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Elwood Jensen, PhD

Elwood Jensen, PhD

Elwood Jensen, Distinguished Professor of Cancer Biology, Dies

Elwood Jensen, PhD, distinguished university professor of cancer biology, died Sunday, Dec. 16 at the age of 92.
Internationally known as the "Father of the Nuclear Receptor Field,” Jensen held the George J. and Elizabeth Wile Chair in Cancer Research. He was one of three researchers sharing the 2004 Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, making him only the second UC faculty member to be honored with an "American Nobel” following Albert Sabin, MD, in 1956.
Jensen was revered worldwide for his discovery of hormone receptors which brought about a revolution in molecular science and transformed the treatment for breast cancer patients. Some have estimated that his work annually saves or prolongs the lives of more than 100,000 women.

Jensen came to UC in 2002 and continued his research until late last year. Prior to his arrival here, he served as worldwide research director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Zurich, was a Fogarty Scholar at the National Institutes of Health, scholar-in-residence at Cornell Medical College, Alexander von Humboldt Visiting Professor at the University of Hamburg and Nobel Visiting Professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

No funeral service is scheduled. More information will be disseminated about a future memorial service in January.

Drake Medal

Drake Medal

Nominations Sought for Daniel Drake Medal

The Daniel Drake Medal is the highest recognition the College of Medicine can bestow on its former students, former faculty, former residents or current faculty. Two awards will be made in 2013 to living individuals who have been associated with the College of Medicine, now or in the past.

Nominees for the first award will be evaluated on the basis of outstanding achievements in biomedical science as evidenced by major significant contributions to medical research. Nominees for the other will represent a distinguished career as a clinician-teacher.

Members of the full-time faculty, the alumni, the emeriti, past Daniel Drake medalists and former associates of the college are invited to submit nominations. Deadline for submission is January 31, 2013.

For more information, download the nomination form or visit

Health Care Heroes

Health Care Heroes

Physicians Named as ‘Health Care Heroes’ Finalists

Six faculty members within the College of Medicine have been named 2013 Health Care Heroes finalists by the Cincinnati Business Courier. They are:

Innovator Category:

  • John Hawkins, MD, adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience.
  • Christopher McPherson, MD, assistant professor of clinical neurosurgery.

Manager Category:   

  • George Atweh, MD, professor of medicine, division of hematology oncology.
  • Patricia Carey, MD, associate professor of clinical pathology and laboratory medicine.

Provider Category

  • Alexei Grom, MD, associate professor of pediatrics.
  • Yash Patil, MD, associate professor of clinical otolaryngology.
A scientist conducts laboratory research

Translational Research

CCTST Research Ethics, Methods Grants Available

Applications are due by midnight Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 for innovative research addressing ethical issues in clinical and translational research, biostatistical, epidemiological and other methods developments.
The "Research Ethics Grant Program" supports interdisciplinary empirical research and faculty summer research fellowships that aim to develop, inform or apply frameworks that maximize the ethics of conducting clinical and translational research.

The "Methodologic Research Program" advances research in biostatistics, epidemiology, bioinformatics and related disciplines to enhance the capacity to conduct and analyze data from clinical and translational studies.

Each program expects to make 2 to 3 non-renewable, 1-year awards of up to $10,000. Applicants must be CCTST members; join free of charge at

Complete program details are available at, or email

Stephen Thomas, PhD

Stephen Thomas, PhD

Thomas Awarded RSNA Gold Medal

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) awarded Stephen Thomas, PhD, emeritus professor of radiology and medical physics, its highest honor, the Gold Medal, at the RSNA annual meeting, held Nov. 25-30 in Chicago.

Since 1919, RSNA has awarded Gold Medals to individuals who have rendered exemplary service to the science of radiology and who have received unanimous approval by the RSNA Board of Directors. Thomas received the award for both his work in diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine as well as his history of mentorship and volunteer work.

An RSNA member since 1992, Thomas has served with the RSNA Research & Education Foundation, is currently chair of the R&E Fund Development Committee and is also a member of the RSNA Centennial Committee.

Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD

Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD

Roy-Chaudhury Selected as Health Initiative Co-Chair

Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, division of nephrology and hypertension, was selected to be the co-chair of the Kidney Health Initiative—a joint program between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the American Society of Nephrology.

The initiative aims to bring together representation from the FDA, academia, industry and patient advocacy groups to facilitate the easier passage for appropriate drugs, devices and biologics onto the patients who need them.

CARE/Crawley Building

CARE/Crawley Building

Technology Accelerator Now Accepting Applications

The Office of Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization is accepting proposals for participation in the UC Technology Commercialization Accelerator.

The Technology Accelerator, formed in early 2012, will serve as a vehicle for significantly ramping up the commercialization activity of the university. The accelerator’s primary focus will be to identify promising, early stage technologies; assess those technologies to determine viable start-up company opportunities; develop a commercialization strategy; and facilitate the work necessary to move the technology toward commercialization.

For details on eligibility and information about the application process, visit Deadline for application is 5 p.m. Jan. 18, 2013.

Questions should be directed to Dorothy Air, PhD, at

Mark Goddard, MD

Mark Goddard, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neurology to Merge

At its Tuesday, Dec. 11 meeting, the UC Board of Trustees approved the dissolution of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), effective December 31, 2012.

Faculty and programs from PM&R will combine effective Jan. 1, 2013, with the department of neurology, which will be renamed the department of neurology and rehabilitation medicine. Mark Goddard, MD, who has served as chair of the department since 1999, will become division director for the PM&R division.

In a College memo, Dean Thomas Boat, MD, thanked Goddard for his service and said the partnership between stroke rehabilitation and neurology can improve care and enhance research and education.

University of Cincinnati

Board of Trustees Name Emeriti Faculty

The following emeritus appointments were approved by the UC Board of Trustees at their Tuesday, Dec. 11, meeting:

  • Alvin Crawford, MD, professor emeritus of orthopedic surgery.
  • Grace LeMasters, PhD, professor emerita of environmental health.
  • James Lockey, MD, professor emeritus of environmental health.
  • Donald Shrey, PhD, associate professor emeritus of physical medicine and rehabilitation.
  • James Stringer, PhD, professor emeritus of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology.
  • You-Hai Xu, PhD, research associate professor emeritus of pediatrics.
UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Dec. 18: George Stan, PhD, department of chemistry, will present, "Computational Modeling of Unfolding and Translocation of Substrate Proteins by Clp ATPases,” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Dec. 19: Manoocher Soleimani, MD, division of nephrology and hypertension, will present, "Diuretic Therapy: New Targets and New Regimens,” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Transplant Lecture Series Dec. 21: Basma Sadaka, PharmD, and Jill Krisl, PharmD, will discuss,
    "Pharmacology of Immunosuppressive Agents,” at noon in MSB 2461. 
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds – Otology Dec. 26: Jeffrey Kuhn, MD, associate professor of clinical otolaryngology, will present, "Neoplasms of the Ear and Lateral Skull Base” in MSB 6508.

Scheduling Note

As UC will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, the next issue of Dean’s List will run Monday, Dec. 31. The deadline for that issue will be Thursday, Dec. 27.

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