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Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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Applications for CReFF Pilot Funding Due March 1

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) is now accepting applications from junior faculty for the next round of Clinical Research Feasibility Fund (CReFF) pilot grants.

Applicants must already have an active CTRC-approved protocol or submit one for review with their proposal. The CReFF provides one-year start-up funding of up to $20,000 for pilot studies, potentially renewable for one additional year. One or two grants will be awarded this cycle.

Applications are due at noon Thursday, March 1, 2012. For complete details, visit or email

Grace LeMasters, PhD
Grace LeMasters, PhD

LeMasters Named to NIH Council of Councils

Grace LeMasters, PhD, professor of environmental health, division of epidemiology and biostatistics, has been appointed to the NIH Council of Councils.

The council, composed of 27 members nominated by the NIH institutes and centers and from the organization’s council of public representatives, advises the NIH director on policies and activities of the division of program coordination, planning, and strategic initiatives, including making recommendations on research that represents emerging scientific opportunities, rising public health challenges or knowledge gaps that deserve special emphasis.

LeMasters, nominated by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will serve on the council through October 2014. Her research focuses on epidemiological studies related to respiratory disease in adults and children, gene environmental effects, and cytogenetic effects. She serves as principal investigator of the Cincinnati Childhood Allergy and Air Pollution Study (CCAAPS), a long-term population-based study initially funded by NIEHS, and the Libby Montana childhood exposure to Libby Amphibole a naturally occurring asbestos contaminate vermiculite

CARE/Crawley Building
CARE/Crawley Building

Awardees Named in Faculty Research Grant Program

The University of Cincinnati’s University Research Council (URC) has funded 21 investigators in eight UC colleges through its annual Faculty Research Grant program.

In the College of Medicine, Mary Beth Genter, PhD, associate professor of environmental health, and Chad Shenk, PhD, research assistant professor of pediatrics, received funding.

The faculty research grant program offers summer stipend support or research support for the development of faculty research and scholarship. URC received 66 applications for this round of funding.

Jonathan Bernstein, MD
Jonathan Bernstein, MD

Bernstein Elected to AAAAI Board

Jonathan Bernstein, MD, professor in the division of immunology, allergy and rheumatology, was recently elected as an at-large member and interest section representative of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Board of Directors.

The AAAAI is a professional organization with more than 6,500 members in the United States, Canada and 72 other countries. Membership includes allergists/immunologists, other medical specialists, allied health and related health care professionals—all with a special interest in the research and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases.

Kathleen Chard, PhD
Kathleen Chard, PhD

Chard Joining ISTSS Board

Kathleen Chard, PhD, an associate professor of clinical psychiatry in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, has been elected to the board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).

Additionally, she accepted an invitation to become an associate editor for the Journal of Traumatic Stress, published by ISTSS.

Founded in 1985 for professionals to share information about the effects of trauma, ISTSS is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences.

Chard is director of the Posttraumatic Stress (PTSD) and Anxiety Disorders Division at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Caleb Adler, MD
Cal Adler, MD

Adler Elected to American College of Neuropsychopharmacology

Cal Adler, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, has been elected to member status in the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), effective Jan. 1, 2012. He is co-director of the division of bipolar disorders research and assistant director of the Center for Imaging Research.

Founded in 1961, ACNP is an honorific research society dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding and dissemination of knowledge about neuropsychiatric disorders to advance their prevention and treatment. Membership is by nomination only, by an eligible ACNP member.

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Asthma Conference Jan. 3: Patricia Fulkerson, MD, PhD, clinical fellow of allergy/immunology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will discuss "IgE and Asthma” at 1 p.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room 8.125. 
  • Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Jan. 4: Yash Patil, assistant professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, will present at 7 a.m. in MSB E351.

Scheduling Note

Because of the UC holiday, this week’s Dean’s List is being published on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Next week’s issue will also be published on Tuesday (Jan. 3), due to UC being closed on Monday, Jan. 2, for the New Year’s holiday.

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