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Roy Whitman, MD
Roy Whitman, MD

Former Department Chair of Psychiatry Roy Whitman, MD, Passes Away

On Oct. 12, 2016,  Roy Whitman, MD, emeritus professor and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, passed away at the age of 91. Whitman served as interim department chair beginning in 1980, becoming permanent chair from 1983 until 1989. His clinical and scholarly interests were in the use of dreams in psychotherapy. Joining the UC faculty in 1957, he established the Sleep Dream Laboratory at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 1963, which at the time was one of only 10 centers in the nation to diagnose and treat people with sleep problems. The center also conducted research in three principle areas: dreams, the effect of drugs on sleep and illnesses of sleep. Whitman served on the Board of the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute since 2007. 

Arnold Schwartz, PhD
Arnold Schwartz, PhD

Schwartz Honored for a Lifetime of Achievement

The College of Medicine will hold a special event "Celebrating a Lifetime of Achievement: Arnold Schwartz, PhD” from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, in MSB 3351. A reception will follow the event, and the university community is invited to attend. Schwartz, PhD, is the recipient of a Distinguished University Research Professor Award (1988) and the Daniel Drake Medal in 2016. His specialty is a team effort approach to developing new drugs used to treat heart dysfunctions. On Oct. 27, he will explain his findings leading from the synthesis of two calcium channel blocking drugs (50 years ago) to its receptor’s isolation and mechanisms of action and current use in clinical conditions of heart dysfunction.
Schwartz earned his master's degree at Ohio State University and doctorate at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn. He has mentored hundreds of students and faculty and for 34 years has served as principal investigator of the longest-running continuing training grant supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Read more about Schwartz online.  

Fernald Medical Monitoring Program

'Be Well UC' Health Screening Registration

"Be Well UC" is offering on-campus health screenings to help you learn about your current health status and to get you closer to completing Step 1, which is required if you want to earn up to $240 in wellness incentives. If you complete Step 1 by Dec. 31, 2016, you’ll receive an additional $25 Amazon gift card.

To complete Step 1, you must:

  • Login to the Asset Health portal and complete a health assessment questionnaire and either participate in a preventative health screening or obtain a form to take with you to a well visit with your health care provider of choice.

"Be Well UC" has a variety of programming available to help you earn points toward incentives, with on campus options including:

• Oct. 13 – City Silence
• Oct. 17 – Yoga in Your Work Clothes (UC Blue Ash)
• Oct. 19 – Long Term Care Workshop
• Oct. 20 – Uncovering Your Hidden Benefits
• Oct. 24, 25, 27 – Dental Hygiene: Treat Your Teeth


>>Details and downloadable flyers 

Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure
Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure

Free Bearcats Tickets With Brain Tumor Walk Oct. 23

The University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Athletics is supporting the Oct. 23 Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure with a special gift for all participants.

Everyone who walks or runs in the seventh annual 5k at Sawyer Point will be eligible to receive complimentary tickets for themselves and their immediate family to UC’s football game against Memphis on Friday, Nov. 18, at Nippert Stadium. The game begins at 8 p.m. Participants will receive instructions on ticket redemption in their race packet. Ticket redemption will involve sending an email request and then picking up the tickets at will call inside Nippert Stadium before the game.

To register, donate or volunteer, please visit For sponsorship information, contact Alexandra Lolli at 513-558-6903 or

Mustache Calendar

Men’s Health Club Mustache Calendars Out on Oct. 28

First and second year medical students involved in the UC College of Medicine’s Men’s Health Club will be unveiling their 2017 Mustaches in Medicine calendars at an event from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, in the CARE/Crawley atrium.

Both first year and second year participants have their own calendar, and they will be competing to raise the most money for prostate cancer research at UC. Last year, students raised $2,000 to support two researchers within the UC Cancer Institute and Cincinnati Cancer Center.

The motivation for the project stems from "Movember,” when some choose to grow facial hair for the duration of the month to raise awareness for prostate cancer.

The cost of a calendar is $10. Cash is accepted, but a website will available soon where PayPal will be accepted.

>>More on last year’s fundraiser

Dual-contrast image of large intestine

Digestive Diseases Hosts Dinner Conference Nov. 3

The Division of Digestive Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine will sponsor an evening Continuing Medical Education dinner conference, "ACG Practical Gastroenterology Update,” from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Summit Restaurant, 3492 Central Parkway. The program is intended for gastroenterologists and GI practitioners. There is no charge to attend, but registration is open until Friday, Oct. 28. 

The first presentation will begin at 7:15 p.m. 

  • Prasad Kulkarni, MD, from the University of South Florida, will present on the topic of "Endoscopic Highlights.” 
  • Khurram Bari, MD, UC Department of Internal Medicine, will present "Liver Update.” 
  • John Valentine, MD, University of Utah, will present "Review: Inflammatory Bowel Disease.”  
  • Carol Burke, MD, Cleveland Clinic and president of the American College of Gastroenterology, will present "Colorectal Polyps and Colonoscopy.” 
  • Bruce Yacyshyn, MD, will chair the conference.  
For more information or to register for the event, please email or call 558-3525. Continuing credits are available for this activity.

Elwood Jensen, PhD
Elwood Jensen, PhD

Registration Still Open for the Jensen Symposium Nov. 3-4

The Department of Cancer Biology is hosting the "Jensen Symposium on Breast Cancer,” being held Nov. 3-4, 2016 in the Medical Sciences Building’s Kresge Auditorium. Registration is still open.

More than 15 leaders in the field, including five members of the National Academy of Sciences, will be speaking.

>>Register now

UC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are eligible to receive a discount for their registration cost. Contact Cara Kramer at or 513-558-5323 for the promotional code to be used at checkout.

Breast Cancer

Free Breast Cancer Symposium Nov. 5

"We See the Promise of Discovery to Recovery: Breast Cancer Symposium,” a free educational event for patients and the community, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center, 151 Goodman Dr.

UC Cancer Institute breast cancer experts will:

  • Review the latest developments in breast cancer risk factors, prevention and treatment.
  • Discuss hot topics including personalized treatment, nutrition and integrative medicine.
  • Answer questions.

Lunch will be provided.


The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library
The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library

November Workshop Series on NCBI Databases

The UC Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library is partnering with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) to bring to campus a series of workshops to educate researchers on a number of databases housed within the NCBI domain.

The workshops will be held at various times between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8-9 and between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 in Kresge Auditorium. A complete schedule is available online at

Each workshop will be three hours long and facilitated by NCBI experts and trainers. Workshop topics include: a practical guide to NCBI Blast; accessing genomes, assemblies and annotation products; accessing NCBI human variation and medical genetics resources; exploring gene expression information at the NCBI; and principles of PubChem.

Each workshop is free and open to the public but may be of particular interest to faculty and researchers in medicine, biology, chemistry and related fields. 

>>More information and registration


  • Biomedical Informatics Clinical Informatics Focus Group Oct. 18: Stuart Goldstein, MD, will present "NINJA and Renal Angina: Using IT/HER-Driven Clinical Decision Support for Risk Stratification” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location S, Room S5.125.
  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Oct. 18: In-Kwon Kim, PhD, will present "Mechanism and Pharmacological Control of Poly(ADP-ribose) Turnover and Signaling” at noon in MSB Room 2351.
  • Physiology Seminar Oct. 18: PhD graduate student Vakul Mohanty will present " Selective DNA Methylation in Cancers Controls Collateral Damage Induced by Large Structural Variations,” and PhD graduate student Jeremy Riddell will present "Computational Prediction of Transcription Factor Composite Motifs” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Oct. 19: Catherine Gaelyn Garrett, MD, Vanderbilt University, will present "Unilateral Vocal Fold Paralysis-Highlighting the Science and Art of Medicine” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Biomedical Informatics User Series Oct. 19: Gajra Arya will present "Do You Use BMI Services? Introducting the New BMI Store” at 10 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S1.203. 
  • Department of Environmental Health Oct. 19: Jacinda Dariotis, PhD, will present "Youth Risk-Taking from Bio-Social, Prevention Science and Public Health Perspectives” at 10 a.m. in Kettering Lab Building, Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Oct. 19: David Perlmutter, MD, will present "Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Liver Disease and Personalized Medicine in the 21st Century” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Oct. 20: Vladimir Bogdanov, PhD, will present "Alternatively Spliced Tissue Factor and Pancreatic Cancer” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Biomedical Informatics Hutton Lecture Series Oct. 21: Daniel Schauer, MD, will present "Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Cancer Incidence in Severely Obese Adults: Using a Distributed Research Network” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130. 

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