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Jianjun Chen, PhD
Jianjun Chen, PhD

Chen Named to NIH Study Section

Jianjun Chen, PhD, a professor in the Department of Cancer Biology, has been invited to be a member of the National Institutes of Health Developmental Therapeutics Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, from July 2016 until June 2022. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

Chen joined the UC faculty in January 2015 as one of the first cluster hires.

Mark Althoff
Mark Althoff

Nick Brown
Nick Brown

Sonya Ruiz-Torres and Susanne Wells, PhD,
Sonya Ruiz-Torres

Graduate Students Receive F31 Awards

Three graduate students in the College of Medicine’s Cancer and Cell Biology Graduate Program have received Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Awards (F31 awards) from the National Institutes of Health to conduct cancer research in the labs of UC scientists and promote their growth as future researchers.

The purpose of the F31 program is to help promising predoctoral students obtain individualized, mentored research training from faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research and developing their skills to become independent scientists in the field.

Graduate research assistants in the program who were granted the award include:

  • Mark Althoff who will be working in the lab of José Cancelas, MD, PhD, director of research at Hoxworth Blood Center and a professor in UC’s Department of Pediatrics.
  • Nick Brown who will be working in the lab of Susan Waltz, PhD, professor in the Department of Cancer Biology and a member of both the Cincinnati Cancer Center and UC Cancer Institute.
  • Sonya Ruiz-Torres who will be working the lab of Susanne Wells, PhD, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a member of both the Cincinnati Cancer Center and UC Cancer Institute.

>> More on the awards

Findlay Market
Findlay Market

Findlay Market Pop-up at CARE/Crawley Thursday

Merchants from Cincinnati’s Findlay Market will set up shop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, July, 28, in the CARE/Crawley Kaplan Reception Area. Fresh produce, locally made items and ready-to-eat foods will be available for purchase. Most vendors will be set up to accept cash and credit cards. Coordinated by the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. For more information, contact Kelly Lyle, health affairs program officer.

John Breneman, MD

Protons in Cancer Treatment Aug. 13

"The Place and Promise of Protons in Cancer Treatment,” a continuing education event for researchers and physicians, is being held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/UC Health Proton Therapy Center, 7777 Yankee Road, Liberty Township.

This event is aimed at helping participants discuss the differences between photon (x-ray) and proton radiotherapy, identify which patients/cancer types may benefit from proton radiotherapy and describe common side effects of proton radiotherapy and barriers to its use.

This event is free to participants. 

For more information, contact Kelly Hummel at 513-558-2030 or email

>> Register online

Breast Cancer and Exercise

Cancer Survivorship Program Pilot Grant Funding

The UC Cancer Institute’s Cancer Survivorship Program will offer two, one-year pilot grants of $50,000 each to facilitate research in adult and pediatric cancer survivorship.

All UC, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center  researchers with at least 50 percent faculty appointment are eligible to apply for funding as the principal investigator (PI). Clinical and postdoctoral research fellows, instructors and research associates are also eligible to apply as the PI but will require their faculty advisor designated as the mentor.

All applications should address the assessment, prevention, management and/or intervention of issues that occur following the completion of active treatment of cancer (surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation). Topics may include risk assessment, early detection, prevention and management of treatment related effects, prognostic biomarkers, epidemiologic studies, delivery of survivorship care (care plans, models of delivery), health disparities relevant to survivorship, quality of life, organizational integration of survivorship care and patient or health care provider education.

The letter of intent for the grant is due Oct. 1.

>> More information on requirements and ways to submit a letter of intent


  • Medical Grand Rounds July 27: Stephen Kralovic, MD, associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, will present "The Zeitgeist of Zika” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Career Panel Discussion: Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical-Based Careers July 27: The panel will focus on careers in academia, industry, regulatory affairs, patent law and pharmacy/health care from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in MSB E-351.
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