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Date: Monday, December 10, 2012

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UC Health University Hospital

University of Cincinnati Medical Center

University Hospital Renamed University of Cincinnati Medical Center

University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono, PhD, and UC Health President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Kingsbury announced today that the name of University Hospital will change to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

At an event launching the name change, Ono said the change more closely links the university and the UC Academic Health Center with its primary teaching hospital. The change is tied to one of the goals in the UC Health’s five-year plan, "Plan 20-1-7,” specifically to create an academic medical center image-building campaign.

Kingsbury said the new name is vital to UC Health’s vision of becoming recognized as a national leader in solving complex medical problems.

An FAQ on the name change can be found at:

Cincy Magazine

‘Best Doctors' List Includes 400 UC-Affiliated Physicians

Cincy Magazine’s 2013 "Best Doctors" issue includes 400 physicians—84 percent of the 478 different names on the list—with connections to the College of Medicine.

There are 335 (70 percent) who currently hold UC faculty appointments, 146 (31 percent) who received residency or fellowship training at UC and 103 (22 percent) who are college alumni.

Also included in the December issue are feature articles about faculty members:

  • Clifford Chin, MD, Pediatrics.
  • Kellie Flood-Shaffer, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Paul Keck, MD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience.
  • Sri Murthy, MD, Family and Community Medicine, and Ron Warnick, MD, Neurosurgery.

To see the full list, visit

University of Cincinnati gate

University of Cincinnati

Nominations Open for Entrepreneurial Achievement Awards

The Office of Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization is soliciting nominations for the 2012-13 Entrepreneurial Achievement Awards.

Faculty will be recognized for exceptional accomplishment in promoting and maximizing the human benefits and commercial potential of university intellectual property and/or research. An "Established Entrepreneur Award” will be given for faculty with a record of five or more years of successful entrepreneurial ventures, and an "Emerging Entrepreneur Award” for faculty who have successfully launched a new venture during the past five years.

Selection criteria can be found in the expanded announcement information at Nominations are due Jan. 9, 2013.

Access the application form at For questions, contact Dorothy Air, PhD, at 513-558-7339 or

Helen Berry

Helen Berry

Berry, Professor Emeritus, Dies

Helen Berry, professor emeritus of pediatrics, died at her home Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. She was 87.

Berry had directed the Metabolic Disease Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center from 1968 until her retirement in 1990. Her research focused on genetic disorders that disrupt the ways infants and children metabolize nutrients.

She began in Cincinnati one of the early programs in the United States for the treatment of phenylketonuria (PKU) and initiated one of the first programs to screen newborn infants for PKU. In 1991, the College of Medicine named Berry a Daniel Drake Medal recipient.

Cremation services were private. A memorial service will be held in the spring. For more information, visit

Jeff Whitsett, MD

Jeff Whitsett, MD

Whitsett Wins Grand Hamdan Award

Jeff Whitsett, MD, professor of pediatrics and chief of neonatology, perinatal and pulmonary biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is the 2012 recipient of the Grand Hamdan International Award.

The Grand Hamdan International Award honors researchers around the world for their dedication to profoundly impact healthcare delivery through research breakthroughs. Whitsett has made a series of groundbreaking contributions through his work on surfactant proteins A, B, C and D, which have improved the care of premature infants.

Whitsett is only the third American to receive the honor since it was established in 1999. He will receive the award from the United Arab Emirates at the Dubai International Conference for Medical Sciences on Dec. 10.

Frank McCormack, MD

Frank McCormack, MD

McCormack Invited to Serve as Featured Speaker at AAMC Meeting

Frank McCormack, MD, professor of medicine, and director of the division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, has been invited to serve as the featured speaker at the AAMC’s Council of Academic Societies Annual Spring Meeting, held March 7-9 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The Council of Academic Societies is one of three leadership councils of the AAMC, comprising the leadership of 89 academic societies devoted to biomedical and behavioral research, medical education, and patient care.

McCormack will present, "Patient Advocacy and Engagement to Advance Biomedical Research’s Search for Cures.”

College of Medicine

College of Medicine

Titus-Mitchell Recognized for Poster

Haley Titus-Mitchell, a fourth-year neuroscience PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program, will attend the joint American Society of Neurochemistry/International Society of Neurochemistry meeting in April 2013 in Cancun, Mexico.

She is attending the meeting as a result of receiving first place for her poster, "Effects of Gamma Secretase Inhibitor (MRK-003) on Nervous System Ultrastructure in Gain of Function Rasopathies,” at the second annual Imaging and Flow Cytometry Research Day, hosted by the Ohio River Valley Cytometry Association earlier this year.

Titus-Mitchell is a member of the lab of professor of medicine Nancy Ratner, PhD, in the Department of Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Kettering Laboratory

Kettering Laboratory

CCTST Grand Rounds on HPV Prevention Dec. 14

The transmission, prevention and association with cancer of the human papillomavirus (HPV) is the focus of the next Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training Grand Rounds, held Friday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Kehoe Auditorium of the Kettering Lab Complex.

  • From 11 a.m. to noon, J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, will present, "A lifespan sexual health perspective on prevention of human papillomavirus infections and sequelae." Fortenberry is professor of pediatrics in the adolescent medicine section of the Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • From noon to 1 p.m., Jessica Kahn, MD, will present, "Anogenital cancers and other HPV-associated disorders: maximizing the population impact of vaccines as a prevention strategy.” Kahn is professor of pediatrics in the division of adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children’s.

Continuing education credit is offered. Lunch is available to CCTST members (join free of charge at who RSVP to by Dec. 12.

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Dec. 11: James Driscoll, MD, PhD, department of internal medicine, division of hematology oncology, will present, "Metabolic Control of the Proteasome Pathway,” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Neuroendocrinology of Obesity and Stress Seminar Dec. 11: Clemence Blouet, PhD, research associate in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Department of Medicine, will present, "Forebrain-hindbrain nutrient-sensing circuits in the regulation of energy balance,” at 4 p.m. in the Metabolic Diseases Institute, Reading Campus, Building A, Lecture Room.
  • Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Dec. 12: Penny Pensak and Michael Zenz from the UC Health Foundation and UC Foundation will discuss, "Developing a Culture of Philanthropy,” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Surgical Grand Rounds Dec. 12: Dan Abbott, MD, will present, "Cost Effectiveness in Surgical Oncology: Opportunities to Improve Quality and Scope of Care for our Patients,” 7 a.m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds Dec. 12: Nadeem Anwar, MD, will discuss "Digestive Diseases," at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Dec 13: John Turchi, PhD, professor of medicine at Indiana University, will discuss, "Chemical Synthetic Lethality and Biology-based Combination Cancer Therapy,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Cancer Biology Special Seminar Dec. 17: Sripathi Sureban, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, will present, "Putative Stem Cell Marker DCLK1 Regulates Tumor Supressor miRNA’s in Pancreatic Cancer,” at noon in the Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Distinguished Cardiovascular Seminar Series Dec. 17: Burns Blaxall, PhD, professor of pediatrics, will present, "Finding new targets and therapeutics for heart failure," at noon Monday, Dec. 17, in MSB 3351. He will meet with graduate students immediately after in CVC 1919.
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