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Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Drake Medal
Drake Medal

Nominations Sought for Daniel Drake Medal

There are just two weeks left to nominate faculty and living alumni for the Daniel Drake Medal, the highest recognition given by the College of Medicine. Two awards will be made in 2012 to living individuals who have been associated with the College of Medicine, now or in the past.

Nominees for one award will be evaluated on the basis of outstanding achievements in biomedical science as evidenced by major significant contributions to medical research. Nominees for the other will represent a distinguished career as a clinician-teacher.

Members of the full-time faculty, the alumni, the emeriti, past Daniel Drake medalists and former associates of the college are invited to submit nominations before Tuesday, Jan. 31.

›› Click here for the nomination form

711th Human Performance Wing
711th Human Performance Wing

Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Department Receives Wright Patterson Award

UC’s Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology has been selected for an Excellence Award by the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. The department will be among the honorees at an awards luncheon Friday, Jan. 27, at the Wright Patt Club.

The department was honored for a partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense that allowed government researchers access to UC laboratory facilities.

The award citation says researchers worked with UC to establish and execute over $15 million in research dollars, redefining programs to be competitive with other world-class institutions in Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) work, systems biology, next-generation image analytics, human radiation protection, human biosignature characterization and novel sensor development.

›› For more information on the honorees


Give Us Your Feedback on Featured

Featured, the newest publication from the UC Academic Health Center public relations and communications office, is distributed via email each Thursday and is designed to bring you timely information about the people, colleges, programs and affiliates of the Academic Health Center.

The public relations office would appreciate your participation in a quick survey, which will help us better address your needs and interests and make Featured a better publication. The survey will close Friday, Jan. 27. For questions, call 513-558-4553.

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James Augsburger, MD
James Augsburger, MD

Augsburger Wins Mentorship Award

James Augsburger, MD, chair and professor of ophthalmology, has been named a 2012 Silver Fellow by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).

ARVO fellowships are awarded to individuals who serve as role models and mentors for those pursuing careers in vision and ophthalmology research. Eligibility for the designation is determined by a point system established by the ARVO Board, under which members are awarded points for participation.

ARVO has more than 12,500 members worldwide. Membership is multidisciplinary and consists of both clinical and basic researchers.

Kenneth Sherman, MD, PhD
Kenneth Sherman, MD, PhD

Sherman Co-Authors Hepatitis C Guidelines

Kenneth Sherman, MD, PhD, Robert & Helen Gould Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine and professor in the division of digestive diseases, is a co-author on new guidelines for the use of "protease inhibitors” for the treatment of hepatitis C in people with HIV.

These guidelines were recently featured in Clinical Infectious Diseases to help in delivering the best therapies to patients for potentially better outcomes.

UC Health
UC Health

Lopez Accepts Expanded Patient Privacy Role

Mary Lopez, UC Health corporate director of privacy and HIPAA, has been appointed corporate director of privacy and HIPAA for UC Health, University of Cincinnati Physicians and UC.

In her new role, Lopez will oversee the entire UC Health HIPAA program, expanding the existing hospital-based program at UC Health to ambulatory services through UC Physicians and all UC departments that are subject to the HIPAA regulations, such as human resources, research, internal audit, the Academic Health Center and portions of Hoxworth Blood Center.

This includes creating tailored policies for each component and creating online training programs for employees who must adhere to HIPAA law.

She will also serve as the primary point person for questions and complaints from patients, staff and physicians related to patient privacy and will report to Gary Harris, UC Health vice president of risk management, and Santa Ono, PhD, UC senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars 

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Jan. 18: Robert Stachler, MD, Wayne State University clinical associate professor of otolaryngology, will discuss "Contemporary Dysphagia Management: a Swallowtologist's Perspective,” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Surgical Grand Rounds Jan. 18: Neil Garrison, MD, University of Louisville professor of surgery, will present at 8 a.m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds "Current Controversies in Clinical Medicine” Jan. 18: Brad Rodu, DDS, University of Louisville professor of medicine; Nagla Karim, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine; and John Morris, MD, professor of medicine, will discuss "Tobacco Risk Reduction: Is the Lesser of Two Evils Better?” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • College of Medicine Student Group Lecture Jan. 18: The Cincinnati Chapter of the Benjamin Rush Society will host Michael Pryce, MD, a Kent, Ohio orthopedic surgeon, to discuss tort reform at noon in MSB 3051. RSVP to:
  • Cancer & Cell Biology Seminar Jan. 19: Deborah Clegg, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, will present at noon in Vontz Center's Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Dean's Distinguished Cardiovascular Seminar Series Feb. 13: Jeannie Nerbonne, MD, Alumni Endowed Professor of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology, Washington University School of Medicine, will present "Repolarization and Remodeling in the Mammalian Heart: Keeping the Beat," at noon in MSB 3351.
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