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Match Day 2013
Match Day 2013

Celebrate Match Day March 21

The 2014 medical student Match Day will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 21.

The class will learn their matches in MSB E-351, with overflow seating in Kresge Auditorium and live streaming online at MedOneStop. The College of Medicine will have 162 students participating in this year’s Match Day event.

This year, College of Medicine Dean Thomas Boat, MD, will pull the first envelope for the class, with Aurora Bennett, MD, associate dean of student affairs, and Bruce Giffin, PhD, interim associate dean for medical education, pulling the rest of the envelopes from the Match Day box.

Join the UC Match Day celebration on social media. Follow along on Twitter using #UCMatchDay.

UC the Impact

2014 Faculty/Staff Campaign Launched

The 2014 Faculty/Staff Campaign "UC the Impact” has kicked off and continues through June. This year’s campaign will focus on the significant impact that faculty and staff gifts have on the college and university.

Faculty and staff can designate their tax-deductible gifts to specific College of Medicine or university priorities, academic scholarships or departments. See a list of all available funds.

Nearly half of the college’s faculty and staff participated in last year’s campaign, a significant increase from 2012 when 37 percent participated. Everyone who makes a gift from now through June 30 will be eligible for special promotions and drawings.

For more information, visit, email or call Michael Zenz at 513-556-3355.

College of Medicine
College of Medicine

UC Hosts Global Health Conference April 4

The College of Medicine will host the fifth annual Global Health Conference from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Kresge Auditorium. This year's theme is: The Changing Landscape of Global Health.

In addition to interactive sessions on evidence-based medicine in global health and decision-making in resource-limited settings, the conference will also have interactive sessions on how to get started in global health for both students and health care professionals.

Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH, director of the Robert Graham Center, and James Scott, MD, senior advisor for SEED Global Health, will give the keynote addresses.

Continuing education credits are available. For more information, contact the Cincinnati Children’s CME office at or 513-636-6732.

A scientist conducts laboratory research

Next Study Section, Project Planning Grants Announced

The College of Medicine Study Section is now accepting Notices of Particpation for its sixth round of review. The purpose of this program is to internally review grant applications prior to submission to granting agencies, in order to improve grant-writing success for our investigators.
If you are submitting a new NIH grant and want it reviewed prior to the next deadline, Notices of Participation should be submitted to Pete Koch,, by  5 p.m., Friday, April 4, 2014. Your completed grant application will be due by 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Please contact Koch for instructions or questions.

THe UC Vice President for Research and the Dean of the College of Medicine are also seeking applications for Project Planning Grants. These awards of up to $25,000 are designed to support the planning and preparation of new large-scale interdisciplinary or multi-investigator grants.

This program will support projects that will lead directly to the submission of a new (not renewal) large-scale or multi-investigator grant.

Completed applications are due April 11. For additional details and instructions, contact Koch at

John Breneman, MD
John Breneman, MD

Breneman Appointed Journal Associate Senior Editor

John Breneman, MD, professor emeritus of neurosurgery, has been appointed associate senior editor for pediatric and neuro-oncology for the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics (also known as "The Red Journal”).

It is the official journal for the American Society for Therapeutic Radiation and Oncology.

Sadhna Verma, MD
Sadhna Verma, MD

Verma Named to Ohio Radiation Advisory Council

Sadhna Verma, MD, associate professor of radiology, was appointed by Gov. John Kasich to the Ohio Radiation Advisory Council. Her term began March 5, 2014, and ends Sept. 6, 2018.

Verma, an internationally recognized expert in prostate imaging, also recently received a grant and research award from the Endourological Society for her work in prostate MRI and currently serves on the American College of Radiology Prostate MRI Guidelines Task Force.

Brandon Jominy
Brandon Jominy

Natalia Juncosa-Melvin, PhD
Natalia Juncosa-Melvin, PhD

CCTST Grand Rounds on Medical Device Innovation

Medical device innovation is the focus of the March 21 Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Grand Rounds, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 3381 of the UC Medical Sciences Building (MSB).

From 11 a.m. to noon, Brandon Jominy of Stryker Instruments will discuss "Improving Innovation through Collaboration." Jominy is senior portfolio manager with Stryker Neuro, Spine, ENT, a division of Stryker Instruments based in Kalamazoo, Mich.

From noon to 1 p.m., Natalia Juncosa-Melvin, PhD will discuss "A New Paradigm in Tissue Connection." Juncosa-Melvin is scientific director with Surgical Energetics LLC of Covington, Ky.

Ample time will be provided for Q&A following each presentation. Lunch is available to CCTST members (join free of charge) who RSVP to Elizabeth Heubi by March 19. Please note that CME will not be offered.

An event flyer is available here.

Sadia Benzaquen, MD
Sadia Benzaquen, MD

Benzaquen Passes New Interventional Pulmonology Boards

Sadia Benzaquen, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine and a member of the UC Cancer Institute, passed the newly created Interventional Pulmonology Boards, making him only one of three certified physicians in Ohio and the only one in the Tristate.

Interventional pulmonology focuses on the use of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to treat patients with lung cancer, pleural disease and other advanced airway disorders. Benzaquen is currently the only highly trained interventional pulmonologist in the area. 

Haley Titus-Mitchell
Haley Titus-Mitchell

Titus-Mitchell Selected for Society of Neurochemistry Conference

Haley Titus-Mitchell, a fifth-year neuroscience PhD candidate in the lab of Nancy Ratner, PhD, was selected for a short oral presentation during the student section of the American Society of Neurochemistry Meeting, held March 12 in Long Beach, Calif. She presented, "Identification of Signaling Pathways Controlling CNS Myelin Compaction in NF1,” during the meeting’s Graduate Student Neurochemistry Session.

Titus-Mitchell also was selected to co-chair a colloquium at the conference and was the invited student speaker for the meeting’s High School Student Day. She also received the society’s Young Investigator Educational Enhancement Travel Award.

Jonathan Tolentino, MD
Jonathan Tolentino, MD

Tolentino Video Selected for National Health IT Site

A video from HealthBridge featuring assistant professor of internal medicine Jonathan Tolentino, MD, will be highlighted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on its website.

The video shows Tolentino and UC Health’s Patient Center Medical Home teams in medicine-pediatrics using the Beacon system, a tool to help improve patient outcomes by alerting specialists and primary care doctors when a patient is brought into the emergency room for better follow-up care. The video can be seen in coming weeks at

Tolentino’s video was one of 10 selected from over 80 submissions as part of the MUVer Meaningful Use Vanguards campaign.

Albert H. Vontz Center for Molecular Studies
Vontz Center for Molecular Studies

'Forks Over Knives' Star Speaks at UC March 28

T. Colin Campbell, PhD, author of the best-selling book The China Study and star in the 2011 American documentary "Forks Over Knives,” will present, "Nutrition: Its Health Effect Is Far More Than Generally Known,” during Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, March 28, in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.
Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus in the division of nutritional sciences at Cornell University, Campbell was one of the lead scientists of the China-Oxford–Cornell study on diet and disease, set up in 1983 by Cornell University, the University of Oxford and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine to explore the relationship between nutrition and cancer, heart and metabolic diseases.

The presentation is open to all at the Academic Health Center. For more information, call 513-558-2113.

Wine Tasting
Wine Tasting

Raising Spirits for the Cure' March 29

"Raising Spirits for the Cure," a wine tasting benefit, will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 29, to raise money for the UC Cancer Institute and the Hank Roy Fund, supporting research and awareness of head, neck and oral cancer. The event, which will include hors d'oeuvres, auctions, raffles and entertainment, will be held at the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center on UC's main campus. Cost is $50 a guest. For more information, contact Laureen McCorkle at 513-558-9879.

Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer
Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer

Registration Open for 'Looking Upstream' Forum

Registration is now open for the 10th annual Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer public forum, to be held Saturday, April 12, 2014.

The forum runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UC’s Reading Campus. Keynote speakers include Karen Joy Miller, president of the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, Inc., and Laura Weinberg, president of the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition. Registration is $20 and can be completed online. See the link and full program agenda.

Alexandru Costea, MD
Alexandru Costea, MD

Cardiovascular Disease Conference May 3

The Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease and the UC Department of Continuing Medical Education will host the third annual Cardiovascular Disease for Primary Care and Specialists conference Saturday, May 3, at the Kingsgate Marriott.

Alexandru Costea, MD, associate professor of internal medicine, will serve as course director. Registration is free for all UC faculty/staff and affiliates (UC Physicians, UC Medical Center, UC Health, West Chester Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and VA Medical Center).

Register online and see the full agenda.

Kingsgate Marriott
Kingsgate Marriott

Nominate an Unsung Hero in Cancer Care

The 2014 Joslin Haggart Yeiser Unsung Hero Awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Kingsgate Marriott. The awards honor and celebrate acts of quiet heroism performed by cancer patients and the people who care for them.

Cancer Family Care established the Unsung Hero Awards in 2003 in memory of patient Joslin Haggart Yeiser. Nominations are being accepted at in the categories of cancer patient/survivor, caregiver and oncology professional.

Ranjan Deka, PhD
Ranjan Deka, PhD

Environmental Health's Deka Delivers Lecture

Ranjan Deka, PhD, Department of Environmental Health, delivered an invited memorial lecture at the Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists Indian Anthropological Congress in February at Dibrugarh University in Dibrugarh, India. The lecture, "Mapping Complex Traits in an Adriatic Population: Anthropology Laid the Foundation,” was in honor of the late Professor Bhuban M. Das, who was Deka’s PhD advisor and mentor during his studies at Dibrugarh University. The meeting was attended by over 300 anthropologists and scholars. Deka was awarded a memorial plaque recognizing his contributions to the field of anthropology. 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.


Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar March 18: Doctoral student Karthickeyan Chella Krishnan will be the featured speaker at noon in MSB 3051. The topic will be, "Systems Genetic Approach in a Murine Model of Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections (NSTIs).”
  • Keller Lectureship in Surgical Neuroanatomy and Research March 19: Robert Spetzler, MD, J.N. Harber Chair of Neurological Surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, will discuss, "Surgical Anatomy of Complex Intracranial Lesions,” from 8 to 11 a.m. in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds March 19: Christine Heubi, MD, will be the featured speaker at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Seminar March 19: Nooshin Hashemi Sadraei, MD, assistant professor in the division of hematology oncology, will be the featured speaker at noon in MSB E-351. The topic will be, "A New Approach to Bio Markers in Oncology: A Focus on Angiogenesis and Circulating Rare Cells.”
  • Cancer Biology Seminar March 20: Christin Burd, PhD, assistant professor of molecular genetics and molecular and cellular biochemistry at Ohio State University, will discuss, "Unraveling the Mysteries of Melanoma Using Mouse Genetics,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Dean's Distinguished Cardiovascular Seminar March 24: Hemal Patel, PhD, associate professor of anesthesiology, University of California, San Diego, will present, "Caveolae as Capacitors for Energy and Metabolism: Implications for Cardiac Injury, Aging and Diabetes,” at noon in MSB 3351.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series March 27: Nicole Dangelo, of the neuroscience graduate program, will discuss, "The effects of psychoactive drugs during adolescent brain development,” and Bethany Hosford, also of the graduate program, will present, "Significance of Recently Generated Dentate Granule Cells During Epileptogenesis Following Status Epilepticus,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 5051.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar March 27: David Hui, PhD, professor and vice chair of research, UC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, will present "LRP1: A Huge Protein with a Huge Role in Metabolic Disease Modulation,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
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