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Albert H. Vontz Center for Molecular Studies

Albert H. Vontz Center for Molecular Studies

Vontz Center Listed Among ‘Amazing’ U.S. College Buildings

The Vontz Center for Molecular Studies on UC’s medical campus has been included among the "most amazing examples of college architecture” by the website

The Frank Gehry-designed building was No. 38 on the list of 50 examples of intellectually stimulating and architecturally interesting buildings and landscaping on American college campuses.

The examples selected "go a long way towards creating loved college campuses” and the website noted that "a quality campus plays a significant part in creating a quality learning environment and successful educational experience.”

UC is the only university with four buildings on the list. Others included are the Steger Student Life Center at No. 35, the Engineering Research Center at No. 30 and the Campus Recreation Center at No. 11.

Mercedes Falciglia, MD
Mercedes Falciglia, MD

Stella Davies, PhD
Stella Davies, MBBS

Falciglia, Davies Awarded ELAM Fellowships

Mercedes Falciglia, MD, associate professor of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, and Stella Davies, MBBS, professor of pediatrics, have been named fellows in the class of 2012–13 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women.

The ELAM Program is a one-year intensive leadership training program with networking and mentoring opportunities for women in medicine, dentistry and public health. The program has nearly 700 graduates, many in leadership positions at American academic medical centers and universities.

Falciglia, a 1997 graduate of UC’s College of Medicine, developed and leads the Diabetes Now program at UC Health University Hospital, a multidisciplinary inpatient initiative formed in 2006 to improve the care of hospitalized patients with diabetes and high blood glucose.

Davies is director of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and is the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Endowed Chair and professor in the UC Department of Pediatrics.

Warren Dorlac, MD

Warren Dorlac, MD

Surgery, Trauma Recognized at EAST Conference

The UC Department of Surgery and division of trauma and critical care took three honors at the 25th annual meeting of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), held Jan. 10-13 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Col. Warren Dorlac, MD, associate professor of surgery, received the John P. Pryor, MD, Distinguished Service in Military Casualty Care Award.

Priya Prakash, MD, fourth-year resident, received an honorable mention for her work, "Human Microparticles Generated During Sepsis in Critically Ill Patients are Neutrophil-Derived and Modulate the Immune Response.” Prakash’s research was conducted as part of the UC’s Institute for Military Medicine.

Surgical critical care fellow Jason Schrager, MD, received the "East Oriens Essay Award,” for "This is Why I Want a Career in Trauma.”

Rama Kasturi, PhD

Rama Kasturi, PhD

Kasturi Receives UC Just Community Award

Rama Kasturi, PhD, adjunct associate professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics, has been awarded a 2012 Just Community Award by the University Diversity Council.

Kasturi was nominated for her efforts to advance the postdoctoral program at UC. As assistant dean in 1997-98, she established the Postdoctoral Scholars Advisory Committee in the College of Medicine to advocate for better employment benefits and training guidelines for postdoctoral scholars. She also created a forum for postdoctoral scholar to present and discuss their work.

She will receive the award Sunday, May 6, at the University Recognition Ceremony.

Amit Govil, MD

Amit Govil, MD

Govil Presenting Opening Lecture at Kidney Foundation Meeting

Amit Govil, MD, associate professor of medicine, will present the opening lecture, "Dialysis v. Transplant,” Tuesday, May 1, at the National Kidney Foundation’s 2012 Kidney and Transplant Symposium May 1–2 in Columbus, Ohio.

Govil serves as medical director of UC’s pancreas transplant program and program director of the renal transplant fellowship.

College of Medicine

College of Medicine

Postdoc Event: Networking 101 May 1

UC’s Postdoctoral Affairs Association will host Networking 101 from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in MSB E-351.

The session will provide instruction about the techniques and benefits of networking and will be followed by a practice session in the Mont Reid Library (MSB 2461) in which participants will attend a simulated conference reception where they will gain experience meeting with VIPs.

Scientists, executives and hiring personnel from local biomedical companies, UC and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center will volunteer as VIPs to help graduate students and postdocs sharpen their professional skills.

All postdocs and graduate students, particularly those in the life sciences, are invited to attend. Space is limited. Register online here.

For more information, email

Hearing Screenings

Hearing Screenings

UC Health Offering Free Hearing Screenings May 2–4

As part of Better Hearing and Speech Month, UC Health audiologists will offer free hearing screenings from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the West Chester Physicians Office and Thursday, May 3, at the Clifton Physicians Office. Screenings will be offered at both locations from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 4.

Hearing screenings are available to anyone concerned about hearing damage or interested in learning their own hearing levels. Hearing loss can be caused by genetics, medical conditions, injuries, medications, noise exposure and aging.

To schedule a hearing screening, call 513-475-8400.

Holmes Building

Holmes Hospital

Open House for University Hospital Sleep Center May 3

UC Health is hosting an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the new UC Health University Hospital Sleep Center located at Holmes Hospital.

The new location has five sleep testing rooms, each with a full-size bed, flat-screen television, reclining chair and full-size bathroom with shower. The center features four exam rooms and a waiting area for outpatient appointments. Sleep tests are available five nights a week, with the option of weekend appointments if necessary.

To RSVP, contact Rachael Epps at 513-475-8010 or

The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library

The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library

Striker Lecture Celebrates History of Jews in Medicine in Cincinnati

The Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions will present the third annual lecture of the Cecil Striker Society for the History of Medicine Thursday, May 17. Frederic Krome, PhD, UC assistant professor and co-author of "Jews of Cincinnati,” will present "A Tradition to Help the Sick and Needy”—Jews and Medicine in Cincinnati, 1850 to 1970.

A 4:30 p.m. reception will be followed at 5 p.m. by Krome’s presentation. All will take place in the Winkler Center on the E level of the Medical Sciences Building.

RSVP by May 10 to or 513-558-5120. Valet parking is available in Kresge Circle. This event is supported in part by an anonymous donor.

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar May 1: Doctoral students Diana Koch and Daniel Michel will give presentations at noon in MSB 2351. Koch’s topic is, "Investigating the bidirectional promoter activity of the Latency Associated Transcript (LAT) promoter in the HSV-1 genome.” Michel will discuss, "Is combined loss of p53 and Plk3 function synthetic lethal due to aberrant DNA damage response?”
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds May 2: The department’s chief residents will present, "Red Pill or Blue Pill?: Challenges Patients Face in the Era of Collaborative Care," at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series May 2: Claire Caruso, PhD, research health scientist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, will discuss, "Shift Work Related Worker Health Issues," at 10 a.m. in the Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar May 3: Xiaoyang Qi, PhD, associate professor of hematology and oncology, will present, "SapC‐DOPS Nanovesicles: Cancer Imaging and Therapy," at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • The Dr. Khushman V. Sanghvi Memorial Lectureship Mind-Body Interface in Healing and Health May 7: Aviad Haramati, PhD, professor of physiology and medicine at Georgetown University, will present, "Applying the Science of Mind-Body Medicine to Reduce Stress and Improve Wellness,” at noon in MSB E-351.
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