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Santa Jeremy Ono, PhD

Santa Jeremy Ono, PhD

President's Open Forum 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 into "Creating our Third Century,” a campus-wide designed to sharpen the vision of UC 2019/Academic Master Plan.

The forum for the medical campus will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in MSB 5051. President Santa Ono, PhD, and Provost Beverly Davenport will be speaking.

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

Xiaoyang Qi, PhD

Xiaoyang Qi, PhD

Faculty Honored at Health Care Heroes

Xiaoyang Qi, PhD, associate professor of hematology oncology, received the 2014 Health Care Hero Innovator Award at the annual event held by the Cincinnati Business Courier, Thursday, Feb. 20.

Qi is recognized for designing nanovesicles known as SapC-DOPS, short for saposin-C dioleoylphosphatidylserine. SapC-DOPS is a drug that has been shown in preclinical studies to cause several types of cancer cells to self-destruct without causing harm to healthy cells or tissues.

John Tew, Jr., MD, professor of neurosurgery, radiology and surgery and co-founder of the UC Neuroscience Institute, gave the evening’s keynote address.

The annual awards program honors people who—through their in-depth research, management skills, innovative programs, patient care or service to the poor—have helped elevate the quality of health care in our community.

Melanie Cushion, PhD

Melanie Cushion, PhD

Cushion Named to Military Research Review Panel

Melanie Cushion, PhD, senior associate dean for research, has been selected to serve on the joint program committee of the Military Infectious Diseases Research Program under the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

The committee reviews application for the 2014 Military Infectious Diseases Applied Research Award and the Military Infectious Diseases Clinical Trial Award. Cushion will attend the next committee review panel Feb. 27-28 at Ft Derick, Md.

She was selected for the committee through her work as a professor of infectious diseases and research microbiologist at the Cincinnati Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

Litsa Kranias, PhD

Litsa Kranias, PhD

Kranias to Receive Research Achievement Award

Evangelia (Litsa) Kranias, PhD, Hanna Professor and director of cardiovascular biology in the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics, will be honored at the XXXIV Annual Meeting of the International Society for Heart Research (ISHR) North American Section, held May 12-15 in Miami, Fla.

At the meeting, Kranias will receive the ISHR Peter Harris Research Achievement Award and present a talk titled "Calcium Circuits in the Heart: A Matter of Life or Death.”

University of Cincinnati

Trustees Approve Director, Chair, Emeriti Positions

At its Feb. 18 meeting, the UC Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Peter White, PhD, as chairman of the UC Department of Biomedical Informatics.

The board approved William Barrett, MD, as director of the UC Cancer Institute, Richard Becker, MD, as director of the UC Cardiovascular Institute, and Joseph Broderick, MD, as director of the UC Neuroscience Institute.

It also made the following emeriti appointments:

  • Cora Ogle, PhD, research professor emerita of surgery
  • Catharine Saelinger, PhD, professor emerita of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology

View the board’s appointments of Fellows to the Graduate School and faculty to the Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning at

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Location S

Special Ethics Seminar Feb. 24

The Cincinnati Children’s Ethics Center and Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) will offer a special seminar on Monday, Feb. 24 from 4-5 p.m. in Children's Location S, Room 1.204.

Mary Ott, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, will present, "Adolescent Capacity and Informed Consent.”

Registration is not required. For more information, email Cincinnati Children’s Ethics Center Director Armand Antommaria, MD, PhD, or call (513) 636-3656.

Thomas Boat, MD

Thomas Boat, MD

Final Diversity and Inclusion Seminar Feb. 25

The final seminar in the February speaker series "Diversity and Inclusion: Education, Collaboration and Transformation,” will be held at noon Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Kresge Auditorium

This series of talks is hosted by the deans of UC Academic Health Center’s four health colleges and features different speakers each week.

The final session, hosted by Thomas Boat, MD, dean of the College of Medicine, is a panel discussion presented by University of Cincinnati Open School faculty and students.

Light snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Kelly Lyle at 513-558-7424 or

Translational Research Day

Graduate Poster Forum Feb. 28

The 2014 Graduate Poster Forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the Campus Recreation Center.

This year, 140 students from 35 departments across the university—from German studies to chemistry and educational studies to immunobiology—will share their research and scholarship with faculty, students and the public.

View the poster forum abstract booklet or see the sneak-preview online.

Brain Imaging fMRI scans

Submit Your ‘Brian-Inspired’ Artwork by March 1

Help the UC Neuroscience Graduate Program celebrate Brain Awareness Week (March 9-11 at the Cincinnati Museum Center) by submitting "brain-inspired” artwork to be displayed at the first ever Brain Awareness Week Art Show.

Accepted art will be displayed from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Interact for Health Cincinnati Room, Rookwood Tower. There will be a talk on epilepsy research from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. that night.

Brain Awareness Week is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.

To get involved, or for more information, contact Sarah Cassella at Submit artwork by March 1 to Brain Awareness Week coordinator at ML 0536.

GIVEHOPE Hosts the Shamrock Shuffle March 8

GIVEHOPE is hosting the 2014 Shamrock Shuffle 5K/10K Breakfast and Block Party to raise money for pancreatic cancer research at the UC Cancer Institute.

The Shuffle will be held from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at The Square at Union Centre, West Chester.

If 100 runners sign up for the team, $1,200 will be donated to the fund. Sign up by Tuesday, March 4, by visiting

The GIVEHOPE Fund was founded in 2010 raise funds to benefit pancreatic cancer research, education, prevention & awareness programs with preference given to the Greater Cincinnati area.

Patty Brisben

Patty Brisben

Patty Brisben Foundation Supports Women’s Center

At a Feb. 14 ceremony the Patty Brisben Foundation presented an over-sized check for more than $180,000 to the UC Foundation to support women’s sexual health initiatives.

The funds, which were granted to UC throughout the last two years, support research and patient care initiatives at the College of Medicine.

Some of the funds from the Patty Brisben Foundation support the UC Health Women’s Center to educate women about sexual health in the doctor’s office. Funds also support a post-graduate fellowship training program in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility for College of Medicine graduates.

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Dean's Distinguished Cardiovascular Seminar Feb. 24 (rescheduled from Jan. 27): Mukesh Jain, MD, Ellery Sedgwick Chair & Distinguished Scientist at Case Western Reserve University, will present, "Kruppels – Essential Regulators of Metainflammation,” at noon in MSB 3351.
  • Neurology Grand Rounds Feb. 26: Jed Hartings, PhD, department of neurosurgery, will present, "Spreading Depolarization's: A Pathophysiology Principle of Acute Brain Injury," at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.

  • Surgical Grand Rounds Feb. 26: Christopher Scott, MD, will present, "Historical Perspectives and Changing Paradigms in the Management of Non-small Cell Lung Cancer," at 9 a.m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.
  • Environmental Health Seminar Feb. 26: Susan McDowell, PhD, associate professor of biology, Ball State University, will present, "Developing Alternatives to Antibiotics for Invasive Staphylococcus Aureus Infection,” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • The Inaugural Leon Goldman Endowed Lecture in Dermatology Feb. 27: Lawrence Gibson, MD, professor of dermatology at the Mayo Clinic, will present, "Leon Goldman: Illuminating the Way Through Labor, Love, Humor and Humility,” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center, Room G344.
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Seminar Feb. 27: Faculty Candidate Christa Fischer Walker, PhD, associate scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Department of International Health, will present, "Diarrheal Diseases: Global Burden of Disease, Prevention, and Treatment Among Children <5 Years of Age,” at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Transplant Lecture Series Feb. 28: Amit Govil, MD, will discuss, "Transplant Infectious Disease," at noon in MSB 2004.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar March 4: Eric Skaar, PhD, Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, Vanderbilt University, will be the featured speaker at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar March 6: Rulang Jiang, PhD, professor of developmental biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will discuss, "Odd-Skipped Transcription Factors Regulate Tissue Boundaries and Mesenchymal Cell Fate During Mammalian Organogenesis,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
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