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Xiaoting Zhang, PhD
Xiaoting Zhang, PhD

Cancer Biology's Zhang Selected for ACS Real Men Wear Pink Campaign

Xiaoting Zhang, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Cancer Biology and a member of UC Cancer Institute and Cincinnati Cancer Center, is one of 19 local men selected as a part of the 2017 American Cancer Society (ACS) Real Men Wear Pink campaign. As part of this campaign, community leaders around Cincinnati and the nation are coming together to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research, prevention, and patient services.

Zhang’s research, looking at the molecular mechanisms related to breast cancer therapeutic resistance and focusing on the development of RNA-based nanotherapeutics to overcome such resistance, was featured as an ACS 100 Stories of Hope in 2013 and selected as one of the 10 Key Research Breakthroughs and Insights by ACS in 2014. He is currently an ACS Research Scholar Grantee.

>> Donate to Zhang’s page

Gregory Rouan, MD
Gregory Rouan, MD

Rouan Installed as Association President

Gregory Rouan, MD, Gordon and Helen Hughes Taylor Professor and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, was installed as the 2017-2018 president of the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati at its 161st Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration Sept. 19. The Academy of Medicine, founded in 1857, is a not-for-profit, professional association that exists to organize, represent, advocate for, and serve physicians of Greater Cincinnati. The Academy of Medicine also awarded a $5,000 scholarship to fourth-year medical student Benjamin McGlothin. In choosing McGlothlin, the selection committee noted that he is a native Cincinnatian with an excellent academic record, a long commitment to serving underserved populations, and a dedication to practicing medicine locallyall of which are criteria for the scholarship.

Zalfa Abdel-Malek, PhD
Zalfa Abdel-Malek, PhD

Abdel-Malek Awarded Melanoma Foundation Grant

Zalfa Abdel-Malek, PhD, professor in the Department of Dermatology and a member of the UC Cancer Institute, was awarded a $200,000 ($100,000 per year for two years) grant from the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) for her research titled "MC1R-Selective Small Melanocortin Analogs for Melanoma Prevention.” The MRF received 62 applications for this grant cycle, and only six projects, including Zalfa’s, were funded. This funding will help Zalfa’s team progress on preclinical studies with their analogs so that they can apply for FDA approval to conduct a Phase I clinical trial.

Charles Doarn, research professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, addresses the 2014 National Telehealth Conference.

College of Nursing to Host National Telehealth Conference

The UC College of Nursing will host the National Telehealth Conference at Procter Hall Oct. 9-10, 2017. The title of the conference is "Transformations in Care Delivery—Three Points of IPE: Education, Clinical, Research.”

Conference attendees will get a firsthand look at the ways telehealth transforms traditional care delivery and improves accessibility. The conference features a variety of speakers representing a diverse array of organizations, including the National Quality Forum, Apple Health Care, the National Center for Connected Health Policy and NASA.

Physicians can obtain continuing medical education credits. The conference has been approved for 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.

>> Register fro the telehealth conference

Center for Women's Cancer
Center for Women's Cancer

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Event Oct. 18

The UC Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Center will hold a reception celebrating National Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Center for Women’s Cancer, located on the third floor of the UC Health Barrett Cancer Center, 234 Goodman Dr.

The event, aimed at women who have undergone breast reconstruction or have questions about it along with their families, will offer a chance for attendees to learn more about breast reconstruction, interact with breast and reconstruction support groups, enjoy light refreshments and enter into a free basket giveaway. 

Valet parking will be available.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Kelly Carroll or call 513-558-2030.


HSGA Collecting for Goodwill Industries

The Health Sciences Graduate Association (HSGA) will be collecting used clothing to donate to Goodwill Industries over the next two weeks. There will be donation containers set up in the Health Sciences Library in CARE/Crawley on the E-level, on the first floor of MSB near the vending machines, and on the second floor of MSB outside the MSTP/graduate student study lounge, Room 2401. If you would like to donate any gently used clothing to these containers, please do so before Tuesday, Oct. 4. The containers will be taken to the GSGA General Assembly meeting on the main campus the following day to be donated.

Save the Date

Save the Date: Lung Cancer CME Opportunity Nov. 11

The UC Cancer Institute’s Comprehensive Lung Cancer Center will host "Lung Cancer: Revolutionary Progress and Future Directions” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Kingsgate Marriott, 151 Goodman Drive. The symposium is aimed at health care professionals to define risk factors for lung cancer, describe new pathologic and molecular classifications of lung cancer and more. The cost is $50 for physicians ($75 at the door), $25 for nurses ($35 at the door) and is free for medical students ($25 at the door). Educational credits are being offered.

>> Register for lung cancer event online

For more information, contact Kelly Carroll.

Findlay Market
Findlay Market

REMINDER: Findlay Market Pop-up Sept. 28

Merchants from Cincinnati’s Findlay Market will set up shop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, , in the CARE/Crawley Kaplan Reception Area. Fresh produce, locally made items and ready-to-eat foods will be available for purchase. Most vendors will be set up to accept cash and credit cards. Coordinated by the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness.

For more information, contact Kelly Lyle,, health affairs program officer.

Slice Night Cincinnati
Slice Night Cincinnati

REMINDER: Slice Night Cincinnati Sept. 28

Enjoy a slice and support the UC Cancer Institute at Slice Night Cincinnati, being held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way. The event is being sponsored by Western & Southern Financial Group, Presto and Cincinnati Magazine. All proceeds from the event benefit the UC Cancer Institute.
Tickets are $12, which includes all of the pizza you can eat from local vendors. The cost is $5 for children. There are also $50 VIP tickets available, which include a parking pass, two drink tickets and access to the Western & Southern tent with seating, a private bar and exclusive pizza sampling. 

Beer and other drinks will be available for purchase.

To purchase tickets, visit 


  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Sept. 26: Kelly Walton, PhD, Monash Institute, Australia, will present "Genetic Engineering of Inhibins and Activins for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Disease” at noon in MSB, Room 3351.
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Seminar Sept. 27: ENT Chief Residents and Ryan Collar, MD, will present at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351. 
  • Medical Grand Rounds Sept. 27: John Morris, MD, will present "Lung Cancer: New Beginnings, New Hope” at noon in MSB, Room 5051.
  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Oct. 3: Matthew Aliota, PhD, University of Wisconsin, will present "Lessons From Zika: How to Respond to Emerging Vector-Borne Pathogens” at noon in MSB, Room 3351. 
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Oct. 4: Robert Smart, PhD, director of the Center for Human Health and the Environment at North Carolina State University, will present "Programming Programmed Cell Death to DNA Damage” at 10 a.m. in Kowalewski Hall, Room 310. Lunch with the speaker follows from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Kettering Lab Complex Atrium. Lunch is free to attendees, but an RSVP is required
  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Oct. 10: Katherine Vest, PhD, Emory University, will present "Tales From the 3’ End: Impaired RNA Processing and Metabolism in a Model of Late Onset Muscular Dystrophy” at noon in MSB, Room 3351. 
  • Department of Psychiatry Lurie Psychiatric Lecture Series Oct. 25: Richard Isaacson, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, will present "Advances in the Management of Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment: A Clinical Precision Medicine Approach” at noon in the Stetson Building, Room 2108.

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