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Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research Pilot Grants Offered

To spur the growth of comparative effectiveness research (CER) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) at UC, UC Health and the UC offices of the vice president for research, dean of the College of Medicine and dean of the College of Nursing, are making available $100,000 for pilot projects. Up to five grants of up to $20,000 each will be awarded.

To be eligible, the principal investigator must hold a full-time faculty appointment within UC and submit any resulting applications through UC. Collaborations between colleges and with faculty based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center or the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center are strongly encouraged.

Projects must focus on improving health care systems or on health disparities, two of the four priority areas identified by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the main funding source for CER and PCOR. Health care systems research must be relevant to UC Health. All proposals must include participant or community stakeholders in project design, or use this funding opportunity as a means to engage stakeholders in the design of subsequent extramural grant proposals.

Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear pathway to future competitive extramural funding. A letter of intent is not required. Full applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. Sept. 1, 2014.

For more information, see the request for applications (PDF) or contact Debbie Lueders at

Robert Highsmith, PhD
Robert Highsmith, PhD

Highsmith Named Interim Chair

Robert Highsmith, PhD, has been named interim chair of the departments of molecular and cellular physiology and pharmacology and cell biophysics effective Sept. 1, 2014. He is filling vacancies brought about by the recent appointment of Marshall "Chip” Montrose, PhD, as vice provost and dean of UC’s Graduate School.

Highsmith is an experienced leader who has served the College of Medicine well during the last 40 years. He has been especially helpful in periods of transition in departmental leadership. He will not continue in his current positions as associate dean for graduate education and director of the Office of Research and Graduate Education. During his term as interim chair he will return to faculty status as a professor of molecular and cellular physiology.

Scott Bresler, PhD
Scott Bresler, PhD

Bresler Gives Talks in Israel

Scott Bresler, PhD, clinical director of forensic psychiatry in the UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, visited Israel July 9 and 10 for a meeting and a presentation.

On July 9, he met with Dr. Leonid Eidelman, president of the Israeli Medical Association, to discuss the problem of hospital violence toward health care workers and how that issue is being addressed in Israel as well as the United States. Bresler presented research on the topic conducted by Donna Gates, EdD, and Gordon Gillespie, PhD, both of the UC College of Nursing, and him.

On July 10, he presented to staff at Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel on "School Based Violence: Who, What, Where, When, & Why?” The presentation was created collaboratively with Drew Barzman, MD, a forensic psychiatrist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Maggie Schneider
Maggie Schneider

MSTP Student Wins Travel Award

Maggie Schneider, a College of Medicine student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, has been selected as a travel award winner for the 2014 American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual meeting in Phoenix Dec. 7-11. She will have an opportunity to present a poster at a special award reception. Her research interest is in the neural underpinnings of executive function in youth with and at risk for bipolar disorder.

Gil Yosipovitch, MD
Gil Yosipovitch, MD

Dermatology Endowed Lectureship July 24

The Lucille & Smith Gibson Endowed Lectureship in Dermatology will be presented Thursday, July 24, at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center, Room G344. Gil Yosipovitch, MD, professor and chair of dermatology and director of the Temple Itch Center at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, will present "Chronic Itch and Its Management—More Than Scratching the Surface.” The lecture will be preceded by a patient presentation and discussion.

Frank McCormack, MD
Frank McCormack, MD

Bruce Trapnell, MD
Bruce Trapnell, MD

CCTST Letter of Intent Workshop July 25

For many biomedical grant competitions, completion of a letter of intent (LOI) that determines whether you submit a full-length proposal is the first step of the application process. What should it include? How should it be organized? Learn how to improve your chances for grant success at the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) "How to Write a Letter of Intent Workshop,” Friday, July 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room E-351 of the Medical Sciences Building.

Offered for the first time and open to all faculty, the session will be led by Bruce Trapnell, MD, and Frank McCormack, MD, co-directors of the CCTST Pilot and Collaborative Translational and Clinical Studies core.

Registration is not required. Please email Beth Hezlep at or call 513-803-7039 if you have questions. Download the event flier (PDF).

A scientist conducts laboratory research

Study Section Notices of Participation Due Aug. 4

The College of Medicine Study Section is requesting notices of participation for proposals targeting the Oct. 5 NIH cycle.

The purpose of this program is to offer applicants the opportunity to get an "internal” review of grant applications prior to submission to external granting agencies, in order to improve grant-writing success.

Notices allow appropriate reviewers to be lined up to evaluate the proposals. The notice face sheet and one-page project summary is due to Peter Koch at by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.

Completed grant applications are due to Koch by 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18. Get details of the Study Section program, including the notice of participation face page.

Hani Kushlaf, MD
Hani Kushlaf, MD

Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Wins Approval

The UC Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine has received approval for a new neuromuscular medicine fellowship from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)—the only newly approved neuromuscular program in the country.

The one-year fellowship replaces the clinical neurophysiology/EMG fellowship and will become effective July 1, 2015. Currently, according to the ACGME, there are 44 accredited neuromuscular fellowships in the United States.

Fellows will train at UC Health sites, including UC Medical Center and University of Cincinnati Physicians offices, and at Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Hani Kushlaf, MD, an assistant professor of neurology and pathology, is the director of the fellowship.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Location S
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Location S

SAVE THE DATE: Imaging and Cytometry Research Day

The Ohio River Valley Cytometry Association (ORVCA) Annual Conference will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Location S, Rooms S1.203-204.

This free conference (registration required) will feature breakout sessions, a poster session and vendor interaction. Awards will be given to the top poster presenters. Register by Sept. 5 on the ORVCA website.

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Medical Sciences Building

Sports Neuroscience Initiative Hosts Event, Offers Awards

The UC Sports Neuroscience Initiative (SNI), 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, 2014, with a goal of encouraging multidisciplinary collaborations.

The conference, which will be held in UC’s Medical Sciences Building, Room E-351, is open to all UC and UC-affiliated faculty, and will lead to the awarding of two Sports Health Innovation awards including funding of up to $20,000 each. Funding for this award was provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

The winning projects must involve collaboration between investigators from at least two of the research teams attending the conference. Applications are due Oct. 1, 2014.

Get additional details about SNI and the Sports Health Innovation Awards. For more information, contact Kim Hasselfeld at 513-584-3931 or

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Transplant Division Journal Club: Tarun Mittal, MD, UC transplant nephrology fellow, will present the February 2014 Journal of the American Medical Association manuscript "Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease Following Live Kidney Donation” Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at 4 p.m. in Medical Sciences Building (MSB) Room 3051.

  • Medical Grand Rounds July 23, 2014: Sing Sing Way, MD, PhD, associate professor in the department of pediatrics at UC and physician in the division of infectious diseases at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will present, "Immune Pathogenesis of Pregnancy Complications with Perinatal Infection,” at noon in Medical Sciences Building (MSB) E-351.
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