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Date: Monday, October 31, 2016

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Ira Abrahamson Way
Ira Abrahamson, Jr., MD

Street Honorarily Named for Former Ophthalmology Educator, Researcher 

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the Cincinnati street Shillito Place was honorarily named "Dr. Ira Abrahamson Way" after Ira Abrahamson Jr., MD, a former faculty member and researcher in the Department of Ophthalmology at the UC College of Medicine. The naming was part of a ceremony at City Hall.

Abrahamson, who has won a number of awards over the years for his contributions, graduated from the UC College of Medicine in February 1948. In 1964, after completing his residency, serving in the military and working in a private practice, he joined the UC Department of Ophthalmology, where he served as an educator and researcher for over 40 years and authored four textbooks.

UC at the Zoo

UC at the Zoo Nov. 12; Special Ticket Price Ends Today

The UC at the Zoo event will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The evening includes animal encounters, entertainment and a sneak peek at the PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

Tickets are only $5 (special price ends today) and $7 after Oct. 31. Parking is free.

>> Order tickets online

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

Acute Care Research Council Marks First Anniversary 

The Acute Care Research Council (ACRC), which first met on Oct. 22, 2015, is celebrating its first anniversary. The council’s primary goal is to coordinate approaches and improve processes for acute care research. 

The Acute Care Research Council is a comprehensive Academic Health Center-based collaboration of acute care researchers. Formed with support from the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST), the council currently includes 14 acute care research groups from UC, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, as well as representatives from the local institutional review boards and investigational pharmacy.

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Yong Yuan, PhD,
Yong Yuan, PhD

Yuan Receives $40,000 Grant From Glaucoma Foundation 

Yong Yuan, PhD, a research scientist in the Department of Ophthalmology, has received a $40,000 grant from the Glaucoma Foundation for his project titled "Development and Characterization of Mouse Model for Exfoliation Syndrome.” In this study, Yuan and those in his lab hope to find out if a certain mouse model can serve as a new model of exfoliation glaucoma which could lead to better understanding of the disease and new strategies to combat it.

Mustache Calendar

Calendars Raising Funds for Cancer Research on Sale 

First and second year medical students involved in the UC College of Medicine’s Men’s Health Club are selling 2017 Mustaches in Medicine calendars to raise money for prostate cancer research at UC.

Both first year and second year participants have their own calendar, and will be competing to raise the most money. 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 you can buy one online at For more information, contact Matt Stewart at


  • Clinical Informatics Focus Group Nov. 1: Andrew Spooner, MD, and Sheldon Polonsky, MD, both from Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Epic’s Reporting Workbench for Self-Service Data” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S5.125.
  • Molecular Genetics Weekly Seminar Series Nov. 1: David Hui, PhD, will present "Role of LDL Receptor-Related Proteins in Cardiovascular Disease” from noon to 1 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Physiology Seminar Nov. 1: Yana Zavros, PhD, will present from 4 to 5 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds Nov. 2: David Fornstein, DO, Greenville Health Systems, will present "Teaching in the Operating Room” at 7 a.m. in MSB 2351. The talk will also be available via teleconference at or call-in by dialing 1-786-358-5417 (Access Code: 242-388-749).
  • ENT Grand Rounds Nov. 2: Alfred Sassler, DO, will present "Food Allergy: Facts, Fictions, Hearsay, Lies, Myths and a Little Useful Information” from 7 to 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Nov. 2: Scott Langevin, PhD, will present "Exosomal Secretion of microRNA by Head and Neck Cancer” at 10 a.m. in the Kettering Lab’s Kehoe Auditorium. 
  • Medical Grand Rounds Nov. 2: Amit Govil, MD, will present "Living Kidney Donors: Are They Completely Safe?” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Department of Psychiatry Translational Research Seminar Nov. 2: A faculty panel will discuss "What Happens at a Study Section,” and Robert McNamara, PhD, will present his current work from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Stetson Building, Stanley Kaplan Conference Room, Room 3237.
  • Biomedial Informatics User Series Nov. 3: Mario Medvedovic, PhD, will present "Cool Tools: iLINCS Genomics Data Portal” at 10 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S1.203. 
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Nov. 3: Matthew Cooper, PhD, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, will present "The Protective Effects of Social Dominance on Subsequent Social Defeat Stress” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Biomedical Informatics Hutton Lecture Series Nov. 4: Nathan Salomonis, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Using Single Cell Genomics to Characterize Heterogeneity in Disease” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130.

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