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Date: Monday, September 30, 2013

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Jun-Lin Guan, PhD

Jun-Lin Guan, PhD

Guan Appointed Chair of Cancer Biology

Jun-Lin Guan, PhD, has been appointed chair of the UC Department of Cancer Biology, effective Dec. 31, pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees. In this role, Guan also will serve as the Francis Brunning Endowed Chair and professor of cancer biology, associate director for research of the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute (UCCI) and co-leader of molecular and cellular basis of cancer of the Cincinnati Cancer Center (CCC).

Guan comes to Cincinnati from the University of Michigan where, since 2006, he has been professor of medicine in the division of molecular medicine and genetics. Previously, he was director of graduate studies and professor of molecular medicine at Cornell University.

As chair, Guan is charged with recruiting researchers who will become funded, independent investigators participating in the UCCI and the CCC programs. He also will encourage other UC faculty with cancer-targeted discovery research programs to seek secondary appointments in cancer biology.

He replaces Jerry Lingrel, PhD, who served as interim chair of cancer biology for three years, after serving as chair of molecular genetics for 27 years.

Translational Research Day

Research Week 2013: October 21-25

Mark your calendars now for a week full of research-focused events during the UC Health and University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center Research Week Oct. 21-25.

The schedule includes:

  • A kickoff celebration at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21 in the UC Medical Center lobby.
  • A game show-style session on "Does the Evidence Support It?,” 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23.
  • The Academic Health Center All-Star Scientific Poster Session Thursday, 11 a.m. Oct. 24.
  • A day-long symposium on Epigenetics in Vontz Center for Molecular Studies Friday, Oct. 25.

To see the entire schedule, including research-specific talks at the Health Sciences Library, visit

Alberto Espay, MD

Alberto Espay, MD

Book Co-Authored by Espay Wins Honor

"Common Movement Disorders Pitfalls: Case-Based Learning" (Cambridge University Press, 2012), co-authored by Alberto Espay, MD, an associate professor in the UC Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, was awarded the title of "Highly Recommended" at the British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Book Awards 2013 in London. It ranked among the top four books in neurology.

Anthony Lang, MD, Toronto Western Research Institute, was Espay's co-author.

Vivien Coulson-Thomas, PhD

Vivien Coulson-Thomas, PhD

Coulson-Thomas Wins Young Investigator Award

Vivien Coulson-Thomas, PhD, post-doctoral fellow in the department of ophthalmology, received the Journal of Biological Chemistry/ Herbert Tabor Young Investigator Award at the 8th International Proteoglycan Conference, held Aug. 25–29, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Coulson-Thomas works with Winston Kao, PhD, professor of ophthalmology, where she studies the use of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (UMSC) for treating corneal disease. She received the award for their recent work, "Transplantation of UMSC cures the corneal defects of mucopolysaccharidosis VII mice.”

The award recognizes the innovators and achievers in young researchers who exemplify the values of creativity and scientific excellence.


‘T1’ Pilot Grants, Just-in-Time Funding Due This Week

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) announces the next funding round of its "T1” Pilot Grant Program and Just-in-Time Core Funds Grant Program.

"T1” Pilot Grant Program:
Letters of intent are due Friday, Oct. 4. Proposals of up to $100,000 are requested to fund T1 translational research, which seeks to apply clinical or basic research knowledge in an identifiable pathway toward the development of trials and studies in humans. Complete details are available online or contact Susan Swearingen.

Just-in-Time Core Funds Grant Program:
Application deadlines are Oct. 1, 2013, and Feb. 1, 2014. The mission of the Just-in-Time (JIT) grant mechanism is to enable investigators to use UC or Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center core facilities to obtain critical data for submission of a competitive extramural proposal, patent application or commercialization agreement. Click here for complete details or contact Bettie Durant.

University of Cincinnati

Mini-Medical College Starts Oct. 2

The annual UC Mini-Medical College, a continuing education event for interested students from all walks of life, will start Wednesday, Oct. 2.

The series will be held over four Wednesday nights in October. Faculty from the College of Medicine will share expertise and insights on a range of topics, including cardiac imaging, brain emergencies, genetic testing and surgical reconstruction.

Registration is $70 and includes program booklet, parking and a T-shirt. Register online today at or call 513-556-6932.

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Lurie Family Lecture Oct. 9

Pierre Tariot, MD, a geriatric psychiatrist who directs Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix, will be the speaker at the annual Lurie Family Lecture from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Stetson Building’s second-floor lecture hall. His topic will be, "Preventing Alzheimer’s: Pipedream or Possibility?”

Tariot was a professor at University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, where he directed a program dedicated to the care and study of those with Alzheimer's, before helping launch the Banner Alzheimer's Institute in 2006.

The Lurie Family Lecture, presented by the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, honors Louis Lurie, MD, and his son, Max Lurie, MD, prominent psychiatrists who were both faculty members in the department.

Luke Pater, MD, is a radiation oncologist with UC Health.

Luke Pater, MD

Midwest Brain Tumor Conference Highlights Wellness

The annual Midwest Regional Brain Tumor Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Miami University Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester.

The conference, entitled "Hope, Innovation, Progress, Support,” is presented by the Brain Tumor Center at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Neuroscience Institute, one of four institutes of the UC College of Medicine and UC Health, as free educational event for patients, caregivers and family members.

Conference’s director is Luke Pater, MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology. Speakers will provide patients, survivors and caregivers with the latest information about health, wellness and maximizing quality of life during treatment and recovery.

The symposium precedes the fourth annual Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure on Sunday, Oct. 27, proceeds from which support the UC Brain Tumor Center.

For a full list of UC faculty speakers and registration information, visit

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Oct. 1: William Miller, PhD, associate professor of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology, will discuss, "Cytomegalovirus GPCRs: Signaling and roles in viral pathogenesis” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Physiology Seminar Oct. 1: Ana Luisa Kadekaro, PhD, research assistant professor of dermatology, will present, "Role of Epidermal Melanocytes in Attenuating UVR-Induced Skin Carcinogenesis,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Environmental Health Seminar Oct. 2: David Hein, PhD, Peter K. Knoefel Endowed Chair of Pharmacology, professor & chair of pharmacology and toxicology, University of Louisville, will present, "Acetylation Polymorphisms as Modifiers of Environmental Health and Disease," at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Oct. 3: Yuan-Hung Lo and Garrett Rhyasen, cancer & cell biology graduate students who received the Cardell Fellowship for 2013, will present at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.
  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics Seminar Oct. 3: Linda Levin, PhD, research associate professor of environmental health, will present, "Estimation of Exposure Time Trends Using Nonlinear Segmented Models,” at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Oct. 3: Matia Solomon, PhD, of the UC Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, will discuss, "Immediate and sustained effects of chronic psychosocial stress on behavior,” at 4 p.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Transplant Lecture Series Oct. 4: Paul Volek, UC Medical Center, will discuss the United Network for Organ Sharing at noon in MSB 2004.
  • Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute Lecture Oct. 7: Oren Becher, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics and pathology, will present, "What can we learn from genetic mouse models of DIPG?” at 1 p.m. in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Research Auditorium.
  • Transplant Division Grand Rounds Oct. 8: Anthony Demetris, MD, director of the University of Pittsburgh Division of Transplantation Pathology, will present, "Operational Tolerance in Human Liver Allograft Recipients: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?" at 4 p.m. in MSB 3051.
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