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Date: Monday, November 21, 2016

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Angela Fitch, MD
Angela Fitch, MD

Angela Fitch, MD, VP of UC Health Primary Care, Receives Award for Work on Obesity

Angela Fitch, MD, has received the Obesity Medicine Association’s (OMA) Dr. Peter C. Lynch Award at Overcoming Obesity. The OMA is the largest organization of clinicians working to advance the prevention, treatment and reversal of the disease of obesity.

Fitch joined UC Health in September of 2013 and is an associate professor of internal medicine at the UC College of Medicine. Board-certified in pediatrics, internal medicine and obesity medicine, she is the Vice President of UC Health Primary Care. She serves as director of Medical Weight Management at the UC Health Weight Loss Center and is also the medical director of the Executive Health Program. Fitch developed an interest in obesity medicine after years of treating patients with obesity and related complications in primary care and finding this to be an area not adequately addressed in general practice. Her commitment to focus on practicing in the field of obesity medicine was solidified when she completed her training and board certification from the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

David Askew, PhD
David Askew, PhD

Askew Receives Excellence Teaching Award

David Askew, PhD, professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has received the Health Sciences Graduate Association's Richard Akeson Excellence Teaching Award. The award was founded in 1990 in an effort to recognize the contributions of the outstanding faculty in graduate programs at the UC College of Medicine. Graduate students in the medical school nominate faculty who they view as excelling in the area of teaching in the classroom and/or the lab.

Askew will be presented the award during the Graduate Student Forum at 1 p.m., Nov. 21, in MSB E-351. 

Almira Kustubayeva, PhD
Almira Kustubayeva, PhD

AAUW International Fellow for Neuroscience Research

Almira Kustubayeva, PhD, is the recipient of an international postdoctoral fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for 2016-2017. She is spending a year at UC as a visiting researcher within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, continuing her research on the mechanisms underlying emotional and cognitive interactions, and is supervised by Erik Nelson, MD, associate professor. Kustubayeva, a neuroscientist, is extending her research interest toward emotional dysregulation in major depressive disorder and understanding why women are more susceptible to depression. 

AAUW’s mission is to promote gender equality in educational, economic, social and political aspects of life. AAUW has provided fellowships to empower women in education and professional careers since 1881 and has awarded fellowships to more than 3,400 women from more than 140 nations.


  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Nov. 23: Sid Khosla, MD, will be presenting from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. in MSB E-351. 
  • Physiology Seminar Nov. 29: Nina Bertaux-Skeirik will present "CD44v Emerges in Response to Injury and Contributes to the Regeneration of the Gastric Epithelium,” and Kristen Engevik will present "Use of Gastric Organoids in Elucidating the Role of TFF and EGF in Restitution” at 7 a.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Series Nov. 29: Xiaoyi Chen, MD, Sichuan University, China, will present "Role of Autophagy in Normal and Malignant Hematopoiesis” at 10 a.m. in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Nov. 29: Andrew Gulic, PhD, Hauptman-Woodward Institute, will present "Conformational Changes That Drive the Dynamic Structural Cycle of the Nonribosomal Peptide Synthetases” at noon in MSB 2351.

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