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Date: Monday, June 4, 2012

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UC Bearcats

UC Bearcats

UC Launches ‘Bearcats, Come Back!’

The UC Foundation is calling all UC alums with "Bearcats, Come Back!” a final push for the 1819 alumni campaign named in honor of UC’s founding year.

Now through June 30, alumni who make a gift to UC will be entered into a drawing to win a UC VIP experience of your choice—including an aerial tour of campus, a tour of the President’s Office or a personal tailgating party in the Myers Alumni Center. If you’ve given to UC since July 1, 2011, enter now for your chance to win.

Learn more about "Bearcats, Come Back!” and the UC VIP experience at

Vladimir Bogdanov, PhD

Vladimir Bogdanov, PhD

Pancreatic Cancer Pilot Grant Program Established

A community-based fundraising effort has yielded a new pilot grant program at the Cincinnati Cancer Center for a historically underfunded research area: pancreatic cancer.

The Give Hope/BSI Engineering pilot research program will provide start-up research funding to a scientist affiliated with the UC Cancer Institute and studying pancreatic cancer, a disease that affects more than 43,000 people each year and has a five-year survival rate of less than 5 percent.

Vladimir Bogdanov, PhD, a researcher and assistant professor of medicine, division of hematology oncology, received the program’s first grant of $21,000 to look at a novel potential biomarker and therapeutic target for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC).

Robert Ellis, MD

Robert V. Ellis II, MD

Ellis Named Director for Medical Student Education

Robert V. Ellis II, MD, assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine, has been named the director for medical student education within the department.

Ellis is a 2002 graduate of the College of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency within the UC program at Christ Hospital, serving as chief resident in 2005. Ellis then became a faculty member at UC. He previously served as interim director in this position.

Robert Pulliam

Robert Pulliam, MD

Medical Student Named ‘Leader for the Future’

Robert Pulliam, MD, College of Medicine 2012, has been named a member of the 2012 Reaching for the Stars "Leaders of the Future” class.

The Leaders for the Future award celebrates excellence in Cincinnati’s African-American community. Recipients are 30 or younger and are selected based on leadership ability, professional achievement and community service.

Pulliam is staying at UC as a resident in the Family Medicine and Psychiatry program.

Keith Casper, MD

Keith Casper, MD

Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings June 7

UC’s Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery will offer free screenings for oral, head and neck cancer from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, in the UC Health Barrett Center, Area F.

Warning signs for oral, head and neck cancer include a lump or mass in the neck, difficulty chewing or swallowing, pain around or loosening of the teeth or a sore in the mouth or tongue that doesn't resolve.

To make an appointment, call 513-475-8400.

CARE/Crawley Building

CARE/Crawley Building

Mayfield Neuroscience Symposium June 8

The Mayfield Clinic will host the 2012 Mayfield Neuroscience Symposium from 7:30 a.m. to noon Friday, June 8, in MSB E-351.

Featured speakers include:

  • Michael Fehlings, MD, PhD, Krembil Chair in Neural Repair and Regeneration at the University of Toronot Department of Neurosurgery as the Mayfield Lecturer.
  • Khaled Aziz, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurosurgery at Drexel University as the Alumnus Lecturer. 

For the full list of screenings, view the event schedule. To register, contact Jillian Bollinger at 513-569-5354 or

Ride Cincinnati

Ride Cincinnati

Ride Cincinnati Benefits UC Cancer Research June 10

The annual Ride Cincinnati cycling event to support breast cancer research conducted at the UC Cancer Institute will take place Sunday, June 10. The family friendly event includes non-competitive rides ranging from 62.8 miles to 8.2 miles, a kids’ bike rally and post-event celebration.

Ride Cincinnati has raised nearly $1 million for breast cancer research efforts at UC since 2007.

Registration can be made in advance ($45/adults and $20/children) at or on race day.

UC Health West Chester Hospital

UC Health West Chester Hospital

Lungs on the Run 5K June 16

The third annual Lungs on the Run, a five-kilometer run/walk and one-mile walk to benefit lung cancer awareness and research, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16.

The race begins at the West Chester Hospital campus, crosses to Voice of America Park and returns to the hospital. To register or donate, visit

All proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Cancer Center, a partnership of the UC College of Medicine, UC Health University Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Frank Smith, MD, is interim director of the adult bone marrow transplant program.

Frank Smith, MD

Lunch-and-Learn for Pan Ohio Hope Ride

Learn more about participating in the American Cancer Society’s Pan Ohio Hope Ride at an informational lunch-and-learn session at noon Tuesday, June 12, in the Lucas Board Room of the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions (MSB E-005H).

The session is hosted by UC Cancer Institute ride team captain Frank Smith, MD, Marjory J. Johnson Endowed Chair and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the UC College of Medicine.

The Pan Ohio Hope Ride is a four-day cycling event that begins at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Cleveland and ends near the Hope Lodge on Reading Road in Cincinnati. The 2012 event is scheduled for July 26-29.

UC has received nearly $1.8 million in research grants from the American Cancer Society in the past five years.RSVP to the session at

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Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Building

Smith H. and Lucille Gibson Endowed Lecture in Medical Ethics in Dermatology June 21

The UC Department of Dermatology will host Martha Montello, PhD, director of medical ethics education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and chair of hospital ethics committee at Kansas University Medical Center.

Montello will discuss "Narrative Ethics in Clinical Medicine" in the Hoxworth Building Heaton Conference Center, Room G344, at 10 a.m. June 21.

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

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar June 5: Matthew Weirauch, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Rheumatology, will present, "Global Determination and Inference of Eukaryotic Transcription Factor Binding Specificities,” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery June 6: Rui Fernandes, DMD, MD, assistant professor of surgery at the University of Florida, will discuss, "Current Options and Challenges in the Management of Gunshot Wounds to the Craniofacial Region” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Surgical Grand Rounds June 6: Mont Reid Surgical Society Visiting Professor Robert Hummel, MD, will discuss, "History of the Department of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati" at 8 a.m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds June 6: Steve Agabegi, MD, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, will present, "Surgery for Chronic Low Back Pain and Degenerative Disc Disease: What Is the Evidence?” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Nephrology Seminar Series June 8: Dirk Hentschel, MD, director of interventional nephrology at Brigham & Women's Hospital, will present, "The interventional dialysis access expert and fistula maturation” at 1 p.m. in MSB 6051.

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