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Next CReFF Grant Application Deadline is July 1
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) is now accepting applications from junior faculty for the next round of Clinical Research Feasibility Fund (CReFF) pilot grants. Instructors or assistant professors utilizing the resources of the Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC, formerly the General Clinical Research Center) are generally eligible; funding restrictions apply. Fellows anticipating a faculty appointment during the grant period may also be eligible. Applicants must already have an active CTRC-approved protocol or submit one for review with their proposal.
The CReFF provides one-year start-up funding of up to $20,000 for pilot studies, potentially renewable for one additional year. Potential applicants are strongly advised to contact the program director, James Heubi, MD, at prior to submitting an application. A letter of intent is not required. Applications must be submitted by noon Thursday, July 1. One grant will be awarded this cycle. For details, visit or contact Amy Hartkemeyer at (513) 636-4273 or


Wexler Serves on Advisory Committee
Laura Wexler, MD, senior associate dean of student affairs and admissions and a professor of medicine in the division of cardiovascular diseases, was part of the advisory committee that developed a module for a Maintenance of Certification program, supported by the American Board of Internal Medicine, as a knowledge assessment option for internists and subspecialists to improve health care for medically underserved populations and closing well-documented disparities in care. The ABIM module is the first MOC tool of its kind developed by any American Board of Medical Specialties member board. ABIM medical knowledge modules allow physicians in internal medicine and its subspecialties to examine knowledge strengths and weaknesses in important clinical areas. The "Care for the Underserved” module focuses upon the evidence base around caring for diverse populations.


Zimmer and Theodosopoulos Speak at World Congress for Endoscopic Surgery
Lee Zimmer, MD, PhD, assistant professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, and Philip Theodosopoulos, MD, assistant professor of neurosurgery, spoke at the fourth World Congress for Endoscopic Surgery of the Brain, Skull Base and Spine, held April 28-30 in Pittsburgh. Zimmer and Theodosopoulos held a joint seminar on "Endoscopic Anatomy and Surgery for Pituitary Lesions." Zimmer also conducted a plenary session on "Education in Endonasal Surgery: How to Train Otolaryngology Residents and Fellows" and participated in a panel discussion on "Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma and Benign Tumors."


Gibson to Speak at Faculty Teaching Skills Development Workshop May 6
The department of medical education presents the 2010 Faculty Teaching Skills Development Workshop Series "Peer Teaching," given by Denise Gibson, PhD, from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in the MSB Lucas Board Room. Gibson is assistant dean for academic support and associate professor of clinical psychiatry. Her research and publications focus on medical specialty choice, physician career satisfaction, medical professionalism, counseling the millennial generation and support services for medical students. Gibson holds a PhD in cultural foundations of education from Kent State University and an MS in social work from Case Western Reserve University. For more information on the Faculty Teaching Skills Development Workshop Series, call (513) 558-8447 or e-mail Angela Robbins at

  Distinguished Scientist Seminar May 6
Roger Davis, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Massachusetts Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will present "Signal transduction by stress-activated MAP kinases" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium. The presentation is part of the Cincinnati Cancer Consortium's Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series. For more information, contact Sharon Young at (513) 558-7379.

Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds May 7
Mohandas Narla, DSc, vice president for research at the New York Blood Center, will be the featured presenter at the Friday, May 7, Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds. He will discuss, "Red Cell Disorders: What's Old and What's New" at 8 a.m. in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. In November 2009, Narla was elected to the Executive Committee of the American Society of Hematology, the world's largest professional society of blood specialists. He is also director of the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and heads the Laboratory of Red Cell Physiology at New York Blood Center. For more information, e-mail or call (513) 558-0120.

Neuroscience Day Lecture May 10
The Ohio-Miami Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and the UC Center for Imaging Research will present a lecture by Rajita Sinha, PhD, of Yale University from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday, May 10, in Medical Sciences Building Room 7051. Her topic will be, "Desire Gone Awry: Can the Neuroscience of Stress and Reward-Seeking Provide Clues for Understanding and Treating Addiction?" Sinha is a professor of psychiatry and director of the Yale Stress Center at the Yale School of Medicine. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of Neuroscience Day, the regional scientific meeting of the Ohio-Miami Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

Dean's Distinguished Cardiovascular Seminar Series May 10
Donna Wang, MD, professor of medicine, neuroscience, and cell & molecular biology, will present "Molecular sensors for hypertension, tissue inflammation, and end organ damage: a TRP to find a cure" at noon Monday, May 10, in Medical Sciences Building Room 3351. The event is sponsored by the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence. For more information, contact Donna Gering at or (513) 558-2307.

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