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Date: Monday, August 27, 2012

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John Hutton, MD

John Hutton, MD

Research Informatics Initiative Launched

The College of Medicine announced Monday some important departmental leadership changes and a new effort in research informatics.

Effective September 14, John Hutton, MD, will step down as interim chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics and Marshall Montrose, PhD, will begin serving as interim chair of that department. Montrose also will continue in his current role as chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology.

Hutton will turn his attention to a new dual appointment as associate dean for information services of the College of Medicine and director of research informatics at UC Health. He will continue to serve as UC professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Biomedical Informatics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Hutton will lead the effort to create a new Joint Data Center, which will support clinical research and hospital initiatives such as outcomes measures, quality improvement, registries for various populations of patients and comparative effectiveness research.

This joint effort between the College of Medicine and UC Health will reduce duplicative efforts and minimize costs while providing an infrastructure for improved operations and more robust support of research.

Freedom Center

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Researchers Speak on "The Silent Wounds of War” Aug. 30

Physicians and researchers from the UC College of Medicine and its affiliates will join nonprofit organization One Mind for Research in a public discussion of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder Thursday, Aug. 30, at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

General Peter W. Chiarelli, former Vice Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army and CEO of One Mind for Research, has named UC and affiliated institutions as one of eight U.S. academic partners in One Mind’s mission to cure brain disease and eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and brain injury.

Speakers include:

  • Mario Zuccarello, MD, Frank H. Mayfield Professor & chairman of neurosurgery, will present a "Cincinnati Research Overview.”
  • Timothy Pritts, MD, PhD, associate professor of surgery, division of trauma, will present "Trauma and Pre-hospital Care Research.”
  • Norberto Andaluz, MD, director of the division of neurotrauma and associate professor of neurosurgery, will present "Neurotrauma Care and Research.”
  • Kathleen Chard, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry & behavioral neuroscience and director of the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s PTSD and anxiety disorders division, will present "Post Traumatic Stress Research.”

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. The discussion and reception are free and open to the public, but there is limited seating.

To RSVP (by Aug. 28) call 513-792-2165 or email

CARE/Crawley Building

CARE/Crawley Building

O’Donnell Receives Rehn Family Award

Robert O’Donnell, MD, assistant professor in the division of cardiovascular diseases, has been named the 2012 Rehn Family Award recipient. The $13,410 award will be used for supplies, equipment and service usage to support his proposed research.

The award supports the development of research careers of junior faculty, clinical and postdoctoral fellows, residents, graduate students and medical students who are affiliated with the department of internal medicine and studying the broad areas of hypertension and arteriosclerosis.

Michael Ward, MD

Michael Ward, MD

New PhD Assistantship Links Business and Medicine

In a partnership with the department of operations, business analytics and information systems (OBAIS) at UC’s Lindner College of Business, the department of emergency medicine will start a year-long assistantship during the 2012 fall semester.

The assistantship provides funds for an OBAIS doctoral student to work with emergency medicine to design, implement and study new approaches to providing high-quality emergency medicine care. As well as conducting a research project, the PhD student will learn about the culture, decision making, operations and process of research in health care.

The first recipient of this doctoral assistantship is Lauren Laker, a PhD student entering her second year of study. Laker's work will be overseen by assistant professor of emergency medicine Michael Ward, MD.

Siddartha Khosla, MD

Sid Khosla, MD

Khosla to Speak at Music & Medicine Conference

Sid Khosla, MD, will be among the presenters at the first annual Music & Medicine Conference hosted by the Cincinnati Music & Wellness Coalition, Friday, Sept. 21, at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, Ky.

Khosla, assistant professor otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and director of the UC Health Performance and Professional Voice Center, will present a session titled "Voice 101.”

CME is available. For more information, visit

Walter Smitson, PhD

Walter Smitson, PhD

Smitson Publishes Book

Walter Smitson, PhD, a professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience and president and CEO of Central Clinic, is the author of a recently released self-help book for the lay public. "You Are Your Greatest Asset” is available at

Henry Nasrallah, MD

Henry Nasrallah, MD

Nasrallah to Speak on Schizophrenia Aug. 27

Henry Nasrallah, MD, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience, will discuss schizophrenia, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug, 27, at the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, Rookwood Tower, 5th Floor, 3805 Edwards Road.

Nasrallah will present "Recent Progress in Understanding the Causes and Treatments of Schizophrenia."

CME credit is available. For more information, contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Hamilton County, at 513-351-3500 or email

Kettering Laboratory

Kettering Laboratory

Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Aug. 29

Sara Pinney, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, will speak at the Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Kettering Lab Complex, Kehoe Auditorium.

Pinney will present "Developmental Programming of Diabetes: The role of epigenetic gene regulation and the possibility of a therapeutic rescue.”

Kingsgate Marriott

Kingsgate Conference Center

Migraine Conference Sept. 8

In a partnership with the Ohio Headache Association, UC will host "The Many Faces of Migraine Headache” conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Kingsgate Conference Center.

Robert Kanieki, MD, from the University of Pittsburgh, will present a keynote address on the migraine headache and its relationship to fibromyalgia, mast cell disorders, autonomic dysfunction and other common medical disorders.

Physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are encouraged to attend. CME credit will be offered.

For more information or to register, contact Kimberly Benna at 513-558-7581 or

Charles Sabine

Charles Sabine

Journalist to Speak on Research Freedom, Huntington’s Disease September 27

The Fellows of the Graduate School and Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) welcome Emmy Award-winning journalist Charles Sabine for a special seminar at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 27 in MSB E-351.

Sabine will discuss, "The Pursuit of Hope and Dignity: Why Every Link in the Medical Chain Matters."

An international correspondent with NBC News for 26 years, in 2008 Sabine became a pioneering spokesman for freedom of scientific research and sufferers of degenerative brain illnesses—in particular, Huntington’s disease, which has ravaged his family.

Registration is not required. For more information, visit or email

Elizabeth Dougherty

Elizabeth Dougherty

Register Now for 2012 OVALS Conference

UC faculty, staff and students with an interest in commercialization of new life sciences technologies, collaboration opportunities and creating economic impact should plan to attend the 2012 Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences (OVALS) conference Oct. 1-2 in Louisville, Ky.

This year’s conference is titled "Meeting Health Care Challenges Through Technology and Novel Approaches.”

Elizabeth Dougherty, director of inventor education, outreach and recognition with the Office of Innovation Development at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will present on patent changes and policies.

For more information, details on the poster session or to register for the event, visit Questions can be directed to Dorothy Air, PhD, at


The item in last week’s newsletter "Medical Home Practice Recognized by NCQA” incorrectly stated the director of the Level-3 Patient Centered Medical Home Practice within the UC Health Primary Care practice.

Estrelita Dixon, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine, is the medical director of the practice.

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