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COM Research Report

College of Medicine's Research Annual Report on Research Mission Now Available

The College of Medicine Office of Research has published its 2016 annual report on the research mission of the college. The data, publications and stories emphasize the achievements and successes of the research faculty in the college’s 24 departments. The report charts the outstanding progress made toward the aspirational goals of the College of Medicine’s strategic plan and clearly establishes the abilities of faculty as research leaders. Faculty have risen to the challenge of a challenging research funding environment by increasing new grant holdings consistently in recent years, totaling more than $115.8 million last year, an increase of 30 percent from the previous year. The number of new grants also increased from 171 in 2015 to 190 in 2016, with a success rate of 31 percent.

The report is being mailed to faculty but is also available 

Ann Smith
Ann Smith

UC Health Names Senior VP for Inpatient Services

UC Health has named Ann Smith as senior vice president for inpatient services. Smith, currently chief of enterprise academic service lines for University of Kentucky HealthCare, begins her appointment Monday, May 15, 2017.

Smith will report to UC Health executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer Pete Gilbert and will oversee all inpatient operations across the UC Health system. She will be responsible for creating an efficient, highly functional, patient-centric inpatient structure that enables the delivery of exceptional patient care and service throughout UC Health.

Named among Deloitte’s "Women 2 Watch,” Smith earned her bachelor of health sciences and master of public administration from University of Kentucky and in 2017 was inducted into the UK College of Health Sciences Hall of Fame. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is certified in lean systems.

All-Campus Blood Drive April 10-14

The UC community can help augment the area’s blood supply by donating at the all-campus blood drive this week. The drive will take place in Tangeman University Center’s Great Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 10, through Thursday, April 13, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 14. Each donor will receive a $7 Skyline Chili gift card as a thank you. Appointments are highly encouraged due to the popularity of this event, but walk-ins are welcome. Schedule an appointment by calling 513-451-0910 or visit the Hoxworth webpage.

Van der Skeen
A.F.W. van der Steen, PhD

Van der Steen to Speak During Research Week

A.F.W. van der Steen, PhD, will present "Technical Solutions for Sustainable Healthcare: Intravascular Imaging Guided Cardiovascular Interventions” from noon until 1 p.m., Monday, April 17 in MSB 7051. The talk is part of Research Week 2017 scheduled April 17-21. Lunch and CME credit will be available.

Van der Steen is a professor in biomedical engineering in cardiology and head of the Biomedical Engineering Thoraxcenter, Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Since 2014, he has been honorary visiting professor to the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technologies. He also is co-founder of the Medical Delta, a collaboration between Erasmus Medical Centre, Delft University of Technology and Leiden University Medical Centre, working on technical solutions for sustainable health. His expertise is mainly in diagnostic cardiologic imaging devices with emphasis on echography.

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Volunteers Needed to Help Red Cross Effort

UC and UC Health are helping the Greater Cincinnati-Area Chapter of the American Red Cross in an initiative called "A Cause for Alarms: Mega Blitz 2017.” The Red Cross is seeking volunteers to go door-to-door in teams of four on Saturday, April 29, to install free smoke detectors in homes in Madisonville, Norwood, St. Bernard, Bond Hill, Paddock Hills and Oakley in Cincinnati and in Dayton as well as Bellevue and Covington in Kentucky. Teams also will provide new batteries for smoke detectors and evacuation education materials. Red Cross and fire department vehicles will travel through the neighborhoods to provide support to the teams.

The effort is being done in two shifts this year. Volunteers are asked to meet at 8 a.m. or noon at the Jack Cincinnati Casino, 1000 Broadway Street, where they’ll receive instructions and assignments to teams before being shuttled to their assigned neighborhood. Morning teams will return to the casino by noon, and afternoon teams will return by 4 p.m.

>> Learn more or register for the event

Ben C Solomon
Ben Solomon

REMINDER: Solomon to Speak on Refugee Health

National Public 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

REMINDER: Crawford 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 version of the famed television program. The event is sponsored by the Cincinnati Arts Association 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


  • Biomedical Informatics Clinical Informatics 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 Hospital Medical Center Location S, Room S5.125.
  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar April 4: Demetria Michael Fischesser, PhD candidate, will present "Investigating Novel Mediators of Necrotic Cell Death,” and Alex Thorman, PhD candidate, will present "Towards Discovery of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Bc12A1” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Biomedical Informatics Hutton Lecture Series April 4: Xinan (Holly) Yang, PhD, University of Chicago, will present "Computational Biology Sheds Lights on the Genomics for Precision Medicine” at 3 p.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130.
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds April 5: Uma Kotagal, MD, will present "Transforming Health and Healthcare” 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.
  • Medical Grand Rounds April 5: Robert Englander, MD, will present "Entrustable Professional Activities: Assessing Competence from Medical School Through Practice” at noon in MSB 7051.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology (MCBP) Faculty Seminar April 5: Diego Perez-Tilve will present "Unimolecular Polypharmacy for the Treatment of Metabolic Disease" at noon in French East, Room 235.
  • Department of Dermatology Dermatopathology Conference April 6: Kerith Spicknall, MD, will present on tumors of nerve, muscle, bone, cartilage and fat at 8:15 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building, HCC G344. Dermatology Journal Club will begin at 11 a.m. in the same location.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar April 6: KyoungHyun Kim, PhD, will present "A Novel Role of Orphan Nuclear Receptor NR2E3 in Human Diseases and Cancer” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium. 
  • Biomedical Informatics Hutton Lecture Series April 7: Emily Miraldi, PhD, will present "Transcriptional Regulatory Network Inference From Genomics Datasets” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar April 7: Xiang-Dong Fu, PhD, University of California, San Diego, will present "Excessive R-Loops Underlying Splicing Factor Mutation-Induced Genome Instability in Myelodysplastic Syndromes” at 2 p.m. in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Research in Patient Services (RPS) Colloquium April 10: Sara Van Driest, MD, PhD, will present "Leveraging Electronic Health Records for Pediatric Research and Focus on the Topics of Predicting Pediatric Dosing Using Population PK Analysis and Predicting Acute Kidney Injury” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Location T, Room T8.334. 

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