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Thomas Boat, MD

Thomas Boat, MD

College of Medicine Update Oct. 29

Thomas Boat, MD, vice president for health affairs and Christian R. Holmes Professor and Dean of the College of Medicine, will make his annual presentation to the faculty and staff at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Kresge Auditorium.

During this session, he will highlight some of the plans put in place over the past two years and progress toward the goals of these plans.

As in the past two years, this will be the first of several presentations from college leadership. More information on these presentations will be forthcoming.

Michael Thomas, MD

Michael Thomas, MD

Thomas to Serve on NICHD Advisory Board

Michael Thomas, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, has been invited to serve as a member of the advisory board for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Reproductive Medicine Network.

The NICHD established the network in 1990 to support large scale, multicenter clinical trials of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for male and female infertility and reproductive diseases and disorders.

Glenn Talaska, PhD

Glenn Talaska, PhD

Talaska Named Associate Chair of Environmental Health

Glenn Talaska, PhD, has been named associate chair of the UC Department of Environmental Health by Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD, Jacob G. Schmidlapp Professor and Chair of Environmental Health.

Talaska, a professor and director of the department’s environmental and occupational hygiene division, joined the College of Medicine faculty as an assistant professor in 1989. In his role as vice chair, he will assist with faculty development and be involved in management of most of the physical plant activities at the Kettering Lab Complex. He will also be involved in alumni relationship and fundraising activities.

Eric Warm, MD

Eric Warm, MD

Warm Wins ACP Teaching Award

Eric Warm, MD, Richard W. and Sue P. Vilter Professor of Medicine and director of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program, is the recipient of the 2013 Master Teacher Award from the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

The award will be officially presented to him at the awards luncheon at the 2013 Ohio Chapter Meeting in Columbus Oct. 11.

Ana Cheong, PhD

Ana Cheong, PhD

Cheong Selected for Early Investigators Workshop

Ana Cheong, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Environmental Health, has been selected to attend the Endocrine Society’s Early Investigators Workshop for Trainees Oct. 25-26 in Indianapolis.

Cheong’s research project, "Therapeutic use of PSMA aptamer-directed miR-765 for advanced prostate cancer,” proposes the use of prostate cancer specific membrane protein in directing the small regulatory microRNA specifically into the prostate cancer (PCa) cells to silence multiple oncogenes which may inhibit PCa progression.

Procter Hall

Pilot Research Project Symposium Showcases Occupational Health and Safety Research Oct. 10-11

Scientists will discuss the latest occupational and environmental health research at the UC Education and Research Center's 14th annual Pilot Research Project Symposium Thursday, Oct. 10, and Friday, Oct. 11. The event is free, open to the public and will take place in the Auditorium, Room 103, of Procter Hall at the College of Nursing.

Wayne Sanderson, PhD, director of the Central Appalachian Regional Education Research Center, will present, "Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis–An Ancient Disease That Is Still Among Us” during a keynote address at 1 p.m. Oct. 10.

Denise Smith, PhD, research scientist at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute, will give the keynote address at 8 a.m. Oct. 11 on "Sudden Cardiac Events: Why Are Firefighters at Risk?”

Continuing education credits are available. Registration info is available at

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

Graduate Student Research Forum Oct. 15

The 34th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum is scheduled on Oct. 15, 2013. The poster exhibit is from 9 a.m. to noon in the CARE/Crawley Atrium.

Keynote speaker is James Bradner, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, who will present, "Chemical Modulation of Chromatin Structure and Function,” at 1 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. An awards ceremony and reception is scheduled immediately following the lecture in the Kresge Auditorium.


CCTST Community Engagement Speaker Series Oct. 17-18

"Social Determinants of Health” is the theme of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Community Engagement Speaker Series Oct. 17-18, featuring Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, and Gail McCray, CHES.

All Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. See details and registration links below:

  • Community Awards Dinner – "Social Determinants of Health: Past, Present & Future:” 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, Bell Event Centre, 444 Reading Road.
  • Community Forum & Coffee Hour – "Social Determinants of Health: Opportunities for Collaboration & Education:” 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, United Way's Fifth Third Convening Center, 2400 Reading Road.
  • Speaker Presentation & Panel Discussion (CCTST Grand Rounds) – "Social Determinants of Health: Implications for Practice, Research & Policy:” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center MERC Auditorium, 620 Oak St.


Continuing education credits are available. RSVP for all events by Friday, Oct. 11, to Additional information is available at

Cincinnati Music Hall

Cincinnati Music Hall

USO to Honor Faculty Oct. 20

Four faculty members will be honored as Heroes of Military Medicine at the United Service Organization (USO)’s 10th annual Tribute Cincinnati gala on Oct. 20 at Music Hall. They are:

  • Kathleen Chard, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychiatry and director of the PTSD program at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.
  • Warren Dorlac, MD, associate professor of surgery.
  • Jed Hartings, PhD, associate research professor of neurosurgery.
  • Jay Johannigman, MD, professor and chief of the division of trauma and critical care.

Also being honored are U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), a Cincinnati podiatrist and Iraq War veteran, and Col. Gordon Roberts, a Middletown native and recipient of the Medal of Honor who also served as a longtime social worker and as brigade commander for Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Proceeds from the event fund programs operated by the USO Metropolitan Washington at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The Cincinnati event is the largest supporter of USO-Metro outside of Washington, D.C.

For more information, or to become a sponsor or purchase a ticket for a veteran, visit, or text USO to 27722 to make a $10 donation.

Vontz Center for Molecular Studies 00079ARC

Brain Injury and Epigenetics Symposium Oct. 25

Join investigators and clinicians from the UC College of Medicine and UC Health for a research symposium focused on brain injury and epigenetics.

This free, day-long symposium is part of Research Week 2013 will be held Friday, Oct. 25, in the Rieveschl Auditorium of the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies. Speakers will focus on the epigenetic, neurological and cardiovascular factors affecting brain injury and stroke.

Roger Pancoast Simon, MD, professor of neurology and neurobiology at Morehouse School of Medicine, and Gustavo Turecki, MD, PhD, vice chair for research and academic affairs in the psychiatry department at McGill University, will present keynote addresses.

Continuing education credit is available for this event. RSVP by Oct. 21 to

›› See the full symposium program.
›› See the full list of events scheduled for Research Week 2013.

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Oct. 8: Taosheng Huang, MD, PhD, UC professor of pediatrics and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Division of Human Genetics, will discuss, "Genetics of Mitochondrial-related Retinal Degeneration & Potential of iPS Cell-based Therapy,” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Physiology Seminar Oct. 8: Per Hellstrand, PhD, of the Department of Experimental Medical Science Vascular Physiology Group, Lund University, Sweden, will present, "Stretch-mediated effects on growth and differentiation of vascular smooth muscle,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • 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.
  • Environmental Health Seminar Oct. 9: Joseph Braun, MPSH, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology, Brown University, will present, "Predictors and Neurobehavioral Sequelae of Endocrine Disrupting Chemical Mixture Exposures," at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.
  • Lurie Family Lecture Oct. 9: Pierre Tariot, MD, from the Banner Research Institute in Phoenix, will discuss, "Preventing Alzheimer's: Pipedream or Possibility?" at noon in the Stetson Building 2nd Floor Lecture Hall.
  • Dermatology Procter & Gamble Scientific Lectureship Oct. 10: Daniel David Bikle, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and dermatology at the University of California, will present, "Vitamin D and Skin Cancer: Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Sunlight,” at 10 a.m. in the Heaton Conference Center (Room G344), Hoxworth Building.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Oct. 10: H. Leighton Grimes, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the cancer pathology program of CCHMC division of experimental hematology and pathology, will present, "Oncorequisite Factors in Lymphoid Malignancy,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics Seminar Oct. 10: Kim Dietrich, PhD, will present, "The Qualifying Examination and Letter of Intent Process," at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Oct. 10: Peter Scheifele, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Allied Health Sciences, will discuss, "Military working dogs: current work in UC FETCH-LAB taking care of our canine soldiers,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 5051.
  • UC Brain Tumor Talk Oct. 16: Paul Mischel, MD, professor of pathology, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and director of the Moores Cancer Center Brain Tumor Research Program, will present, "Targeting EGFR / PI3K / mTOR Signaling in Glioblastoma,” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.


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