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Patrick Tso, PhD
Patrick Tso, PhD

Patrick Tso Receives Obesity Metabolism and Nutrition Research Mentor Award

Patrick Tso, PhD, professor and director of UC’s Lipid Biology Group, has been selected to receive the Obesity Metabolism and Nutrition Research Mentor Award from the American Gastroenterological Association. This is an award given to scientists with a record of training the next generation of scientists.

Tso joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the UC College of Medicine in 1996 as professor of pathology and an adjunct appointment in the Department of Physiology. Tso’s career there has included positions as associate director of the Obesity Research Center; director of the NIH-funded Cincinnati Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center and director of the Center for Lipid Research. In 2010, he received the Daniel Drake Medal, the highest honor bestowed to a faculty at the College of Medicine. He was recently appointed to the Mary M. Emory Chair of Pathology.

Tso will be presented with the award during the Digestive Disease Week 2016 conference being held May 22-24 in San Diego.

Libby Peters
Libby Peters

Peters Wins Robert Swain Memorial Award

Libby Peters, a second-year medical student in the College of Medicine, is the winner of this year’s Robert Swain Memorial Award. It is given to a second-year medical student for treating people on equal terms, showing concerns for fellow classmates and doing the most to make the first two years of medical school an enjoyable experience for all. The award is decided by fellow classmates and is named after Robert Swain, a member of the class of 1982 whose life ended tragically the summer before his second year at the University of Cincinnati.

Samuel Hanke, MD
Samuel Hanke, MD

Annual Sam Seeds Research Day May 20

The event, which is being hosted by the UC College of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 20, in MSB 5051.

The keynote speaker will be Samuel Hanke, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the UC College of Medicine and chair of the Hospital Safe Sleep Coalition at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His presentation is titled "How an OB/GYN Resident Can Prevent Infant Sleep Related Deaths.”

With questions, contact Michelle Doll at or 513-558-7653. 

College of Medicine
College of Medicine

Students Take Top Honors at National Research Forum

Four second-year medical students in the College of Medicine were recognized for their research posters at the 57th annual National Student Research Forum held April 28-29, 2016, at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. The winners were:

  • Greg Lavins, first place for a poster presentation in neuroscience and cell biology titled "Classification of Preschool Wheezing Phenotypes Via Cluster Analysis of Electronic Health Record Data.” 
  • Stephanie Kerlakian, first place for a poster presentation in radiology research titled "Advanced MR-Based Imaging in Cystic Fibrosis.” 
  • Meera Basu, first place for a poster presentation in obstetrics and gynecology titled "Expression of Human Placental Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone During Inflammatory Stress.” 
  • Michael Zhou, second place for a poster presentation in radiology research titled "Quantitative MRI of TGF-a-Induced Pulmonary Fibrosis.”

West Chester Hospital
West Chester Hospital

Gynecologic Oncology Center Open House May 16

The UC Cancer Institute Gynecologic Oncology Center is hosting an open house of its newly renovated clinic and infusion center in West Chester from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 16, 7675 Wellness Way, Suite 202.  

Attendees will be able to tour the clinic, meet physicians and staff and enjoy light refreshments. For more information, call 513-475-4880.

Gold Humanism Honor Society
Gold Humanism Honor Society

Gold Humanism Society Inducts Class of 2017

The College of Medicine’s Gold Humanism Honor Society Chapter, sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, inducted the GHHS class of 2017 and presented several humanism awards to residents and faculty at its annual dinner, Wednesday, May 4, at the Cincinnati Faculty Club in the Richard E. Lindner Center.

Alan George Smulian, MD, director and professor in the UC Division of Infectious Diseases, gave the evening’s keynote address. Smulian also received the 2017 Leonard Tow Faculty Award at the ceremony, which recognizes a College of Medicine faculty member who best demonstrates outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, as well as clinical excellence.

Fourth-year medical student, Craig Hansen received the Leonard Tow student award this year.

>> Read about all of the awardees

Dylan Steen, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease, sees heart patients in Hoxworth Center.
Dylan Steen, MD, 

Steen on Panel at the Society of Clinical Trials

Dylan Steen, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease, will be part of a panel discussion "Streamling Clinical Trials: The Practicalities” at the 37th annual meeting of the Society of Clinical Trials, in Montreal, Canada, Tuesday, May 17. Steen will join other experts from the University of Oxford, UK, to discuss specific examples of strategies that have been successfully adopted to streamline clinical trials.


  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Series May 17: PhD candidate Mark Castleberry will present "Structural Analysis of Apolipoprotein A-V: A Regulator of Triglyceride Metabolism” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series May 17: Dong-Gil Ko, PhD, and Jay Shan, PhD, UC College of Business, will present "Improving Patient Satisfaction: View From the Patients through User-Generated Online Physician Reviews” at noon in S5.125, Cincinnati Children’s Location S.
  • Physiology Seminar May 17: Mary Beth Yacyshyn, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, will present "C. Difficile Infection: What the Human Model Can Tell Us” from 4 to 5 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Cancer Biology Special Seminar Series May 17: Zhong Yin Zhang, PhD, Purdue University, will present "Drugging the Undruggable: Targeting Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases for Novel Therapeutic Agents” from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Medical Grand Rounds May 18: Mark Bibler, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, will present "Medical Malpractice” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Center for Transplant Immunology Research Forum May 18: Gilad Hamdani, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Outcomes of Pediatric Kidney Transplantation in Recipients of a Previous Non-Renal Solid Organ Transplant,” Farhan Zafar, MD, Cincinnati Children’s will present "Novel Donor Risk Scoring for Pediatric Heart Transplant,” and Clifford Chin, MD, Cincinnati Children’s, will present ”Correlation Between HLA Antibody Assays and the CDC Crossmatch to Risk Stratify Sensitized Transplant Candidates” from 1 to 2 p.m. in S7.125, Cincinnati Children’s Location S.
  • The William J. Larsen Distinguished Lecture Series May 19: Stephen Weiss, MD, University of Michigan, will present "Pericellular Remodeling of the Extracellular Matrix: From Development to Neoplasia” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, Rieveschl Auditorium. 
  • Biomedical Informatics Services Series May 19: Ron Bryson, Parth Divekar and Jeremy Nix, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Introduction to BMI Data Services” at 10 a.m. inc Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S1.203
  • Biomedical Informatics Friday Series May 20: Kakajan Komurov, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, will present "Mining Cancer Genomes for Mechanisms and Vulnterabilites” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130.

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