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Andrew Filak, Jr., MD

Andrew Filak, Jr., MD

College of Medicine Education Presentation Feb. 18

Andrew Filak Jr., MD, senior associate dean for academic affairs and education, will present, "We’ve Only Just Begun: Changes in Medical Education,” from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 in Kresge Auditorium.

His talk will include a discussion of the College of Medicine’s new medical education curriculum as well as future plans and challenges in moving toward competency-based education and assessment. There will be an opportunity for questions following his presentation.

The next in the series of senior associate dean presentations will be held  Monday, March 18, and will feature Lori Mackey, senior associate dean for operations and finance.

CARE/Crawley Atrium

CARE/Crawley Atrium

Submissions Open for the College of Medicine Art Exhibit April 10

The College of Medicine Fine Arts in Medicine Club is seeking submissions for the inaugural UC College of Medicine Art Exhibit, to be held Wednesday, April 10.

The club is looking for submissions from students, residents, faculty and staff. Sculptures, pottery, jewelry, weavings, graphic design, film, etc., are all welcomed.

The exhibit will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the CARE/Crawley atrium, with an opening reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The reception will include food, music and a raffle benefitting the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship fund.

If you are interested in exhibiting work, click here for more information and email Claire Seguin at by Monday, March 18.

Shivani Jindal, MD

Shivani Jindal, MD

Jindal Appointed to VA Patient Safety Initiative

Shivani Jindal, MD, a resident at UC Medical Center, has been the first appointee for the Department of Veterans Affairs Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety Initiative, which will begin in July 2013.

Last fall, UC and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center were selected for the initiative by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It provides continuing funding to train a physician for one year, following completion of accredited training in internal medicine or a subspecialty, to focus on principles of quality improvement and safety improvements for patients.

The Cincinnati VA is one of only 13 VA sites nationally to have such a fellowship.

College of Medicine

College of Medicine

Visiting Nurse Association to Honor UC Faculty Members

The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will recognize three UC faculty members during their 14th Annual Caring Award Celebration  May 1 at the Hilton Netherland Plaza in Downtown Cincinnati.

Awards are given to an organization and individuals who impact the lives and health of our community through their outcomes and quality of care.

This year’s honorees include:

  • John Tew, MD, professor of neurosurgery, and Susan Tew, receiving the VNA Today Award.
  • Doug Smucker, MD, adjunct professor of family and community medicine, receiving the VNA Heart and Hands Award.
  • Steve Pomeranz, MD, volunteer instructor of orthopedic surgery, and Penny Pomeranz, receiving the VNA Outstanding Community Healthcare Partner Award along with ProScan Imaging.

For reservations or more information about the 2013 Caring Awards Celebration call 513-345-8038 or email

Aimin Chen, MD, PhD

Aimin Chen, MD, PhD

Chen Invited to Speak at AAAS Annual Meeting

Aimin Chen, MD, PhD, assistant professor of environmental health, division of epidemiology and biostatistics, is an invited speaker for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, scheduled for Feb. 14-18 in Boston.

Chen will speak Friday, Feb. 15, as part of a program on the environmental impacts of electronic waste (e-waste) recycling. His talk is titled, "E-Waste Recycling in Developing Countries: Concerns of Developmental Toxicity.”

Chen is part of a team within environmental health that is leading an international population study examining the human developmental effects of environmental exposure to the complex metal mixture found in e-waste.

Alison Weiss, PhD

Alison Weiss, PhD

Weiss Elected American Academy of Microbiology Fellow

Alison Weiss, PhD, professor of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology, has been elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows are members of the academy, which is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

Weiss’ research focuses on the interaction of bacterial virulence factors with immune defenses, with a strong emphasis on the role of bacterial toxins.

She will be recognized May 21 at the Academy Fellows Luncheon and Meeting at the 113th annual ASM General Meeting in Denver.

UC Academic Health Center student

Grant workshop

Grant Writing Workshop Registration Open

UC’s Office of Research is hosting several workshops aimed at offering grant writing training and assistance. Presented by Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, LLC, and geared toward faculty, postdocs and graduate students, the workshops will take place in April, with registration due by March 15.

Opportunities include lectures on the basics of grant writing, NIH Career Awards and NSF Career Award Grants. All workshops take place in the Rieveschl Auditorium in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.

Register online at

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Kingsgate Marriott

Kingsgate Marriott

REMINDER:  Empirical Bioethics Conference Registration Deadline is Feb. 15

Online registration ends Friday, Feb. 15, for the conference "Empirical Bioethics:  Emerging Trends for the 21st Century,” to be held Feb. 21-22 at Kingsgate Conference Center.

Participants will learn about cutting-edge research defining the ethical framework guiding clinical and translational studies.

Featured speakers include internationally-recognized experts Daniel Sulmasy, MD, PhD, of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago; Peter Ubel, MD, Fuqua School of Business and Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University; and Rebecca Pentz, PhD, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University.

The event is sponsored by the CCTST and Cincinnati Children’s Ethics Center. Registration ($100) includes a reception following the half-day session Feb. 21, breakfast and lunch Feb. 22, conference materials and parking. Continuing education credits are offered. For more details, visit

For questions, email

CARE/Crawley Building

CARE/Crawley Building

CCTST Grand Rounds on Public Health Indicators, Community Research Feb. 15

The use of clinical and public health indicators and community research resources will be discussed at the next CCTST Grand Rounds, held Friday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in MSB 4051.

  • From 11 a.m. to noon, Russell Kirby, PhD, professor and Marrell Endowed Chair in Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida, will discuss, "We Count What We Can Count, We Measure What We Can Measure: Are Traditional Perinatal Indicators Relevant in the 21st Century Context?”
  • From noon to 1 p.m., Jennifer Chubinski, director of community research at The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, and Mark Carrozza, health informatics developer at the foundation, will present, "An Introduction to Community Research from The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.”

CCTST Grand Rounds are free of charge and open to the public. Continuing education credits are offered.

Lunch is available to CCTST members (join free of charge) who RSVP to Elizabeth Heubi by Wednesday, Feb. 13.

College of Medicine Physician Meet & Greet

College of Medicine Physician Meet & Greet

Second Medical Student "Physician Meet & Greet" Feb. 21

UC's American Medical Association student chapter will hold their annual "Physician Meet & Greet" from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the CARE/Crawley Atrium.

During the Meet & Greet, participants gather in a roundtable format to discuss aspects of a particular specialty. After 20 minutes, they rotate to their next table, and so on for two hours.

For more information, email or

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Feb. 12: Atsuo Sasaki, PhD, department of cancer biology, will discuss, "A Novel Regulation of GTP-Signaling in Cancers," at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Feb. 13: Angela Donaldson, MD, will present, "Stent, Pack Irrigate—Does it matter? Post-Operative Management of FESS,” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Feb. 13: Robert Bonomo, MD, professor of medicine, pharmacology, molecular biology and microbiology at Case Western Reserve University, will present, "Multi-Drug Resistant Gram Negative Infections,” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Series Feb. 14: Juozas Vasiliauskas, of the cancer and cell biology graduate program, will present, "HGFL Promotes Prostate Tumorigenesis in Murine Model of Prostate Cancer,” and Meghan Brundage, also of the graduate program, will discuss, "The Role of cMAF in Neurofibromatosis Type 1,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.
  • Environmental Health Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics Seminar Series Feb. 14: Nianzhou Xiao, MD, clinical fellow, Cincinnati Children’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, will present, "A panel of novel urinary biomarkers to monitor obesity-related subclinical renal injury in adolescents before and after bariatric procedures,” and Achala Vagal, MD, assistant professor of radiology, will present, "Increasing utilization of CT based multimodal imaging (CT perfusion and CT angiograms) in acute ischemic stroke from 2006-2010,” at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.
  • Cancer Biology Special Seminar Feb. 15: Christian Harteneck, PhD, Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Eberhard Karls University Hospitals and Clinics, University of Tübingen, Germany, will discuss, "Characterization of Renally Expressed TRP Channels” at 11 a.m. in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Transplant Lecture Series Feb. 15: Amit Govil, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine and director of pancreas transplantation, will discuss, "Transplant Infectious Diseases,” at noon in MSB 2461.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Feb. 19: James Herman, PhD, department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, will present, "Rethinking Stress Biology: Glucocorticoid Signaling, Adaptation and Pathology” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Cancer Biology Winter Seminar Series Feb. 21: Atsuo Sasaki, PhD, assistant professor of hematology oncology in the department of internal medicine, will present, "The Impact of GTP-Signaling on Cancers and Metabolic Diseases,” at noon in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.
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