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Alex Lentsch, PhD
Alex Lentsch, PhD

College of Medicine's Faculty Affairs Presentation May 12

On Monday, May 12, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Alex Lentsch, PhD, will speak about the successes and future challenges of faculty in the College of Medicine and their impact on our broader academic missions.

Lentsch will present, "Improvise, Adapt and Overcome: Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Environment," from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. A question and answer session will follow.

This presentation is sixth in the series of talks by senior leadership. The next presentation, by UC Health CEO Richard Lofgren, MD, MPH, will be Tuesday, June 10.

Links to the previous presentations can be found on the College of Medicine home page,, in the "Dean’s Corner.

University of Cincinnati

Open Forums for Vice Provost and Dean Finalists

Three finalists for a national search for the next vice provost and dean of the graduate school have been invited to campus for interviews with key UC stakeholders and to engage with the university community from April 29–May 2.

They are: Joshua Hamilton, PhD, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Brown University; Marshall Montrose, PhD, professor and chair of the department of molecular and cellular physiology and interim chair of pharmacology and cell biophysics at UC; and Cynthia Warrick, PhD, RPh, senior fellow at Howard University Center for minority health services research.

The UC community can speak with finalists at open forums at:

  • Tuesday, April 29, 10:45 to 11:30 a.m., 220 Tangeman University Cinema—Joshua Hamilton, PhD.
  • Wednesday, April 30, 4 to 4:45 p.m., 220 Tangeman University Cinema—Marshall Montrose, PhD.
  • Thursday, May 1, 4:45 to 5:30 p.m., 220 Tangeman University Cinema—Cynthia Warrick, PhD, RPh.

Additional open forums have been scheduled for Academic Health Center graduate program directors and graduate program faculty.

Graduate Program Director forums:

  • Wednesday, April 30: 8 to 9 a.m., MSB 2351—Joshua Hamilton, PhD
  • Thursday, May 1: 8 to 9 a.m., MSB 2351—Marshall Montrose, PhD
  • Friday, May 2: 8 to 9 a.m., MSB 6051—Cynthia Warrick, PhD, RPh

Graduate Faculty forums:

  • Wednesday, April 30: 9 to 10 a.m., MSB 2351—Joshua Hamilton, PhD
  • Thursday, May 1: 9 to 10 a.m., MSB 2351—Marshall Montrose, PhD
  • Friday, May 2: 9 to 10 a.m., MSB Room 6051—Cynthia Warrick, PhD, RPh

RSVPs are not required. With questions, please call Joanne Mayfield-Williams at 513-556-2829.

For more information on the three finalists, and to access a form to provide feedback, visit the Provost Office website at

A scientist conducts laboratory research

Apply Now for Intensive Grant Writing Workshop

The Office of Research is once again sponsoring an Intensive Grant Writing Workshop program. This program provides one-on-one mentoring as you write a grant application to a funding agency.

If you have a UC faculty appointment and participated in the day-long Write Winning Grants Workshop on April 12, 2012, April 11, 2013, or April 8, 2014, you are eligible to apply for this workshop.

You must have a grant that you will be writing for a national/federal grant program that is due no earlier than Jan. 14, 2015.

To apply, complete the pre-application form and send it along with a copy of your biosketch to Dawn O’Neill at by Friday, May 9.

Yana Zavros, PhD
Yana Zavros, PhD

Zavros Named to NIH Study Section

Yana Zavros, PhD, associate professor of molecular and cellular physiology, has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Gastrointestinal Mucosal Pathobiology Study Section of the Center for Scientific at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her term runs from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2020.

Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on those applications and survey the status of research in their field of science.

Luis Rodrigo Patino Duran, MD
Luis Rodrigo Patino Duran, MD

Patino Duran Receives Junior Investigator Award

Luis Rodrigo Patino Duran, MD, a fellow of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, has been selected as a recipient of the Junior Investigator Award supported by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Research Initiative. The title of his research project is, "Genetic Markers of Lithium Response for Acute Mania in Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder.”

The award includes the cost of attending the AACAP's 63rd annual meeting in October 2016 in New York, where Patino Duran will have the opportunity to submit a poster or oral presentation on his research.

Jason Blackard, MD
Jason Blackard, PhD

Blackard Receives 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award

Jason Blackard, PhD, director of the Office of Global Health in the College of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award.

The award is presented each year by the University Honors Program in recognition of exceptional devotion to student learning and innovation within the context of honors education.

Blackard, associate professor of internal medicine in the division of digestive diseases, will receive the honor at the University Honors graduation celebration April 24. He has taught honors seminars for undergraduate students in the University Honors Program since 2007.

Candice Carpenter
Candice Carpenter

Carpenter Selected for AMA Scholars Award

Second-year medical student Candice Carpenter has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 American Medical Association Foundation  Minority Scholars Award.

The award, presented in association with Pfizer Inc., rewards personal commitment to improving minority health and scholastic achievement in the form of tuition assistance. Carpenter is one of only eight recipients of the award.

As part of the award, the AMA Foundation will support Carpenter’s attendance at the annual meeting, held June 5-7 in Chicago.


Data Protection Seminar April 29

The University of Cincinnati has recently approved data protection policies, specifically focusing on protecting "restricted data.” This includes, for example, protected health information, data from research involving human subjects, student transcripts and any other data the institution considers highly sensitive.

To provide more information and answer questions, the workshop, "Protection of Restricted Data - Implementation of UC Policies in the College of Medicine,” will be held for faculty and staff on Tuesday, April 29. The workshop will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in MSB E-351.

›› View a checklist of specific actions to comply with UC data protection policies.

Medical Students

See Students’ Service-Learning Posters April 30
From 2:15 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, first-year medical students in the Physician and Society 102 course will hold their service-learning module poster presentation in the CARE/Crawley Atrium.

For this semester, each of the 15 learning community of students built off what they learned from last semester's determinants of health community module. Each learning community worked with their community partner to develop a service-learning project, with the goal of impacting health for that neighborhood.

Peter Grubbs, MD
Peter Grubbs, MD

Grubbs to Speak at Infectious Disease Symposium May 3

Peter Grubbs, MD, associate professor of internal medicine, will present "Journey through HIV” at the Infectious Disease Symposium set for Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christ Hospital’s main auditorium.

Christ Hospital designates this live activity for four AMA PRA Category 1 credits. To register, visit

Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN
Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN

Dr. Khushman V. Sanghvi Memorial Lectureship May 8

Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, will present, "Cultivating Wellbeing in Our Lives and Communities,” at noon Thursday, May 8, in MSB E-351.

Kreitzer will also present "Integrative Nursing," at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in Procter Hall, Room 432.

Kreitzer is a professor of nursing at the University of Minnesota and founder/director of the Center for Spirituality & Healing. Her recently published book with co-author Mary Koithan, Integrative Nursing, provides a step-by-step guide to assessing and clinically treating conditions through a variety of combined methodologies including wellness, lifestyle enhancement, and nutrition.

Wine Tasting

Brain Tumor Center Wine Tasting May 8

The UC Brain Tumor Center will hold a wine tasting and silent auction from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center, at 2906 Woodside Drive on UC’s west campus. Proceeds from the event will benefit brain tumor patients and caregivers in Greater Cincinnati.

Tickets are $50. RSVP online by Thursday, May 1. For more information or to support the UC Brain Tumor Center, call 513-558-6903 or contact

Track Runners

LAPS Run/Walk May 10

Support research into fibromyalgia and chronic pain by registering for the LAPS (Laps Against Pain Syndromes) run/walk, set for 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the UC outdoor track at Gettler Stadium.

The entry fee is $20 per person; entrants will run or walk at their own pace, with all ages and fitness levels welcome. The event is sponsored by UC Health and the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute.

RSVPs are due May 7 at For more information, call 513-558-6769. To give online to the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Research Fund, go to

Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Reports Record Numbers from UC Drives

All three UC Blood Drives over the past academic year produced new highs in blood products successfully donated in the past five years, according to newly released figures from the Hoxworth Blood Center.

The Spring Drive, held this month, produced 945 donated products. The Winter Drive in January produced 1,302 products (an all-time record for a UC drive), and the Fall Drive in September 2013 produced 1,167 products. The academic year total was 3,414 products, well above the previous high of 2,536 products in 2011-12.

Ronald Sacher, MD, professor of medicine and pathology, serves as Hoxworth's director.

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Cardiovascular Center of Excellence Dean's Distinguished Seminar April 28: Richard N. Kitsis, MD, professor of medicine and cell biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will present, "Linking Death Programs in the Heart,” at noon in MSB 3351.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar April 29: Doctoral students Jessica Dade (Deepe Lab) and Ashley Reyer (Kovall Lab) will discuss their research at noon in MSB 3051. Dade will discuss, "Functional Characterization of Histoplasma capsulatum’s Putative Zinc Transporter-ZrtA.” Reyer will discuss, "Thermodynamic Analysis of the CSL-DNA Interaction in the Notch Pathway.”
  • Digestive Health Center Seminar April 29: James Squires, MD, clinical fellow of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children's, will present "Bedside to Bench and Back to Bedside Again: Clinical and Translational Advancements in Biliary Atresia," at noon in CCHMC Location S, Room 6.125. lab.
  • Cancer & Blood Diseases Institute Seminar April 29: Frank Furnari, PhD, professor of pathology, University of California‐San Diego School of Medicine, will discuss, "EGF Receptor in Glioma Biology: Therapeutic Target and a Multifaceted Driver of Pathogenicity," at 2:30 p.m. in CCHMC Research Auditorium, Location R, 3381.
  • Transplant Grand Rounds April 29: Luis Hidalgo, PhD, assistant professor of medical laboratory science and assistant director of the Histocompatibility Laboratory at the University of Alberta, will present, "Understanding the Generations of Donor-Specific Antibodies and Downstream Immune Effector Mechanisms,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3051.
  • Transplant Lecture Series May 2: Flavio Paterno, MD, will present, "Biliary Reconstruction and Complications in Liver Transplant,” at noon in MSB 2004. 
  • Medical Grand Rounds Seminar April 30: Justin Held, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine, and Savita Pai, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine, will speak at noon in MSB E-351. Their topic will be, "Moving the Needle: The Integral Role of Quality Improvement in Inpatient Medicine.”
  • Cancer & Cell Biology Graduate Student Seminar May 1: Xiaoyi Chen will present, "mTOR Regulated Autophagy in Hematopoietic Stem/Progenitor Cells,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.
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