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Date: Monday, September 26, 2011

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Alpha Omega Alpha
Alpha Omega Alpha

Students, Residents, Faculty and Alums Named to Alpha Omega Alpha

Congratulations to the 2011 inductees into the national medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA).

Twenty-one students were selected for AOA for high academic standing, leadership, professionalism and a commitment to service. Faculty, resident and alumni inductees were selected by votes from current AOA members. New inductees will be recognized at the annual banquet Friday, Nov. 4, in the Phoenix Ballroom, downtown Cincinnati.

›› See the List of Inductees

Clinical Research
Clinical Research

Grants Available for Clinical and Translational Research

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) announces the FY2012 "T1” research grant program to support projects and cores intended to bring laboratory findings into the clinic and back. All UC faculty with 80 percent or greater FTE, including those based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, are generally eligible to apply. Interdisciplinary and interinstitutional collaborations are strongly encouraged.

Regular T1 awards will be made of $50,000 to $100,000 for one year. For projects not yet competitive for the regular awards, junior faculty may apply for $25,000 grants. Innovative cores will be funded at $50,000 each year for up to two years.

Letters of Intent are due before midnight Oct. 3, 2011. Questions? Email

›› For Complete Details

Doug Smucker, MD
Doug Smucker, MD

Family and Community Medicine Receives HRSA Grant

The department of family and community medicine will start new educational programs and community outreach on palliative medicine with the help of a grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. The agency also supports improvements in primary care education at U.S. academic medical centers.

The project, totaling $700,000 over five years, will include the creation of programs to strengthen faculty expertise and skills in palliative medicine, develop curriculum for a new fellowship program and create new learning opportunities for primary care residents. It will be led by adjunct professor Doug Smucker, MD, a board-certified specialist in hospice and palliative medicine.

William Schubert, MD
William Schubert, MD

Schubert Elected to Business Hall of Fame

William Schubert, MD, professor emeritus of pediatrics, was named to the 2011 Greater Cincinnati Business Hall of Fame, an annual honor created by Junior Achievement of OKI Partners and the Cincinnati Museum Center. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in their industry and the Greater Cincinnati community.

Schubert served as president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for 13 years, leading it to a top-five ranking among the nation's pediatric medical centers and designation as a Level I pediatric trauma center. He also was instrumental in expanding the county's property tax levy for indigent care to include children.

A 1952 graduate of the College of Medicine, he served as chair of the department of pediatrics from 1979 until 1993 and received the college’s 1992 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Patient-Centered Medical Home pilot
Robert Graham, MD

Graham Wins AAFP John G. Walsh Award

Robert Graham, MD, professor of family and community medicine and Robert and Myfanwy Smith endowed chair, received the 2011 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) John G. Walsh Award in recognition of lifetime contributions to family medicine. The award was presented Sept. 13 during the AAFP Congress of Delegates meeting in Orlando, Fla.

The John G. Walsh Award was established in 1973 in memory of Dr. John G. Walsh, the first person to hold the presidency of three major family medicine organizations: AAFP, American Board of Family Medicine and Family Health Foundation of America (now American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation).

Jaimee Heffner, PhD
Jaimee Heffner, PhD

Heffner Selected for Science Leadership Conference

Jaimee Heffner, PhD, research assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, is an invited participant in the American Psychological Association’s (APA) seventh annual Science Leadership Conference Oct. 22-24 in Washington, D.C.

The theme of the 2011 conference is "Call to Advocacy: Psychological Science and Substance Abuse,” with a goal of advocating for increased federal funding for basic and translational psychological research and training in substance use and related behaviors.

Heffner is the assistant director of education and dissemination in the Center for Treatment, Research and Education in Addictive Disorders (CeTREAD).

Devi Gurusamy
Devi Gurusamy

Gurusamy Receives Fellowship in Cancer and Cell Biological Research

Devi Gurusamy, a fifth-year PhD student in the laboratory of Susan Waltz, PhD, professor of cancer and cell biology, is the recipient of the 2011 Dr. Robert and Mrs. Emma Lou Cardell Fellowship honoring excellence in cancer and cell biological research.

Gurusamy’s work with transgenic mouse models has uncovered an unexpected role for the Ron tyrosine kinase receptor in host responses to prostate tumor growth. While previous work showed that Ron plays a key role in the growth of prostate tumor cells, Gurusamy found that expression of Ron by host immune cells also promotes tumor growth.

The Cardells established the annual fellowship in 1999. Dr. Cardell was chair of UC’s Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy (now Cancer and Cell Biology) and also served as associate dean for graduate education. Mrs. Cardell is a highly accomplished electron microscopist and also taught in the college’s microanatomy course for several years.

College of Medicine
College of Medicine

Oct. 1 Memorial Ceremony Honors Body Donors and Families

The annual memorial service for people who have donated their bodies to medical science will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in Kresge Auditorium. The service will honor the families of more than 200 donors, whose cremated remains have recently been interred at a plot in Spring Grove Cemetery.

For more information, contact Gina Burg at (513) 558-5612 or visit

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

CCTST Community Engagement Speaker Series Events Oct. 4-5

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Community Engagement Core will offer free presentations and special events Oct. 4-5, 2011, as part of its Fall Speaker Series.

"Partnering with Communities to Improve Health through Translational Science” is the seminar topic on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in Medical Sciences Building Room E-351. Featured speakers are Keith Norris, MD, professor of medicine and assistant dean for clinical and translational sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine; and Loretta Jones, founder and director of Healthy African American Families, a nonprofit agency working to improve health outcomes in South Los Angeles.

From 1-2 p.m., Norris and Jones will lead an interactive session on community engaged research and community-academic partnerships.

For complete details and to RSVP, visit

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Alzheimer’s Caregiver Seminar Sept. 27: Muhammad Aslam, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, will discuss how to assess and manage individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias during two caregiver seminars at the Alois Alzheimer Center, 70 Damon Road, Greenhills.
  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Sept. 27: Sohaib Khan, PhD, professor in the department of cancer and cell biology, will present, "The Many Facets of Estrogen Signaling: Implications in Human Diseases,” at noon in Medical Sciences Building 2351.
  • Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Sept. 29: James Mulloy, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, will present, "Runx and Runx Fusion Genes in Acute Myeloid Leukemia," from noon to 1 p.m. in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Metabolic Diseases Institute Faculty Colloquium Sept. 30: Ron Jandacek, adjunct professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, will speak from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Lecture Room, Building A, Reading Campus.
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