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Participation at 39% for Faculty/Staff Campaign

In its final month, the 2014 Faculty/Staff Campaign "UC the Impact,” currently has a 39 percent participation rate from the College of Medicine.

This year’s goal is 50 percent participation. 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 513-558-3355.

CARE/Crawley Building

Sports Neuroscience Initiative to Host August Conference

The UC Sports Neuroscience Initiative, a newly formed effort to achieve research breakthroughs that will enhance student-athletes’ health and safety, will host a cross-campus academic conference Friday, Aug. 1, with a goal of encouraging multidisciplinary collaborations.

The conference, held the Medical Sciences Building, is open to all UC and UC-affiliated faculty, and will lead to the awarding of multiple Sports Health Innovation awards including funding of up to $20,000 each.

At the conference, research groups will discuss their interests and expertise and will have the opportunity to explore the work being done across UC and affiliated institutions.

For more information, read about the conference online or contact Kim Hasselfeld at 513-584-3931.

Ehsan Malek, MD
Ehsan Malek, MD

Trisha Wise-Draper, MD,
Trisha Wise-Draper, MD, PhD

Fellows Selected for Cancer Research Workshop

Ehsan Malek, MD, a third-year hematology oncology fellow, and Trisha Wise-Draper, MD, PhD, second-year fellow, have been selected to participate in the 2014 AACR/ASCO Workshop on Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, held July 26-Aug. 1 in Vail, Colorado. The two were selected out of 200 applicants for 100 spots available at the workshop.

Malek will discuss his protocol, "A Phase I/II Clinical Trial of Metformin Combined With Bortezomib and Dexamethasone in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma,” at the workshop.

Wise-Draper will discuss her protocol, "A Phase I/II Study Investigating the Safety, Tolerability and Efficacy of the Addition of Metformin to Concurrent Cisplatin and Radiation in Patients With Resected Locally Advanced Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma,” as part of the event.

Benjamin Bixenmann, MD
Benjamin Bixenmann, MD

Christopher Sanders Taylor, MD
Christopher Sanders Taylor, MD

Neurosurgery Residents Honored With Research Awards

Ben Bixenmann, MD, a fifth-year neurosurgery resident, and Christopher Sanders Taylor, MD, a graduating resident, were recognized with two research awards at the 31st Mayfield Neuroscience Symposium, held Friday, May 30.

Bixenmann won the 2014 Ellen and Stewart B. Dunsker, MD, Award for Clinical Research. He used a database of fetal MRI’s taken during pregnancy to study the incidence of syringomyelia–a cyst caused by the buildup of excess cerebrospinal fluid inside the spinal cord–within the fetal and postnatal population.

Sanders Taylor received the inaugural John M. Tew, Jr., MD, Award for Neuro-Oncology Research, his retrospective study on whether cancer patients who have experienced a local recurrence of metastatic brain tumors do better when the recurrence is treated with traditional surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)

Jeffrey Strawn, MD
Jeffrey Strawn, MD

Strawn to Discuss Pediatric Anxiety June 10

Jeffrey Strawn, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, will speak at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, as part of NAMI Hamilton County’s "Hot Topics in Mental Health” series.

Strawn will discuss "Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents: From Risk Factors to Remission” at the American Red Cross, 2111 Dana Ave. 

This free event is open to the community. For more information, call NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) at 513-351-3500.

Keith Casper, MD, examines a patient.
Keith Casper, MD

Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings June 19

The UC Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery is holding free oral, head and neck cancer screenings for Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week Thursday, June 19.

Screenings will be performed by UC Health's and UC Cancer Institute's Keith Casper, MD.

Appointments are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the UC Health Barrett Cancer Center Area F. To reserve a spot, call 513-475-8400.

Translational Research

CCTST Just-In-Time Core Grant Deadline July 1

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Just-In-Time (JIT) grant mechanism enables investigators to use participating UC or Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center core facilities to obtain critical data for submission of a competitive extramural proposal, patent application or commercialization agreement.

The next deadline is Tuesday, July 1. Investigators may apply for up to $7,500 annually in support for core services that would directly facilitate the submission of a new or revised application for extramural funding.

For complete details and a list of participating cores, see the JIT application instructions, visit the CCTST website or email Bettie Durant at

Richard Lofgren, MD, MPH
Richard Lofgren, MD, MPH

Richard Lofgren, MD, Leadership Presentation Postponed

The College of Medicine leadership presentation by UC Health CEO Richard Lofgren, MD, planned for June 10, has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict. It will be rescheduled this fall.

All six of the College of Medicine leadership presentations from the 2013-2014 academic year can be found online at

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Communication Sciences Research Center Colloquium June 9: Jeff Epstein, PhD, professor of pediatrics and director of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Center for ADHD, will discuss, "Is Cognitive Training an Effective Treatment Strategy for Children with ADHD?” at noon in CCHMC Location S, Room 10.130.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar June 10: Doctoral student Mahendra Thapa (Rance Lab) will discuss, "Comparison of side-chain motion of amide group of Calbindin D-9k in its four calcium binding states by Molecular Dynamics Simulation” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Medical Grand Rounds June 11: Joel Weinstock, MD, chief, division of gastroenterology/hepatology and professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, will present, "Immunity, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and the Gut:  Are we Too Hygenic?" at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Translational Cancer Research Seminar June 12: James Doroshow, MD, director of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, will present, "Shortening the Timeline for Cancer Drug Discovery,” at 1 p.m. in CCHMC Research Auditorium, 3381 Location R.
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