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Date: Monday, January 23, 2012

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UC Inventors
UC Inventors

UC Inventors Honored for Patents

UC will honor 16 of its faculty inventors who received patents in 2011 at the Bearcats’ men’s basketball game tonight, Monday, Jan. 23, at Fifth Third Arena.

College of Medicine faculty members recognized include:

  • Ambikaipakan Balasubramaniam, PhD, professor of surgery, for compounds for control of appetite
  • Joe Clark, PhD, professor of neurology, and Gail Pyne-Geithman, DPhil, associate professor of neurosurgery, for methods for assessing a condition by analyzing blood in cerebrospinal fluid
  • W. Keith Jones, PhD, professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics, for polyamides for nucleic acid delivery
  • Evangelia Kranias, PhD, director of cardiovascular biology, for phosphatase inhibitor protein-1 as a regulator of cardiac function
  • Frank McCormack, MD, director of UC’s Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, and Lisa Young, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine, for use of VEGF-D in the diagnosis of lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) disease.

For the list of all 16 faculty recognized and more information on their patents, click here.

Bobbi Handwerger
Science Projects

Judges Needed for Science & Engineering Expo

UC will host the eighth annual Southwest Ohio District Science & Engineering Expo (SEE) Saturday, March 10, at Tangeman University Center on UC’s West Campus. The expo will feature more than 360 science projects created by sixth- through 12th-grade students.

Organizers are searching for individuals with a bachelor’s degree or higher in a science or engineering related field (or with equivalent experience employed in a science or engineering related field) to donate their time as a judge for the event.

Judging runs from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and judges receive breakfast, lunch and free parking. The keynote speaker is Margaret Hostetter, MD, director of infectious diseases at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

For questions, contact judging co-coordinators Emily Stimpert or Keara Sherman at 513-556-4267 or or

›› For more information

Peter Lenz, MD
Peter Lenz, MD

Lenz Wins APCCMPD Award

Peter Lenz, MD, assistant professor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, is the winner of the 2012 Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors (APCCMPD) Darlene Buczak Award for his project titled, "A Multifaceted Board Review Program Optimizes Fellow Learning and Improves In-Training Exam Scores.”

The award is given for innovations in medical education and training. Lenz will present his project during the eighth APCCMPD Conference and Workshop for Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Training Directors in Carlsbad, Calif., Sunday, March 4.

David Butler, PhD
David Butler, PhD

Butler Receives H.R. Lissner Medal

David Butler, PhD, professor of biomedical engineering, has been named the recipient of the 2012 H.R. Lissner Medal, given by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), for his contributions to the field of biomedical engineering.

Butler’s research interests include functional tissue engineering and orthopaedic biomechanics. He also directs UC’s National Science Foundation Integrated Graduate Education, Research and Training (IGERT) program in Bioapplications of Membrane Science and Engineering.

Butler will receive the award at ASME’s Summer Bioengineering Conference in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, this June, during which he will give the Lissner Plenary Lecture.

Richard Branson, MSc, RRT
Richard Branson, MSc

Branson Receives AARC's Highest Medal

Richard Branson, MSc, professor of surgery, received the American Association for Respiratory Care’s Jimmy A. Young Medal for his service to both the association and the field of respiratory care.

The AARC awards the medal annually to an individual who has exceeded all expectations for meritorious contributions to the advancement of the respiratory care profession and to the AARC.

Branson received the award at the AARC's 2011 International Respiratory Congress.

Heart Mini Marathon
Heart Mini-Marathon

Join UC Health Heart Mini-Marathon Teams

UC Health is recruiting teams for the 2012 American Heart Association’s Mini-Marathon. The event takes place from 6 a.m. to noon, Sunday, March 18, with start times staggered through the morning.

This year’s health and fitness expo takes place Saturday, March 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Duke Energy Center, Hall C. More than 50 organizations, including UC Health, will provide health screenings and educational information.

To sign up, visit and select "Find a Company.” Search for "UC Health” and select a team to join.

Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center Building S
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Building S

Ohio River Valley Cytometry Association Users Meeting Jan. 25

The Research Flow Cytometry Core at Cincinnati Children’s of the Ohio River Valley Cytometry Association will host the next users meeting from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center S1.203. Rich DeMarco, of the Amnis Corporation will present, "Seeing is Believing: High Speed Image Analysis of Cells in Suspension.”

For more information, please contact Monica DeLay at

University of Cincinnati gate
University of Cincinnati 

CME Opportunity: Ethics of Cultural Competence Feb. 17

The UC Department of Psychology is holding continuing education seminar titled, "The Ethics of Cultural Competence” from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 17, in Edwards One, Room 6154, on UC’s West Campus.

The purpose of the event is to provide attendees tools for developing a culturally competent practice/workplace. Participants can earn 3-CEU ethics credits.

Registration is $100 and is due by Friday, Feb. 10. For more information, email or call 513-556-5122

Cincinnati Digestive Health Center
Cincinnati Digestive Health Center

Digestive Health Center Research Symposium Feb. 28

The Digestive Health Center (DHC) will host a scientific retreat from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to showcase cutting-edge research in digestive disease and provide opportunities for new collaboration.

The event will include a poster session and a keynote address by Klaus Kaestner, PhD, Thomas and Evelyn Suor Butterworth Professor in Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania, who will present, "Sexual Dimorphism Of Liver Cancer—It All Depends On Fox.”

Prizes will be given for the best posters presented at the meeting. Abstracts are due Friday, Feb. 10. For abstract form and submission contact Cynthia Wetzel, PhD, at

Lisa Larkin, MD, associate professor of obstretics and gynecology
Lisa Larkin, MD

Update on Women’s Health CME Event March 2

Health professionals are invited to attend the continuing medical education (CME) event, "Update on Women’s Health,” held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 2 at the Kingsgate Marriott.

The event is being organized by Lisa Larkin, MD, associate professor of obstretics and gynecology, who recently joined UC Health as director of midlife women’s health and medical director of the UC Health Women’s Center.

The CME agenda includes presentations and discussions on topics such as menopause, breast cancer and bone health.

Registration is $125 ($50 for students/residents) and includes 6.25 category-1 CME credits, lunch and refreshments. For more information, visit or call 513-558-1810.

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Jan. 24: Artem Barski, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, divisions of allergy & immunology and human genetics, "Exploring the T Cell Epigenome: Gene Poising and T Cell Memory" at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Jan. 25: Robert H. Getzenberg, PhD, Donald S. Coffey Professor of Urology and Director of the Brady Urological Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present, "Stressed Out: Using Stress as a Tool to Attack Prostate Cancer,” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Labs Complex.
  • Cancer & Cell Biology Seminar Series Jan. 26: James Driscoll, MD, assistant professor of medicine, division of hematology oncology, will present, "Flourescent Biosensors of Autophagy as a Screening Tool to Detect Novel Agents that Promote Cytotoxicity Against Bortezomib-resistant and Refractory Solid Tumors” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Feb. 2: Amanda Isom, neuroscience graduate program, will discuss, "Combining antipsychotic medications and hypoglycemia: a role for glutamate-mediated cell death?” and Paul Niklewski, neuroscience graduate program, will discuss, "Risk assessment during anesthesia and potential neuroprotective strategies,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351. 
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