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Health Sciences Building Rendering
Health Sciences Building Rendering

Groundbreaking for New Health Sciences Building, Master Plan Celebration Feb. 22

The official groundbreaking for the Health Sciences Building on the medical campus and celebration of the $460 million Medical Campus Master Plan will take place at 1 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 22, in Kowalewski Hall, Room 140. The Health Sciences Building will be the new home of the College of Allied Health Sciences when it opens for the spring semester in 2019.

Officials from UC, including President Neville Pinto, Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Peter Landgren and the deans or representatives from the four Academic Health Center colleges will make remarks. All are welcome to attend.

Richard Wender
Richard Wender, MD

Register: Cancer Survivorship Provider Conference April 7

The Cancer Survivorship Research and Best Practice Annual Conference, titled "Changing Lives through Quality Survivorship Care,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April 7, in the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center, 151 Goodman Dr.

This conference will provide the most current research findings and best practice approaches to quality cancer survivorship care. The impact of treatment-related effects on the quality of life of cancer survivors and their families and the management of these morbidities will be viewed through a multidisciplinary lens.

Richard Wender, MD, chief cancer control officer for the American Cancer Society, will be the keynote speaker. The cost is $100 for physicians, $65 for nurses/health professionals and $40 for residents/students.

For more information, contact Beverly Reigle, PhD, at 513-558-4472 or

Jarek Meller, PhD (left), and Mario Medvedovic, PhD, of the UC Department of Environmental Health.
Mario Medvedovic, PhD

Medvedovic Awarded UC ScienceNet for Big Data

The Office of the Vice President for Research and UC Information Technologies jointly sponsored an expansion of the National Science Foundation-funded (NSF) UCScienceNet (UCSN)—UC’s high-speed, friction free, research-dedicated network. The expansion supports awardees with investment in enhanced technology to fortify and accelerate their research work. Among the four UC recipients is Mario Medvedovic, PhD, professor in the Department of Environmental Health and director of the Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, for his proposal, "Big Data To Knowledge (BD2K) Resources at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.” These awards are designed to increase end-to-end, high volume data transfer capabilities among researchers to accelerate scientific discovery and enhance knowledge creation.

Alvin Crawford, MD
Alvin Crawford, MD

Crawford Speaker for Diversity Recruitment Program

Alvin Crawford, MD, professor emeritus in the Department of Othopaedics, was the keynote speaker to the celebration of the career of Prasit Nimityongskul, MD, (Dr. Nimit) director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of South Alabama, Feb. 9-10. Crawford also spoke to the Diversity, Recruitment and Enrichment for Admission into Medicine (DREAM) program which included freshman and sophomore medical students on the "Journey of an Academic Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon.” For orthopaedic grand rounds, Crawford presented the honor lecture for Nimit on "Evolution of Spinal Deformity in Children”. This tribute was sponsored by Pediatric Anesthesia ‘s Eddrice McMullan, MD, and Athrex Implants.

Bassam Abu Jawdeh, MD
Bassam Abu Jawdeh, MD

Jawdeh Named Fellow of FAST

Bassam Abu Jawdeh, MD, associate professor in the Division of Nephrology, Kidney CARE Program, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Transplantation (FAST). The designation recognizes American Society of Transplantation (AST) members who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the field of transplantation and outstanding service to AST. A special induction ceremony is planned during the American Transplant Congress in Chicago during the AST Town Hall Meeting set for May 1, 2017.

Findlay Market
Findlay Market

Findlay Market Pop-up at CARE/Crawley Thursday

Merchants from Cincinnati’s Findlay Market will set up shop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, in the CARE/Crawley Kaplan Reception Area. Fresh produce, locally made items and ready-to-eat foods will be available for purchase. Most vendors will be set up to accept cash and credit cards. Coordinated by the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. For more information, contact Kelly Lyle, health affairs program officer.


College of Medicine

REMINDER: Research Innovation Grant Application 

The Research Innovation Grant Program has been established to assist College of Medicine investigators with generating the preliminary data necessary to develop highly competitive National Institutes of Health or other grant applications or to take their research in a new direction. This program seeks to support the development of innovative studies with a high potential for future extramural funding and is designed to enhance new or current faculty research programs.

The application deadline is today, Feb. 20, 2017 (before midnight). Notification and funding of awards will take place by March 31.

For questions regarding instructions, please contact Brieanne Sheehan at or 558-7564.

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

REMINDER: Register for 2017 Bioethics Conference

Online registration is now open for the conference "Ethics of Integrating Research and Clinical Care," being held March 23-24, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Podium and poster presentations will 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.

Cost is $100 ($125 after March 8). Residents and fellows are $50, full-time students $25.

Featured speakers will include Scott Kim, MD, PhD, Department of Bioethics, NIH; Andrew Mulberg, MD, Amicus Therapeutics (formerly deputy director of FDA); and Kevin Weinfurt, PhD, Duke University School of Medicine.

The event is co-sponsored by the CCTST, Cincinnati Children’s Ethics Center and the UC Office of Research.

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  • Clinical Informatics Focus Group Feb. 21: Brett Harnett and Janet Zahner, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Clinical Data Requests and Warehousing: Tools, Approaches and Solutions at Children’s and UC” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s, Room S5.125.
  • Physiology Seminar Feb. 21: Chia-Ying James Lin, PhD, will present "Sioinspired Scaffold Design With Hierarchical Tissue Properties to Facilitate Skeletal Tissue” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Seminar Feb. 22: Jonathan Mark, MD, will present "Neck Dissection for Oral Cavity Cancer” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Feb. 22: Richard Schwartz, PhD, Michigan State University, will present, "PB-3 and Murine Mouse Models of High Fat Diet-Induced Breast Cancer” at 10 a.m. in Kettering Lab Building, Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Feb. 22: Justin Held, MD, will present "Delirium and Dementia” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Work in Progress Feb. 23: Vidjaya Letchoumy Vummidi Premkumar, PhD, will present "Ron is a Key Mediator in the Regulation of Macrophage and Epithelial Cell Functions in Breast Cancer,” and Nicole Oatman will present "Passenger Deletions and Collateral Damage in Gliobastoma” at noon  in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, Rieveschl Auditorium. 
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Series Feb. 24: Filippo Giancotti, MD, PhD, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center will present "Metastatic Dormancy and Reactivation: Insights From Genetic Screening" from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, Rieveschl Auditorium. 
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