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Date: Monday, March 1, 2010

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UC Successfully Concludes Mediation on
Health Alliance
UC has successfully concluded mediation talks with the Jewish Health System and Fort Hamilton Hospital and Healthcare Corporation regarding the future of the Health Alliance. A binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed keeping the Health Alliance in place with the University of Cincinnati as its sole member. Additionally, West Chester Medical Center and the Alliance Business Center will remain with the Health Alliance, Alliance Primary Care also will remain while some of its physicians stay with the hospitals with which they are most closely associated. Additional information on the settlement can be found here.

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Forum on Conflict of Interest in Research March 19
There will be a forum on conflict of interest in research from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 19, in Kresge Auditorium. Moderated by Thomas Boat, MD, executive associate dean in the College of Medicine, the session will review the public and regulatory landscape in conflict of interest.

There will also be an open dialogue with leaders at UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medicine Center, including:

  • David Stern, MD, dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for health affairs at UC
  • Arnold Strauss, MD, chair of pediatrics and director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation
  • Sandra Degen, PhD, vice president for research at UC
  • James Heubi, MD, co-director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training
  • Michael Linke, PhD, chair of the Institutional Review Board at UC
  • Jeremy Corsmo, director of Cincinnati Children’s Office of Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs

Registration is not required. Questions or comments can be submitted anonymously in advance at For more information, call (513) 803-1044 or e-mail  


Date Set for Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer
The sixth annual public education forum, Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 24, at the Reading Campus (formerly Genome Research Institute). Presented by the Cincinnati Breast Cancer & the Environment Research Center (BCERC), the forum provides timely information on potential environmental links to breast cancer and an update on the center’s research. The Cincinnati BCERC is one of four national centers funded by the National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The cost to attend is $15 and includes a buffet breakfast and educational materials.

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Last Chance to Nominate a Nurse
Friday is the last day to submit your nominations for the College of Nursing’s 18th annual Florence Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing. The awards recognize professional nurses for their contributions to direct patient care. Nominees must reside and be employed in the Greater Cincinnati area, be licensed as a registered nurse and demonstrate excellence in direct patient care. Nominations are accepted from patients, family and friends of patients, colleagues, physicians and other health care workers. Board of Advisors Nightingale award winners will receive $1,000 and a commemorative award. Dean’s award winners receive $400. All nominees will be honored at the April 21 awards dinner at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.

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  Chuang Wins Sloan Research Fellowship
Chiou-Fen Chuang, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, was one of just 15 neuroscientists nationwide to win a two-year, $50,000 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Chuang will use the funding to continue her neurodevelopment research, which focuses on how the differences between left-brain and right-brain are established during development. Chuang is also a member of the molecular and developmental biology and the neuroscience graduate programs at UC and serves as a researcher in developmental biology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
  Yadav Chairs Review Panels in New Scoring System
Jagjit Yadav, PhD, associate professor of environmental health, recently chaired two grant review panels for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on the National Institutes of Health. The panels, comprising 45 scientists, reviewed a large number of R01s and R43/R44 grant proposals (115 applications) on the development of therapeutics and diagnostics for drug-resistant microbial pathogens. Yadav says the new review process/scoring system is considerably different from the previous review process with greater emphasis now placed on significance and investigators, among other criteria. To learn more about this process, contact Yadav at
  Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar March 2
Bruce Aronow, PhD, will speak at the next molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology seminar at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. His topic will be, "Systems Biology of Health and Disease: How to Leverage the Collective Wisdom of Integrated Gene Function Knowledge—and Tons of OMICS Data—to Identify Specialized Gene Teams and Playbooks That Determine the Functions and Foibles of Biological Systems.” Aronow is co-director of the Computational Medicine Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and professor of pediatrics at UC. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Midwest Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases. For more information, e-mail
  Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar March 4
Vladimir Kalinichenko, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics and researcher in the pulmonary biology division at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is the next presenter in the Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Series to be held at noon Thursday, March 4. He will discuss "Foxm1 Transcription Factor in Lung Development and Lung Cancer.” The presentation will take place in Reiveschl Auditorium. For more information, contact Sharon Young at (513) 558-7379.
  Cancelas to Present at Grand Rounds March 5
Jose Cancelas-Perez, MD, PhD, will discuss "BCR/ABL Leukemia: Strides Toward Curability” at 8 a.m. Friday, March 5, in Medical Sciences Building Room 6051. The talk is part of the hematology-oncology division’s grand rounds. Cancelas is an associate professor of pediatrics and division and medical director of cellular therapies at Hoxworth Blood Center. For more information, e-mail
  Hutton Lectureship in Ethics March 11
The College of Medicine will host the sixth annual John J. Hutton, MD, Lectureship in Ethics from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in Kresge Auditorium. This year's speaker is Arthur Leonard Caplan, PhD, who will address, "Does Futility Have a Future? Ethics and End of Life Care." Caplan is the Emanual and Robert Hart Professor and the Sydney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He also directs the university’s Center for Bioethics. The Hutton Lectureship in Ethics honors John J. Hutton, MD, former dean of the College of Medicine. For more information, visit or c ontact Erin Groeting at (513) 558-7337 or

  UC Health Addiction Update March 12
The psychiatry department’s addiction sciences division will host the first UC Health Addiction Update from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Friday, March 12, at the Reading Campus. The event, underwritten by the Ohio Department of Mental Health, will feature nationally and internationally recognized experts in alcohol and other substance use disorder treatment. Cost is $129, which includes all meals, parking and CEU credits for psychologists, social workers, counselors and addiction therapists. A discounted cost of $99 is available for a limited number of trainees who provide appropriate documentation. Registration and payment must be received by Friday, March 5. There will be no registration on the day of the event. To receive a registration form, contact Kathleen Peak at (513) 487-6676 or Reene Cantwell at (513) 861-3100, ext. 4803.
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