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Date: Monday, September 12, 2011

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

CCTST Grand Rounds Explores Conflict of Interest, Process Improvement

The next Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Grand Rounds will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Medical Sciences Building (MSB) Room 4051.

At 11 a.m., Jeremy Sugarman, MD, will discuss "Using Data to Inform Policies about Disclosing Conflicts of Interest in Research.” Sugarman is the Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics, Medicine, Health Policy and Management and Deputy Director for Medicine at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at the Johns Hopkins University.

His presentation will describe the nature of financial conflicts of interest in research; review data related to the disclosure of financial interests to potential research participants; and describe how such data can inform policies and practices regarding disclosure.

At noon, David Dilts, PhD, will discuss "The Scientific Method & Process Improvement.” Dilts is a professor of healthcare management and director of clinical research for the Knight Cancer Institute at the Oregon Health & Science University.

Dilts’ presentation will center on the value and need of process mapping in research; the link between the scientific method and process improvement; and the need for speed in processes.

For more information, email

Vontz Center for Molecular Studies
UC Brain Tumor Molecular Therapeutics Program

Brain Tumor Molecular Therapeutics Program Soliciting Proposals

The UC Brain Tumor Molecular Therapeutics Program Pilot Grant Program is soliciting proposals for brain metastases-related research pilot projects.

In 2011, the program will offer up to four one-time grants of $50,000 for reimbursement of approved research project expenditures as costs are incurred. All UC faculty with 80% or greater FTE, including those based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, are eligible to apply for funding.

Applicants will present their project during a special event held on Nov. 3, 2011, before a scientific review panel of Brain Tumor Center and UC Cancer Institute members review the proposals. The final awarding of the grants will be determined by the UC Brain Tumor MTP Scientific Advisory Board Selection Committee.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. For more information, contact Marisha Goldsmith at

Cincinnati Digestive Health Center
Cincinnati Digestive Health Center

Funding Opportunity for Digestive Disease Research

The Digestive Health Center (DHC) is now accepting applications for pilot projects to conduct basic, translational, and patient based or outcomes research broadly relating to pediatric digestive diseases. Applications will be considered in all areas of digestive disease research with particular emphasis on chronic liver disease; inflammatory and diarrheal diseases; obesity and the digestive system; and development and digestive diseases.

Applicants do not have to be a member of the DHC. Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Monday Dec. 5, 2011. For application forms and directions visit the DHC webpage.

Questions should be directed to Cynthia Wetzel, PhD at or (513) 636-9605.

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Department of Environmental Health

Talaska Appointed to World Trade Center Health Program Scientific Committee

Glenn Talaska, PhD, a professor in the UC College of Medicine’s environmental health department, has been appointed to serve on the World Trade Center Health Program Scientific Advisory Committee.

Under the James Zargoda 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, this 15-member group will set parameters of compensable diseases, criteria for inclusion in medical compensation and advise on proper disbursement of funds to the first responders at the Sept. 11, 2001 disaster in New York.

Talaska was appointed to the position by John Howard, MD, director of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and administrator of the WTC Health Program. His appointment continues through Sept. 30, 2015.

Robert Osher, MD
Robert Osher, MD

Osher Named in 'Leading Ophthalmologists in America'

Robert Osher, MD, professor of ophthalmology, was recently included in the Becker’s ASC Review’s list of "135 Leading Ophthalmologists in America.”

Ophthalmologists on the list were selected based on their clinical and research efforts as well as previous awards and leaderships roles. Osher has achieved worldwide recognition as a leader in cataract surgery and has designed many commonly used instruments and techniques in the subspecialty.

Carl Whittenburg
Carl Whittenburg

Whittenburg Named ACMPE Fellow

Carl Whittenburg, the UC radiology department’s executive director of business and administration, has become a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE), the certification body of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). Fellowship in the ACMPE is the highest distinction in the medical group practice management profession.

ACMPE will formally recognize this accomplishment in October at the ACMPE Business Meeting Luncheon and Fellows Convocation, held in Las Vegas.

Donald Schoch, MD
Donald Schoch, MD

Celiac Awareness Tour Sept. 24

Donald Schoch, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine and digestive disease expert, has been invited to speak during the Celiac Awareness Tour, held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.

The tour will feature sessions with leaders of celiac disease support groups and chefs who specialize in gluten-free diets as well as gluten-free food samples, chef demos and Q&A sessions.

Admission is $5. For more information, Rachael Epps at (513) 475-8010 or

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Transplant Lecture: Sept. 14: Steven Rudich, MD, PhD, professor of transplantation, will discuss "Liver Transplantation for HCC” from noon to 1 p.m. at University Hospital, Room 6104.
  • Communications Sciences Research Center Colloquium Lecture Sept. 19: Rita Patel, PhD, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders and director of the University of Kentucky’s Clinical Voice Center, will present "High Speed Imaging Across Lifespan: Integrating Research into Clinical Practice” from noon to 1 p.m. at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Location S, Room S1.204.
  • Lunch and Learn Audiology Seminar Sept. 22: UC Health audiologist Amy Donnellon, AuD, will present "Understanding and Overcoming Hearing Loss,” discussing signs of hearing loss and as well as new technologies in hearing aids from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UC Health West Chester Hospital, Plaza Conference Room.

Correct Link for Race for the Cure UC Health Team

Last week's item about the formation of a UC Health team for the Komen Race for the Cure, Saturday, Sept. 24 included a broken link.

To join the UC Health team online, go to and click on "Race for the Cure." To sign up on this team, click on "Join an Existing Team" and search for UC Health.

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