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Nora Volkow, MD, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse
Nora Volkow, MD, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse

NIDA Director Volkow to Speak on Opioid Crisis in Kresge Auditorium Nov. 27

UC and UC Health present a public symposium, "Tackling the Ohio Opioid Crisis: Harnessing the Power of Science to Break the Cycle,” on Monday Nov. 27, from 1 to 5 p.m., in the Medical Sciences Building, Kresge Auditorium. The symposium will feature keynote speaker Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

The itinerary for the symposium includes remarks and perspectives from across Ohio as well as a panel of researchers and clinicians discussing research and gaps in evidence.

Volkow’s keynote, "Medication-Assisted Therapies—Tackling the Opioid-Overdose Epidemic,” will begin at 1:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.

>> RSVP for Opioid Symposium

Paul Martin, MD
Paul Martin, MD

Liver Disease and Cirrhosis Conference Nov. 11

Paul Martin, MD, professor and chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Miami, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Management of Liver Disease and Cirrhosis Conference, being held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center. The event is intended for gastroenterologists, hepatologists, internal medicine physicians, family practice physicians, transplant physicians, surgeons, general surgeons, general practitioners, mid-level providers, nurses and other medical personnel and patients. Course directors are Shimul Shah, MD, and Nadeem Anwar, MD. There is a $25 registration fee to attend. Continuing medical education credit is available.

To register please contact Patricia Williams at 513-558-3993 or

UC at the Zoo
UC at the Zoo

UC at the Zoo Nov. 11; Special Ticket Price

The UC at the Zoo event is back. From 4-9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, UC and UC Health employees and students can experience animal encounters, entertainment and a sneak peek at the PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

Tickets are $8. Parking is free.

>> More information or purchase tickets

Doug Moormann
Doug Moormann

REMINDER: Dance With Your Heart Gala Nov. 11

The Dance With Your Heart Charity Gala, being held Saturday, Nov. 11, will help benefit the Cincinnati Cancer Center (CCC) and the university’s quest for National Cancer Institute designation. A portion of ticket prices are awarded to each celebrity dancer’s selected charity/organization. Doug Moormann, vice president of the Develop Strategies Group, has designated the CCC the recipient of his funds.

The gala will include appetizers and dinner; drink tickets and a cash bar will be available. All attendees will have the chance to win free dancing lessons.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Kingsgate Marriott

REMINDER: 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 free for medical students ($25 at the door). Educational credits are being offered.

>> Register for lung cancer symposium online

For more information, contact Kelly Carroll.

journey to 50

UC Transplant Celebrates 50-year Anniversary

On Dec. 11, 1967, a 36-year-old Cincinnati police officer named Ernest Harper received a kidney from his sister, Elizabeth, in the first transplant operation at UC Medical Center. The then-experimental procedure was performed by J. Wesley Alexander, MD, who pioneered transplantation in Cincinnati and today serves as professor emeritus of surgery at UC. Harper lived for 32 years with his donated kidney.

Fifty years later, the College of Medicine and UC Medical Center continue to save lives and break new ground in the field of transplantation. UC Health is celebrating this milestone with a series of 50 stories about the clinical care, academic and clinical research, and education activities that have occurred in the Transplant Program over the past 50 years.

Follow along at

Medical Sciences Building

Open Forums for Provost Finalists

Two additional finalists for the university’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost position will visit the medical campus this week to hold open forums and meet with faculty, staff and students.

The next scheduled candidates are:

  • Eric Eisenberg, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida, 5–6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7.
  • William Latimer, PhD, dean of the School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing, Lehman College, 5–6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20.
Both forums will be held in Room E-255, Medical Sciences Building.

Last week, Chaden Djalali, PhD, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Iowa, and Keith Moo-Young, PhD, chancellor, Washington State University Tri-Cities, visited campus.

Details on this search, the candidates and their upcoming visits to campus can be found at

UC Health University Hospital

Heart Transplant Program Receives Certification

The heart transplant program at UC Medical Center has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for participation in the Medicare program under "Special Requirements for Transplant Centers.” The program, which re-started in February 2016, has now performed 15 transplants and is within the top 10 percent in the nation for survival rates. To receive certification from CMS, the program had to perform 10 transplants within a specific time frame and prove a number of successful outcomes.

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December Faculty Development Programs

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

  • Professional Development Program: "Understanding the Budgetary Process” from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5, in MSB 2001.
  • Research Development Program: "How to be a Site PI” from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday Dec. 12, 2017 in MSB 2001.
Light refreshments will be available for those who register on Faculty One Stop.

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


  • Department of Pharmacology and Systems Physiology Seminar Nov. 7: Reto Asmis, PhD, University of Texas at San Antonio, will present "Macrophages and the Redox Regulation of the Immunometabolic Interface” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Seminar Nov. 8: Alex Evins, PhD, Weill Cornell Medicine, will present "Laboratory-Based Surgical Training and Integration into Residency Curricula” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • The UC Brain Tumor Center Seminar Nov. 8: William Weiss, MD, PhD, UCSF School of Medicine, will present "Modeling and Treating Neural Cancers” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Department of Dermatology Seminar Nov. 9: Diya Mutasim, MD, will present "Decision-Making and Management of Autoimmune Bullous Disease (Follow-up Discussion)” at 9 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building, G344.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Series Nov. 9: Jie Wang, PhD, will present "Investigating the Metabolic Requirements for BCR-ABL Dependent Survival,” and Hannah Flood will present "The Forkhead Box F1 Transcription Factor Inhibits Collagen Deposition and Accumulation of Myofibroblasts During Liver Fibrosis” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Center for Environmental Genetics Workshop Nov. 9: Jocelyn Biagini Myers, PhD, Brandon Foreman, MD, Erin Haynes, DrPH, Dawn Kleindorfer, MD, and Patrick Ryan, PhD, will present "Mentor-Mentee: A Privileged Partnership. Keeping It on Track” from noon to 1 p.m. in Kettering G-17. Complimentary lunch will be provided for all workshop participants. RSVP at
  • Biomedical Informatics Friday Research Series Nov. 10: James Lee, PhD, will present "UC’s Digital Scholarship Center and Text Mining Across Disciplines” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130
  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Nov. 14: Greg Dressler, PhD, University of Michigan, will present "Modulating TGF-beta, BMP, and Wnt Signaling in Animal Models of Fibrosis” at noon in MSB 3351.
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