will perform, and there will be chances to win raffle prizes, such as Reds tickets, autographed Bengals merchandise and many donated gift cards from local Cincinnati businesses.

The event is free.

Contact Megan Vogel for additional information at

Check Your Genes

Social Worker Honored at Check Your Genes Gala

Sarah Lukey, outpatient social worker at the Center for Women’s Cancer at the Barrett Center, was honored as a Check Your Genes Luminary for being a frontrunner in supporting genetic testing for cancer. She was honored with the Oncology Social Worker Award during an event Feb. 25.

Check Your Genes is a local organization aimed at educating the public on hereditary cancer and encouraging everyone to know their family history of cancer and seek genetic counseling necessary.

March Mania Challenge
March Mania Challenge

UC March Mania Challenge Returns March 8-11

From March 8-11, the UC Foundation will host its second annual UC March Mania Challenge, a four-day fundraising competition between UC’s colleges and units.

Each college or unit (team) earns one point for every donation it receives. The team with more points progresses to the next round, and one eliminated college will participate in the championship round as a "Wildcard” team. The last team standing wins $2,500 in scholarship funds and bragging rights.

>> Find out more and join the competition

Sarah Mayorga-Gallo, PhD
Sarah Mayorga-Gallo, PhD

Excellence Workshop March 9

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the UC Alumni Association are hosting an Inclusive Excellence Workshop titled "Behind the White Picket Fence: Power and Privilege in a Multiethnic Neighborhood” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the Myers Alumni Center.

Sarah Mayorga-Gallo, PhD, an assistant professor of sociology, will be speaking and will use data from the book "Behind the White Picket Fence: Power and Privilege in a Multiethnic Neighborhood” to describe diversity ideology and its relationship to contemporary racial inequality in multiethnic spaces.

Mimosas for Memories
Mimosas for Memories

Mimosas for Memories Fundraising Event April 16

Mimosas for Memories, a first-time event benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati and created by UC third year medical student Christian Gausvik Jr., will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at the Greenwich House Gallery, 2124 Madison Rd.

The event includes light bites from more than five local caterers, a full mimosa bar, photo booth, live harp and piano music and a silent auction. The gallery will be donating 10 percent of art sales from the day towards the fundraising efforts.

Tickets are $25 or $44 per couple in advance online and $35 at the door.

>> More information

Tangeman University Center

SAVE THE DATE: All-Campus Blood Drive April 11-15

Hoxworth Blood Center and the University of Cincinnati are hosting an All-Campus Blood Drive from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 11-15, in the Great Hall at Tangeman University Center, giving students, faculty and staff the opportunity to save lives in our community by donating blood.

Every donor will receive a limited edition UC T-shirt featuring Mick and Mac.

Visit or call 513-451-0910 to schedule your appointment to donate.


  • Physiology Seminar March 8: Robert Hester, PhD, University of Mississippi, will present "Mathematical Simulation of Integrative Physiology: History and the Future” from 4 to 5 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Transplant Division Journal Club March 8: Aleksandr Reznichenko, MD, will present on the "The Effect of Anastomosis Time on Outcome in Recipients of Kidneys Donated After Brain Death: A Cohort Study” from 4 to 5 p.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds March 9: Rebecca Howell, MD, will present "Jet Ventilation: What, When and How” at 7 a.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Grand Rounds March 9: Eric Wohleb, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine, will present "Prefrontal Cortex Interneurons Mediate Rapid Antidepressant Effects and Stress-Induced Microglia Responses that Disrupt This Microcircuitry” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Stetson Building, Suite 2108.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series March 9: Jason Heikenfeld, PhD, UC College of Engineering and Applied Science, will present "A Leap Beyond the Wearables of Today: Non-Invasive Biomarker Sensing Through Sweat” at 10 a.m. in the Kettering Complex, Kehoe Auditorium.
  • The Lucille & Smith Gibson Endowed Lectureship in Medical Ethics March 10: Aasim Padela, MD, director of the Initiative on Islam and Medicine and assistant professor in the Section of Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago, will present "Religious Identity, Workforce Diversity and the Healing Profession: Examining the 'Muslim' Physician Experience” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center, Room G344.
  • Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine Career Seminar series March 11: Amit Galande, PhD, senior consultant in Price Waterhouse Coopers Pharmaceutical Advisory Practice will present "Careers Beyond Laboratory Research or Emphasizing the D in R&D" from 11:00 a.m. to noon in MSB 3051.
  • Biomedical Informatics Speaker Series March 11: Lynn Lin, PhD, Penn State University, will present "Characterizing Antigen-Specific T-Cell Functional Diversity in Single-Cell Expression Data” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Location S, Room S10.130.


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