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2011 White Coat Ceremony
Medical Students

Med School Applicant Numbers Climbing at UC, Across Nation

The number of applicants to the UC College of Medicine has reached its highest point in 15 years and is outpacing national increases.

Applicants to the first-year medical school class entering the College of Medicine in August 2012 totaled 4,334, the highest since 1996, when 4,787 people applied.  

Nationally, 32,654 people applied to begin medical school in 2011, an increase of 2.6 percent from 2010, and the number of first-time applications reached a record high according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The number of applicants to UC increased by approximately 9 percent this year, with 360 more applicants than last year.

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Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Apply for the 2012 MLK Grant

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "The Dream Continues: A Time of Change and Transformation" grant program.

The program, which will award three $1,000 grants, will recognize individuals who best exemplify King’s dream and commitment to our society. All University of Cincinnati and UC Health University Hospital employees are eligible to apply. Self- or third-party nominations are accepted.

Send nominations by Wednesday, Nov. 30, to Joyce Kinley, at

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Melanie Cushion, MD, and Peter Walzer, MD
Peter Walzer, MD

NIAID Grant Will Fund New Pneumonia Research

Researchers from the College of Medicine, the Cincinnati Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center and the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy have received a grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to collaboratively study new therapies for pneumonia caused by the fungus Pneumocystis.

The grant—totaling $544,424 over the next year—will be focused on finding compounds and correct medication dosage to help treat Pneumocystis pneumonia, a major cause of morbidity and mortality in HIV patients and other patient populations who receive immunosuppressive agents.

Peter Walzer, MD, professor of infectious diseases and associate chief of staff for research at the Cincinnati VA, is the principal investigator on the study along with co-investigators Melanie Cushion, PhD, professor of infectious diseases and research microbiologist at the Cincinnati VA, and Michael Linke, PhD, a research microbiologist at the Cincinnati VA. Pankaj Desai, PhD, professor and director of the Drug Development Graduate Program in the College of Pharmacy, is also involved. 

Jane Henney, MD
Jane Henney, MD

Henney Named to "Thirty Who Made a Difference”

Jane Henney, MD, professor of medicine, has been selected as one of "Thirty Who Made a Difference” by the Pharmaceutical Executive magazine, now in its 30th year of publication. Henney was recognized for her work as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 1998 until 2001.

In the profile, she discusses her reorganization of the Office of the Commissioner and challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

Ron Sacher, MD
Ron Sacher, MD

Sacher Appointed to Clinical and Climatological Association

Ronald Sacher, MD, professor of medicine and pathology and director of Hoxworth Blood Center, has been appointed to the Council of the American Clinical and Climatological Association for a four-year term.

The American Clinical and Climatological Association was created in 1884 by a group of physicians and scientists who set about to improve medical education, research and practice.

Initially founded to study tuberculosis and its treatment by residence in a suitable climate, the association now focuses on clinical study of disease in all aspects of internal medicine. Membership is limited to 175 physicians and is selected on the basis of leadership and excellence in their chosen field.

Olivier Rixe, MD, PhD
Olivier Rixe, MD, PhD

Rixe Presents at National Meeting

Olivier Rixe, MD, PhD, of hematology oncology, will give an overview of antibody-drug conjugates (ADC) at the 2011 Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium in New York Wednesday, Nov. 9.

ADC is a new drug delivery concept currently being investigated for the treatment of cancer. The molecules consist of an antibody linked to a specific cytotoxic drug that binds and disperses only in malignant cells.

Rixe is director of the UC Cancer Institute’s experimental therapeutics and phase 1 clinical trials unit and a professor at the College of Medicine.

Paul Keck
Paul Keck, MD

Keck Re-Elected to National Depression Center Network Panel

Paul Keck Jr., MD, Craig and Frances Lindner Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, has been re-elected as a member-at-large on the executive committee of the National Network of Depression Centers. His term will run from October 2011 to October 2013.

Keck is president and CEO at the Lindner Center of HOPE. He is also executive vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Graduate student Kelly Collins (left) and David Plas, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of cancer and cell biology
Student Research

Student Research and Service Symposium Nov. 16

The first UC medical student Research and Service Symposium will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the CARE/Crawley Building atrium. The event showcases research and community service work that second-year students conducted over the summer of 2011.

The symposium, planned as an annual event, has a twofold purpose: to provide incoming medical students a look at what kinds of summer opportunities are available—here and around the world—and to give faculty and staff a glimpse of student achievements and interests beyond the required curriculum.

The event is sponsored by the Internal Medicine Interest Group and the College of Medicine’s office of student affairs. All medical students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact second year medical students Rebecca Greaves ( or Nina Sreshta ( or Denise Gibson, PhD, assistant dean of student affairs (

Thanksgiving Day Race
Thanksgiving Day Race

Thanksgiving Day Race Will Support Barrett Center

Cincinnati’s annual Thanksgiving Day Race will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, in downtown Cincinnati and benefit the UC Health Barrett Center.

The 10K (6.2-mile) run/walk will start and end at Paul Brown Stadium. Online registration is $30 and the deadline is Thursday, Nov. 17. Participants can also register by mail or at the race.

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Nov. 8: Neal Weintraub, MD, Mabel Stearns Stonehill Chair of Cardiology and chief of the division of cardiovascular diseases, will present, "Role of Histone Deacetylase-9 in Adipocyte Differentiation and Diet-induced Obesity,” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Environmental Health Seminar Series Nov. 9: Patrick Ryan, PhD, research assistant professor of environmental health, division of epidemiology & biostatistics, will present, "Environmental Exposure to Asbestos-Like Fibers in Libby, Montana and Dunn County, North Dakota,” at 10 a.m. in Kettering Labs Complex, Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Nov. 10: William Miller, PhD, associate professor of molecular genetics, will discuss, "Cytomegalovirus GPCRs: Signaling and Roles in Viral Pathogenesis,” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Communication Sciences Research Center Colloquium Lecture Nov. 14: Alessandro de Alarcon, MD, assistant professor and director of pediatric otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present, "Defining Voice Outcomes After Pediatric Airway Reconstruction," at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S1.204.
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