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Melanie Cushion, PhD
Melanie Cushion, PhD

Internal Medicine's Cushion Honored by the American Society for Microbiology

Melanie Cushion, PhD, senior associate dean for research in the College of Medicine and professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, has been named recipient of the Antimicrobial Research Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). The honor will be presented at the 2017 ASM Microbe meeting on June 4 in New Orleans.

Cushion, also a research career scientist at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has a research focus on pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) and how it thrives in the lungs of immune-comprised individuals. 

Cushion’s publications include over 90 peer-reviewed papers and over 50 chapters, reviews, editorials and letters. She holds a patent for bisbenzamidines as therapeutic agents and conducts a service that screens potential new anti-PCP drugs.

Robert Ernst, MD

Brad Mathis, MD

Stewart Wright, MD
Stewart Wright, MD

UC Health Appoints Associate Chief Medical Officers

UC Health has appointed Robert Ernst, MD, Brad Mathis, MD, and Stewart Wright, MD, as associate chief medical officers. Ernst, Mathis and Wright will join the team of UC Health Interim Chief Medical Officer Fred Lucas, MD, and will be responsible for supporting the chief medical officer and providing the leadership necessary to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients—specifically related to quality, safety and overall proficiency.

Ernst, assistant professor of radiology, Mathis, professor of medicine, and Wright, associate professor of emergency medicine, will retain their clinical duties and commit approximately half of their time to their associate chief medical officer roles, supervising and supporting the work of UC Health’s medical directors and clinical management teams.

Ben Solomon, New York Times
Ben Solomon, New York Times

Public Health Week Features NYT Journalist

Health Week is April 3-7, and the UC Master of Public Health program and its Gamma Rho student chapter of the Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society will offer activities on campus and across the Cincinnati area, with a focus on refugee health. 

On Wednesday, April 5 at 10 a.m., keynote speaker Ben Solomon, a New York Times multimedia journalist, will present, followed by a panel addressing refugee health issues both locally and around the world.

>> Full schedule of events

Alvin Crawford, MD
Alvin Crawford, MD

Crawford to Compete on Dancing for the Stars April 8

Buy tickets or a table to support Alvin Crawford, MD, professor emeritus in the Department of Orthaepedics, as he competes against seven other local celebrities at Dancing for the Stars, a local version of the popular television program. The event is sponsored by the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) and supports the CAA Overture Awards and arts education scholarship programs. Dancing for the Stars takes place on Saturday, April 8, in the Jack’s Casino Ballroom in downtown Cincinnati.
>> Learn more or purchase tickets

John Cryan, PhD
John Cryan, PhD

Dr. John Cryan to Speak During Research Week

John Cryan, PhD, professor and chair of anatomy and neuroscience at University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, will present "A Gut Feeling about the Brain: The Microbiome as a Key Regulator of Stress across the Lifespan” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 18. The presentation will be held in MSB 7051 and is part of Research Week 2017, April 17-21. Lunch and CME credit will be available.
Cryan serves on the University College Cork’s Governing Body and is also a principal investigator in the APC Microbiome Institute. His current research is focused on understanding the interaction between brain, gut and microbiome and how it applies to stress, psychiatric and immune-related disorders at key time-windows across the lifespan. Cryan has published more than 340 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has edited three books including "Microbial Endocrinology: The Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis in Health and Disease.”

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Research week
Research week

Research Week 2017 Opens Monday, April 17

More than 25 events are planned for Research Week 2017, April 17-21. The week is hosted collaboratively by UC, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Center for Clinical & Translational Science & Training (CCTST), Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Cincinnati Education & Research for Veterans Foundation and UC Health.
Research Week topics will touch on a specific area of research interest, including heart, lung and vascular, neuroscience, biomedical discovery, cancer and ethics. Research Week also will highlight the work of undergraduate and graduate students. All events are free and open to the public. CME credit will be offered throughout the week.
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Kingsgate Marriott

Precision Genomics Midwest Conference May 19

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and UC have joined together to launch the first genomics conference in the Midwest region. Precision Genomics Midwest will be held Friday, May 19, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center. 

The conference focuses on genomic research, clinical translation and ethics. In addition, it features a compelling line-up of nationally acclaimed speakers, including Len Pennacchio, PhD, deputy director of the Joint Genome Institute; Heidi Rehm, PhD, of Harvard and the Broad Institute; and Teri Manolio, MD, PhD, director of Genomic Medicine at the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Conference support comes from the College of Medicine, UC Libraries, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) and the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation.

Registration is free, including lunch, but space is limited. Visit to register by May 10. Event updates will also be available at that link.


  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar March 28: Catherine Chaton, PhD candidate, will present "Autoinhibition of Accumulation-Associated Protein Regulates Self Assembly,” and Alex Yarawsky, PhD candidate, will present "Higher-Order Assembly of the B-Repeat Superdomain From the Staphylococcal Biofilm Adhesion Protein, Aap” at noon in MSB 2351. 
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds March 29: Ryan Collar, MD, will present at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Seminar March 29: Jeff Vest, PhD, Medpace, Inc., will present "On Missing Data in Clinical Trials” at 10 a.m. in Kettering Lab Building, Kehoe Auditorium. 
  • Medical Grand Rounds March 29: Trisha Wise-Draper, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Hematology Oncology, will present "Immunotherapy and Head and Neck Cancer,” at noon in MSB 7051.
  • Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar March 29: Eric Smith, PhD candidate, will present "DEK is a Homologous Recombination DNA Repair Protein and Prognostic Marker for a Subset of Oropharyngeal Carcinomas” at 2 p.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location R, Room R3.381.
  • Division of Immunobiology and Center for Transplant Immunology Seminar March 30: Jeffrey Platt, MD, will present "The Wages of Transplant Acceptance” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S5.125.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar March 30: Marissa Leonard, PhD candidate, will present "Targeting Breast Cancer Metastasis with Novel RNA Aptamers,” and Hengyou Weng, PhD, will present "The RNA Methyltransferase METTL14 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium. 
  • Neuroscience Seminar March 30: Mikhail Pletnikov, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present "Astrocyte Pathobiology in Psychiatric Disorders” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Biomedical Informatics Hutton Lecture Series March 31: Ruben Abagyan, PhD, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will present "Multi-Target Pharmacology for Repurposing and Personalized Medicine” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130.
  • Biomedical Informatics Clinical Informatics Focus Group April 4: AJ Adejare, PhD candidate, will present "Visualizing Salience in Hospital Medicine Prescribers,” and Pieter-Jan Van Camp, PhD candidate, will present "Feedback at the Point of Care to Decrease Medication Alert Rates in an Electronic Health Record” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S5.125.
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds April 5: Uma Kotagal, MD, will present "Transforming Health and Health Care” at 7 a.m. and Sheila Garos, PhD, will present "Female Sexual Dysfunction” at 8 a.m. for the annual Catherine Geering Lectureship in MSB 2351.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology Faculty Seminar April 5: Diego Perez-Tilve will present "Unimolecular Polypharmacy for the Treatment of Metabolic Disease" at noon in French East, Room 235.
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