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Date: Monday, December 5, 2016

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Changchun Xie, PhD
Changchun Xie, PhD

National Institutes of Health Grant Renewed for Teen-LABS Research Center

The Teen-LABS Biostatistical Research Center has been awarded a grant renewal in the amount of $1,066,072 by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health. Co-principal investigators on the grant are Changchun Xie, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics in the Department of Environmental Health, and Todd Jenkins, PhD, MPH, a research assistant professor in the Department of Surgery and Department of Pediatrics, also with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Teen-LABS, which began in 2007, will continue to evaluate the long-term beneficial treatment effects and adverse outcomes of weight loss surgery performed in adolescents, with the Biostatistics Research Center leading the data collection and management of statistical analysis operations.

Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, MD
Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, MD

CCTST Community Engagement Events Dec. 13-14

Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, MD, associate director of the developmental-behavioral pediatric fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital, will be featured at two events of the CCTST Community Engagement Fall Speaker Series.

Spinks-Franklin will discuss toxic stress in children and mental and behavioral health intervention at the CCTST Community Awards Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at The Transept, 1205 Elm St. The event also features presentation of Community Health Awards to health advocates, research partnerships, students and community physicians/groups.

The speaker will also participate in a Community Forum and Coffee Hour from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Interact for Health, 3805 Edwards Rd., highlighting local research and resources that address toxic stress in children.

For both events, register online, email Stacey Gomes or call 513-803-0917 by Dec. 6.

Medical Sciences Building

College of Medicine Rising Star Nominations Due Dec. 30

Nominations are being accepted for the Office of Research's Rising Star Award which includes an instructor or assistant professor who demonstrates outstanding commitment to health-related research at the College of Medicine. The award recipient will receive an honorarium of $1,500 and recognition at the 2017 Research Recognition Awards Program.

Nominations can come from fellow faculty, chairs or division directors and should include a detailed letter stating why the faculty member deserves to be recognized as well as the nominee’s CV. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominees must be UC-paid and a College of Medicine full-time faculty member. The successful nominee will be in the top tier of career benchmarks among peers. When making a nomination, please consider the following:

  • Publication record and impact of the publications.
  • Extramural funding record.
  • Recognition as an expert in his or her research area, as evidenced by invited presentations at national or international meetings or venues, recognition by and service with sponsors or professional societies or other means of recognition.
  • Additional attributes that set the nominee above his or her peer group

The cover letter and CV should be submitted as one PDF document. Please submit nominations by sending them to Brieanne Sheehan at Nominations must be submitted no later than December 30, 2016. 

Questions should be sent to Sheehan via email or by calling 513-558-7564.

Hannah Flood, first place winner at the 37th Graduate Student Research Forum, is shown discussing her research.
Hannah Flood, first place winner

Office of Graduate Education Student Research Forum

The Office of Graduate Education hosted its 37th annual Graduate Student Research Forum on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. The forum brings students from all graduate research programs in the College of Medicine together to participate in poster presentations.

Each graduate student poster was scored by two different non-affiliated judges and the scores were combined to determine the top presenters. First-place honors went to Hannah Flood, cancer and cell biology, while a second-place award went to Ritama Paul, cancer and cell biology, and third-place honors went to Gabriel Gracia-Maldonado, pathobiology and molecular medicine.

Honorable mentions were awarded to the following students: Mark Althoff, cancer and cell biology; Angela White, molecular and developmental biology; Markaisa Black, molecular and developmental biology; Sandra Zoubovsky, molecular and developmental biology; and Kobina Essandoh, molecular, cellular and biochemical pharmacology.

>> More about the forum

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

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.


  • Biomedical Informatics Clinical Informatics Group Dec. 6:Jesse Hansen, MD, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "VoalteMe Project: Connecting Caregivers at the Point of Care” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S5.125.
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Seminar Dec. 7: David Hom, MD, Kevin Little, MD, Sarah Pixley, PhD, and Ravi Samy, MD, will present "Facial Nerve Repair and Nerve Conduits–Current and Future” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Dec. 7:Robert Neel, MD, associate professor in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, will present "Peripheral Neuropathy” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Biomedical Informatics Biomolecular Informatics Focus Group Dec. 7: Jarek Meller, PhD, will present "Ultrafast Clustering of Macromolecular Structures” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S9.130.
  • Biomedical Informatics Hutton Lecture Series Dec. 9: Trevor Siggers, PhD, Boston University, will present "Examining Specificity of Immune Regulators With Protein-Binding Microarrays” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130.
  • Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute Seminar Series Dec. 19: Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, will present "HIV, Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disease” at noon in MSB 2351. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Webinar available.


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