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Date: Monday, June 11, 2012

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University of Cincinnati

Participation Rising in Proudly Cincinnati Faculty/Staff Campaign

College of Medicine participation in the 2012 Proudly Cincinnati Faculty/Staff campaign, "There is no UC without U,” has reached 28 percent with several weeks left in the fundraising effort. This is ahead of last year's contribution rate.

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, including:

  • The Center for Imaging Research
  • UC Cancer Institute 
  • International Health Scholarship Fund 
  • University Research Support Fund
  • College of Medicine Faculty/Staff Medical Student Scholarship Fund 

For a full list of programs and how to contribute, visit or contact Mike Zenz at 513-558-3355.

Vijaya Gandhi, PhD, with Thomas Boat, MD

Vijaya Gandhi, PhD 

Administrative Director for the Cincinnati Cancer Center Named 

Vijaya Gandhi, PhD, has joined the Cincinnati Cancer Center (CCC) as associate director for administration. The CCC is a collaboration among UC Health, the UC College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center that brings together interdisciplinary teams to research and develop new treatments, while providing a continuum of care for children, adults and families with cancer. 

Gandhi has spent the past 17 years at the University of Pittsburgh, most recently as the associate director for administration and strategic planning for the university’s cancer institute.

Trained as a biochemist, she spent the first 10 years of her career as a research scientist at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. 

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Melissa DelBello, MD

Melissa DelBello, MD

DelBello Will Chair NIH Study Section

Melissa DelBello, MD, a professor in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience and pediatrics, has accepted an invitation to serve as chairperson of the Neural Basis of Psychopathology, Addictions and Sleep Disorders Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health. Her term runs from July 2012, through June 2014.

DelBello has been a member of the Study Section since 2009, aiding in review of grant applications, making recommendations on these applications and surveying the status of research in her field of science.

She serves as vice chair for clinical research for the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, is co-director of the division of bipolar disorders research and is also director of research training and education for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s division of child psychiatry.

Kim Cecil, PhD

Kim Cecil, PhD

Cecil Named to NIH Medical Imaging Study Section 

Kim Cecil, PhD, professor of radiology, pediatrics, neuroscience and environmental health, has been invited to serve as a member of the National Institutes of Health’s Medical Imaging Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. Cecil’s term runs from July 2012 through June 2015.

The Medical Imaging Scientific Review Group reviews proposals involving the application and validation of in vivo imaging of humans and animals, including early phase clinical studies of medical imaging systems, molecular probes and contrast agents, software, molecular imaging techniques, and related technologies.

Her role as permanent member will be to read, critique and score grant applications, present review findings to the committee and participate in discussions about applications.

Cecil is a member of the Cincinnati Children’s Imaging Research Center.

Artist's concept of CARE/Crawley Building artwork.

Artist's concept of CARE/Crawley artwork

Sculptor Chosen for CARE/Crawley Artwork

Alice Aycock, a New York sculptor known for her large-scale public works, has been chosen as the artist for a state-funded project that will be placed near the entrance to the CARE/Crawley Building. The building qualified for the project under Ohio’s Percent for Art legislation.

Aycock’s proposal involves ribbons of brushed aluminum wrapping around each other in a sculpture about 20 feet high and 20 feet in diameter, with an adjacent circular piece about 7 feet high.

The sculpture will be located in the upper plaza area to the left of the main entrance, with installation planned by the end of summer 2013. 

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Kathleen Downey, MD

Kathleen Downey, MD

Downey Recognized by Alma Mater 

Kathleen Downey, MD, an associate professor in the department of family and community medicine, was honored by her alma mater, Bethany College, at its annual Alumni Awards Dinner, held May 5.

Downey received the college’s 2012 Alumni Achievement Award. After graduating from Bethany College, Downey completed her medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School before coming to UC for her residency in family medicine.

She is a UC Health primary care physician who sees patients at the Wyoming Family Practice 

Davinder Wadehara, MD

Davinder Wadehra, MD

Wadehra and Team win UC round of ACG Cup competition 

Davinder Wadehra, MD, assistant professor in the division of nephrology and hypertension, and a team from the Lindner College of Business won the UC round of the Association of Corporate Growth Cincinnati Cup competition. There were 12 teams competing in two rounds to address a fictitious business scenario.

Wadehra, who is earning a master’s in business administration, was also inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma for academic excellence with a 4.0 GPA.

James W. Van Hook, MD

James W. Van Hook, MD

Van Hook to Discuss Chemical Dependence

James Van Hook, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and division director for maternal fetal medicine, will discuss "Chemical Dependence in Pregnancy: The OB/GYN Perspective” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at the Gateways recovery center.

Cost is $15. CEUs are available through Talbert House.

For more information or to register, contact Elizabeth Lake at 513-861-0035 or email

CARE/Crawley Atrium

CARE/Crawley Atrium

Work Will Affect Pedestrian Traffic Flow in CARE/Crawley Atrium

From Monday, June 11, through Friday, June 15, Maintenance and Operations will be replacing a large section of glass in a lab on the second floor of the CARE/Crawley Building.

Scaffolding will be built and sprinkler pipes temporarily removed in order to facilitate the installation. 

During some work activities, it will be necessary to alter the pedestrian traffic flow through the CARE/Crawley atrium at the E Level. The main entry may be closed from time to time, but workers will maintain a pathway and post signage.

For questions, call Ken Bloomer at 513-556-0605.

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Network for Neuroscience Discovery Visiting Scientist Lecture June 11: Mathias Schmidt, PhD, from the Max Planck Institute in Munich, will discuss, "The match/mismatch hypothesis of stress-related disorders: Modulation by genetic risk factors,” at 4 p.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar June 12: Doctoral student Tara Rindler will discuss, "The tissue specific role of the α2-isoform of the Na+, K+- ATPase” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds June 13: Avis Ware, MD, Associate Professor of medicine, division of Immunology, Allergy & Rheumatology, will present, "Complementary and alternative medicine in rheumatology" at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds June 13: Albert L. Merati, MD, associate professor and chief of the laryngology at the University of Washington Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, will discuss, "Tracheotomy Care and Complications,” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.

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