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Date: Monday, May 10, 2010



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Bradley Britigan, MD
Bradley Britigan, MD

Britigan, Weintraub to lead Central Society for Clinical Research
Bradley Britigan, MD, Taylor Professor and internal medicine department chair, has been named president of the Central Society for Clinical Research, one of the oldest regional academic professional societies in the country. Neal Weintraub, MD, division director of cardiology, was elected vice president of the society and will become president in two years. Society membership is by nomination only and based on success in research. Past officers in the organization rank among the leaders of academic medicine in the Midwest. For more information, visit cscr.com/index.php

Prabir Roy-Chaudhury
Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD

Roy-Chaudhury Earns Re-Elections, Delivers Society’s Inaugural Talk

Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, associate professor in the nephrology and hypertension division, has been re-elected to the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology Council and to the Medical Review Board of the Renal Network. Roy-Chaudhury, who leads the Cincinnati Dialysis Access Program, is highly regarded for his nephrology research. Recently, he presented the inaugural talk, "Vascular Biology of Dialysis Access Failure,” at the first Israeli Vascular Access Society meeting held in Tel-Aviv. The meeting was attended by more than 500 nephrologists, radiologists, surgeons and interventionalists from all over Israel.

Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE)/Crawley Building
Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE)/Crawley Building

Gold Foundation Awards for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching

Six College of Medicine residents have won Arnold P. Gold Foundation Awards for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching. This year’s winners are Ben Dehner, urology; Jocelyn Logan-Collins, surgery; Keith Luckett, internal medicine; Colin Martin, surgery; Tarita Pakrashi, obstetrics and gynecology; and Dan Robert-Shaw, urology. Winners are selected by third- and fourth-year medical students for their demonstrated commitment to teaching and compassionate treatment of patients, families, students and colleagues. They will receive a certificate, a gold lapel pin and a check for $250 from the Gold Foundation at the Student Clinician Ceremony, June 29, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel.

John Breneman, MD
John Breneman, MD

Breneman Named Chair of CNS Committee

John Breneman, MD, Charles M. Barrett Professor of Radiation Oncology and adjunct professor of neurosurgery, has been appointed chair of the Central Nervous System (CNS) Committee for the American Board of Radiology. He will be responsible for creating the CNS section of the board exam for new radiation oncology graduates as well as the Maintenance of Certification exam for current practitioners. He will also continue in his role as one of the eight oral board examiners for the CNS section of the oral exam. Breneman is a practitioner and researcher at the UC Brain Tumor Center and co-director with Ronald Warnick, MD, of Precision Radiotherapy Center in West Chester.

Carolyn Holland, MD
Carolyn Holland, MD

Holland Wins Abstract Award

Carolyn Holland, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine and fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, won the Academic Pediatric Association’s Region V Trainee Abstract Award, which denotes the top abstract submitted by a fellow. Holland will give an oral presentation of her research, "Racial Disparities in Documentation of Sexual Histories Among Adolescent Females in a Pediatric Emergency Department,” at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting to be held May 3 in Vancouver. A total of 31 abstracts were submitted in the fellow, resident and medical student categories for the award.

Mohit Gupta
Mohit Gupta

Student Earns Clinical Research Fellowship

Mohit Gupta, a third-year medical student, has accepted the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas for the 2010-11 academic year. Gupta will be part of a research team working on developing prescriptions for the prevention of heart disease based on state-of-the-art cardiovascular imaging coupled to biomarkers, genetic markers and classical atherosclerotic heart disease risk factors.

Histoplasma Capsulatum
Histoplasma Capsulatum

Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminars

The molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology department will host two seminars featuring doctoral students. On Tuesday, May 11, Nourtan Abdeltawab will deliver, "Systems Biology Approach to Identifying Host Interactive Pathways Modulating the Severity of Streptococcal Sepsis.” On Tuesday, May 18, Stefanie Ward and Danielle Kroetz will both present. Ward will discuss, "Molecular Studies of Intercellular Adhesion in Staphylococcus Epidermidis Biofilms,” while Kroetz addresses, "The All-Powerful CCR5.” Both seminars begin at 12:30 p.m. in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. For more information, contact Peter Stambrook, PhD, at peter.stambrook@uc.edu.

Avi Ashkenazi, PhD
Avi Ashkenazi, PhD

Distinguished Scientist Seminar May 12

The next Cincinnati Cancer Consortium Distinguished Scientist Seminar will at noon Wednesday, May 12, in Rieveschl Auditorium. Avi Ashkenazi, PhD, director of molecular oncology at Genentech, will discuss, "Targeting Cancer with Pro-Apoptotic Receptor Agonists.” For more information, contact Sharon Young at (513) 558-7379.

Anil Sood, MD
Anil Sood, MD

Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar May 13

Anil Sood, MD, of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, will present, "Neuroendocrine Influences on Cancer Metastasis” during the Cancer and Cell Biology seminar on Thursday, May 13. The talk begins at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium. For more information, contact Sharon Young at (513) 558-7379.

Punam Malik, MD
Punam Malik, MD

Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds May 14

Punam Malik, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at UC and program leader of molecular and gene therapy and deputy director of the comprehensive sickle cell program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present the Friday, May 14, hematology oncology grand rounds. Her talk, "Gene Therapy for Hemoglobinopathies,” will begin at 8 a.m. in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. For more information, contact Nancy Crossen at (513) 558-0120.

W. Edward Richards, MD
W. Edward Richards, MD

Women’s Health Events Focus on Fitness

UC Health will host a weekend of women’s health events Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15, as part of the national Small Steps, Healthier Lives campaign, sponsored by Curves International, womenshealth.gov, About.com and da Vinci Surgery. Women’s health experts, including W. Edward Richards, MD, Steven Lindheim, MD, and Kellie Flood-Shaffer, MD, will deliver talks at UC Health University Hospital and at the Fort Thomas Curves fitness center location. Those who attend at least one talk will receive a free 30-day membership at a participating Curves fitness center. For more information, visit healthnews.uc.edu/news/?/10527/.

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