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Henry Heimlich, MD
Henry Heimlich, MD

Former College of Medicine Faculty Member Henry Heimlich, MD, Dies at Age 96

Henry Heimlich, MD, best known for the Heimlich maneuver, died Saturday, Dec. 17 at age 96. Heimlich served as an associate clinical professor of surgery at the College of Medicine from October 1969 until May 1980. In 2011, Heimlich donated his papers and archives to the Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions, part of the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library. The Henry J. Heimlich Archival Collection contains photographs, audiovisual material, correspondence, notes, reports and press information concerning Heimlich's work on the reversed gastric tube procedure, the Heimlich maneuver, the Heimlich lung valve, the Heimlich micro-trach and malariotherapy as treatment for cancer, HIV/AIDS and Lyme disease.

In early 2010, Heimlich was honored by UC’s Hoxworth Blood Center after the Deaconess Associations Foundation gave $500,000 in the name of the Heimlich Institute – a member of the Deaconess Associations and named for Heimlich  to fund new research at Hoxworth.  

Crawford with clairnet
Alvin Crawford, MD

Alvin Crawford to Play Holiday Music Dec. 20

Please join Alvin Crawford, MD, emeritus professor of orthopaedic surgery, as he plays a variety of holiday songs from 11 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. in the CARE/Crawley Atrium. Crawford is an accomplished clarinetist and a 2006 recipient of the Daniel Drake Medal, the college’s highest honor.

Erin Haynes, DrPH
Erin Haynes, DrPH

Haynes Named Academic Councilor for ISES

Erin Haynes, DrPH, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health, has been named an Academic Councilor for the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES). Haynes was elected to the ISES board and will serve the term from January 2017 until 2019. ISES is dedicated to the advancement of exposure science as it relates to environmental contaminants, both for human populations and ecosystems. Haynes is also director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core within the NIEHS funded Center for Environmental Genetics.

Alberto Espay, MD
Alberto Espay, MD

Espay Honored by Spanish Society of Neurology 

Alberto Espay, MD, associate professor in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, was recently honored with the Cotzias Award by the Spanish Society of Neurology's Movement Disorders Study Group. Espay, medical director of the Gardner Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, was honored for "outstanding clinical and research work." Espay is one of four editors of the recently published textbook Parkinson's Disease: Current and Future Therapeutics and Clinical Trials.

 Shiv Kumar Viswanathan, PhD, and Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD, shown in a laboratory in the UC College of Medicine.

Research Rising Star Nominations Due Dec. 30

Nominations will be accepted for an instructor or assistant professor who demonstrates outstanding commitment to health-related research at the College of Medicine. 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 and the nominee’s CV. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominees must be UC-paid, College of Medicine full-time faculty members. 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.

A cover letter and CV should be submitted as one PDF document. Please submit nominations by sending them to Brieanne Sheehan at no later than Dec. 30, 2016. The award recipient will receive an honorarium of $1,500 and recognition at the 2017 Research Recognition Awards Program.

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

CCTST Processes and Methods Deadline Jan. 9

The CCTST Processes and Methods program enables investigators at all levels to explore ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical and translational research. For the Jan. 9, 2017, deadline, proposals are requested in the following areas:

  • Methods for evaluating the validity and reliability of data elements stored in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and processes for improving research use of the EHR. 
  • Processes and methods for leveraging community engagement to improve participation in clinical trials.
  • Investigator-initiated proposals for improving processes and methods in clinical and translational research. Examples include innovative trial designs, inferential methods for high-dimensional data, causal inference methods for observational comparative effectiveness studies, etc. 

Faculty and staff of UC and regional colleges/universities, Academic Health Center partners, community members and representatives of patient advocacy groups may apply.

Advanced degrees are not required. Applicants must be CCTST members. Join free of charge.

Up to $10,000 may be requested ($20,000 with prior approval of a program director). For complete details, visit the CCTST website, or email Jonathan Hoehn.

Cincinnati GIVES
Cincinnati GIVES

REMINDER: Cancer Institute Fundraising Competition

The UC Cancer Institute is participating in the Cincinnati GIVES challenge—a unique fundraising opportunity in partnership with Cincinnati Magazine.

This online fundraising challenge serves to raise awareness and funds for selected philanthropic organizations in the community. The organization that raises the most funds will win an additional $15,000, with second place winning $6,000 and third place winning $3,000.

The challenge runs through Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016.

>> Donate to the UC Cancer Institute

>> Learn more about the challenge


  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Dec. 21: Kareen Tawfik, MD, will present "An Introduction to Endoscopic Ear Surgery”  from 7 to 8 a.m. in MSB E-251.
  • Molecular Genetics Weekly Seminar Series Jan. 10: Matthew Gentry, PhD, will present "Glucan Phosphatases Link Lafora Epilepsy With Plant Starch Metabolism” at noon in MSB Room 2351. 
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