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Match Day 2012

Match Day

Celebrate Match Day on March 15

The 2013 medical student Match Day will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 15.

The class will learn their matches in MSB E-351, with overflow seating in Kresge Auditorium and live streaming online at MedOneStop. The College of Medicine will have 162 students matching this year.

This year, senior associate dean for education Andrew Filak, MD, will pull the first envelope for the class, with Aurora Bennett, MD, associate dean of student affairs, and Bruce Giffin, PhD, pulling the rest of the envelopes from the Match Day Box.

Thomas Boat, MD

Thomas Boat, MD

International College of Medicine Town Hall Meetings Held This Week

Dean Thomas Boat, MD, and UC President Santa Ono, PhD, recently traveled to China to meet with officials from Chongqing Medical University and advance plans for establishing a joint international medical school.

Join Boat at one of two upcoming town hall meetings to learn more about the trip and plans for this international partnership and the opportunities for faculty participation.

The meetings will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in MSB 3051 and from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in MSB E-151.

Lori Mackey

Lori Mackey

Presentation on College of Medicine Finances March 18

Lori Mackey, senior associate dean for operations and finance, will present, "College of Medicine Finances: Business As Usual Will Not Be Enough,” from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Monday, March 18, in Kresge Auditorium.

She will provide an update on College of Medicine finances and explain why new approaches are needed to deal with mounting challenges ahead of us.

This event is the third in a series of four presentations by the college’s senior associate deans. There will be an opportunity for questions following the presentation.

St. Baldrick’s Day

St. Baldrick’s Day

Students Shave for St. Baldrick's March 14

UC students will shave their heads in support of childhood cancer research during the annual St. Baldrick's Celebration, to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at O'Bryon's Irish Pub in O'Bryonville.

Organized locally by the College of Medicine pediatrics club, St. Baldrick's Day (named for "St. Patrick’s Day" and "bald") events are held worldwide to raise money for childhood cancer research.

Admission is $5 for everyone except for "shavees." The club hopes to raise $15,000 through the event. So far, 23 students have registered to participate.

For more information and to donate, visit the official event website or email

Lee Zimmer, MD

Lee Zimmer, MD, PhD

Zimmer to Direct Rhinology & Cranial Base Surgery Program

Lee Zimmer, MD, PhD, associate professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, has been named director of the Rhinology & Anterior Cranial Base Surgery Program housed within the UC Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.

The division encompasses the areas of rhinology, anterior cranial base surgery, allergy and taste and smell. Division members include Allen Seiden, MD, professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, and Al Sassler, DO, associate professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery.

Zimmer developed the endoscopic cranial base center in collaboration with the department of neurosurgery and Mayfield Clinic at UCMC in 2005. That program is now nationally and internationally recognized for both clinical and academic achievement. His charge for the division now is quality, evidence-based clinical care and to develop a nationally recognized center for research and clinical trials.

William Motley, MD

William Motley, MD

Motley Elected Secretary/Treasurer of Ophthalmological Society

Associate professor of ophthalmology William Motley III, MD, has been elected secretary/treasurer of the Ohio Ophthalmological Society (OOS). Motley previously served on the OOS board of directors for two years and will stay on the board as a representative for the southwest Ohio region.

Motley joined the UC Department of Ophthalmology in 2007, after completing a residency and fellowship here. He sees patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and oversees ophthalmology residents at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

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

Graduate Student Research Forum

HSGA Named Graduate Student Group of the Year

The Health Sciences Graduate Association (HSGA) was named "Group of the Year” by the UC Graduate Student Governance Association. This award is given to the group that best exemplifies outstanding service to its constituents and a high standard of contribution to the UC and college community.

This year, the HSGA helped to organize and plan the Graduate Student Research Forum. The association also planned social activities, academic events and community outreach programs throughout the year, including participating in the national fundraiser, "Share Our Strength,” held to combat childhood hunger in America.

Main Street Cinema

Main Street Cinema

Reelabilities Film Screening and Panel Discussion: ‘Aphasia’ March 15

UC will host a free screening of the film, "Aphasia,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 15, as part of Reelabilities, the largest national film festival dedicated the sharing of stories, lives and art of people with disabilities. The screening will be held at the UC's MainStreet Cinema in Tangeman University Center and will include a panel discussion afterward.

Panel members include Alison Delgado, MD, a former Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center resident and traumatic brain injury survivor, and Jason Heil, MD, assistant professor, College of Medicine, and UC Health neurologist.

The event is free for students, faculty and staff with a UC ID. The event is open only to the UC community.

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Kingsgate Marriott

Kingsgate Marriott

Management of Infectious Disease Conference March 16

UC will host the 12th annual conference, "State-of-the-Art Management of Infectious Diseases,” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center.

This program will provide an update on the latest findings from the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections and impact the ability of providers to manage complex patients with HIV infection and multiple comorbidities.

Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, professor of clinical medicine and principal investigator of UC’s AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, will serve as course director and speaker.

Registration is online and limited. No fee to attend. For more information, contact Cathy Siemer at 513-584-6868.

CARE/Crawley Building

CARE/Crawley Building

CCTST Community Engagement Speaker Series March 25

"A Comprehensive, Partnered Approach to Obesity Prevention: Lessons from Philadelphia” will be discussed at the next Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Community Engagement Speaker Series, held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, in MSB E-351.

Featured presenters are:

  • Donald Schwarz, MD, MPH, health commissioner and deputy mayor for health and opportunity, City of Philadelphia.
  • Gary Foster, PhD, director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education, Temple University.
  • Brian Lang, director of the Supermarket Campaign with the Food Trust.

Schwarz and Lang will also participate in a community forum and coffee hour that morning at 8:30 a.m. in the United Way’s Fifth Third Convening Center, 2400 Reading Road. Both events are free and open to the public.

To register for either, email by Friday, March 22. For more details, see the event flier or go to the CCTST website.

Haley Titus-Mitchell

Haley Titus-Mitchell

Student Receives Sigma Xi Research Grant

College of Medicine student Haley Titus-Mitchell has received a grant in aid of research (GIAR) from the UC chapter of Sigma Xi. Titus-Mitchell is principal investigator of the grant, titled, "The role of the Notch pathway in nervous system pathogenesis in gain of function rasopathies."

The grant award is $3,000, which will be used for proposed flow cytometry experiments and includes a $500 travel award. Titus-Mitchell is a fourth-year neuroscience graduate candidate in the lab of Nancy Ratner, PhD, professor of pediatrics and Beatrice C. Lampkin Chair of Cancer Biology.

Medical Sciences Building

Medical Sciences Building

Lactation Room Open in MSB for Nursing Mothers

A lactation room in the Medical Sciences Building (MSB) is ready for use by nursing mothers to pump breast milk. The room (MSB 1050) will be available for UC staff and students in the colleges of medicine, allied health sciences, pharmacy and nursing.

To access the room, check out a key from the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library circulation desk. The procedure will work like checking out a book and can be done in person at the library or online via the library’s website.

Contact Wes Munzel in the Office of Planning + Design + Construction at 513-558-6774 with any questions.

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UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute Special Seminar March 12: Jun-Lin Guan, PhD, professor of medicine, division of molecular medicine and genetics, at the University of Michigan, will present, "Analysis of Tyrosine Kinase Signaling in Breast Cancer and Autophagy Functions in Mouse Models,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar March 12: Doctoral students Ryan Walker and Fabiola Bittencourt will present. Walker will discuss, "Determination of GASP structural architecture required for myostatin antagonism,” and Bittencourt will discuss, "M33, an MCMV encoded GPCR, is important for viral growth in sites of viral persistence and transmission,” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Physiology Seminar March 12: David Wieczorek, PhD, professor of molecular genetics, will present "Altering Tropomyosin Phosphorylation in the Heart: What Are the Consequences?” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Environmental Health Seminar March 13: Richard Kwok, PhD, staff scientist, chronic disease epidemiology group, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will discuss, "GuLF Study: An Ongoing Investigation into the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill,” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Labs.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar March 14: Biplab DasGupta, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center researcher, will present, "Pharmacogenetic Approach to Understand AMP Kinase Function in Solid Tumor Growth and Metabolism,” at noon in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Special Seminar March 14: Diana Taft, MECEH Fellow, PhD in Epidemiology candidate, will present, "A Pilot Study of TLR4 Polymorphism in Relation to Intestinal Dysbiosis and Risk of Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Preterm Infants,” and Christopher Dandoy, MD, PhD, in Epidemiology candidate, will discuss, "Quality Improvement Methods Implementing a Standardized Cardiac Monitoring Care Process in the BMT Unit at CCHMC,” in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Labs.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series March 14: Donald Rainnie, PhD, Emory University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, will discuss, "Losing control: stress modulation of fear circuits,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Transplant Lecture Series March 15: Bassam G. Abu Jawdwh, MD, will discuss, "Recurrence of FSGS in Allograft Kidneys” at noon in MSB 2461.
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