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Jason Blackard, MD

Jason Blackard, PhD

Blackard Named Director of Global Health

Jason Blackard, PhD, has been named the director of a new office of Global Health within the College of Medicine.

In this new role, Blackard will coordinate all activities associated with the effort to establish an international medical school at Chongqing Medical University in China as well as coordinate current affiliation agreements with medical schools in Japan, Germany and Israel.

Additionally, Blackard will work with medical and graduate students on global health electives and coordinate visiting international scholars and students in their visits to Cincinnati. He will report to Andrew Filak Jr., MD, senior associate dean for academic affairs.

An associate professor of internal medicine in the division of digestive diseases, Blackard will continue his current research and education responsibilities, but step down from his role as program director of the pathobiology and molecular medicine graduate program.

›› Read more about Blackard’s new role and international work.

Daniel Drake

Daniel Drake, MD

Drake Medal Nominations Due Jan. 31

The Daniel Drake Medal is the highest recognition the College of Medicine can bestow on its former students, former faculty, former residents or current faculty. Two awards will be made in 2014 to living individuals who have been associated with the College of Medicine, now or in the past.

Nominees for the first award will be evaluated on the basis of outstanding achievements in biomedical science as evidenced by major significant contributions to medical research. Nominees for the other will represent a distinguished career as a clinician-teacher.

Members of the full-time faculty, the alumni, the emeriti, past Daniel Drake medalists and former associates of the college are invited to submit nominations. Submission deadline is Jan. 31.

For more information, visit

Greer Glazer, PhD

Greer Glazer, PhD

Diversity and Inclusion Seminar Feb. 4

Mark your calendars for the February speaker series "Diversity and Inclusion: Education, Collaboration and Transformation.”

This series of noon-time talks—to be held each Tuesday in February—is hosted by the deans of the UC Academic Health Center’s four health colleges and features different speakers each week. Topics include UC’s diversity and inclusion plan, health disparities and culturally competent care, among others.

The first series will occur Tuesday, Feb. 4, at noon in Kresge Auditorium, hosted by Greer Glazer, PhD, dean, College of Nursing, and associate vice president for health affairs. Speakers are:

  • "UC’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan for the Future,” presented by Bleuzette Marshall, PhD, chief diversity officer, University of Cincinnati.
  • "Coaching Across Cultures,” presented by Tommie Lewis, president and CEO, Make It Plain Consulting, LLC.
Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, MD

Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, MD

Celebrating Women & Diversity in STEM Discussion Feb. 4

UC LEAF and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost are co-sponsoring a networking breakfast and discussion featuring Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, MD, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Kingsgate Marriott’s Caminetto Private Dining Room.

Mahabee‐Gittens is a professor of pediatrics, division of emergency medicine. Her research on tobacco cessation programs and secondhand smoke exposure in youth is nationally recognized. She will discuss her successes and lessons learned in academia, tips for promotion and career advancement, and the value of collaboration and mentorship.

The event is open to all faculty, trainees, and students to provide opportunities for interactive dialogue and meeting new people.

RSVP by Friday, Jan. 31, at or email

Lori Mackey

Lori Mackey

Neil Holsing

Neil Holsing

College of Medicine Operations Talk Feb. 11

Senior Associate Dean for Operations and Finance Lori Mackey and Associate Dean for Operations Neil Holsing will present, "The Business Side of the College of Medicine,” at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Kresge Auditorium.

Their presentation will provide an update on the financial status of the college along with an overview of finances, sources of funding, trends and upcoming initiatives.

The talk is the second in a series of presentations by college leadership.

View previous presentations on the state of the college and its research vision in the Dean’s Corner section of the College of Medicine website.

Jagji Yadav, PhD

Jagjit Yadav, PhD

Yadav Chairs NIH Grant Review Panel

Jagjit Yadav, PhD, professor of environmental health, recently chaired a grant review panel for evaluating large center grants (estimated $15 million to $25 million for five years each) at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

At least four such centers targeting bacteria, viruses, eukaryotic pathogens or pathogen vectors would be responsible for developing/upgrading and maintaining bioinformatic resources for the infectious disease community.

Yadav is a regular reviewer for the NIH institutes NIAID and NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) and has primary research interests in microbial pathogenesis and toxicogenomics.

College of Medicine

Nominate a Faculty Member for Humanism Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Each year, this award is bestowed upon a College of Medicine faculty member who best demonstrates the foundation’s ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, as well as clinical excellence.

To nominate a physician faculty member, complete the brief nomination form by Thursday, Feb. 6.

›› Read more about the award.

Kingsgate Marriott

Kingsgate Marriott

Registration Open for Annual Life Sciences Conference

Registration is now open for the 11th annual Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences (OVALS) conference. The event, titled "Metabolic Disease: Solving Challenges Through New Technologies and Novel Approaches," will be held Friday, March 28, in the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel.

Scientific posters and abstracts that feature cutting-edge technologies that might lead to commercialization outcomes are eligible for a cash award of up to $1,000.

Registration details and additional information can be found at, by calling 513-558-1810, or by emailing

A limited number of complimentary registrations are available for faculty on a first-come, first-served basis. For information about complimentary registration or for other questions, contact Dorothy Air, PhD, at

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Jan. 28: Randy Seeley, PhD, professor and Donald C. Harrison Endowed Chair in Medicine and director of the Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center, will discuss, "Bariatric Surgery: It’s not what you think it is. Molecular targets for the effects of surgery on obesity and diabetes,” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Jan. 29: Susana Keeshin, MD, will discuss, "Prophylaxis and prevention for international travel,” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Physiology Seminar Jan. 28: Max Reif, MD, professor of medicine, division of nephrology and hypertension, will discuss, "Essential hypertension,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Jan. 30: Carolyn Price, PhD, professor of cancer biology, will be the featured speaker at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Seminar Jan. 30: Frank Biro, MD, professor pediatrics and director of Research, Adolescent and Transition Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present, "Windows of Susceptibility,” at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Jan. 30: Rif El-Mallakh, MD, director, Mood Disorders Clinical and Research Program, University of Louisville School of Medicine, will discuss, "Apoptosis in bipolar illness,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 5051.
  • Lucille & Smith Gibson Endowed Lectureship in Medical Ethics (Rescheduled) Feb. 6: Clark Otley, MD, professor and chairman of dermatology, Mayo Clinic, will discuss, "Ethics in Cosmetic Surgery,” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center (Room G344).
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