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Kim Miller, MD
Kim Miller, MD

Miller Named Executive Director of University Health Services

Kim Miller, MD, has been named executive director of University Health Services and associate professor of family and community medicine. Miller assumes her new role Sept. 15.

Miller most recently served as medical director at the Xavier University Wellness Services, Division of Student Affairs in Cincinnati, where she was since 2011. Before that, she served on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and also was in private practice in the Cincinnati area. She received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed her residency in internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York.

Miller replaces Glenn Egelman, MD, after his recent resignation. Egelman, who came to the university from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality in May 2015, was instrumental in stewarding University Health Services through its recent transition into UC Health.

Lee Zimmer, MD
Lee Zimmer, MD

Zimmer Joins Board of Skull Base Surgery Society

Lee Zimmer, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and director of the Rhinology and Anterior Cranial Base Surgery Program, has been named to the board of the North American Skull Base Society (NASBS). Founded in 1989, NASBS is a professional medical society that facilitates communication worldwide between individuals pursuing clinical and research excellence in skull base surgery. Membership is based on an interest in skull base surgery and related sciences and includes professionals from the backgrounds of neurosurgery, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, radiology, neuroradiology, otology, neurotology, plastic and reconstructive surgery and others interested in skull base diseases.

Atsuo Sasaki, PhD
Atsuo Sasaki, PhD

Sasaki Awarded R21 Grant to Study Glioblastoma Multiform

Atsuo Sasaki, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Hematology Oncology within the UC College of Medicine and a member of both the UC Cancer and Gardner Neuroscience Institutes, has been awarded $448,208 from the National Institutes of Health to study a targeted and safe treatment for glioblastoma multiforme, the most aggressive form of brain cancer. This award, an R21, is the third NIH grant at UC for Sasaki, who has been a faculty member and a member of the Brain Tumor Molecular Therapeutics Program since 2012. He’s received roughly $2.2 million in federal grants since 2012.

In his study, Sasaki will examine how two compounds might impact glioblastoma multiforme and will work to develop a more potent compound to test on human cells and in animal models.

Nagla Abdel Karim, MD
Nagla Abdel Karim, MD, PhD

Karim to Present at SWOG Fall 2016 Meeting

Nagla Abdel Karim, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Hematology Oncology and associate director of the Phase I Experimental Therapeutics Program in the UC Cancer Institute, will speak during the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) Fall 2016 meeting, being held Sept. 14-17 in Chicago. SWOG is a National Cancer Institute-supported organization that conducts clinical trials in adult cancers.

Karim will present the concept of her investigator-initiated Phase II trial of personalized Irinotecan with Nivolumab in relapsed or refractory small cell lung cancer.

Alex Lentsch, PhD
Alex Lentsch, PhD

Rita Alloway, PharmD
Rita Alloway, PharmD

Pamela Baker, PhD
Pamela Baker, PhD

Faculty Development Programs on Sept. 6, 13 and 20

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development has created new development programming for faculty in the areas of professional development, research development and teaching and education development. Programs in these three tracks will be offered on a monthly basis during the academic year.

  • Sept. 6: Alex Lentsch, PhD, will facilitate a program on "Reappointment, Promotions and Tenure” at 5 p.m. in MSB Room E-351.
  • Sept. 13: Rita Alloway, PharmD, will present "Hiring and Managing Research Personnel for Clinical Programs” at 5 p.m. in MSB Room E-351.
  • Sept. 20: Pamela Baker, PhD, will present "Peer Review” at 5 p.m. in MSB Room E-351.

Please register on Faculty One Stop.

>>For a complete list of programs

A DaTscan image, showing normal dopamine activity in the brain.

Neurobiology Pilot Research Grant Program Open

The 2016-2017 UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute’s Neurobiology Research Center Pilot Research Project program is accepting new proposals. This program is designed to support pilot and feasibility projects that identify clear paths toward extramural applications and funding of neuroscience-related research. The program will consider basic, translational and clinical projects, and encourages submission of collaborative projects. Although a clear neuroscience focus is required, this competition is open to all UC faculty as well as residents, clinical fellows and postdoctoral fellows. Non-members of the neuroscience training program or the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute can apply.

Letters of intent are required by Sept. 30, 2016. Full proposals will be due Nov. 15, 2016. Questions can directed to or Jennifer Bedel,

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

CCTST Grant Program Deadlines Sept. 30

Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Just-In-Time (JIT) grants enable investigators to use participating UC or Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center core facilities to obtain preliminary data for submission of a competitive extramural proposal, patent application or commercialization agreement. Investigators may apply for up to $7,500 annually.

The current round of the CCTST Processes and Methods Pilot Grant requests proposals of up to $10,000 for methods to analyze cumulative exposure to environmental toxins and mixtures or methods for evaluating the validity and reliability of data elements stored in the electronic health record (EHR) and processes for improving research use of the EHR. Advanced degrees are not required.

The CCTST Pilot Translational Research and Innovative Core Grant Program provides up to $60,000 for projects by established principal investigators or by mentored new/early stage investigators focused on applying discoveries generated during research in the laboratory and in pre-clinical studies to the development of trials and studies in humans. Up to $50,000 is available for the establishment of new, innovative cores with a clear translational focus.

Full applications for the JIT and Processes and Methods Programs and letters of intent (LOI) for the pilot research and core grant program are due Sept. 30. For more information, visit the CCTST website, email Jonathan Hoehn or call 513-803-8575.

UC Cancer Center/Barrett Center Golf Classic

Memorial Golf Outing Oct. 12 Benefits UC Cancer Institute

The Ed Heenan Memorial Golf Outing, benefiting the UC Cancer Institute, will take place Monday, Oct. 12, at Oasis Golf Club, 902 Loveland-Miamisville Road, Loveland.

The event begins at 11 a.m. with lunch in the clubhouse; a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start will follow with an awards ceremony immediately following the outing.

The cost is $130 per player or $520 for a foursome; the cost to sponsor a hole is $250.

Please RSVP online by Oct. 7 at or by calling Diana Fogel at 513- 556-6716 or emailing Mike Heenan at


  • Medical Grand Rounds Sept. 7: Hyon Kim, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Hematology Oncology, will present "Sickle Cell Disease" at noon on MSB 5051.
  • Department of Otolaryngolgy-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Sept. 7: Mike Rona will present "LEAN in Health Care—16 Years Later” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Seminar Series Sept. 7: Barbara Tobias, MD, will present "Medicare—A Current Perspective” at 10 a.m. in Kettering Laboratory Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Dermatology Procter & Gamble Scientific Lecture Series Sept. 8: Patient presentations will begin at 8 a.m. with Anand Ganesan, MD, PhD, presenting "What Makes a Mole Become a Melanoma” at 10 a.m. in Hoxworth G344.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Sept. 8: Boyi Gan, PhD, MD, Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, will present "Energy Sensing and Metabolism in Cancer and Stem Cells” at noon in The Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Sept. 8: Graduate students Jessica Ross will present "Protective Effects of Voluntary Exercise in Ischemic Muscle Pain,” and Kenea Udobi will present "The Role of Creatine in the Developing Brain” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Biomedical Informatics Speaker Series Sept. 9: Maya Dewan, MD, will present "Data-Driven Hotspot Identification in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130.
  • Physiology Seminar Sept. 13: Xiaonan Han, PhD, will present "Activation of Stem Cell Regeneration to Repair Impaired Intestinal Barriers” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Transplant Division Grand Rounds Sept. 13: Elaine Reed, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, will present "The Perfect Storm: HLA Antibodies, Complement, FcyRs and Endothelium in Transplant” from 4 to 5 p.m. in MSB 5051.
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