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Dani Zander, MD
Dani Zander, MD

Zander to Lead American Society for Investigative Pathology and DoD Research

Dani Zander, MD, MacKenzie Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and UC Health's chief of pathology and laboratory medicine, has been elected to the presidential succession of the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP). Zander became vice president of the organization on July 1 and will serve as president in 2019. The ASIP is comprised of biomedical scientists who investigate mechanisms of disease, with the mission to promote the discovery, advancement and dissemination of basic and translational knowledge in experimental pathology and related disciplines.

Zander has also been elected to serve as chair of the programmatic panel of the U.S. Army Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research programs for the Lung Cancer Research Program. She chaired the fiscal year 2017 pre-application screening teleconference on Aug. 3-4. The panel plays a decision-making role in determining the allocation of congressionally-directed funds to investigators focusing on the study of lung cancer.

Additionally, Zander co-directed two courses sponsored by the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC): the Pathology Leadership Academy and the Chairs Bootcamp, both held in Washington DC at the APC annual meeting. Chris Crutchfield, MD, assistant professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine was also a participant.

Zander’s 2017 accomplishments also include publication of the second edition of Pulmonary Pathology, by Elsevier.

Rebecca Howell, MD
Rebecca Howell, MD

Howell Leads Study on Esophageal Disorder

Rebecca Howell, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and director of UC Health’s Voice and Swallowing Center, is principal investigator of a clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of common treatments for patients with a particular disorder that can make swallowing difficult.

The multicenter study is focusing on patients with Zenker’s diverticulum, a protruding pouch located at the back of the throat in the lining where the throat and esophagus meet. Researchers are enrolling participants 18 years of age and older with Zenker’s diverticulum and who have also been diagnosed with difficulty swallowing, also known as progressive dysphagia.

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

Funding to Address Appalachian Health Disparities

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) and partner centers at the University of Kentucky, West Virginia University and Pennsylvania State University are offering the Appalachian Community-Academic Partner Program to address health disparities in the Appalachian region.

The program will award up to $100,000 as a two-year pilot grant to strengthen or support development of sustainable partnerships between academic researchers and community stakeholders for translational research resulting in effective practice and public policy. Research activities may include, but are not limited to: conducting community assessments, analyzing existing data, pilot testing data collection instruments or procedures, conducting formative research on intervention strategies or messages and testing intervention feasibility.

Letters of intent are due Aug. 23. 

>> More information on the award

Cincinnati Opera
Cincinnati Opera

World Voice Day Event Aug. 19

To celebrate World Voice Day, UC Health and the Cincinnati Opera are hosting this year’s "A Mind Body Approach” event on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Cincinnati Club’s Gold Room, located at 30 Garfield Place Park. 

Registration and breakfast will take place between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Representatives from UC Health’s Departments of Otolaryngology and Integrative Medicine, the Cincinnati Opera, the UC College Conservatory of Music, City Silence and Music Resource Center are featured speakers and panelists. To register for the free event, contact Angie Keith at by Aug. 16.

Save the Date

Save the Date: September Faculty Development Programs

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development is offering the following programs in September:

  • Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure: Facilitator: Alex Lentsch, PhD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs and development; Tuesday, Sept. 5 from noon to 1 p.m., MSB 3352.
  • Crafting Learning Outcomes: Facilitator: Pamela Baker, PhD, associate dean, and associate professor of medical education; Tuesday, Sept.26 from noon to 1 p.m., MSB 3352.

Refreshments will be provided for those who register on Faculty One Stop. CME credit is available for all workshops. 

For a complete roster of programs, please see the Faculty Affairs and Development website.


  • Cancer Biology Seminar Aug. 14: Azeddine Atfi, PhD, University of Mississippi Medical Center, will present "Multiple Roles of TGIF in Cancer Pathogenesis and Progression” at 4 p.m. in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Aug. 16: George Deepe, MD, presents "The Expanding Panorama of Candida Infections” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • CCTST Grand Rounds on Team Science Aug. 18: Jack Kues, PhD, associate dean for continuous professional development and director of the Center for Improvement Sciences, will present "The Science Behind Team Science: What We Know About Successful Collaboration” at noon in MSB 2351. Register for lunch by Aug. 15.
  • Gall Lectureship Aug.18: Jeffrey Myers, MD, will present "Pulmonary Fibrosis in the Age of Consensus: Pathology’s Place in the Diagnostic Pathway” at 11 a.m. in MSB's Kresge Auditorium. Lunch provided for those who RSVP at
  • Neuroscience Seminar Aug. 24: Bryan Luikart, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, will present "Understanding the Neurobiological Basis of Autism Using Pten as a Genetic Model” at 4 p.m. in MSB 6051.

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