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Date: Monday, April 16, 2012

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University of Cincinnati

Proudly Cincinnati Faculty/Staff Campaign Launches

College of Medicine participation in the 2012 Proudly Cincinnati Faculty/Staff campaign, "There is no UC without U,” is currently at 16 percent and growing.

Dean Thomas Boat, MD, has set a goal of a 50 percent or more participation rate for the college, encouraging faculty and staff to serve as partners in supporting the college’s mission.

Donations of any amount are encouraged. Gifts can be designated to any UC program that is important to you.

For more information about this year’s effort, visit or contact Mike Zenz at the UC Foundation, 513-558-3355.

Myles Pensak, MD

Myles Pensak, MD

Pensak to Speak on Clinical Programs April 30

The final presentation by the College of Medicine’s senior associate deans will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Monday, April 30, in Kresge Auditorium.

Myles Pensak, MD, senior associate dean for clinical programs, will discuss the ongoing transformation of the College of Medicine’s clinical practice and our partnership with UC Health, in a presentation titled, "Clinical Practice at UC: A Sisyphean Task?”

A question-and-answer session will follow. All are welcome.

This presentation is fifth in the series of talks by College of Medicine senior leadership. Links to previous presentations can be found at the home page,, in the "Dean’s Corner.”

CARE/Crawley Building

CARE/Crawley Building

New Immunobiology Graduate Program Available

The Immunobiology Graduate Training Program is pleased to offer a part-time master's degree program through the University of Cincinnati to interested employees, such as research assistants, clinical fellows and junior faculty interested in expanding their knowledge and skills in immunology. UC employees enrolled in this program may be eligible for tuition remission. 

The part-time MS program can be completed over two to five years, and literature review or research-based tracks are available, depending on the individual’s interest and time commitment. 

Interested employees should contact Nives Zimmermann, MD, director of the master's track, and/or David Hildeman, MD, Immunobiology Graduate Program Director.

Peter Frame, MD

Peter Frame, MD

Frame to be Featured on National Geographic’s "The Decrypters”

Peter Frame, MD, professor emeritus in the division of infectious diseases, will be featured in an episode of National Geographic Channel’s "The Decrypters,” scheduled to air at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 19. Portions of the program were recorded in the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy and the UC Health University Hospital Surgical Amphitheatre.

The program chronicles several bodies found in 2010 during construction at Cincinnati’s Washington Park and addresses several issues including body snatching during the early 1900s.

Frame also discusses the use of calomel for the treatment of syphilis and other widespread epidemics during the turn of the 20th century.

James Heubi, MD, (left) and Joel Tsevat, MD


CCTST Community Engagement Speaker Series April 24-25

The Community Engagement core of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) continues its Speaker Series on Tuesday, April 24, in MSB 3051.

  • From noon to 1 p.m., "Engaging Communities in Research & Policy:  Decreasing Health & Equity Disparities” will be presented by Meredith Minkler, DrPH, professor and director, health and social behavior, school of public health, University of California, Berkeley, and Sheryl Walton, community health educator, Walton & Associates. 
  • From 1 to 2 p.m., Minkler and Walton will participate in an interactive session/panel discussion focused on implementing policy-focused research and health promotion, challenges in conducting community engaged and translational research, and identifying strategies for developing equitable and assets-based community-academic partnerships to improve health outcomes.

Continuing education credit is available for physicians and psychologists. To reserve a box lunch, RSVP by April 20 to

For additional speaker series events, visit

College of Medicine

College of Medicine

Internal Medicine State of the Department Address April 26

The annual UC Department of Internal Medicine departmental meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Kresge Auditorium.

The meeting will include progress reports from the department’s strategic plan, including the change in the governance model, implementation of core committees, retention and recruitment of faculty and collaborations of faculty. 

Aviad Haramati, PhD

Aviad Haramati, PhD

Endowed Lectureship on Mind-Body Interface May 7

Through a gift from UC cardiologist Vijay Sanghvi, MD, an adjunct professor in the division of cardiovascular diseases, and his daughters, UC has created an annual endowed lectureship titled "The Dr. Khushman V. Sanghvi Memorial Lectureship on the Mind-Body Interface in Health and Healing,” with the goal of exposing health care professionals and interested community members to the importance and benefit of complementary medicine.

The lectureship will host its first speaker, Aviad Haramati, PhD, professor of physiology and medicine and co-director of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Graduate Program at Georgetown University School of Medicine, at noon Monday, May 7 in MSB E-351.

CME credit is available. For more information, contact Sian Cotton, PhD, at



DNA Repair Symposium May 19-20

Registration and abstract submission are open for the 14th annual Midwest DNA Repair Symposium, which will be held at the UC College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center May 19-20. Deadlines for abstract submission and regular registration ($100) are Friday, April 20. Late registration fee is $150.

A variety of research interests related to DNA repair and cancer biology will be represented, including mechanisms and diseases associated with chromosomal and genomic instability, mutagenesis and its detection using new techniques, mechanisms of DNA repair, DNA damage signaling, cell cycle checkpoints, telomeres, epigenetics and therapeutics.

For a list of speakers and the full program, visit For more information, email Carolyn Price, PhD, or Paul Andreassen, PhD.

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar April 17: Doctoral students Brad VanderWielen and Kavitha Subramanian will give presentations at noon in MSB 2351. VanderWielen will difcuss, "Structural and Functional Characterization of MINT: A Notch Signaling Corepressor.” Subramanian will discuss, "Zinc: An Immunomodulator of Innate Responses.”
  • Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series April 18: Elizabeth Schlaudecker, MD, assistant professor pediatrics, division of infectious diseases at the Global Health Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will discuss, "Primary Care and Public Health in Honduras: Focus on Infectious Diseases,” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Cancer & Cell Biology Seminar April 19: Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, PhD, chief of organelle biology, National Institutes of Health, will present, "Emerging Fluorescence Technology to Study the Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Molecules within Living Cells” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Neuroscience Seminar April 19: Amy Packard, PhD, department of molecular microbiology and immunology, Oregon Health and Science University, will discuss, "Studies on poly-ICLC treatment as a potent neuroprotective therapy against ischemic brain injury,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Benjamin Rush Society Lecture April 25: Brad Wenstrup, DPM, Ohio congressional candidate, will discuss, "The Prospects for Real Healthcare Reform" at noon in MSB 5051. Food will be provided. To RSVP, email

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