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Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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William Ball, MD, Christian R. Holmes Professor and Dean, College of Medicine, and senior vice president for health affairs
William Ball, MD

Dean Named ‘Deans Liaison’ for AAMC Steering Committee

William Ball, MD, Christian R. Holmes Professor and Dean of the College of Medicine and senior vice president for health affairs, was appointed the Deans Liaison on the 2017-2018 Group on Information Resources (GIR) Steering Committee for the Association of American Medical Colleges. GIR promotes excellence in the application and integration of information resources in academic medicine.

The GIR is governed by a nine member steering committee that sets the strategic direction for the group. The work of the GIR is done through committees, work groups and task forces comprised of interested and knowledgeable members and supports communities that have demonstrated a strong desire to come together professionally to share information with special interests groups.

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Jiajie Diao, PhD
Jiajie Diao, PhD

Diao Awarded IUPAP Young Scientist Award

Jiajie Diao, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Cancer Biology, was awarded the 2017 International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Young Scientist Prize in Biological Physics for his significant contributions to the area of single-molecule biophysics. Diao "pioneered the development of single vesicle fusion assays based on FRET, which enables addressing many fundamental questions about biological systems involving membranes.”

Diao came to UC in 2015 after gaining his master’s degree from George Washington University, PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and working as a postdoctoral research associate and later as research specialist at Stanford University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Diao has established his own biophysical lab at UC, where he is leading several projects aimed at understanding the fundamental principles of neurotransmitter release and the effect of neurodegeneration.

James Herman, PhD
James Herman, PhD

Herman Named to NIH Study Section

James Herman, PhD, Donald C. Harrison Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and director of the UC Neurobiology Research Center has been named to the Neuroendocrinology, Neuroimmunology, Rhythms and Sleep Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health. His four year appointment will begin effective July 1, 2017.  Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH and members are selected based on their competence and contributions to the scientific discipline as evidenced by their publications and research activity.


College of Medicine New Grant Awardees

The College of Medicine Office of Research understands the challenges of successfully competing for funding to support faculty research programs and we want to celebrate our new awardees. Each month, we will publicize those faculty who have been awarded external grants of $100,000/yr. or more direct costs in a Gallery of Awardees. The Gallery is displayed across from the Dean’s Suite. Besides celebrating our successful investigators, a brief synopsis of the award goals and pictures of the faculty are also included on the announcement so that other faculty interested in potential collaborations or seminars by our researchers can contact them.
Researchers currently featured are:

E. Steve Woodle, MD, Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, "PEARL - Pathway Exploration and Analysis in Renal Lupus”
Jose A. Cancelas-Perez, MD, PhD, Hoxworth Blood Center
"A Prospective, Randomized, In Vitro Study of Apheresis Platelet Components in 100 Percent Plasma for Qualification of InterCept Blood System for Platelets”
Francis X. McCormack, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
"Burn Induced Lung Injury and Infection - Year 5”
Wenhai Shao, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology "A Critical Role of TAM Receptors in Autoimmune Nephritis”
Jason Joseph Winnick, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
"Effect of Liver Glycogen Content on Hypoglycemic Counterregulation”
Jianjun Chen, PhD, Department of Cancer Biology
"Targeting TET1 Signaling to Treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia”
Diego Perez-Tilve, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
"Cohbar Agreement 2017”
Deeptankar DeMazumder, MD, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease
"Autonomic Remodeling and Modulation Therapy in Heart Failure and Sudden Death”

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  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology May 30: PhD candidate Patrick Wolfkiel will present "A Better Understanding of Smooth Muscle Cells Development into Foam Cells” at noon in MSB 2351. 
  • Department of Dermatology June 1: Resident Lindsey Zubritsky, MD, will present "The Role of Phosphodiesterase 4 in Dermatology” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building, G344.  


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