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Date: Monday, June 13, 2016

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Abbot Spaulding, MD

Abbot Spaulding, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Remembered

Abbot Spaulding, MD, professor emeritus in the Department of Ophthalmology, died on June 4, 2016, at age 82. Spaulding received his medical degree in 1959 from Saint Louis University. Following his internship and service with the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1962, he served a three-year residency in ophthalmology at Cincinnati General Hospital. He completed his ophthalmic pathology training before returning to Cincinnati to join the faculty. In 1969, he was appointed director of the Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory, a position he held until his retirement in 2000. Spaulding became the first Mary Knight Asbury Professor of Ophthalmic Pathology in 1996 and was named an emeritus professor in 2000. He returned to UC in 2003 on a part-time basis as an ocular pathologist for the Department of Ophthalmology until 2014. A full obituary can be found here.


Laura Conforti, PhD
Laura Conforti, PhD

Conforti Named Teacher of the Year

Laura Conforti, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Nephrology, Kidney CARE Program, has been chosen Teacher of the Year by students in the graduate Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine program. The award is given to a faculty member who offers support, encouragement and advice to students throughout their graduate careers. Students presented Conforti with an award and acknowledged her care and commitment to students in planning the Immunology of Disease course. The award citation presented to Conforti praised her for attending student seminars, mentoring graduate students and serving as a "true inspiration” for women in science for success, perseverance and approachability.

Evangelia (Litsa) Kranias, PhD
Evangelia (Litsa) Kranias, PhD

Kranias Serves AHA and Venetian Institute

Evangelia (Litsa) Kranias, PhD, Hanna Professor and director of cardiovascular biology in UC’s Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics, has been invited to serve on the American Heart Association Leadership Committee as senior advisor of the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Early Career Committee of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences for a term beginning July 1, 2016, and ending June 30, 2018. Kranias has also been appointed a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM). The advisory board evaluates research activity at the VIMM and consists of well-renowned scientists including Nobel Laureates.

Scott Langevin, PhD
Scott Langevin, PhD

Trisha Wise-Draper, MD,
Trisha Wise-Draper, MD,

Cancer Researchers Receive $20,000 from Gromada

Scott Langevin, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health, and Trisha Wise-Draper, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Hematology Oncology, both UC Cancer Institute and Cincinnati Cancer Center members, have been awarded a $20,000 grant by the Brandon C. Gromada Head and Neck Cancer Foundation. This will fund their research project titled "Efficacy of an LSD1 Inhibitor (GSK2879552) for Treating Sinonasal Squamous Cancer.”

The Gromada Foundation was launched June 3, 2012 by the Gromada family, the day after their oldest son Brandon died of an aggressive "poorly differentiated squamous cell cancer.” The goal of the foundation is to generate research funds for the development of innovative and more effective treatments for head and neck cancers.

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

CCTST Just-in-Time Deadlines July 1

The CCTST Just-In-Time (JIT) grant mechanism enables investigators to use participating UC or Cincinnati Children’s core facilities to obtain critical preliminary data for submission of a competitive extramural proposal, patent application or commercialization agreement. Investigators may apply for up to $7,500 annually.

The CCTST Processes and Methods pilot grant program enables investigators to explore ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the processes and methods used in clinical and translational research. Advanced degrees are not required. For the current round, proposals of up to $10,000 are requested for research to improve the informed consent process in the acute care setting or identify better ways to enfranchise "community” (defined very broadly) members in the research process.

Deadline for both programs is July 1. For more information, visit the CCTST website, email Jonathan Hoehn or call (513) 803-8575.


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

REMINDER: Research Service Award Deadline June 17

The College of Medicine Office of Research is soliciting nominations for a Faculty Research Service Award. The award will be presented to the faculty member who is nominated by their department chair and in the opinion of the Research Cabinet has provided exceptional service to the College of Medicine.

To be considered, the nominating department chair must submit a one page letter of recommendation. The letter should highlight how the nominee has served and demonstrates an outstanding commitment to the college. Specifically, the letter should describe the kinds of service (committees, review boards, etc.), the duration of service and any leadership roles in service for which the nominee has participated. A curriculum vitae must also be submitted with both current and past intramural service highlighted.

The recipient of this award will be recognized in the College of Medicine Research Annual Report and honored with a plaque and an honorarium of $1,500 at the annual research recognition event on June 29.

Nominations should be submitted by June 17 as one PDF document to Brieanne Sheehan at Questions should be sent to Sheehan via email or by calling 558-7564.   


  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Series June 14: Mark Castleberry, PhD candidate, will present "Structural Analysis of Apolipoprotein A-V: A Regulator of Triglyceride Metabolism” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Psychiatry Journal Club June 16: Christopher Buttarazzi, MD, will present "Cannabis Use is Not Associated with the Development of Psychosis in an ‘Ultra’ High-Risk-Group” at noon in Stetson 3237.
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds June 15: Allen Seiden, MD, will present "Ethical Surgery: An Oxymoron” at 7 a.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Medical Grand Rounds June 15: Ahsan Zafar, MD, will present "From Idea to Outcomes: Improving Care Delivery for COPD Patients” at noon in MSB 5051.


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