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William Motley, MD
William Walker Motley III, MD

Motley Recently Named President of 

Ohio Ophthalmological Society

William Walker Motley III, MD, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology and a pediatric ophthalmologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, has been elected president of the Ohio Ophthalmological Society (OOS). Motley has served as president-elect for the past two years. His two-year term as president began at the OOS annual meeting in Columbus on February 20, 2016. 

Motley completed his ophthalmology residency at UC in 2001 and his pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s in 2002. Motley is the principal investigator of an FDA investigational new drug research trial involving corneal collagen crosslinking to treat progressive keratoconus in children and adults with disabilities. He has published multiple scientific papers and made numerous presentations on eye issues associated with Down syndrome and on pediatric ocular infectious diseases.

Motley is active in additional academic programs and advocacy by way of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. He has also been awarded both the AAO’s Achievement Award and AAPOS’s Honor Award. 

UC Bowties for Scholarships
UC Bowties for Scholarships

Bowties for Scholarships Contest Open Through March 27

The Bowties for Scholarships bowtie and scarf design contest is open through March 27. The Bowties for Scholarships: Creating Possibilities initiative is sponsored by the UC Foundation. It began in 2014 and seeks to create more scholarships for UC students. Each year, students are challenged to design and submit their best UC-inspired bowtie or scarf. The winning design is then professionally produced to benefit the cause. All UC students are eligible.

>> Submit your design

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

CCTST Awards Grants to College of Medicine Researchers

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) awarded several pilot grants to UC College of Medicine faculty members to further support their research.

The Pilot Translational Research and Innovative Core Grant Program supports projects by established principal investigators or by new/early stage investigators mentored by established investigators and promotes the establishment of new, innovative cores with a clear translational focus, to build a local or networked infrastructure among researchers.

>> See the full list of awardees

Michael Huerta
Michael Huerta, PhD

UC Libraries, IT@UC Host Data Day Event April 5

The first UC Data Day will be held April 5. The event is hosted by the University of Cincinnati Libraries and IT@UC. This day-long event will highlight innovative work being done by researchers and the types of data services available, as well as provide a forum to discuss data challenges and opportunities at UC and beyond.

Scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center, UC Data Day will include a full schedule of events all free and open to the public. Keynote speaker Michael Huerta, PhD, from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, will highlight his work in making data more discoverable, accessible, usable and open, in addition to speaking on his other areas of program development at the NIH.

The full schedule is available on the event website. Seats are limited, so register to attend.

Global Health

SAVE THE DATE: April 4-9 National Public Health Week

Delta Omega, Gamma Rho Chapter (Honorary Society in Public Health) along with UC MPH program will be hosting Public Health Week from Monday, April 4, to Saturday, April 9. Each day will be filled with fun events related to Global Health in honor of National Public Health Week. Events include working closely with local community non-profit organizations, global health movie night, educational talks/panel discussion, and how to get involved with your community.

UC Physicians Blood Drive
All-Campus Blood Drive

All-Campus Blood Drive Held in Tangeman 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.

Pilot Research Training Program
Pilot Research Training Program

REMINDER: ERC PRP Applications 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 ERC’s PRP 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.

Rekha Chaudhary, MD
Rekha Chaudhary, MD

Chaudhary to Speak at PlantPure Nation Event April 16

Rekha Chaudhary, MD, adjunct associate professor of internal medicine, is offering a free talk on Nutrition and Cancer at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Cincinnati, 5701 Murray Ave. The event is sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati PlantPure Nation Pod. PlantPure Nation is a whole food plant-based lifestyle group. To learn more, visit


  • UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute Seminar March 14, 2016: Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD, Loyola University, will present "Molecular Mechanism of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Populations of South Asian Descendants” at noon in MSB 3351. 
  • Biomedical Informatics Focus Group March 15: Frank Fernandez, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, will present "Implementation of the SEP-1 Sepsis Core Measure” at noon in Room S5.125, Cincinnati Children’s Location S.  
  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar March 15: PhD candidate Nassif Tabaja will present "Binding to the BTD of CSL—Bridging the Gap,” and PhD candidate Danny Hall will present "CSL Binding to the Histone Methylation Reader L3MBTL3” at noon in MSB 2351. 
  • Transplant Division Journal Club March 15: Bassam Abu Jawdeh, MD, will present "Identifying Subphenotypes of Antibody-Mediated Rejection in Kidney Transplants” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351. 
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds March 16: Arthur Hengerer, MD, University of Rochester, will present "Would Hippocrates Accept the Ethics and Professional Behavior of Today’s Physician?” at 7 a.m. in MSB 3351. 
  • Biomedical Informatics Services Series March 16: Artem Barski, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Allergy and Immunology, will present "Analysis of ChIP-Seq Data in Biowardrobe” at 10 a.m. in Room S1.203, Cincinnati Children’s Location S. 
  • Department of Environmental Health Seminar Series March 16: Jorge W. Santo Domingo, PhD, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, will present "Detection and Composition of Bacterial Communities in Waters Using RNA-Based Methods” at 10 a.m. in the Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex. 
  • Medical Grand Rounds March 16: Nooshin Hashemi, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, will present "Head and Neck Cancer” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Grand Rounds March 16: Marcia Kaplan, MD, volunteer professor of clinical psychiatry, will present "A Psychodynamic Approach to Treatment Resistance” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Stetson Building, Suite 2108. 
  • Center for Transplant Immunology (CTIMM) Research Forum March 16: Anna Valujskikh, MD, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, will present "Improving the Efficacy of Lymphoablation to Target Memory T Cells” at 1 p.m. in Room S7.125, Cincinnati Children’s Location S.
  • Department of Internal Medicine Research Conference March 17: Sean R. Moore, MD, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Environmental Enteropathy” at noon in MSB 3051, and Andrew Steckl, PhD, distinguished research professor and Gieringer Professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar, will present "The Engineering of Materials for Bio/Medical Device Applications at 12:30 p.m. in MSB 3051. 
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series March 17: Benjamin Greenwood, PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, will present "Neural Circuits Controlling Exercise-Modulation of Fear and Anxiety” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351. 
  • Biomedical Informatics Speaker Series March 18: Alexey Porollo, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "What Can We Learn From the Co-Evolving Residues in Proteins? Protein Structure and Function Annotations Using Co-Evolution Analysis” at 11 a.m. in Room S10.130, Cincinnati Children’s Location S.    
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