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Date: Monday, October 13, 2014

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Oliver McGee III, PhD
Oliver McGee III, PhD

Academic Health Center to Host Diversity and Inclusion Symposium Oct. 23

The Academic Health Center will host a Diversity and Inclusion Symposium Thursday, Oct. 23, at noon in Procter Hall, Room 103. Oliver McGee III, PhD, will present "Why Diversity Matters in Health Care.” McGee, a Cincinnati native and Woodward High School graduate, directs the Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm Partnership Possibilities for America. From 2001 to 2005, McGee served as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science at Ohio State University. 

McGee was the first African-American to hold a professorship and a departmental chair leadership position in the century-and-a-quarter history of Ohio State University's engineering college. He has authored a number of books, including "Confessions From The Balcony: A Perspective of Minority Leadership Inside a Majority Institution,” and "Bridging The Black Research Gap: On Integrated Academic and Research Capacity Building at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” He currently serves as a professor of mechanical engineering at Howard University and has previously served as Howard’s vice president for research and compliance and a senior vice president for academic affairs for the United Negro College Fund. Learn more about McGee at

Lunch will be provided at the Oct. 23 event. For questions, contact Kelly Lyle, health affairs program officer, at 513-558-7424 or

Thomas Boat, MD
Thomas Boat, MD

REMINDER: Boat and Ono to Speak Today

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. today (Oct. 13) in Kresge Auditorium. He will be joined by UC President Santa Ono, PhD, who will offer closing remarks.

Boat will discuss steps that have been taken to position the College of Medicine to best take advantage of opportunities which will advance its missions of education, research and patient care.

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.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Location S
Location S

Ebola and Global Bioethics Panel Today

Join scientists, physicians and ethicists from UC, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and Thomas More College for a panel discussion on "Ebola, Emergency Medicine and Global Bioethics” from 2 to 4 p.m. today (Oct. 13) in Rooms 1.203-204 of Cincinnati Children’s Location S. Registration is not required. The event is sponsored by the divisions of infectious diseases at UC and Cincinnati Children’s, UC departments of emergency medicine and philosophy and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST). For more information, go to or email
William Barrett, MD
William Barrett, MD

Gala to Honor Barrett Nov. 7

William Barrett, MD, director of the UC Cancer Institute and chair of the department of radiation oncology, will be honored Nov. 7 at the Ohio Cancer Research Associates’ 20th Star Award Gala, titled "You and the Night and the Music.” The gala is held to raise funds for basic cancer research as well as to inform the public and raise awareness.  

This honor is given to "the most prominent and successful business and civic leaders in the Cincinnati area.” 

More information:

Alberto Espay, MD, (left) and Kim Seroogy, PhD
Alberto Espay, MD

Educational Session on Movement Disorders Oct. 17-18

"A Clinician’s Guide to Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders,” a two-day CME-accredited educational session, will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18, at the Cincinnati Club, 30 Garfield Place, downtown Cincinnati.

The course is presented by the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the UC Neuroscience Institute. Course directors are Alberto Espay, MD, associate professor in the UC Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, and Kathrin LaFaver, MD, assistant professor of neurology, University of Louisville School of Medicine.

The course is designed for primary care providers, internists, geriatricians, general neurologists, physicians in training and others in the health profession who will be exposed to Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders. Fees are $75 for physicians, $45 for allied health providers and free (registration required) for medical students, residents and fellows.

Register online at

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

IAMSE Fall Web Seminar Series Concludes Oct. 16

The last in this series of sessions exploring a variety of exciting innovations in medical education will be held Thursday, Oct. 16. Pros and cons of medical schools is the topic of this final session, to be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Stanley Lucas Board Room. RSVP to

Note: The pros and cons of medical schools session was originally scheduled to be held Thursday, Sept. 25.

Buildings of UC Health

UC Health Midtown Location Open House Oct. 18

UC Health Physicians Office Midtown will welcome visitors during a public open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. This new location, which opened to patients in mid-September, is located at 3590 Lucille Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45213, near Oakley and Pleasant Ridge. Midtown practices open to patients include cardiology (including diagnostic cardiology), dermatology, gastroenterology, gynecology, pain medicine, primary care (general internal medicine, pediatrics and women’s health), rheumatology and urogynecology.

A scientist conducts laboratory research

Letters of Intent Due Friday for 'T1' Pilot Grant Program

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) announces the next competition cycle for its "T1” pilot grant program. Proposals are requested to fund T1 translational research, which seeks to apply clinical or basic research knowledge in an identifiable pathway toward the development of trials and studies in humans. Grants funding innovative cores and junior investigators are also offered.  

UC faculty with 80 percent or greater FTE (any campus), including those based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, are generally eligible to apply. See the application instructions for eligibility restrictions. Letters of Intent must be received before midnight Friday, Oct. 17. Notification of invitation to apply will be made by Nov. 21. Full proposals, by invitation only, will be due Dec. 19. Award notices will be made in February 2015 and funds available July 1, 2015.  

For more information, go to, email or call 513-803-7039.

Cincinnati Digestive Health Center

$50,000 Funding Opportunity: Digestive Disease Research

The Digestive Health Center (DHC) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is now accepting applications for pilot projects to conduct basic, translational, patient-based or outcomes research broadly relating to pediatric digestive disease.  Applications will be considered in all areas of digestive disease research with particular emphasis on the following DHC research themes: 1) chronic liver disease; 2) inflammatory and diarrheal diseases; 3) obesity and the digestive system; and 4) development and digestive diseases.  

Funding for projects will range from$40,000 to $50,000 depending on budgetary needs and number of selected applications. The applicant does not have to be a member of the DHC. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. 

The DHC, based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is one of only 17 Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers in the nation supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. For application forms and directions, visit the DHC webpage.  

Questions should be directed to Cynthia Wetzel, PhD, at or 513-636-9605.


  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Oct. 14: Kakajan Komurov, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Integrative Systems Analyses of Cancer Cell Vulnerabilities” at noon in MSB 2351. 
  • Physiology Seminar Oct. 14: Begoña Campos, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, will present "Biodegradable Maturation Enhancing Stent for Arteriovenous Fistula” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds Oct. 15: Justin Golub, MD, an otology/neurotology/lateral skull base surgery fellow, will present at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351. 
  • Neurology Grand Rounds Oct. 15: Brian Moseley, MD, will present "Seizure-related Autonomic Changes in Children” at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Oct. 15: David Balshaw, PhD, National Institute of Environmental Health Services, will present "The Exposome: A Model for High Risk/High Reward Research" at 10 a.m. in Kettering Laboratory's Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Oct. 15: Elsira Pina, DO, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, will present "Sex and Lung Cancer: Women are Different” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Lurie Lecture Oct. 15: Martha Sajatovic, MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will present "Late-life Bipolar Disorder: Emerging Research and Complexities of Clinical Care” in the Stetson Building, Room 2108.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Oct. 16: Marie Matrka, a cancer biology graduate student, will present at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Thursday Seminar Series Oct. 16: Albeliz Santiago-Colon, a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Health, and Catherine Hart, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present at noon in Kettering Laboratory’s Kehoe Auditorium. Santiago-Colon will discuss "Exploring Public Health in Ghana: Study Abroad Experiences.” Hart’s topic is "Vocal Cord Function and Feeding Outcomes Following High Risk Cardiothoracic Surgery: The Initiation of a Standard Proof.” 
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Oct. 16: Rylon Hofacer and Tara Kyser, both of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, will present at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351. Hofacer will discuss "Dlx5/6-derived cortical interneurons: a possible target of postnatal anesthesia.” Kyser’s topic will be "Alterations of dopaminergic and non-dopaminergic systems in the DJ-1 knockout rat model of Parkinson’s disease.”
  • Cincinnati Children’s Communication Sciences Research Center Monthly Research in Patient Services Colloquium Oct. 20: Karen Harpster, PhD, will present "Snack time intervention for preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders: Fun and function” at 1 p.m. in Location S, Room S2.600.

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