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Steve Davidson
Steve Davidson, PhD

Anesthesiology's Davidson Awarded  American Pain Society's Rita Allen Award 

Steve Davidson, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and investigator for the UC Pain Research Center, has received the American Pain Society (APS)/Rita Allen Foundation (RAF) Rita Allen Award, totaling $150,000 for three years. The RAF and APS together awards two grants to those research proposals demonstrating the greatest merit and potential for success. In honor of Davidson’s achievement, he will be recognized APS 35th Annual Scientific Meeting President’s Reception in Austin, TX, May 11-14.

The proposal submitted by Davidson will study the thalamo-limbic circuit control of pain. 

>> More details on the award

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Red Cross logo

Reminder: Volunteers Needed to Help Red Cross Effort

The University of Cincinnati is helping the Greater Cincinnati-Area Chapter of the American Red Cross in a new initiative called "Mega Blitz: A Cause for Alarms” to improve our community and save lives by protecting residents from deadly house fires. The Red Cross is seeking volunteers to go door-to-door on Saturday, May 7 in Over-the-Rhine, Mt. Auburn, Walnut Hills and Newport to install 1,000 free smoke alarms.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 9 a.m. at the Horseshoe Casino, 1000 Broadway Street, where they’ll receive instructions and assignments to teams of four before being shuttled to their assigned neighborhood. Teams will return to the casino by 3:30 p.m. for food and celebration.

>> Learn more or register for the event

Margaret McCarthy, PhD
Margaret McCarthy, PhD

Neuroscience Day May 6, Registration Now Open

Registration is open and poster titles are being accepted for Neuroscience Day 2016 to be held on the medical campus Friday, May 6. Neuroscience Day, the premier regional scientific neuroscience meeting, is sponsored by the Ohio Miami Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (OMV-SfN).

The main events of Neuroscience Day 2016 will include:

  • A keynote address titled "Surprising Origins of Sex Differences in the Brain” by Margaret McCarthy, PhD, professor and chair, Department of Pharmacology, University of Maryland School of Medicine.
  • A professional development session "Survival skills for scientific conferences."
  • Oral presentations from representatives of each OMV-SfN institution.
  • Poster presentations from OMV-SfN members.

Please visit the OMV-SfN website for additional information and to register for the meeting. The deadline for advance registration is April 25, 2016. 

Kingsgate Marriott
Kingsgate Marriott

Annual Nephrology Symposium Set for May 6-7

The UC Division of Nephrology, Kidney CARE (Clinical Advancement, Research and Education) Program, will be hosting the third annual Acute Care Nephrology Symposium on Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, 2016, at Kingsgate Marriott. This two-day event will cover topics pertaining to acute renal failure, critical care nephrology and other acute care management of patients with kidney disease. The symposium will feature nationally recognized speakers and experts within the University of Cincinnati. The program is geared towards an audience to include physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and clinical pharmacists, among others. This event is CME-accredited and is endorsed by the National Kidney Foundation. For more information email

Research Week 2016
Research Week 2016

Research Week Conference App Available for Download

Research Week 2016 is going on this week, April 18-22. To help plan your schedules and optimize the experience, there is now an app with the current schedule of events, including information about speakers, presentations, posters and more.

Download the app:

>> iOs

>> Android

Pilot Research Training Program
Pilot Research Training Program

REMINDER: ERC PRP Applications Extended to April 29

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 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016.

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


  • UC, Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute Seminar Series April 18: Karin Przyklenk, PhD, Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Wayne State University, will present "Myocardial Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury: From Basic Principles to New Paradigms” at noon in MSB 3351. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. 
  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology Seminar Series April 19: Hashim Aljohani will present "Targeting ROS1 Receptor to Overcome Resistance to EGFR Inhibitors in Glioblastoma,” and Amir Babar will present "Structural Basis for Platelet Activation Via the Collagen Receptor Glycoprotein VI” at noon in MSB 2351. 
  • Biomedical Informatics Clinical Informatics Focus Group April 19: Matthew Leonard, data warehouse analyst, Division of Biomedical Informatics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "ICD-10: History and Challenges in Reporting from Epic Clarity” at noon in Room S5.125, Cincinnati Children’s Location S. 
  • Physiology Seminar Series April 19: Karl Obrietan, PhD, Department of Neuroscience, Ohio State University will present "ERK/MAPK Kinase Signaling and Circadian Clock Timing Circuits of the CNS” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051. 
  • Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds April 20: Dennis Poe, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital, will present "Surgical Management of Eustachian Tube Disorders” at 6:45 a.m. in MSB 3351. Note: Departmental photos will be taken immediately following grand rounds in MSB 1120. Tie and lab coats required. 
  • Medical Grand Rounds April 20: Jason Heikenfeld, PhD, UC College of Engineering and Applied Science, and Tom Reed, PhD, will present "Wearable Tech 2.0 Using Sweat to Continuously Measure What is Happening in the Body” and "Synthetic Biology: Driving Powerful New Therapeutic Paradigms” at noon in MSB 5051.  
  • Department of Environmental Health, Masters in Public Health Program April 20: Lynne Haber, PhD, will present "Do In Vitro Mutagens Always Cause Cancer Via a Mutagenic Mode of Action (MOA): Evaluation of MOA for Lung Tumors in Mice Exposed to Ethylene Oxide Via Inhalation” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.  
  • Biomedical Informatics Speaker Series April 20: Zheng Xia, PhD, instructor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine will present "Computational Analysis of 3'-UTR Usages in Human Cancers from RNA-Seq” at 11 a.m. in room S9.130,  Cincinnati Children’s Location S. 
  • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Grand Rounds April 20: Huiping Zhang, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine, will present "Epigenetics–Beyond the Genetics of Alcohol Dependence” at noon in Suite 2108, Stetson Building. 
  • Center for Transplant Immunology (CTIMM) April 20: Baoyu Liu, PhD, Emory University, will present "Using Force to Study T Cell Antigen Recognition” at 1 p.m. in Room S7.125, Cincinnati Children’s Location S.  
  • Biomedical Informatics Services Series April 20: This seminar has been canceled.  
  • Cancer Biology Seminar April 21: Collin Wetzel, PhD, will present "Tumor Suppressor Control of Carbon Flux,” and PhD candidate Nicole Oatman will present "Passenger Deletions and Collateral Damage in Human Cancer” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, Rieveschl Auditorium.  
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series April 21: John Snedeker will present "The Role of Primary Cilia in Mammalian Forebrain Development,” and Keila Miles will present "Creatinine Transporter-Deficient Mice Show Changes in Hippocampal Morphology” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.  
  • Biomedical Informatics Speaker Series April 22: Brian Raney, PhD, software engineer, UCSC Genome Browser, University of California Santa Cruz Genome Institute, will present "The UCSC Genome Browser: Bells and Whistles” at 11 a.m. in room S7.125, Cincinnati Children’s Location S.
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