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Bruce Giffin, PhD

Bruce Giffin, PhD

Giffin Named Interim Associate Dean for Medical Education

Bruce Giffin, PhD, professor of medical education, has been named interim associate dean for medical education.

In his new role, he will provide leadership and facilitate the ongoing development and implementation of the newly reformed undergraduate medical curriculum while addressing operational matters for continued accreditation the curriculum with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

Giffin will continue his gross anatomy teaching responsibilities in addition to serving as vice chair of medical education and directing the UC Body Donation Program.

He fills the position left vacant by the recent departure of Anne Gunderson, EdD, who accepted a new position at Georgetown University.

Sheila Fleming, PhD, studies Parkinson's disease on behalf of the Gardner Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders at the UC Neuroscience Institute.

Sheila Fleming, PhD

Fleming Awarded Pilot Grant From UCNI/NND

Sheila Fleming, PhD, assistant professor, departments of psychology and neurology and rehabilitation medicine, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the UC Neuroscience Institute/Network for Neuroscience Discovery Pilot Project.

Fleming’s research project is titled, "Beta-hydroxybutyrate and autophagy in Parkinson disease.” It investigates the effect of increased beta-hydroxybutyrate induced through a ketogenic diet on alpha-synuclein accumulation in a genetic mouse model of Parkinson’s disease.

The grant is active from February until June 30, 2014.

Kettering Laboratory

Huang Awarded UC Faculty Research Grant

Shouxiong Huang, research assistant professor of environmental health, has received one of 16 Faculty Research grants from the University Research Council (URC).

Recipients, chosen from 55 applications, will receive research support (up to $6,500 per year) or summer stipend support (up to $4,000 per month for two months) for development of their research and scholarship. 

To learn more about funding opportunities from the Office of Research and URC, 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.
Lori Mackey and Neil Holsing

Lori Mackey and 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.

Breast Cancer

Mammograms and Manicures Feb. 14

The UC Health Mobile Diagnostics Van will partner with the Salon Professional Academy to host "Mammograms and Manicures,” providing vouchers for a free manicure to all women who receive a mammogram on the van between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

The van, which will be located outside of the academy, 3330 Parkcrest Lane off Glenway Avenue in Western Hills, is equipped with tomosynthesis technology, 3D mammography which allows experts to image breast tissue in one-millimeter slices and provides greater visibility of the breast tissue, increasing accuracy and decreasing the need to call patients back for extra imaging.

The manicure voucher can be redeemed on the day of the mammogram or at a later date. Goodie bags and refreshments will also be available for participants.

Appointments are requested. To schedule, call 513-585-VANN (8266), Option 1. The van accepts most insurance; for financial assistance, call 513-584-7873.

Kingsgate Marriott

Kingsgate Marriott

Cardiovascular Imaging Modality Symposium Feb. 15

Registration is now open for a cardiac imaging symposium hosted by the Division of Cardiovascular Health and Diseases and the Continuing Medical Education Program.

"Which Cardiovascular Imaging Modality is best for my patient?” will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center.

Registration is $25. UC Physicians and affiliates will have the registration fee waived.

Register online at Continuing education credits are available. For more information, contact Eva Meunier at 513-558-3070 or

Mark Pauly, PhD

Mark Pauly, PhD

CCTST Grand Rounds on ACA Impact Feb. 21

The next Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Grand Rounds will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Laboratory Complex. 

Mark Pauly, PhD, will discuss, "Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Health Care Systems." Pauly is Bendheim Professor of Health Care Management Department, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

He will describe the potential impacts of health reform on health insurance and Medicare payment, analyze what those changes might mean to physicians and health care providers and enumerate potential changes in the law that might alter or mitigate its effects.

CCTST Grand Rounds are free and open to the public. Continuing education credits are available. Lunch is available to CCTST members (join free of charge). Send reservations to Elizabeth Heubi by Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Santa Jeremy Ono, PhD

Santa Jeremy Ono, PhD

President's Open Forum for Academic Master Plan Feb. 27

The President's Executive Committee is holding a number of open forums for interested faculty, staff, students and alumni to provide input and insights to the UC 2019/Academic Master Plan, being called Creating Our Third Century.

The forum for the medical campus will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in MSB 5051.

To learn more, including the background, process and timeline, visit

Bicycle in Ride Cincinnati

Ride Cincinnati

Breast Cancer Pilot Grants Available

The Marlene Harris–Ride Cincinnati Breast Cancer Pilot Grant Program is offering five grants of $40,000, awarding a total of $200,000. The grants will be awarded for a period of one year with the possibility of a one-year renewal, contingent upon adequate progress and availability of funds.

Grants support innovative and novel pilot research projects in basic, translational, clinical and population-based research in breast cancer.

Application deadline is Friday, Feb. 14. If you have any questions, please contact Vijaya Gandhi, PhD.

Translational Research

Collaborative Grant Opportunity with the University of Kentucky

The CTSA-funded Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) of the University of Kentucky has announced a collaborative pilot grant opportunity for researchers at UK, UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

One award of up to $50,000 in direct costs will be made to a meritorious project that involves an equal contribution from UK, UC and/or Cincinnati Children’s, with Co-PIs from each institution who are full-time faculty. 

Letters of intent are due at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. Invitations to apply will be issued March 31, with full applications due April 28 and funding announced in June. For more information including the request for applications, visit or email

The Vontz Center for Molecular Studies

The Vontz Center for Molecular Studies

Grant-Writing Workshops Offered in April

Registration is now open for the spring 2014 series of grant-writing workshops. All faculty, postdocs and graduate students in need of grant-writing training or assistance are eligible to attend.

Three workshops will be held, all in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center for Molecular Studies:

  • Write Winning Grants: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.
  • NIH Career Award Grants: 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 9.
  • NSF Career Award Grants: 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9.

Workshops may require prerequisites or have fees. Questions should be directed to Dawn O'Neill at

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UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Feb. 4: Hamid Eghbalnia, PhD, department of molecular and cellular physiology, will discuss, "Advancing ‘Big Data’ Systems Biology through ‘Network Information Theory’” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Physiology Seminar Feb. 4: David Richards, PhD, Pediatrics–Anesthesiology, will discuss, "Vesicle highways and byways: How secretory vesicles find their way to release sites,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Feb. 5: Anya Sanchez, MD, will be the featured presenter at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Environmental Health Seminar Feb. 5: Ardythe L. Morrow, PhD, professor of pediatrics and director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Human Milk and Lactation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will discuss, "The Microbiome of Preterm Infants and Outcomes for a Lifetime,” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Feb. 5: Manoocher Soleimani, MD, director of the division of nephrology  and hypertension in the UC Department of Internal Medicine, will discuss, "Metabolic Alkalosis: The latest advances and Discoveries,” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • The Lucille & Smith Gibson Endowed Lectureship in Medical Ethics Feb. 6: Clark Otley, MD, professor and chairman of the department of dermatology at the Mayo Clinic, will discuss, "Ethics in Cosmetic Surgery,” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center (Room G344). 
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Feb. 6: Nira Ben-Jonathan, PhD, professor of cancer biology, will present at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center. 
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Seminar Feb. 6: Aalap Bommaraju, MPH, data coordinator, Cincinnati-Hamilton County Reproductive Health & Wellness Program, will discuss, "Factors Affecting Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Use Among Urban Women Utilizing Title X Services,” at noon in Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Communication Sciences Research Center Colloquium Lecture Feb. 10: Dennis Barbour, MD, PhD, associate professor of biomedical engineering, Washington University, will present "Auditory Training in the Era of Portable Games” from noon to 1 p.m. at Cincinnati Children’s, Location S, Room S10.130.
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