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Shuchi Gulati, MD
Shuchi Gulati, MD

Internal Medicine's Shuchi Gulati Receives Sponsorship for Phase II Clinical Trial

Shuchi Gulati, MD, clinical instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology Oncology, received approval for a Phase II investigator-initiated clinical trial, sponsored by AstraZeneca in the amount of approximately $430,000.

The proposal titled, "An Open-Label, Phase II Study of Durvalumab in Combination With Cetuximab for Second Line Therapy in Patients With Recurrent or Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck,” is being co-led with Gulati’s mentor Trisha Wise-Draper, MD, PhD, assistant professor of hematology oncology. 

Investigator-initiated trials are clinical studies created and managed by researchers like Gulati and are unique to the hosting organization or institution.

Alvin Crawford, MD
Alvin Crawford, MD

Crawford Selected to Board of Cobb Institute

Alvin Crawford, MD, professor emeritus in pediatrics and orthopaedic surgery at the UC College of Medicine, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Cobb Institute. The Cobb Institute is a 501(c) (3) that conducts studies and offers recommendations around clinical and scientific research, health policy and educational initiatives that combat disparities in health that affect African Americans and other medically underserved populations.

Crawford is a UC Drake medalist whose expertise in pediatric spine surgery is known globally. He will attend his first Cobb Institute board meeting today, Monday, July 31, in Philadelphia.

Immediately following the board meeting, he will speak at the orthopaedic section of the National Medical Association annual meeting in Philadelphia, titled "Cervical Spine Complications of Neurofibromatosis in Children."

Howard Ayer, Professor Emeritus in Environmental Health
Howard Ayer

Environmental Health's Howard Ayer Passes Away

Howard Ayer, professor emeritus in the Department of Environmental Health and a pioneer in the development of monitoring tools and occupational exposures standards, passed away on Saturday, July 22. He was 92.

Ayer was a member and past director of the department’s Division of Environmental and Industrial Hygiene. Before coming to UC in 1976, Ayer served in the U.S. Public Health Service where he studied health hazards in uranium mines, co-authored the sampling method of radon gas, was instrumental in developing a method to measure respirable silica dust and developed a concentration value to use as an industry standard for the protection of quarry workers in Vermont. From 1964 to 1972, he conducted environmental, medical, and mortality studies in the asbestos products industry.

Ayer participated in formal teaching until retiring in 2000. He was named a professor emeritus in September 1989. The computer lab in Kettering Laboratory is named the Howard Ayer Computer Laboratory.

>> Full obituary for Ayer

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

CCTST Processes and Methods Grant Deadline August 15

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) is accepting applications for the next round of processes and methods pilot grants. This two-step program is designed to support clinical research professionals as well as patient advocacy groups at a local, regional or national level. Grants awarded in this cycle will provide seed funds of up to $5,000 for developing a long-term (two- to five-year) research proposal focused on advancing specific processes and/or methods deemed important to clinical and translational research. Awardees will have four months to produce a more complete six-page research proposal with an estimated budget not to exceed $40,000/year in direct costs. Proposals are encouraged in the following areas:

  • Integration of biostatistics and informatics in support of clinical and translational science.
  • Statistical methods that can be used for learning networks and implementation science.
  • Methods for analyzing large data sets within the biomedical sciences (-omics).
  • Methods for improving use of electronic health records in research.
  • Methods for improving understanding and participation in clinical research by prospective participants.

Applications will be accepted from faculty or staff of all UC campuses, Academic Health Center partners or any regional college or university. This program is also open to members of the Greater Cincinnati community and patient advocacy groups at a local, regional or national level. Advanced degrees are not required for eligibility.

The deadline for one-page preliminary proposals is Aug. 15, 2017. For more information, visit the CCTST website or email

Save the Date

Save the Date: Medical Education Fall Webinar

The Office of Medical Education is offering a five-part Fall 2017 International Association of Medical Science Educators Webinar Series beginning in September. The series takes on an international flavor as presenters review health professions education around the world, each with unique challenges and solutions. The goal of this series is to foster the exchange of ideas in the community of health science educators.

  • Sept. 7:  "Competency Based Medical Education Around the World,” presented by Jason Frank, MD, University of Ottawa, in the Lucas Board Room, MSB E005HA.  An overview of medical education in Canada with an emphasis on the initiatives of the International Competencies in Basic Medical Education.
  • Sept. 14: "The Future of Family Medicine in China,” presented by William Burke, DO, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University, in MSB 2001. A look at Chinese medical education (World-China initiative), which places an emphasis on primary care.
  • Sept. 21: "Globalization of Education to Global Healthcare: An Overview of European Model,” presented by Jennifer Cleland PhD, the Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and Meabh Bhuinneain, MD, Mayo Medical Academy, in the Lucas Board Room, MSB E005HA. An overview of the European model of health professions education from globalization of education to global healthcare.
  • Sept 28: "Challenges and Opportunities for Medical Education in Sub-Saharan Africa,” presented by Quentin Eichbaum, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, in MSB 2001. Exploring medical education challenges and solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Oct. 5:  "Lessons From the Design and Implementation of a Pediatric Critical Care and Emergency Medicine Training Program in a Low Resource Country: The South American Experience,” presented by Michelle Grunauer, MD, PhD, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador, in the Lucas Board Room, MSB E005HA. A session focusing on an integrated model of medical care: childhood disease prevention in South America.
At the end of the series, attendees will be able to identify global challenges and solutions to medical education that may provide valuable perspectives at the local level.

All sessions will be held noon to 1 p.m.

Register at Faculty One Stop.


  • Medical Grand Rounds Aug. 2: Adam Cole, MD, will present "Dyspnea: An Integrated Approach” at noon in MSB 5051.
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