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Date: Monday, August 20, 2012

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UC Joins Case Western and OSU in Statewide Research Collaboration

The three Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) institutions in Ohio—UC, Case Western Reserve University and Ohio State University—and their partnering institutions have established a statewide collaborative agreement allowing a single organization’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) to assume IRB responsibilities on behalf of multiple institutions when conducting multicenter studies.

This collaborative effort will accelerate research by streamlining human subject protection processes when participating institutions are partnering on research projects requiring IRB approvals. It’s the first reciprocity agreement among multiple CTSA organizations and encompasses eight legally separate institutions in Ohio.

The first partnership covered under the agreement is between investigators at UC and Case Western Reserve, who will soon begin recruiting patients for a trial on hepatitis A and B vaccine responsiveness in patients with HIV, hepatitis C, or both.

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Peter Koch

Peter Koch

Koch Named to Research Post

Peter Koch has been named associate dean for research operations at the UC College of Medicine. He reports to Stephen Strakowski, MD, senior associate dean for research.

Koch, formerly head of the sponsored research offices at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the College of Medicine’s research strategic plan, expected to be rolled out in the fall.

In this role, Koch will work in collaboration with UC Health to ensure alignment between the College of Medicine’s research strategy and the UC Health strategic plan. He will also provide input in and oversight of the college’s presence at the Reading Campus and the Medical Sciences Building Rehabilitation Project as it relates to research facility/space issues.

Fredy J. Revilla, MD

Fredy Revilla, MD

Revilla Named Gardner Family Center Chair

Fredy Revilla, MD, an associate professor of neurology, has been awarded the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and other Movement Disorders Chair, endowed by the Gardner family.

Revilla is director of the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute, with personal research interests in Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and essential tremor.

Malak Kotb, PhD

Malak Kotb, PhD

Kotb Appointed Board Member for American Society for Microbiology Committee

Malak Kotb, PhD, professor of microbiology, biochemistry and microbiology, has been appointed as a board member for the Biomedical Research Committee of the American Society for Microbiology’s Public and Scientific Affairs Board.

This committee promotes the adoption of sound science policies involving biomedical research as it affects the public good, by reviewing and analyzing pertinent federal programs, regulations and budgets, and recommending future action and planning by the PSAB.

The committee is chaired by Gail Cassell, PhD, vice president, TB drug development, at the Infectious Disease Research Institute in Seattle.

Ron Millard, PhD

Ron Millard, PhD

Millard Elected Treasurer of Sigma Xi

Ron Millard, PhD, professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics, has been elected as treasurer of the Sigma Xi Society for a four-year term (2012-2016). Sigma Xi, with nearly 60,000 members, is an international honor society of scientists and engineers headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Millard’s election followed a one-year term as president of the UC Chapter of Sigma Xi, chartered in 1925. During Millard’s tenure as president, an endowment was established, a grants-in-aid of research award program for science and engineering student research projects was established, chapter membership grew by 20 percent and a "Future Symposium” was held featuring the perspectives of five UC faculty on addressing upcoming challenges and opportunities in science and engineering.

Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Building

Medical Home Practice Recognized by NCQA

The Level-3 Patient Centered Medical Home Practice within the UC Health Primary Care practice in the Hoxworth Building has earned recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The recognition distinguishes clinician practices functioning as medical homes that are using systematic, patient-centered and coordinated care management processes.

The practice is led by Eric Warm, MD, professor of medicine. The following practitioners were involved with the recognition process: Estrelita Dixon, MD, David Foote, MD, Cathy Heneghan and Megan Sullivan.

William Ball, MD, Interim Vice President for Research

William Ball, MD

Experimental Expertise Seminar Series Aug. 22

The UC Postdoctoral Fellows Association's final summer presentation in its Experimental Expertise Seminar Series will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in MSB Room 3351.

William Ball, MD, interim vice president for research, will present "Experimental Design: Idea to Hypothesis, The Hardest Part.” Ball serves as professor of radiology, biomedical engineering and pediatrics at UC.

Register at the link. Postdocs and graduate students are welcomed. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, email

A scientist conducts laboratory research

Research partnerships

Cincinnati Regional Emergency Care Research Symposium Aug. 29

The emergency medicine departments at UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are partnering to host a research symposium, "Building Bridges to Advance Science” at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Wednesday, Aug. 29.

The event, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will bring together key stakeholders and successful researchers in order to build bridges and advance collaborations in community emergency research. Topic areas to be discussed include prehospital care, neurologic emergencies, public health, basic science/toxicology and quality measures.

To RSVP and with any questions, email

Jane Grant-Kels, MD

Jane Grant-Kels, MD

Donald Blaney Endowed Lecture in Dermatology Sept. 6

The UC Department of Dermatology will host Jane Grant-Kels, MD, as the Donald Blaney Endowed Lecturer on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Grant-Kels is professor and chair of the dermatology department at the University of Connecticut. She will discuss, "Common Melanoma Myths" in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center (Room G344), at 10 a.m.

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

2007 Sunflower Revolution

Sunflower Revolution

Sunflower Revolution Ride and Symposium Sept. 8

The Sunflower Revolution Bike Ride and the free Symposium & Expo will both be held Saturday, Sept. 8, in Loveland.

Proceeds will benefit the Davis Phinney/Donald Krumme Fund at the UC Foundation, the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at UCNI and the Colorado-based Davis Phinney Foundation. The event also includes a 1 mile walk so those affected by the disease can participate.

For more information and to register for the ride and symposium, visit

Clinical Research

Women in Science

Association for Women in Science Picnic Sept. 16

The Greater Cincinnati chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) will sponsor a picnic from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Swaim Park in Montgomery. The family-friendly event will feature free food.

AWIS is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of women in science and technology. The Cincinnati chapter was launched in January and is open to the UC community and to women and men from the Greater Cincinnati academic and corporate community.

For information, email

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Location S

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Location S

Imaging and Cytometry Research Day Sept. 19

The Ohio River Valley Cytometry Association at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will host the second annual Imaging and Cytometry Research Day on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Rooms 203-204.

This year’s event will feature talks by Zbigniew Darzynkiewicz, MD, PhD, of New York Medical College; William Telford, PhD, of the National Cancer Institute; and Edith Janssen, PhD, assistant professor in the division of cellular and molecular immunology.

There will be advanced sessions on a variety of topics and awards for best poster presentations. Registration is free, but required.

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