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Drake Medal
Daniel Drake Medal

Final Call for Daniel Drake Medal Nominations

The College of Medicine is now accepting nominations for the Daniel Drake Medal, the highest recognition the college can bestow on its living alumni, present faculty or former faculty. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of a distinguished career as a biomedical research investigator or clinician-teacher.

The Selection Committee is heavily dependent on faculty, alumni and emeriti to generate the broadest list of nominees so that the names of one basic scientist and one clinician can be forwarded for consideration by Monday, Jan. 31.

For more information and to make a nomination online, visit

College of Medicine
College of Medicine

UC Medical Officials Contribute to USMLE

Andrew Filak, MD, vice president for health affairs and interim College of Medicine dean, and Oron Austin, MD, associate professor of family and community medicine, recently served as test committee members for the National Board of Medical Examiners (NMBE).

Members develop and review the test items from which the United States Medical Licensing Examination is composed. Filak worked on USMLE Step 3 Ambulatory Care and Austin on USMLE Step 3 Computer-based Care Simulation.

Kenneth Davis, MD
Kenneth Davis, MD

Davis Wins MLK Grant

Kenneth Davis Jr., MD, professor of surgery, was awarded an MLK grant during the 39th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration on Jan. 14. His award—totaling $1,000—will be used to help prevent trauma in inner-city youth in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The division of trauma and critical care also announced that it would double his grant to total $2,000.

In addition, Rebecca Lehman, Racial Awareness Program (RAPP) program coordinator at UC, and Louise Mapp, a UC Health University Hospital nurse, were recipients of MLK grants.

Kevin Joseph, MD
Kevin Joseph, MD

Joseph Named ‘Health Care Star’

Kevin Joseph, MD, emergency medicine assistant professor and West Chester Hospital president and CEO, has been recognized as one of the top 25 health care rising stars under age 40 by Becker’s Hospital Review. Joseph joined West Chester Hospital as medical director of emergency medicine before the hospital opened in 2009. In 2010, he was named president and CEO of West Chester Hospital and senior vice president for UC Health.

The Becker’s list, titled: "Rising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under Age 40,” is composed of both submitted nominations and editorial selection.

Santa Ono, PhD
Santa Ono, PhD

Provost Ono to speak at Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Jan. 25

Santa J. Ono, PhD, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, will speak at the department of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology seminar at noon Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Medical Sciences Building Room 7051. His topic will be "Role of High Mobility Group Proteins in Gene Activation.”

For further information, contact Peter Stambrook, PhD.

Vontz Center for Molecular Studies  00079ARC
Vontz Center for Molecular Studies

Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Series Jan. 27

Thomas Schmittgen, PhD, will speak on "MicroRNA as a Therapeutic Target for Hepatocellular Carcinoma” at the next Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar, held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium. Schmittgen is chair of Ohio State University’s division of pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry.

For more information, contact Sharon Young at (513) 558-7379.

James Heubi, MD, (left) and Joel Tsevat, MD
Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training

CCTST Webinar on Adaptive Trial Design Jan. 31

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) will host a free webinar on Adaptive Trial Design from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 31, in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location S, Room 10.130.

This webinar is for investigators, clinical trialists, methodologists and regulatory experts interested in understanding more about how adaptive design can make clinical trials faster and cheaper without losing power and validity. The featured presenter is Donald A. Berry, PhD, professor and head of the division of quantitative sciences, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.

The webinar will be available for viewing here through March 2011. For more information, contact Jim Flessa.

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