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Drake Medal

Drake Medal

College of Medicine Honors 3 with Drake Medals

The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine honored two current faculty members and one alumnus Saturday with Daniel Drake Medals. 

Drake Medal recipients for 2013 are Taylor "Tuck” Asbury, MD, professor emeritus in the college’s ophthalmology department, Robert Rakel, MD, graduate of the class of 1958 with an appointment at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, and Peter Stambrook, PhD, UC professor in the molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology department. 

The Daniel Drake Medal, established in 1985, is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Medicine and is given annually to living faculty or alumni for their outstanding and unique contributions to medical education, scholarship and research. 

>> Read about the Drake winners

Daniel Drake Exhibit

Drake Medal Exhibit Unveiled

A permanent exhibit honoring Daniel Drake and the recipients of the Drake Medal was unveiled by Dean Thomas Boat, MD, on Saturday, May 18. The exhibit is located on the main Medical Sciences Building corridor opposite the Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions.

It includes a brief biography of Daniel Drake, founder in 1819 of the Medical College of Ohio—precursor to the College of Medicine—and a brief history of the Drake Medal, which is awarded annually for distinguished contributions to medical research and excellence as a clinician-teacher. Also displayed are the names of all 69 recipients of the Medal.

The exhibit, designed by staff in UC’s Planning, Design and Construction office, was made possible by contributions from Medal recipients and friends of the college.

Darleen Sandoval, PhD

Darleen Sandoval, PhD

Sandoval Appointed to NIH Study Section 

Darleen Sandoval, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, has been selected to serve as a member of the Integrative Physiology of Obesity and Diabetes Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health. Her appointment runs from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2017.

Sandoval’s research is focused on blood glucose regulation by the central nervous system and the biological underpinnings of bariatric surgery that affect diabetes and obesity. As a member of the Study Section, she will review grant applications, make recommendations on the applications submitted and survey the status of the research in her field of science. 

Edward Holland, MD

Edward Holland, MD

Holland Awarded Cornea Society’s High Honor

The Cornea Society has awarded its highest honor, the Castroviejo Medal, to Edward Holland, MD, adjunct associate professor of ophthalmology.

Holland, who also directs cornea services at Cincinnati Eye Institute, will present the Castroviejo Lecture during the society’s scientific symposium at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting in November 2013. 

The medal, named in honor of Ramon Castroviejo, the father of modern corneal transplant surgery and the inspiration for the founding of the Cornea Society, is awarded annually in recognition of exceptional contributions in support of the Society’s mission.

Jennifer O'Toole, MD, MEd

Jennifer O'Toole, MD, MEd

O’Toole Elected to Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association 

Jennifer O’Toole, MD, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, was elected as a member representative of the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association, the national organization created to support combined medicine-pediatric residency programs.

Her appointment, which begins July 1, is for two years. 

Kettering Laboratory

Kettering Laboratory

Center for Environmental Genetics Symposium May 21

The Center for Environmental Genetics annual Pilot Project and Career Development Symposium will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday May 21, in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.

This year’s special guest speakers will be Gregory Grabowski, MD, professor of pediatrics, human genetics, and Daniel Nebert, MD, professor of environmental health and pediatrics. Grabowski will present "The human genome: Era of clinical genomics and personalized medicine,” followed by Nebert’s presentation, "Genetics, genomics, and predicting risk in ‘personalized medicine’.”

For more information, contact Elizabeth Kopras at or 513-558-3625.

Hearing screening

Hearing screening

UC Health Offering Free Hearing Screenings May 22-23

In recognition of Better Speech & Hearing Month, UC Health audiologists are offering free hearing screenings for two days this week.

Screenings will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23. Patients can be seen at both the UC Health Physicians Office North, 7690 Discovery Drive, in West Chester, and at the UC Health Physician Office in Clifton, 222 Piedmont Ave., Cincinnati. 

To make an appointment, call 513-475-8400.

A scientist conducts laboratory research

UC Institutional Review Board Open House May 29

The UC Institutional Review Board (IRB) will hold an open house Wednesday, May 29, in Room 454 of University Hall. Two sessions will be held, from 8 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m., for attendees to learn about the role of the IRB at UC, UC Health and the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.

The agenda will include an introduction to the structure and function of the UC IRB and an overview of member responsibilities.

Registration is requested. Email Melanie Fulton or call 513-558-0332 with your preferred session.

Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Blood Center

The Charles L. Heaton Endowed Lecture in Medical Ethics May 30

The UC Dermatology Department will host Stephen Webster, MD, of the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis., as the Charles Heaton Endowed Lecturer in Medical Ethics at 10 a.m Thursday, May 30.

Webster is on staff at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center and is a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota and associate clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He will discuss "History of Medical Ethics" in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center (Room G344).

For more information, contact Bobbie Lambert at 513-558-0945.

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars 

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar May 21: Doctoral students Kristof Nolan (T. Thompson Lab) and Kelly Collins (Kovall Lab) will give presentations at noon in MSB 2351. Nolan will discuss, "Insights into the mechanism of DAN-family Mediated BMP Inhibition." Collins will discuss, "SPOC--A novel phospho-peptide binding domain important for repression of Notch target genes." 
  • UC Cancer Institute Special Seminar May 21: Michael Freeman, PhD, director of the cancer biology program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, will present, "The Amoeboid Tumor Cell Phenotype,” from 4 to 5 p.m. in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Ophthalmology Grand Rounds May 22: Robert Sisk, MD, assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology, will give the Vitreoretinal Case Conference at 7:30 a.m. in the Ophthalmology Clinic conference room.
  • Surgical Grand Rounds May 22: Christopher Attinger, MD, professor of plastic surgery & orthopaedic surgery, and co-director, Center for Wound Healing, MedStar Georgetown University, will discuss, "Future Directions in Diabetic Limb Salvage," from 8-10 a.m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.
  • Medical Grand Rounds May 22: George Deepe, MD, division of infectious diseases, will present, "Neutrophils and Infection,” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds May 22: David Steward, MD, professor of otolaryngology, will present at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Free Educational Program on Depression May 22: Eric Nelson, MD, adjunct associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, will give an informative talk about depressive disorders, signs, and treatment, from 6-8 p.m. at the UC Medical Center Psychiatric Services at Clifton Campus, 311 Straight St.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar May 23: Chunyue Yin, PhD, of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, will present, "Fishing for Cure: Dissection of Liver Development and Disease Pathogenesis Using a Zebrafish Model," at noon in the Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • The Dr. Khushman V. Sanghvi Memorial Lectureship on the Mind-Body Interface in Health and Healing May 24: Benjamin Kligler, MD, MPH, vice chair and research director of the Beth Israel  Department of Integrative Medicine Continuum, Center for Health and Healing, will present, "Mind-Body Approaches in Pain Management: Challenge and Opportunity,” from noon to 1 p.m. in MSB E-351.

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