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William Ball, MD, Vice President for Research
William Ball, MD

William Ball, MD, Named as Interim VP

for Health Affairs and Dean

William Ball, MD, has been appointed interim vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine, effective Nov. 1, 2014. The appointment was announced Friday, Oct. 31, by Santa Ono, PhD, UC president, and Beverly Davenport, PhD, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Ball replaces Thomas Boat, MD, who announced in September that he would be stepping down effective Nov. 1. Ono and Davenport expressed their gratitude to Boat "for his decades of dedicated leadership” at UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Ball has served since August 2011 as vice president for research, a position he will retain while he assumes his interim roles. He is also a professor of radiology, biomedical engineering and pediatrics.

Ball is a former interim chair and chair of the department of biomedical engineering from 2001 to 2008. He received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, completed a fellowship in pediatric radiology and neuroradiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and additional neuroradiology fellowship training at the University of New Mexico Medical Center before joining UC and Cincinnati Children’s in 1984.

Ono and Davenport said that in order for him to devote sufficient time to leading the college and the Academic Health Center, Ball will soon recruit a faculty member to assist him in implementing the strategic plan for research developed in conjunction with UC’s Creating Our Third Century initiative.

Ono and Davenport also said they plan to engage an external consultant to assist them in developing a broad-based, multi-stage process for determining the optimal organizational structure for advancing the mission, vision, values and priorities of the College of Medicine and the Academic Health Center. Once this assessment is complete, they said, they will move forward on launching an international search for new leadership.

Gardner Gift
James J. and Joan A. Gardner

UC Neuroscience Institute Receives $14 Million Gift

The James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Foundation has committed $14 million to the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute (UCNI) that will help fund a new, state-of-the-art facility to enhance treatment and research efforts for chronic and progressive neurologic conditions and disorders like Parkinson’s disease. The gift was announced at Saturday’s 15th anniversary celebration for UCNI.

The contribution is the second major gift to UCNI from the Gardner Family Foundation. The James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders was created in 2007 after a $5.5 million gift.

UCNI is a collaboration between UC’s College of Medicine and UC Health. Its new building, at a yet-to-be-determined central location, will be designed to foster a streamlined patient-centered experience, collaboration among clinicians and researchers and educational activities for neuroscience faculty, staff, patients and family members.

>> Get more information.

University of Cincinnati gate
University of Cincinnati gate

Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research Grants Awarded

Six projects have received funding through the comparative effectiveness research (CER) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) pilot grant program.

The pilot award program was announced in July and is supported by UC Health and UC’s offices of the vice president for research and deans of the colleges of medicine and nursing.

Projects receiving funding:

"Developing a Culturally and Developmentally Appropriate Intervention to Reduce HIV Risk Behaviors Among Black Girls," Co-Principal Investigators: Kathleen Burlew, PhD, professor, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences; and Donna Shambley-Ebron, PhD, associate professor, College of Nursing

"Multidisciplinary Adapted Cardiac Rehabilitation After Stroke," Co-Principal Investigators: Kari Dunning, PhD, associate professor, College of Allied Health Sciences; and Elaine Miller, PhD, professor, College of Nursing

"Feasibility of Incorporating Patient-Specific Preferences and Values Into Decision-Making for Antithrombotic Therapy in Atrial Fibrillation," Principal Investigator: Bryan Eckerle, MD, clinical instructor, College of Medicine

"The Role of Public Reporting of Primary Care Quality Data and Provider Identified Key Drivers in Chronic Disease Patient Centered Outcomes," Principal Investigator: Nancy Elder, MD, professor, College of Medicine

"Development of an Integrated Patient-Centered Tele-Medical Home in Transplantation," Principal Investigator: Shimul Shah, MD, associate professor, College of Medicine

"Identifying Disparities in Pediatric Asthma Outcomes Based on Spatiotemporal Access to Relevant Health Services," Principal Investigator: Michael Widener, PhD, assistant professor, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

The Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine occupies space in the Stetson Building.
Stetson Building

AHC Public Relations Office Moves to Stetson Building

Effective today (Monday, Nov. 3), Academic Health Center Public Relations and Communications is headquartered in new offices on the first floor of the Stetson Building, 260 Stetson St.

The office supports the colleges of allied health sciences, medicine, nursing and pharmacy and UC Health and is a unit of the university’s Governmental Relations and University Communications division. It is directed by Richard Puff, assistant vice president, and was formerly located in University Hall.

Contact information remains the same: via phone at 513-558-4553 or email at The Mail Location remains 0550.

Veterans Day

UC's Veterans Day Ceremony Is Monday, Nov. 10

The University of Cincinnati will pay tribute to all military veterans during a ceremony Monday, Nov. 10. The event will begin at 9 a.m. on McMicken Commons and will be led by UC President Santa Ono, PhD. Remarks will be given by guest speaker retired U.S. Navy Capt. Frank Mendralski, a UC alumnus. All are welcome to attend, and free refreshments will be available.

UC’s ceremony will be held in advance of the national Veterans Day observance on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918.

The ceremony concludes with the presentation of a commemorative gift to veterans in attendance, and a Veterans Fair will begin shortly afterward. UC has close to 1,500 student veterans enrolled—one of the largest populations of student veterans in Ohio.

For more information, contact UC’s Office of Veterans Programs & Services at 513-556-6811 or

Gail Jarvik, MD, PhD
Gail Jarvik, MD, PhD

Call for Abstracts: March Genomics and Ethics Conference

The UC Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) and Ethics Center of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center invite abstracts for podium and poster presentations at the March 12-13, 2015, conference "Genomics and Ethics in Research and Medical Decision-Making.” The conference will feature empirical and conceptual investigations into the ethical aspects of genetics and genomics in diverse research, community and clinical domains in biomedicine.

To be held at the UC Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center, the event will provide a forum for discussing the intersection of genetics/genomics and ethics, including community engagement, return of research and clinical results, the commercialization of genomics research, consent in medical research and clinical settings and genomics in mental health research and treatment.

Keynote speakers are Gail Jarvik, MD, PhD, head of the division of medical genetics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Barbara Koenig, PhD, professor, Institute for Health & Aging, University of California, San Francisco.

Abstracts are limited to 500 words and must be submitted online by Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. For details, go to, email or call 513-803-2610.

James Heubi, MD
James Heubi, MD

Next 'Ready, Set, Go!' Workshop Nov. 13

As part of the 2014-15 "Ready, Set, Go!" series, James Heubi, MD, associate dean for clinical and translational research, will present "Funding Your Research Enterprise" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in University Hall, Room 450.

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

Translational Research Day

Poster Presentations Win Top Honors

University of Cincinnati medical students, residents and fellows were among those who won top honors in October at the 2014 Ohio Chapter Scientific meeting of the American College of Physicians for research poster presentations. Zenith Jameria, MD, third-year internal medicine resident at UC Medical Center, took second place in the resident/fellow members clinical vignette category with the poster, "Ischemic Ventricular Tachycardia as a Red Herring for Syncope.”

Keaton Jones, MD, third-year resident at UC Medical Center, won second place in the resident and fellow members’ research category with "Concomitant Chrohn’s Disease (CD) Predisposes to a Distinct Clinical Phenotype of Autoimmune Liver Disease (AILD) In Children.” Jessica Dreicer, a fourth-year medical student, won first place in the medical student members clinical vignette category with the poster, "Pulmonary Artery Sarcoma Masquerading as Pulmonary Thromboembolism.”

Two fourth-year medical students also were awarded ribbons of merit for their posters. Khanant Desai presented "Chronic Exertional Dyspnea: Treatment of a Patient with Dyspnea on Exertion Associated with Rate-Dependent Left Bundle Branch Block,” while Megan Caroway, a fourth-year medical student, presented "H1N1 and a Rare Cardiac Complication.”

George Loss Jr., Heekin Lecture
George Loss Jr., MD, PhD

REMINDER: Guest Speaker for Heekin Lectureship

George Loss Jr., MD, PhD, transplant surgeon and chief of the Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute in New Orleans, will be the guest speaker for the Heekin Family Lectureship hosted by the division of transplantation Nov. 4–5, 2014.

Loss will speak Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Transplant Grand Rounds in MSB 3351 on "Current Issues in Liver Transplantation.” He will give the Heekin Family Lectureship at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Surgical Amphitheater on "The Pursuit of Value in Transplantation.”



  • I.A. and Fannie R. Barnett Lecture Series Nov. 3: Jim Berger, PhD, Department of Statistical Science, Duke University, will present "Reproducibility of Science: P-values and Multiplicity” at 4:30 p.m. in Tangeman University Center, Room 400 A-C.
  • Physiology Seminar Nov. 4: Aaron Zorn, PhD, Digestive Health Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Regulatory networks in embryonic lung development” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds Nov. 5: Robin Cotton, MD, will present "Perspectives on the Pediatric Airway” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Nov. 5: Christian Stehlik, PhD, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, will present "POPing the Inflammasome” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Nov. 5: Gruschen Veldtman, FRCP, MBChB, Heart Institute, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Adult Congentical Heart Disease” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Career Seminar Co-Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education Nov. 5: Joanne Kamens, PhD, Addgene executive director, will present "Smooth Transitions: A Top 10 List—Things Scientists Ask About Finding an Industry Job” at 12:30 p.m. in MSB E-151C.
  • Dermatology Grand Rounds Nov. 6: Kristine Zitelli, MD, will present "Potential pathogens of TNF-ɑ Therapy: Proactive Approach to Prevention” at 10 a.m. in the Heaton Conference Center, Hoxworth Building, Room G-344.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Nov. 6: Gang Huang, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Epigenetic Circuit and Convergence” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Thursday Seminar Series Nov. 6: Jocelyn Biagini-Myers, PhD, Department of Pediatrics and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Melinda Butsch Kovacic, MPH, PhD, associate dean of research, College of Allied Health Sciences; Departments of Pediatrics and Environmental Health, College of Medicine; and Divisions of Asthma Research and Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Asthma Cohorts at CCHMC–Preliminary Data and Opportunities for Data Analyses” at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Nov. 6: John Osborn, PhD, University of Minnesota Medical School, will present "Is renal nerve ablation a sound therapeutic strategy for the treatment of hypertension? Insights from recent preclinical studies” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute and Cardiovascular Center Seminar Series Nov. 10: Jerry Lingrel, PhD, interim chair, Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology, will present "Role of the KLF2 Transcription Factor in Atherosclerosis” at noon in MSB 3351. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.


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