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Atsuo Sasaki, PhD
Atsuo Sasaki, PhD

Sasaki Receives Top Honors at Business Courier's Health Care Heroes Event

Atsuo Sasaki, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Hematology Oncology in the Department of Internal Medicine and member of the UC Gardner Neuroscience and Cancer Institutes, was the winner in the Innovator category at the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2017 Health Care Heroes Awards dinner Thursday night, Feb. 23, at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.

Victor Garcia, professor of pediatrics, received the Lifetime Achievement award and Sian Cotton, PhD, research professor of family and community medicine and director of the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, delivered the event’s keynote speech.

Several category finalists from the College of Medicine and UC Health were also honored. They included:

Community Outreach: Lauren Stenger, RN, trauma injury prevention coordinator at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Innovator: Opeolu Adeoye, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, and Jonathan Thompson, MD, assistant professor of surgery.

Manager: Eric Warm, MD, professor of internal medicine.

Provider: Amit Govil, MD, professor in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension in the Department of Internal Medicine, and Sara Frazee, RN, hemodialysis unit, University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The Health Care Heroes Awards recognize individuals who have elevated the quality of health care in our region through outstanding patient care, innovative programs, management skills or community service.

Patent Reciepients 2017
Patent Recipients 2017

College of Medicine Patent Recipients Recognized

The UC Office of Research and the Office of Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization recognized faculty members who received patents in 2016 during the Feb. 23 men’s basketball game at Fifth Third Arena.

Honorees from the College of Medicine were:

Lana Uhrig
Lana Uhrig, PhD

Susan Collins
Susan Collins

Institutes Name Executive Administrative Directors

The UC Cancer Institute and UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute have named executive administrative directors. Lana Uhrig, PhD, executive administrative director of the UC Cancer Institute, and Susan Collins, executive administrative director of the UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute, joined UC Health and the UC College of Medicine in late January.

Collins and Uhrig join Lori Uphaus, executive administrative director of the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, in these key leadership roles within the institutes. These positions report to their respective institute director, with accountability to UC Health’s vice president for multidisciplinary services, Anya Sanchez, MD.

Rekha Chaudhary, MD
Rekha Chaudhary, MD

Chaudhary Receives Funding From UC Cancer Institute

Rekha Chaudhary, MD, assistant professor within the Division of Hematology Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, and a member of the Brain Tumor Center at the UC Gardner Neuroscience and UC Cancer Institutes, has been awarded a one-year, $25,000 grant from the institute for her abstract "Effect of the Modified Atkins Ketogenic Diet on Normal and Tumor Tissues in Patients With High Grade Glioma as Detected by Brain Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.”

Chaudhary, MD, who is also a program director of the Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program, has specific interest in integrative medicine and integrating conventional medicine with other world philosophies and thoughts. Diet modification and its effect on brain tumor growth is a particular research interest for her.


BD2K-LINCS Data Science Symposium May 16-18

This symposium will bring together data scientists and translational scientists from academia, industry and government to discuss uses of big data in biomedicine. The general theme of the symposium is the systems biology of perturbation signatures and applications in drug development, translational biomedicine and environmental health. Talks will address a range of issues related to leveraging big data in translational research, and the program will also provide a survey of data science research pertaining to BD2K (Big Data to Knowledge) and LINCS (Library of Network-Based Cellular Signatures) groupings.

The symposium will feature invited talks, a poster session and selected poster presentation sessions. The symposium is organized by the BD2K-LINCS DCIC, the U54 center jointly funded by NIH BD2K and LINCS programs (U54HL127624).

>> More information and registration

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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

>> Register

Mimosas for Memories
Mimosas for Memories

Mimosas for Memories Fundraising Event April 22

Mimosas for Memories, an event benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati and created by UC fourth-year medical student Christian Gausvik Jr., will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Greenwich House Gallery, 2124 Madison Rd.

The event includes light bites from more than five local caterers, a full mimosa bar, photo booth, live piano music and a silent auction. The gallery will be donating 10 percent of art sales from the day towards the fundraising efforts.

Tickets are $26 or $45 per couple in advance online and $35 at the door.

>> More information


  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Feb. 28: Vicki Rosen, PhD, Havard School of Dental Medicine, will present "BMP2 Signaling in Skeletal Development and Disease” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Physiology Seminar Feb. 28: Andrew Paek, PhD, University of Arizona, will present "Measuring Protein Dynamics in Single Cells Reveals Mechanisms of Chemotherapy Resistance” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds March 1: Jeffrey Peipert, MD, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine, will present "The Importance of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception” at 7 a.m. in MSB 2351. 
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Seminar March 1: Deepak Krishnan, MD, will present "Trends and Outcomes of Mandibular Fracture Repairs at UCMC" at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Biomedical Informatics User Series March 1: Nathan Salomonis, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Cool Tools: AltAnalyze” at Cincinnati Children’s Location S, room S1.203.
  • Department of Environmental Health March 1: Darryl Hood, PhD, Ohio State University, will present "Molecular Neurotoxicology Studies Inform Application of the Public Health Exposeome Framework in Vulnerable Urban Communities” at 10 a.m. in Kettering Lab Building, Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Medical Grand Rounds March 1: Kelli Williams, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, will present "Pre Exposure Prophylaxis and HIV Diagnostics” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology (MCBP) Graduate Seminar Series March 1: Emily Igel, PhD student, will present "Thermoneutral Housing Provides an Improved Model for Liver Fibrosis and Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Mice,” and Rachel Boody, graduate student, will present "Elucidating the Role of CASK in Collective Cell Migration Using Drosophila Oogenesis” at noon in French East, Room 235.
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program March 2: Elizabeth Nguyen will present "Sex Differences in Antidepressant Effects on Brain, Endocrine and Behavioral Stress Responses” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Biomedical Informatics Hutton Lecture Series March 3: Cole Brokamp, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Geocoding to Characterize Community and Environmental Exposures for Multi-Site Studies” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130.
  • Department of Cancer Biology Seminar March 9: The William J. Larsen Distinguished Lecture will be presented by Joan Brugge, PhD, Harvard Medicial School. Brugge will present "Mutant p53 Regulation of Early Events in Ovarian Cancer” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
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