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Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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Board of Trustees Approves Chairs, Emeriti Positions

At its Aug. 27 meeting, the UC Board of Trustees approved the creation of the Dr. E. Vernon and Eloise C. Smith Research and Education Endowment Fund in Ophthalmology and officially approved the appointment of Brett Kissela, MD, as Albert Barnes Voorheis Chair of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine.

It also made the following emeriti appointments:

  • Robert Franco, PhD, as professor emeritus of internal medicine.
  • Mark Goddard, MD, as associate professor emeritus of neurology and rehabilitation medicine.
  • Simon Newman, PhD, as professor emeritus of internal medicine.
Bruce Yachysyn, MD

Bruce Yachysyn, MD

Yacyshyn to Speak at Chinese-American Drug Development Conference

Bruce Yacyshyn, MD, professor in the division of digestive diseases, is speaking at the seventh Sino-U.S. Round Table Conference of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery in Changsha, China, Sept. 6-8.

He will be discussing predictive biomarker development. This spring, Yacyshyn and researchers identified the first biomarkers for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that could help with earlier diagnosis and intervention in those who have not yet shown symptoms.

Amit Govil, MD

Amit Govil, MD

Govil Selected for Transplant Advisory Group

Amit Govil, MD, associate professor in the division of nephrology and hypertension, has been selected to serve on the American Society of Nephrology’s Transplant Advisory Group.

He will serve a three-year term effective Oct. 1. Govil serves as medical director of UC’s pancreas transplant program and program director of the renal transplant fellowship.

CARE/Crawley Building

College of Medicine Named on List of ‘Beautiful Medical Schools’

The College of Medicine was included on a list of the "40 Most Beautiful Medical Schools” by

Schools were selected for architecture, campus landscape and local environment. The campus was noted for its "proud historical edifices alongside new buildings designed by some of the world’s most renowned modern architects."

Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Building

Charles L. Heaton Endowed Lectureship in Medical Ethics Sept. 26

The UC Department of Dermatology will host Ida Critelli Schick, PhD, of Xavier University, and Inayat Malik, MD, of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati as the Charles Heaton Endowed Lecturers in Medical Ethics on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Schick is professor emeritus of health services administration at Xavier and Malik is president of the Board of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati. They will discuss, "The Role of Great Religions in Patient Care: Catholicism & Medical Ethics and Islam & Medical Ethics," in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center (Room G344) at 8:40 a.m.

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

The Phoenix

The Phoenix

Forget-Me-Not Gala Sept. 27

The Forget-Me-Not Gala, which will support clinical research in Alzheimer’s disease at the Memory Disorders Center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati.

The event will feature a wine-pairing dinner, memorable melodies from Cincinnati Opera and a silent auction with valuable wines, a Mendocino, Calif., vacation home and other fine gifts. The event is the brainchild of John Van Kirk, PhD, founder of the Wine Merchant and a retired Xavier University marketing professor who lost his wife of 56 years, Rosemary, to Alzheimer's disease in 2012. Kathee Van Kirk and Lisette Sehlhorst are the event’s honorary co-chairs.

For more information, contact or 513-558-6769.

University of Cincinnati

Register for ‘Stroke of Genius’

Register now for Stroke of Genius, a challenge and celebration benefiting stroke research and education at the UC Comprehensive Stroke Center. The center is one of 12 centers or programs within the UC Neuroscience Institute, one of four institutes affiliated with the UC College of Medicine and UC Health.

Stroke of Genius consists of two events: a 30-day brain games challenge for teams and individuals through a free membership in Lumosity, and a celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, hosted by the Firehouse Grill in Blue Ash at which winners of the challenge will be announced. Festivities will include raffles, silent and live auctions, non-alcoholic beverages and food by the bite.

Register for one or both events at or call 513-558-6903.

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Medical Grand Rounds Sept. 4: Elyse Lower, MD, division of hematology oncology, will discuss breast cancer at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Seminar Sept. 5: Lilliam Ambroggio, PhD, MPH, Divisions of Hospital Medicine and Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, will present, "Reduced Variability in the Management of Childhood CAP in the Outpatient Setting,” at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Sept. 5: Celeste Morris, PhD, Northern Kentucky University Department of Chemistry, will present, "Applications of nanopipettes and multi-functional electrodes in neuroscience,” at 4 p.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute Seminar Sept. 9: Hanna Mikkola, MD, PhD, associate professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA, will present, "Uncovering the roadmap to hematopoietic stem cells,” at 2 p.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location S S1.203.
  • Procter & Gamble Scientific Lectureship Series Sept. 12: The UC Department of Dermatology will host James Elder, MD, PhD, for his lecture, "Genetics of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis,” at 10 a.m. in the Heaton Conference Center (Room G344) located on the ground level of the Hoxworth Building. Elder is the Kirk D. Wuepper Professor of Molecular Genetic Dermatology at the University of Michigan Department of Dermatology and Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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