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James Herman, PhD
James Herman, PhD

David Hui, PhD
David Hui, PhD

Herman, Hui Appointed to Lead Centers

James P. Herman, PhD, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, and David Hui, PhD, professor in the Department of Pathology, have been appointed directors of two new centers at the UC College of Medicine.

Herman will lead the Neurobiology Research Center, a center within the UC Neuroscience Institute. The center will build on the strengths of researchers with an established history of discovery in the areas of stress in the context of epilepsy, seizures, comfort food, hormonal signals; in brain inflammation and panic disorder; and in stress and obesity and light exposure and obesity.

Hui will lead the Metabolic Diseases Research Center, which will build on the strengths of the lipid group and put focus on several key areas, including the role of bioactive lipid metabolites in diabetes, inflammation and atherosclerosis, apoE-rich high-density lipoprotein as a better marker for "good cholesterol,” multiparity as a risk factor for obesity and inflammatory metabolic disease in women, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and obesity and metabolic disorders.

With support from the Office of the Dean, these two new centers will be critical in recruiting new faculty into collaborative research teams at the College of Medicine.

Ira Abrahamson
Ira Abrahamson, MD

Abrahamson Receives President's Award for Excellence

Ira Abrahamson Jr., MD, professor emeritus in the College of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology, was presented the President’s Award for Excellence by UC President Santa Ono, PhD, Monday, Sept. 29, for his contributions to medicine and the greater good of mankind.

Abrahamson was honored during a reception in the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Reception Hall, CARE/Crawley Atrium. Attendees included UC leaders in both administration and medicine and Abrahamson’s family, which has had three generations of graduates from the College of Medicine.

"The principal criterion for this award, which is given at the discretion of UC’s president, is a significant contribution to the purposes and ideals of the university that resulted from the high quality of an individual’s endeavors. This is unmistakably the case for Dr. Ira A. Abrahamson Jr.,” Ono said.

The award, established in the 1970s, is only presented to a select few annually.

CARE/Crawley Building
CARE/Crawley Building

Reception Honoring Dean Boat Tuesday, Oct. 28

The College of Medicine will honor Thomas Boat, MD, who is stepping down as vice president for health affairs and dean at the end of the month, at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28. The event will be held in the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Reception Hall, CARE/Crawley Atrium. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Oct. 21.

Thomas Boat, MD
Thomas Boat, MD

Reminder: Boat and Ono to Speak Monday, Oct. 13

Thomas Boat, MD, vice president for health affairs and Christian R. Holmes Professor and Dean of the College of Medicine, will make his annual presentation to the faculty and staff at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in Kresge Auditorium. He will be joined at the session by UC President Santa Ono, PhD.

This will be the second in this year’s series of leadership presentations. Richard Lofgren, MD, president and chief executive officer of UC Health, spoke Sept. 9. A video of his presentation can be seen online.

UC Med Mentors
UC Med Mentors

UC Med Mentors Seeks Advisory Board Members

UC Med Mentors is creating an advisory board composed of physicians and educators from the College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as well as representatives from external community groups. If you are interested in helping or just learning more, please contact Wan Lim, PhD, associate professor of medical education, or Charles Cavallo, MD, instructor of pediatrics.

Additional funding for program events and computers for mentees also is needed. Donations can be sent to: UC Med Mentors Fund, Attention Jeff Taylor, UC Foundation, PO Box 19970, Cincinnati, OH 45219.

UC Med Mentors is a program founded in 2001 by Dr. Lim where medical students mentor local elementary school students throughout their four years at the College of Medicine. Funding is provided by grants from the Charles H. Dater Foundation, the Rue Foundation and the Medical Student Association of the College of Medicine.

Martha Sajatovic, MD
Martha Sajatovic, MD

Sajatovic to Deliver Lurie Lecture Oct. 15

Martha Sajatovic, MD, will present the Lurie Family Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Stetson Building, Room 2108. Her topic will be, "Late-life Bipolar Disorder: Emerging Research and Complexities of Clinical Care.”

Sajatovic is a professor of psychiatry and neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She is director of geropsychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC) and holds the Willard Brown Chair in Neurological Outcomes at UHCMC/Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

The Lurie Family Lecture, presented by the UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, honors Louis Lurie, MD, and his son, Max Lurie, MD, prominent psychiatrists who were both faculty members in the department.

Evan Frank
Evan Frank

PhD Student Wins Travel Award

Evan Frank, a PhD student and Gene-Environment Interactions Training Program (GEITP) T32 trainee in the laboratory of Jagjit Yadav, PhD, Department of Environmental Health, Division of Environmental Genetics and Molecular Toxicology, has won a travel award to the Society of Toxicology (SOT) 2015 annual meeting in San Diego March 22-26.

Frank received the award for Best PhD Student Platform Presentation at the Ohio Valley SOT 2014 annual meeting Sept 26 at Wright State University. In addition to the award, he will serve as the graduate student representative on the Ohio Valley SOT Executive Council in 2015. His research interest is in molecular and pathologic toxicology of carbon nanoparticles in the lung. His work is supported by funding from the NIOSH Education and Research Center and the NIEHS Center for Environmental Genetics, both at UC.

Joseph Broderick, MD
Joseph Broderick, MD

UCNI Announces Associate Directors

Joseph Broderick, MD, director of the UC Neuroscience Institute, has announced three new associate directors: James Herman, PhD, associate director of basic science research; Daniel Woo, MD, associate director of clinical research; and Mario Zuccarello, MD, associate director of clinical care.

Herman is a professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience and director of the newly formed Neurobiology Research Center. Woo is a professor and vice chair of clinical research in the department of neurology and rehabilitation medicine. Zuccarello is professor and chairman of the department of neurosurgery and holds the Frank H. Mayfield Chair for Neurological Surgery.

A scientist conducts laboratory research

Facilities Module Launched in Research Directory

A search for core facilities, test labs, centers and institutes is now available through the Research Directory, an online tool launched in 2013 by the UC Office of Research. The Research Directory was designed to increase collaboration in all areas of research and scholarly activity across UC, affiliated institutions and industry partners.

Specific facilities can be viewed on the directory by selecting the "By Facility” option and entering a keyword. To view all facilities, leave the keyword field blank, select "By Facility,” and select the "Browse Facilities” option that appears.

Each listing comes with a summary, including contact information and a web link when applicable. Services offered, along with available equipment, can also be listed.

Facility directors should review their listing and contact Dawn O’Neill with questions or changes.

Track Runners

REMINDER: Warrior Run Benefits Student Mindfulness

The College of Medicine is taking part in the first "College Challenge” as part of this year’s Warrior Run: The Race for Life. The event includes a one-mile walk—called the Jim Miller Memorial Mile—starting at 5:15 p.m. and a 5K race starting at 5:30 p.m. Both races begin at Bell Tower Park off Pleasant Street in Mariemont. There will be food, drinks, music, kids’ games and a family movie at dark following the races.

Part of the funds from College of Medicine participants’ registration fees will benefit the Student Mindfulness Program, which is a part of the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, and fund grants for mindfulness outcomes research.

Participants can join one of several college-related teams and are also encouraged to raise additional donations.

The Warrior Run "College Challenge” is in memory of Brogan Dulle, a UC student who committed suicide in May. Runners can participate individually or as part of college or UC Health teams. Find more information on the event or contact Kelly Lyle.

Amy Thompson, MD
Amy Thompson, MD

Faculty Invited to Participate in Movies-Themed Course

Faculty and residents in the College of Medicine are invited to contribute to the discussion in an online course focusing on doctor-patient communication as portrayed in popular movies.

The course, which the college is offering to fourth-year medical students as its first online course, runs Oct. 30, 2014, through Jan. 30, 2015. It is offered through the UC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Course directors are Rocky Ellis, MD, associate professor of family medicine; Bruce Giffin, PhD, interim associate dean for medical education; and Amy Thompson, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics/gynecology.

Students and faculty from across the College of Medicine will participate in the discussions, all of which will take place online. John Alberti, PhD, professor of English and director of cinema studies at Northern Kentucky University, will participate to point out important cinema techniques.

Residents and/or faculty members are invited to participate for one week or several weeks based on their clinical background or love of movies. The anticipated commitment is approximately four hours, including time to watch the assigned movie of the week. Interested faculty should email Amy Thompson.

Lucas Conference Room, Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions
Lucas Board Room

IAMSE Fall Web Seminar Series Continues Oct. 9

This continuing series of sessions explores a variety of exciting innovations in medical education.

"Crossing the Synapse: Integrating Basic Science and Clinical Medicine at the Cognitive Level to Improve Medical Decision Making” is the topic of the Oct. 9 session, to be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Stanley Lucas Board Room. RSVP to Ned Donnelly.

Note: The pros and cons of medical schools session, which was to be held Thursday, Sept. 25, was rescheduled to Thursday, Oct. 16.

>>Upcoming seminar descriptions.

University Hall
University Hall

REMINDER: Next 'Ready, Set, Go!' Workshop Oct. 9

As part of the 2014-15 "Ready, Set, Go!" series, Heidi Kloos, PhD, associate professor of psychology, and Karen Faaborg, JD, professor emeritus and LEAF accountability and advocacy council chair, will present "Funding Your Research Enterprise," from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in University Hall, Room 450.

>>View the complete series listing, see learning objectives and register online.

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Oct. 7: Eddie Merino, PhD, Department of Chemistry, will present "Taking Advantage of Cancer’s Addiction to Reactive Oxygen: New Selective Anti-Cancer Agents” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Physiology Seminar Oct. 7: Sarah Pixley, PhD, Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, will present "Magnesium metal as a bioresorbable medical implant material” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Transplant Division Grand Rounds Oct. 7: Scott Boyd, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pathology, Stanford University, will present "Monitoring Human Immunity with High-Throughput DNA Sequencing” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds Oct. 8: Keith Casper, MD, will present "Salvage Laryngectomy: Current Surgical Trends” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine Oct. 8: Aaron Grossman, MD, will present, "AVMs and Dural AV Fistulas” at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series: Fei Chen, PhD, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne State University, will present "Environmental Factors, Mineral Dust-Induced Gene and Cancer” at 10 a.m. in Kettering Lab’s Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Grand Rounds Oct. 8: Richard Sears, PsyD, will present "Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Prevention of Depressive Relapse” at noon in Stetson 2108.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Oct. 8: Lisa Haglund, MD, will present "Specifications for Pneumonia Treatment: What’s the Data?” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Oct. 9: Chunying Du, PhD, will present "What Do We Know About BRUCE” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Thursday Seminar Series Oct. 9: Laura Brower, MD, clinical fellow, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Differences in Blood Culture Time to Positivity by Causative Organism and Culture Source” and John Hutton, MD, clinical research fellow, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Greater Home Literacy Exposure Increases Activation of Reading-Related Brain Regions in Preschool Children: An fMRI Study” at noon in Kettering Laboratory’s Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Oct. 9: Robert McCullumsmith, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, will present "Abnormalities of glutamate transporter expression in schizophrenia” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.

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