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Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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Research Week

UC Health Research Week Launches

Join UC Health this week for a showcase of the collaboration of multidisciplinary and multiskilled researchers working to turn discovery into health.

From laboratory experiments through clinical trials to actual point-of-care patient applications, researchers at UC Health and the University of Cincinnati advance discoveries and apply those findings to protect and improve the health of our communities.

The opening Research Week ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. today in the UC Health University Hospital lobby. The rest of the week includes poster sessions, a biomarker symposium, and presentations from nursing and allied health researchers. For more information, email

›› See the full Research Week schedule

William Hinckley, MD
William Hinckley, MD

Hinckley Elected President of AMPA

William Hinckley, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine and UC Health Air Care & Mobile Care medical director, was recently installed as president of the Air Medical Physician Association (AMPA). Hinckley was elected to the role and will serve a two-year term.

The Air Medical Physician Association (AMPA) is a nonprofit, professional association founded in 1992 by physicians involved in air medical and/or critical care transport. AMPA comprises physicians and other professionals involved in critical care rotor wing, fixed wing and ground medical transport.

Chiou-Fen Chuang, PhD
Chiou-Fen Chuang, PhD

Chuang Named Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences

Chiou-Fen Chuang, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics and faculty in developmental biology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, has been named a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.

Kavli Fellows are selected by a committee of academy members from among the nation’s brightest young scientists who have already made recognized contributions to science, including recipients of major national fellowships and awards and who have been identified as future leaders in science.

Chuang’s research seeks to elucidate the developmental mechanisms that generate sensory neuron diversity at molecular and neural circuit levels. Understanding how neurons acquire their distinct identities will lead to the development of strategies for cell replacement therapy.

UC Health West Chester Hospital
UC Health West Chester Hospital

West Chester Hospital Named Top for Spine Surgery

UC Health West Chester Hospital has been named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery for 2012-2013 from Healthgrades, a provider of information to help consumers make decisions about physicians and hospitals.

The findings are part of "American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation,” which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades bases its objective measures solely on clinical performance.

CARE/Crawley Building

CARE/Crawley Building

CCTST Community Engagement Speaker Series Nov. 13-14

Doriane Miller, MD, director of the University of Chicago’s Center for Community Health and Vitality, and Norma Sanders, program manager with Chicago’s Southwest Smart Communities Partners, are featured guests of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Community Engagement speaker series Nov. 13-14.

The series began today with a presentation and panel discussion, "Community Assets, Resources & Partnerships: Leveraging Community Resources for Health,” from noon to 2 p.m. in MSB E-351.

A community reception and awards dinner, "Power in Communities to Improve Health,” follows from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The series concludes Wednesday, Nov. 14, with a community forum and coffee hour, "Innovative and Collaborative Models for Addressing Health Disparities in Our Community,” from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Mayerson Academy, 2650 Highland Ave.

All events are free of charge and open to the public. To register, email Teresa Smith at For more information, go to

Graduate student Kelly Collins (left) and David Plas, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of cancer and cell biology
Student Research

Second Annual Research and Service Symposium Nov. 16

The Internal Medicine Interest Group and Office of Student Affairs will host the second annual Research and Service Symposium from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in the CARE/Crawley Building’s atrium.

Join the second-year medical students as they present the research and service work they completed during the first summer of medical school. Refreshments will be provided.

›› Review the list of abstracts

Mark Eckman, MD
Mark Eckman, MD

CCTST Grand Rounds on Health Economics Nov. 16

Health economics and cost-effectiveness analysis in medicine are the focus of the next CCTST Grand Rounds, held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in MSB 4051.

  • From 11 a.m. to noon, Lenisa Chang, PhD, assistant professor of economics in the UC Lindner College of Business, will present, "An Introduction to Health Economics.”
  • From noon to 1 p.m., Mark Eckman, MD, director of the division of general internal medicine and Center for Clinical Effectiveness, will present "Fundamentals of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Medicine.”

Continuing education credit is offered. Lunch is available to CCTST members (join free of charge) who RSVP to Elizabeth Heubi by Nov. 14. For more information, go to

David Rubenstein, MD, PhD

David Rubenstein, MD, PhD

Department of Dermatology Procter & Gamble Scientific Lectureship Series Nov. 15

The UC Department of Dermatology will host David Rubenstein, MD, PhD, as the Procter & Gamble Visiting Lecturer, on Thursday, Nov. 15. Rubenstein is a Louis C. Skinner Jr. Distinguished Professor of Dermatology & professor of pharmacology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His research interests include epidermal cell biology and molecular mechanisms of skin pathology.

Rubenstein’s lecture titled, "Targeting Keratinocyte Signaling for the Treatment of Pemphigus,” will be held at 10 a.m. in the Heaton Conference Center (Room G-344) located on the ground level of the Hoxworth Building. For more information, call Janet Burdsall at 513-584-6803.

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Reading Campus

Power Outage at Reading Campus Planned for Nov. 23

UC Maintenance & Operations advises that on Friday, Nov. 23, Duke Energy will have a planned power outage from 3 a.m. to 8 p.m. to repair the substation supplying electric power to the entire Reading Campus. Emergency backup power will be operating during the outage.

Jim Miller, facilities manager, will need to know from the Reading Campus community any special power needs during that time (other than items already submitted). Notify him (at of the following:

  • Type of equipment and power needs.
  • Building name, room number, location in room.
  • Contact person's name and a good phone number.

This information is needed by noon Friday, Nov. 16.

Drake Center
Drake Center

Upcoming CME Opportunity: Transplant Conference Nov. 29

Drake Center will host "Nonadherence in Transplant Recipients: Role of Healthcare Provider,” from 7:30 to11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Drake Conference Center, 151 W. Galbraith Road.

Non-adherence is a significant problem among transplant patients and is most successfully impacted through an interdisciplinary approach. This program is designed to provide a scope of the non-adherence issues in this population, adherence assessment and interventions tools, and an overview of strategies used to improve adherence.

For a full list of speakers, visit Registration is free and continuing education credit is available. RSPV TO:

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Nov. 14: Keith Casper, MD, assistant professor of otolaryngology, and Jeff Houlton, MD, will present, "Controversies in Laryngology Cancer Treatment," at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Surgical Grand Rounds Nov. 14: Angela Ingraham, MD, chief resident, will present, "Acute Care Surgery: Back to the Future,” at 7 a.m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Nov. 15: Sarah Pixley, PhD, associate professor of cancer biology, will present, "Accelerating Nervous Tissue Repair with Bioresorbable Metal Solutions," at noon in the Vontz Center's Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics Research Seminar Series: Nov. 20: Burns C. Blaxall, PhD, professor of pediatrics and director of translational science at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will discuss, "Finding new intervention targets in heart failure," at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium. Refreshments at 11:45 a.m.
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