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Evangelia (Litsa) Kranias, PhD
Evangelia (Litsa) Kranias, PhD

Litsa Kranias, PhD, Honored for Basic Research by the American Heart Association

Litsa Kranias, PhD, Hanna Professor and Distinguished University Research Professor, has been named the 2016 George E. Brown Memorial Lecturer by the American Heart Association’s Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences. The award was presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions annual conference in New Orleans held Nov. 12-16, 2016. Kranias, co-director of the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, discussed the topic "Unraveling Calcium Cycling Targets in Heart Failure.” Kranias’ research has provided fundamental insights into the regulatory mechanism and signaling pathways underlying calcium homeostasis in cardiac physiology and pathophysiology with special emphasis in heart failure. She has extended her basic research findings to the clinical arena and has explained the functional significance of Ca-handling in the deteriorated function of human failing hearts. Kranias has also identified human mutations in calcium cycling genes and showed that these may predispose to arrhythmias and heart failure.

Anisa Shomo, MD, (far left)
Anisa Shomo, MD

Daniel Haragraves
Daniel Hargraves
Saundra Regan, PhD
Saundra Regan, PhD

Health Care Access Initiative Projects Garner Honors

Anisa Shomo, MD, adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Daniel Hargraves, a researcher in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, were recently selected to receive the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training Academic-Community Research Partnership Award. This award honors an academic-community partnership that works collaboratively to facilitate innovation in research or quality improvement to impact the health of children, adults and/or communities.

Saundra Regan, PhD, a researcher in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Hargraves, along with interprofessional partners from the College of Nursing and the Cincinnati Health Department, were recently selected to receive the Best Academic-Community Partnership Award at the fifth annual Appalachian Translational Research Network Health Summit, held Nov. 17-18 at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, for their poster presentation "Partnerships that Promote Integrated, Multidisciplinary Training Models Increasing Health Care Access for the Ohio Medicaid Population in a School-Based Health Center in an Appalachian Neighborhood.”


Mohamed Elzarka
Mohamed Elzarka

Students Take Part in Ohio Physiological Society Meeting

On Nov. 19, students and faculty from UC's undergraduate medical sciences program took part in the Ohio Physiological Society (OPS) annual meeting in Columbus. Founded in 1975, OPS is a regional chapter of the American Physiological Society (APS). The OPS meeting featured the APS keynote lecture "Role of Sphingolipids in Muscle Insulin Resistance: Correlation or Causation" by Joseph Brozinick, PhD, Eli Lilly Company, as well as over 70 poster presentations and a series of platform presentations given by students, postdoctoral fellows and early-career faculty.

Medical sciences minor Mohamed Elzarka was awarded the Peter K. Lauf Travel Award. This award comprises a cash prize of $50 plus a travel award of $750 to attend Experimental Biology 2017 in Chicago. Elzarka, a liberal arts major, has been conducting research in the laboratory of Mindy Call, PhD, research assistant professor of ophthalmology at the UC College of Medicine, and presented his poster titled "Use of Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells to Treat Corneal Opacity Acquired Through Injury and Infection."

 Mollie Sands
Mollie Sands

Sands Presents at American Society of Nephrology

Mollie Sands, a fourth-year medical student, presented the research poster "Acute Kidney Injury, Proteinuria, Glycemic Control, and Kidney Disease Progression in Diabetes Mellitus” at the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week on Saturday, Nov. 19, in Chicago. Sands was first author on the research and mentored by Charuhas Thakar, MD, professor and director of the Division of Nephrology, Kidney CARE Program in the Department of Internal Medicine. Anthony Leonard, PhD, research associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, was also a mentor and a co-author. The research team found that patients with type 2 diabetes and suffering from acute kidney injury (AKI), proteinuria and uncontrolled blood sugar experience a sharp reduction in the number of years they have healthy renal function before being forced onto dialysis. 

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Competitors at the inaugural Care Delivery Innovation Competition presented their ideas live in front of a panel of judges and an audience of their peers.

SAVE THE DATE: Care Delivery Innovation Competition 

The Care Delivery Innovation Competition, co-sponsored by UC Health and the UC Academic Health Center, showcases successes in care delivery innovation and drives, recognizes and rewards novel ideas throughout our academic health system. A total of $60,000 will be awarded to the winners. 

This year’s competition is focused on patient engagement, including initiatives that seek to actively involve patients in their care process to promote positive, healthy behaviors. Finalists’ presentations will also emphasize the point of empowering patients to assess their care to further improve our own care delivery. The finalists are:

  • Evaluation and Integration of a Supermarket-Based Nutrition Counseling and Point-of-Purchase Dietary Teaching Model with an Academic Health Care System.
  • Partnering with Patients to Improve Management of Chronic Pain in Primary Care through Integrative Group Visits.
  • UCmyLiverApp: Bringing UC Health providers, patients and community referring docs together.
  • UC Neuroscience Institute Connection Bar.
The event begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, with two innovation awards being presented at noon, in the CARE/Crawley Building Atrium. Light refreshments will be available. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Blake McCormick at 513-584-0683 or

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

Abstract Deadline Dec. 2 for 2017 Bioethics Conference

Online abstract submission closes Friday. Dec. 2, for the conference "Ethics of Integrating Research and Clinical Care,” being held March 23-24 at Cincinnati Children’s. Featured speakers include: Scott Kim, MD, PhD, Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health; Andrew Mulberg, MD, Amicus Therapeutics (formerly deputy director of FDA); and Kevin Weinfurt, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke School of Medicine.
Podium and poster submissions may focus on all aspects of the intersection of research and clinical care, including emerging study methodologies; advances in technology; evaluating risk; and patients’ access, rights and expectations.
Authors will be notified of acceptance by Dec.16. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) and Cincinnati Children’s Ethics Center. 

For more information, go to the conference homepage or contact event chair Richard Ittenbach, PhD.

Begoña Campos-Naciff, PhD, is currently a research associate and laboratory manager for the Dialysis Vascular Access Research Group within the division of nephrology at UC

Reminder: Bridge Funding Applications Due Dec. 12

The Bridge Funding Program was established to provide short-term bridge or "gap” funding for productive College of Medicine researchers who: 1. had previous National Institutes of Health funding 2. have remained active in research and in submitting grant applications 3. are now between funding cycles. The Office of Research may convert some of these funds to innovation awards to support productive research faculty during "gap” times.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12.

>> More information

With questions, contact Brieanne Sheehan at or 513-558-7564. 



  • Physiology Seminar Nov. 29: Nina Bertaux-Skeirik will present "CD44v Emerges in Response to Injury and Contriubutes 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 Gulick, PhD, Hauptman-Woodward Institute, will present "Conformational Changes That Drive the Dynamic Structural Cycle of the Nonribosomal Peptide Synthestases” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Seminar Nov. 30: Ryan Collar, MD, and chief residents will present at 7 a.m. in MSB E351.
  • Biomedical Informatics User Series Nov. 30: Alexey Porollo, PhD, will present "The POLYVIEW Web-Platform for Protein Structure Analysis and Visualization” at 10 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S1.203.
  • Department of Environmental Health Seminar Series Nov. 30: Shepherd Schurman, MD, NIEHS Clinical Research Unit, will present "NIEHS Environmental Polymorphisms Registry: A Platform for Discovery of Gene-Environment Interactions” at 10 a.m. in Kettering Lab Complex, Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Nov. 30: Zartash Gul, MD, associate professor of medicine, will present "Bone Marrow Transplant for Disease Other than Malignant Hematology” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program Seminar Dec. 1: Steven Goldman, MD, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center, will present "Progenitor Cell-Based Treatment and Modeling of Human Glial Disease” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Biomedical Informatics Hutton Lecture Series Dec. 2: Kevin Dufendach, MD, will present "Crowd Sourcing User-Centered Design of Medical Software” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S1.130.
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