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Research Week Kicks Off 

The 2013 UC Health and University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center Research Week will run this week, Oct. 21-25. 

Events include: 

  • UC Health Research Day Oct. 22: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Café area across from Starbucks. Participants include representatives from the Clinical Trials Office, Research Administration, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training, Investigational Drug Services and the EPIC Research Group. 
  • Academic Health Center All-Star Scientific Poster Session Oct. 24: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., CARE/Crawley Atrium. Researchers across the Academic Health Center will present their posters, including a "Gallery of Excellence” with the most impactful and/or award-winning posters. 
  • Health Sciences Library Research Series: a week-long library series on funding, authorship issues, data management and datasets/tools. Register online:

Brad Kurowski, MD

Brad Kurowski, MD

Kurowski Receives Young Academician Award

Brad Kurowski, MD, an assistant professor in the departments of pediatrics and neurology and rehabilitation medicine, has been named winner of the Association of Academic Physiatrists’ Young Academician award. He will receive the award at the association’s 2014 annual meeting Feb. 25-March 1 in Nashville, Tenn.

Kurowski is an instructor in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Division of Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His clinical and research interests focus on traumatic brain injury (TBI), specifically mild TBI and concussion in children. 

Ranjan Deka, PhD

Ranjan Deka, PhD

Deka Invited to Speak at Indian Anthropological Congress

Ranjan Deka, PhD, department of environmental health, has been invited to deliver a memorial lecture at the Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists Indian Anthropological Congress Feb. 19-21, 2014, in Dibrugarh, India. Deka’s lecture will honor Professor B.M. Das, who was Deka’s PhD advisor and mentor during his studies at Dibrugarh University.

In addition, Deka has been nominated as an honorary scientific advisor of the Institute of Anthropological Research in Zagreb, Croatia. 

Deka, a professor in the division of epidemiology and biostatistics, is a molecular population geneticist whose primary research interest is in the genetics of complex diseases.

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

Graduate Student Research Forum Recognizes Student Research 

The Health Sciences Graduate Association hosted the 34th annual Graduate Student Research Forum, Tuesday, Oct. 15. The forum included 80 student poster presentations and ended with the following awards: 

  • First Place: Melinda Engevik, Worrell lab, Systems Biology.
  • Second Place: Kyle McKracken , J. Wells lab, Molecular Developmental Biology.
  • Third Place: Michael Workman, J. Wells lab, Molecular Developmental Biology.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Haley Titus-Mitchell, Ratner lab, Neuroscience.
  • Kyle Bednar, Ridgeway lab, Immunobiology.
  • Nasif Tabaja, Kovall lab, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology.
  • Swati Tiwari, Malik lab, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology.
  • Diana Taft, Morrow lab, Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

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

Conference director Luke Pater, MD

Midwest Brain Tumor Conference Oct. 26

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. 

The 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. Midwest Brain Tumor Conference Oct. 26For a full list of UC faculty speakers and registration information, visit

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.

University of Cincinnati

UC Benefits Fair Nov. 1

UC Human Resources will hold the 17th Annual Benefits Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Kingsgate Marriott. Representatives from benefit providers will be available, along with Human Resources staff members.

In addition, the UC Health Mobile Diagnostics van will provide 3D screening mammograms from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 513-585-TEST (8378) to schedule your appointment.

Flu shots will also be available again. Pre-register for an appointment at and download and complete the consent form. You will need to present it, your Humana ID card and your UC ID to get a free flu shot.

Kingsgate Marriott

UC Pancreatic Cancer Symposium Nov. 2

The UC Cancer Institute, Give Hope and BSI Engineering are partnering to present the UC Pancreatic Cancer Symposium: Updates for Clinical Care 2013.

The event—intended for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses treating patients with pancreatic cancer—will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in the Marriott Kingsgate Amphitheater, Conference Level, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Continuing education credits are available. Registration is $75. For more information, contact Ashley Bonner at 513-584-8900 or

Register online at

Phil Sharp, PhD

Phillip Sharp, PhD

Nobel Laureate to Speak Nov. 7-8

Phillip Sharp, PhD, Nobel laureate and president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will visit the Academic Health Center Nov. 7-8 for two lectures.

  • Thursday, Nov. 7, he will present, "CONVERGENCE:  Biomedical Science in the 21st Century,” at 4 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. Reception to follow. Before his talk, he will receive the President’s Award for Excellence from UC President Santa Ono, PhD.
  • Friday, Nov. 8, he will present, "The Synthesis and Function of Noncoding RNAs,” at 10 a.m. in Cincinnati Children's Research Auditorium (R3381). Reception to follow in the Mitchell/Nelson Lounge & Museum (Old Pratt Library).
Sharp, a noted molecular biologist with a focus on the genetic causes of cancer, shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of "split genes”—the finding that genes could be composed of several separate segments within DNA.

Vontz Center for Molecular Studies  00079ARC

Meet Your Breast Cancer Researcher Nov. 9

Patients and other interested parties are invited to attend the Meet Your Breast Cancer Researcher event Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies. 

Attendees will hear about new advances in breast cancer research and the future of breast cancer diagnostic and treatment options.

This interactive discussion is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

To register, visit

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Oct. 22: William Heineman, PhD, UC Department of Chemistry, will discuss, "Chemical Sensors Based on Spectroelectrochemistry,” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Transplant Grand Rounds Oct. 22: Alin Girnita, MD, and Tayyab Diwan, MD, will present their 2013 American Transplant Congress research at 4 p.m. in MSB 3051.
  • Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Oct. 23: Brad Kesser, MD, will discuss, "Studies in Congenital Aural Atresia," at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Oct. 23: Shannon Brown, MPH, will discuss, "Public Health Perspectives—Sierra Leone,” and Charity Bashore, MPH, will present, "Beyond the Horizon—Panama,” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Elmore Kindel Endowed Lectureship in Dermatology Oct. 24: Ronald Rapini, MD, Josey Professor and Chair of Dermatology and professor of pathology at the University of Texas Medical School, will present, "Bad Things Happened,” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center (Room G344).
  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics Thursday Seminar Series Oct. 24: James Squires, MD, fellow, pediatric gastroenterology, will discuss, "Diagnostic and Predictive Value of Serum Biomarkers in Biliary Artesia,” and Maryse Amin, epidemiology doctoral student, will present, "A Global Perspective on Health and Education in Rural Regions of Tanzania,” at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Oct. 24: Sriparna Ghosal, neuroscience graduate program, will discuss, "Role of the GLP-1 receptor in stress excitation,” and Nasrin Shahana, also of the neuroscience graduate program, will discuss, "Potential motor cortex biomarkers for therapeutics in childhood ADHD,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Pharmacology & Cell Biophysics Seminar Nov. 1: former pharmacology & cell biophysics graduate student Donald Slish, PhD, professor at Plattsburgh SUNY, will present, "Multiple Anti-Cancer Mechanisms of Curcumin,” at 11 a.m. in MSB 4051.

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