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Faculty Inventors Honored

Faculty Inventors

Faculty Inventors Honored at Midcourt

UC took a "time out” at the Jan. 30 men’s basketball game against Rutgers to recognize faculty who in 2012 received patents for their inventions. Five of UC’s eight 2012 patent awardees were in attendance, along with a 2007 patent holder who hadn’t previously received recognition.

Honorees included:

  • Nelson Horseman, PhD, professor of molecular and cellular physiology, who received a patent related to his work on mammary secretion of serotonin during lactation.
  • Frank McCormack, MD, B. Gordon & Helen Hughes Taylor Chair of Internal Medicine, who received his 2012 patent for his finding that vascular endothelial growth factor-D, or VEGF-D could be used in the diagnosis of the rare lung disease lymphangioleiomyomatosis.

UC reported 75 patent applications and 123 invention disclosures in 2012. The university’s faculty were involved in six startup companies.

›› Read more about the awarded patents

University of Cincinnati

University Research Council Grant Recipients Named

UC’s University Research Council has selected 20 faculty awardees from the URC Faculty Research Grant Program awards, among them Weiguo Chen, MD, PhD, research assistant professor of pediatrics.

Fifty-three applications were received. Winners receive yearly support or stipend support so that the awardee can pursue scholarly activities on a full-time basis. See the full list of faculty awardees here.

Gary Roselle, MD

Gary Roselle, MD

Roselle Awarded VHA Clinical Excellence Award

Gary Roselle, MD, professor of infectious diseases and chief of medical service at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, has been awarded the Mark Wolcott Award for Clinical Excellence by the Veterans Health Administration.

Established in 1996, the award recognizes outstanding VA health care practitioners for their contributions to enhance clinical care. The awards will be presented at the annual Patient Care Services Awards and Recognition Ceremony on Jan. 29.

Brett Harnett

Brett Harnett

Harnett Receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant

Brett Harnett, MS-IS, assistant professor of research in the department of surgery and interim director for the UC Center for Health Informatics, was awarded $160,650 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to implement a patient registry to facilitate data sharing and encourage patient-centered approaches to improving health and lowering costs.

Harnett is collaborating with general internal medicine and the CCTST to facilitate the study this summer.

Madhuri Sopirala, MD

Madhuri Sopirala, MD

Sopirala Receives Pfizer Medical Education Grant

Madhuri Sopirala, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine, division of infectious diseases, has received a $50,000 grant from the Pfizer Medical Education Group for her project, "Surgical Resident and Staff Engagement in Quality Improvement Related to Surgical Site Infections: The Effect of Real-Time Feedback.”

This project proposes to improve patient outcomes by providing immediate feedback to the attending surgeons and residents as surgical site infections occur and engaging resident and nursing staff in investigating circumstances behind each infection. George Smulian, MD, professor of medicine, is a co-investigator.

Hani Kushlaf, MD

Hani Kushlaf, MD

Kushlaf Receives Junior Member Recognition Award

Hani Kushlaf, MD, assistant professor of neurology and pathology, received the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Junior Member Recognition Award at the annual AANEM meeting in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 4, 2012.

The award, designed to encourage young physicians to conduct research in neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic medicine, is given to AANEM junior members who are first authors on abstracts presented at the annual meeting.

Kushlaf’s presentations were titled, "Sonographically-measured nerve size and intra-nerve size variability in inflammatory polyneuropathy” and, "Do Ultrasound Characteristics Correlate With Electrodiagnostic Findings in Inflammatory Neuropathies?”

Alvin Crawford, MD, department of orthoaedic surgery

Alvin Crawford, MD

Crawford Gives Talk at Conference in India

Alvin Crawford, MD, emeritus professor of orthopaedics and pediatrics and founding director of the Crawford Spine Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, presented the Presidential Oration Jan. 5, 2013, at the 19th annual Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of India Conference in Ahmedabad.

His topic was, "My Journey,” highlighting his 40-year career as a pediatric orthopaedist and spine surgeon. He is a past president of the Scoliosis Research Society.

A scientist conducts laboratory research

Research Awards

Center for Environmental Genetics Accepting Applications for Pilot Program Grants

The Center for Environmental Genetics is requesting applications for its 2013 Pilot Project Program. PPP grants support synergistic, innovative, high-risk/high-reward research with a multidisciplinary foundation to achieve the center’s mission of understanding how genetic diversity and environmental exposures are related to human health outcomes.

The program can provide funding of up to $30,000 or $50,000 for one year, depending on award area. Four to six projects are anticipated to be funded this year. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 15.

›› For more information

Heart Mini Marathon

Heart Mini Marathon

Sign up for UC Health Teams in the Heart Mini Marathon & Walk

Departments and divisions at UC Health are forming teams to participate in the 2013 Heart Mini Walk and Run, held Sunday, March 17, at Fountain Square. To see a list of UC Health teams, view the company page.

Thursday, Feb. 21, is the deadline to sign up and get "UC Health” on the back of the race T-shirt. Each participant will also receive a UC Health T-shirt.

Registration is still open after Feb. 21. To register online, visit

Medical Sciences Building

Medical Sciences Building

New Signs Going Up in Medical Sciences Building

New signs are going up in the Medical Sciences Building (MSB), as part of an effort to help visitors find their way in areas refurbished through the MSB Rehabilitation Project.

Two types of signs are being installed in northeast and northwest quadrants of the MSB, giving directions to specific areas, departments/divisions and room numbers.

Signs will be placed in the southeast and southwest quadrants of the MSB when Phase IV work is completed, projected for the end of 2014. The signs were designed by the Office of Planning + Design + Construction.

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Feb. 5: Thoru Pederson, PhD, Arnett Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Massachusetts, will present, "Beyond Ribosome Synthesis: New Functions of the Nucleolus” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Molecular and Cellular Physiology Seminar Feb. 5: Rhett Kovall, PhD, associate professor of molecular genetics, will discuss, "Structure & Function of Notch Transcription Complexes" at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Feb. 6: Erik Evans, DDS, MD, assistant professor of clinical surgery in the division of oral and maxillofacial surgery, will discuss, "Odontogenic Infections,” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Surgical Grand Rounds Feb. 6: Michael Edwards, MD, chair and professor of surgery, and W. John Kitzmiller, MD, professor of clinical and division director of plastic/burn surgery, will present, "SCIP Data: How Are We Doing?"at 9 a.m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.
  • Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Feb. 6: Lina Mu, MD, PhD, assistant professor of social and preventive medicine at the School of Public Health & Public Health Professions, State University of New York: Buffalo, will present, "Do Drastic Changes in Air Affect Oxidative Stress and Inflammation?" at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Labs.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds Feb. 6: Sona Sharma, MD, assistant professor of clinical internal medicine, division of endocrinology, will present, "Primary Hyperaldosteronism: From diagnosis to decisions about treatment" at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics Seminar Series Feb. 7: Mark Carrozza, health informatics developer at the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, will discuss "Mapping the Health of the Community" at at noon in the Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Pharmacology & Cell Biophysics Faculty Scholars Seminar Series Feb. 7: Hassane Amlal, PhD, will discuss, "Regulation of phosphate transport in the kidney by estrogen,” at 3:45 p.m. in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Transplant Lecture Series Feb. 8: Alin Girnita, MD, of Hoxworth Blood Center, will discuss, "Histocompatibility - Advanced," at noon in UC Medical Center 6104 NW.
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