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Jack Rubinstein, MD
Jack Rubinstein, MD

Cardiovascular Researcher Jack Rubinstein Named Director of VA Clinical Research Unit

Jack Rubinstein, MD, associate professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease, has been named director of the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. A clinical cardiologist with a focus on echocardiography, Rubinstein runs a translational cardiovascular laboratory funded by the NIH and American Heart Association, and also serves as director of the Clinical Scientist Training Program.

The CRU was established in 2004 as a joint venture between the Cincinnati VA, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the College of Medicine to provide a research location for adult patients with complex medical or psychiatric disorders. Affiliated with the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training, the intent of the VA CRU is to extend and complement current clinical research resources already existing at the VA, Cincinnati Children's and UC. For more information about the CRU, contact nurse coordinator Colleen Rogge at

Michael Tranter
Michael Tranter, PhD

Tranter Named 2017 Research Rising Star

Michael Tranter, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Health Disease, has been chosen as the 2017 Research Rising Star Award in the College of Medicine. Tranter completed his PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology at UC in 2010 along with a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in UC’s Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics. He joined the faculty in the Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease in 2012. Tranter’s research focuses on the mechanistic role of Human Antigen R (HuR) during the development and progression of pathological cardiac hypertrophy. His research has been published in high-tiered journals including the Journal of Cellular Signaling, the American Journal of Physiology, the Journal of Cardiovascular Pathology and the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. Tranter has received an American Heart Association Scientist Development grant; an NIH-NCAI sub-award to potentially commercialize a bioassay for detecting RNA-protein binding; and an NIH-NHLBI R01 to study HuR as a novel mediator of cardiac hypertrophy.

Carew Tower
Carew Tower

REMINDER: ‘Lungs R Us’ Event Needs Volunteers

Climb the Carew with the "Lungs R Us” Team on Sunday, Feb. 12. Faculty and staff in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine are organizing a team as part of the upcoming "Fight for Air Climb,” which is one of the American Lung Association's signature fundraising events. This unique event inside Cincinnati’s 49-story Carew Tower will challenge participants as they walk, run or race up hundreds of steps. The funds raised will support research, education and patient programs to help the millions of Americans impacted by asthma, COPD, lung cancer, air pollution and other lung diseases. For more details, email Peggy Jones at, or learn more online


REMINDER: UC Health Night at Basketball Game Feb. 7

The UC Cancer Institute will be honored during the UC women’s basketball game against the UConn Huskies beginning at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 in Fifth Third Arena. Admission is free as part of the Experience UC program; attendees are asked to wear pink.

For more information, contact Erin Hart at

Kresge Auditorium
Kresge Auditorium

REMINDER: Diversity and Inclusion Seminar Feb. 10

The diversity and inclusion seminar "Implicit Bias: Personal and Professional Implications” will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the Medical Sciences Building’s Kresge Auditorium.

Benjamin Reese Jr., vice president and chief diversity officer for the Office for Institutional Equity at Duke University, will be speaking.

Goals of the talk are to help participants gain an understanding of differences between explicit and implicit biases and introduce strategies to reduce implicit bias among others. Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, trainees, undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff with an interest in all aspects of diversity and inclusion are invited to attend. There is no cost, and continuing education credits are being offered.

A light lunch will be provided. For questions, contact Kelly Lyle, health affairs program officer at

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

REMINDER: Innovation Grant Application Deadline Feb. 20

The College of Medicine Research Innovation Grant Program
application deadline is Feb. 20 before midnight. Notification and funding of the awards will be complete by March 31.
For questions regarding instructions, please contact Brieanne Sheehan at the College of Medicine Office of Research via email at or by calling 513-558-7564.

Medical Sciences Building

Faculty Development Programming in April

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development is offering three tracks of programming again this year.

All sessions will be held in the Medical Sciences Building E level, Room E-351, and will offer light refreshments for those that register on Faculty One Stop.

  • Professional Development Program: "Work/Life Balance and Managing Burnout." Facilitator: Michael Archdeacon, MD. Date: 5-6:30 p.m., April 4.
  • Research Development Program: "Interpreting and Responding to Grant Reviews.” Facilitators: Alex Lentsch, PhD, and Melanie Cushion, PhD. Date: 5-6:30 p.m., April 11.
  • Teaching/Education Development Program: "Clinical Reasoning.” Facilitator: Kevin Dell, MD, PhD. Date: 5-6:30 p.m., April 18.

For a complete roster of programs, visit the Faculty Affairs and Development website.


  • Clinical Informatics Focus Group Feb. 7: Eric Hall, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Vital Statistics: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Study Today” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S5.125.
  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Feb. 7: Leyla Esfandiari, PhD, will present "Nano-Bioanalytical Tools for Isolation and Detection of Minimally Invasive Cancer Biomarkers” at noon in MSB Room 2351.
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Feb. 8: Miguel Habeych, MD, will present "Intraoperative Facial Nerve Monitoring” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Seminar Feb. 8: Norbert Kaminski, PhD, Michigan State University, will present "Role of the AHR in TCDD-Mediated Impairment of Human Hematopoietic Stem Cell to B Cell Lineage Commitment” at 10 a.m. in the Kettering Laboratory Building, Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology (MCBP) Graduate Seminar Series Feb. 8: Jiuzhou Huo will present "The Role of NCLX (Na+/Calcium/Li+ exchanger) and Mitochondrial Calcium hHomeostasis in Muscular Dystrophy,” and Esam Salem will present "Functional Role of TSG101 in Type 2 Diabetes” at noon in French East, Room 235 .
  • Biomolecular Informatics Focus Group Feb. 8: Rhett Kovall, PhD, will present "An Overview of How Structures are Solved by X-Ray Crystallography” at 11 a.m. at Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S7.125
  • Medical Grand Rounds Feb. 8: Ralph Giannella, MD, professor emeritus in the Division of Digestive Diseases, will present "More Than You Want to Know About Diarrhea” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Feb. 9: Elisa Boscolo, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Targeting mTOR and c-ABL as a Novel Strategy to Treat Vascular Malformations” at noon in the Vontz Rieveschl Auditorium. 
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program Seminar Feb. 9: Graduate Students Courtney Sullivan will present "Defects of Neuroenergetic Processes in Schizophrenia,” and John Snedeker will present "Primary Cilia and Mammalian Forebrain Development” at 4 p.m. in the MSB Room 2351.
  • Biomedical Informatics Hutton Lecture Series Feb. 10: Bahram Namjou-Khales, MD, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Exploring the Use of an EHR-Linked Biorepository for Genetic Discovery” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130.
  • Physiology Seminar Feb. 14: Gary Gudelsky, PhD, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, will present "The Agony of ‘Ecstasy’: Neurotoxicity of MDMA.”
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