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Date: Monday, February 20, 2012

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Heart Mini Marathon
Heart Mini Marathon

Join the UC Health Heart Mini-Marathon Team

UC Health is recruiting teams for the 2012 American Heart Association Mini-Marathon. This year’s health and fitness expo takes place Saturday, March 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Duke Energy Center, Hall C. More than 50 organizations, including UC Health, will provide health screenings and educational information.

The marathon takes place Sunday, March 18, from 6 a.m. to noon, with start times staggered throughout the morning. Races rage from the 1K Steps for Stroke to a 15K race and kids’ events.

To sign up:

  • visit
  • select "Find a Company” in the left navigation
  • search for "UC Health”
  • select a team under "UC Health”
  • click "join team” and complete registration.
Junzi Shi
Junzi Shi

Sara Waddell
Sara Waddell

Vote for UC Med Students in Global Health Competition

Two of the College of Medicine's first-year students--Junzi Shi and Sara Waddell--have both made it to the finals in the "Take a Trip With Timmy" contest held by Timmy Global Health. The title sounds like a vacation contest, but it's no trip to Disneyland.

The winners (two of 10 finalists) will receive the opportunity and funding to spend up to three weeks in Guatemala, Ecuador or the Dominican Republic helping to provide medical treatment in the world's poorest communities.

The next phase of the contest asks for public participation to select the two winners, by visiting the website and voting on the students' videos.

To view the videos and vote, visit

Robert Smith, MD
Robert Smith, MD

Smith Receives Lifetime Award for Migraine Research

Robert Smith, MD, professor emeritus of family and community medicine, has been selected to receive the American Headache Society’s (AHS) Lifetime Achievement Award, the society’s highest honor, for recognition of his service to the society and to the field of headache medicine.

The award will be presented to Smith at the AHS 54th Annual Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles June 21.

Smith has played a leading role nationally and internationally in migraine headache research. As a general practitioner in England, he won the British Medical Association Hawthorne Prize for research on pain sensitivity and played an integral role in the formation of the Migraine Trust.

He came to UC in 1975 to establish the department of family medicine and was subsequently named the first Fred Lazarus Jr. Professor of Family Medicine at UC. He also served as founder and past director of the UC Headache Center.

A scientist conducts laboratory research
Translational Research

CCTST "T1” Awardees Announced

The CCTST’s Pilot & Collaborative Studies (PCS) core has announced $1.3 million in FY2013 awards to facilitate T1 research.

T1 (Translation 1) research seeks to apply clinical or basic research knowledge in an identifiable pathway toward the development of trials and studies in humans.

Included were 11 full T1 awards of up to $100,000, four Junior T1 awards of up to $25,000 and two innovative core service awards of up to $50,000. Four of the T1 awards and two of the Junior T1 awards included UC-CCHMC cross-institutional/interdisciplinary collaborations.

This was the fourth annual funding round of T1 grants, which expanded the highly successful Translational Research Initiative (TRI) at CCHMC to investigators across the AHC and UC west campus.

For a list of awardees and information on the next funding round, visit

MSB Rehabilitation
MSB Rehabilitation

MSB Rehab Project Approaching Final Phase

Work on the Medical Sciences Building (MSB) rehabilitation project is on schedule and moving toward its largest phase since Phase I’s construction of the CARE/Crawley Building: Phase IV, which involves the entire south side of the MSB.

Phases II-IV are mainly mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades to the 37-year old MSB, also including code compliance upgrades for fire protection and the installation of new fume hoods.

Move-out for Phase IV will begin in December 2012 and continue through May 2013 for the 25 affected departments. Planners recommend that occupants of affected areas start assessing furniture and equipment inventories before the actual move.

University of Cincinnati

UC Preventing Harassment Training Required

UC is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free of all forms of harassment and discrimination, including sexual harassment. To help fulfill that commitment, faculty, staff and students are required to participate in an interactive training program called "Preventing Harassment in the Workplace and on Campus."

The program has been customized to UC and provides practical advice on recognizing and addressing harassment and discrimination. Once you have started the program, you may stop and resume it at any time.

To access the training, click here. With questions, contact Office of Equal Opportunity Interim Director Theresa Murphy at 513-556-5508.

Thomas DeLeire
Thomas DeLeire

Charles P. Taft Research Center Lecture: Expanding Health Coverage Feb. 24

Thomas DeLeire, Director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will discuss expansion of health insurance coverage to low-income childless adults and how this expansion affects the utilization of health care resources in this population.

DeLeire is a prolific researcher in labor and health economics as they intersect with public policy. He has served as a senior analyst at the Congressional Budget Office and a senior economist for the Council of Economic Advisers.

The lecture will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in 608 Carl H. Lindner Hall, College of Business, UC West Campus. The Charles Phelps Taft Research Center and the UC Department of Economics are co-sponsoring this event.

Kingsgate Marriott
Kingsgate Marriott

‘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,” 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2012, at the Kingsgate Marriott.

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.

More information and registration is at For questions, call 513-558-1810.

Paul Bergstresser, MD
Paul Bergstresser, MD

Lucille & Smith Gibson Endowed Lecture in Dermatology March 8

The UC Department of Dermatology will host Paul Bergstresser, MD, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, as the Lucille & Smith Gibson Endowed Lecturer on Thursday, March 8.

Berstresser, professor of dermatology, will discuss, "Melanoma: Detection, Public Health and Therapies," in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center (Room G344), at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact Bobbie Lambert at 513-558-0945.

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Feb. 21: Ying Xia, PhD, associate professor, department of environmental health, will discuss "Signaling Control of Morphogenesis—an eye-opening experience” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Feb. 22: Thomas R. Sutter, PhD, professor of biology and director of the W. Harry Feinstone Center for Genomic Research at the University of Memphis, will present, "Integrated Omic Approaches Identify the Mechanism by which Dioxin Accelerates Keratinocyte Differentiation,” at 10 a.m. in the Kettering Lab Complex in Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds Feb. 22: Alfred Sassler, DO, associate professor of clinical otolaryngology, will discuss "Allergic Rhinosinusitis” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series March 1: Bruce Appel, PhD, director of the program of pediatric stem cell biology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children's Hospital in Denver, will present, "Genetic and imaging investigation of glial development in zebrafish: Notch again,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.

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