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Jen Jackson and Jim Kingsbury

Jim Kingsbury

Reception for Kingsbury Nov. 15

All are invited to a farewell reception for Jim Kingsbury, president and CEO of UC Health, at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the UC Health Business Center’s main lobby.

Kingsbury was appointed UC Health’s first president and chief executive officer in July 2010. He previously served as the executive director and senior vice president of University of Cincinnati Medical Center from 2004 until 2008, at which point he left for the United Arab Emirates.

There, where he served as CEO of University Hospital-Dubai and the interim CEO of the Al Maktoum Academic Medical Center, a Harvard University-affiliated academic medical center also located in Dubai.

Kingsbury announced his retirement in May and will be succeeded by Richard (Rick) Lofgren, MD, MPH, effective Dec. 2.

Melanie Cushion, PhD

Melanie Cushion, PhD

Save the Date: College of Medicine Research Presentation Dec. 9

Melanie Cushion, PhD, senior associate dean for research, will give a presentation on the College of Medicine’s research endeavors at 12:15 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, in Kresge Auditorium.

The talk is the second in a series of presentations by college leadership. It follows the Oct. 29 presentation, "Beyond Organizational Restructuring: Opportunities for Program Development,” by Thomas Boat, MD, vice president for health affairs and Christian R. Holmes Professor and Dean of the College of Medicine.

››Read more about Boat’s presentation online.

Bench to bedside research

Sasaki and Plas Awarded Molecular Therapeutics Grants

Atsuo Sasaki, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, division of hematology oncology, and David Plas, PhD, associate professor of cancer biology, have each been awarded a $100,000 pilot grant award from the UC Brain Tumor Center’s Molecular Therapeutics Program.

Sasaki’s research project is titled, "Targeting Type II PIPK for Malignant Brain Tumors.” Plas’ research is titled, "Analysis of Apoptotic and Metabolic Effects of S6K1 Inhibitors in PTEN-Deficient Glioma.”

The grants will be given over two years with funding beginning this December and second half beginning Dec. 1, 2014.

Andrew Maier, PhD

Andrew Maier, PhD

Maier Authors NIOSH Bulletin on IDLH Values

Andrew Maier, PhD, associate professor of environmental health, division of environmental and occupational hygiene, is the lead contract author of the new National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Current Intelligence Bulletin 66, "Derivation of Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) Values.”

The bulletin’s primary objective is to present a methodology, based on the modern principles of risk assessment and toxicology, for the derivation of IDLH values, which characterize the health risks of occupational exposures to high concentrations of airborne contaminants. The IDLH values are used widely in industrial settings to establish exposure control procedures for non-routine scenarios.

Maier also serves as chair of the Fellows Program for Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit public health organization, and is a toxicology fellow with NIOSH.

Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Hosts Veterans Day Blood Drive through Nov. 13

Hoxworth Blood Center is hosting its fifth annual Hero2Hero Blood Drive in honor of Veterans Day running through Wednesday, Nov. 13. Donors will have the opportunity to be a local hero by sending a piece of home to troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Hero2Hero blood donations can be made at any of Hoxworth’s eight Neighborhood Donor Centers in the Tristate area. For each blood donation collected, Hoxworth will send a holiday-care package loaded with favorite Cincinnati foods donated by sponsors. Holiday cards will be available for donors to sign and be included in the care packages.

For more information, visit To schedule an appointment to donate, call 513-451-0910. Walk-ins are welcome.

CARE/Crawley Building

CCTST Grand Rounds Nov. 15

Academic-community partnerships in environmental health are the focus of the next Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Grand Rounds, held Friday, Nov. 15, in MSB 4051.


  • From 11 a.m. to noon, Rosemary Caron, PhD, MPH, will present, "An Academic-Community Outreach Partnership: Building Relationships and Capacity to Address Childhood Lead Poisoning.” Caron is an associate professor in the department of health management and policy at the University of New Hampshire.
  • From noon to 1 p.m., Erin Haynes, DrPH, will discuss, "Engaging Community in Environmental Health Research in Eastern Ohio.” Haynes is an assistant professor in the department of environmental health and director of the CCTST-supported MS in Clinical and Translational Research program.


Grand Rounds are free and open to the public. Continuing education credits are offered.

University of Cincinnati

Open Enrollment Runs Through Nov. 30

UC’s annual open enrollment for benefits runs Nov. 1-30. To schedule a one-on-one benefits session with a Humana counselor to discuss new health plan options for 2014, register at

Sessions can help employees, who will experience benefits plan changes in 2014, analyze and compare new plan options during open enrollment. These changes are not applicable to all employee groups. Register early; sessions are limited.

To learn more about the 2014 health care, visit For questions or more information, call Human Resources at 513-556-6381.

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars


  • Physiology Seminar Nov. 12: Joshua Gross, PhD, of the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, will present, "A genetic basis for activity differences in response to light in the blind Mexican cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus,” at 4 p.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Anesthesiology Edward Lowe, MD, Lectureship Series Nov. 13: Warren Zapol, MD, Harvard Medical School, will present, "Research at the Frontier: My Life in Anesthesiology Research,” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Nov. 13: Mike Sterling will discuss, "Interviewing Techniques," at 7 a.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Nov. 13: Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, will discuss, "Alcoholic Liver Disease: What is New in 2014?” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences Seminar Nov. 13: The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy will host Andrea Bishop, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in psychology at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, for her seminar, "Building the Connection for Patient Safety: What Influences Patient Involvement?” from 1 to 5 p.m. in HPB 249.
  • Dermatology Procter & Gamble Scientific Lectureship Nov. 14: Richard Edelson, MD, Aaron & Marguerite Lerner Professor and Chairman of the Yale School of Medicine Department of Dermatology, will present, "Anti-Cancer Immunotherapeutic Lessons Learned from Management of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma,” at 10 a.m. in the Heaton Conference Center (Room G344), Hoxworth Building.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Nov. 14: Jeffrey Parvin, MD, PhD, Louis Levy Professor for Cancer and co-director of the Ohio State University Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, will discuss, "BRCA1 and other DNA Double-Strand Break Repair Proteins,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Seminar Nov. 14: John Hutton, MD, General & Community Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and interim chair, department of pharmacology and cell biophysics, will present, "Using a Children's Book as an Alternative to Brochures to Increase Parental Adherence to Safe Sleep Practices,” and Achala Vagal, MD, assistant professor of radiology, will discuss, "Trends in Utilization of Vascular Imaging in Stroke: A Population-Based Study,” at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Psych and the Cinema Nov. 14: Join a specialist from the UC Mood Disorders Center for a discussion about bipolar disorder and how it is represented in the film "Mr. Jones,” starring Richard Gere, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in MSB 5051.
  • Transplant Grand Rounds Nov. 19: Marwan Abouljoud, MD, Benson Ford Chair of Transplantation Surgery at Wayne State University and division chief of transplantation surgery at Henry Ford Hospital, will present, "Transplant Centers and Institutes: Strategic Imperatives,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3051.
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