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Ruby Crawford-Hemphill
Ruby Crawford-Hemphill

Barbara Tobias, MD
Barbara Tobias, MD

UC, UC Health Host Leadership Cincinnati

in 'Leading for a Healthy Community'

The University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center and UC Health will host Class 38 of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Leadership Cincinnati Thursday, Dec. 11, for a session titled "Leading for a Healthy Community.”

Leadership Cincinnati is Chamber’s flagship leadership development program. Participants—senior leaders looking to make a difference in the community—are selected through a competitive application process.

The more than 50 corporate and nonprofit leaders in Class 38 will spend the day on UC’s medical campus learning about the key drivers that make our current national health system unsustainable as well as regional challenges and community solutions for improving health and health care and lowering costs. 

Following lunch, the group will tour the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The afternoon will comprise breakout sessions on community crises, including advance care planning, the heroin epidemic, mental illness and infant mortality and health dipartites.

The Leading for a Healthy Community event is co-chaired by Ruby Crawford-Hemphill, assistant chief nursing officer, Center for Women’s Health at UC Medical Center, and Barbara Tobias, MD, vice chair of the UC Department of Family and Community Medicine. Both were members of Class 37 of Leadership Cincinnati.

UC Medical Center

Required Online HIPAA Training Modules

All faculty, staff, students and affiliates of the College of Medicine have until Dec. 19 to complete two online training modules for HIPAA privacy and security. The modules are easy to navigate and should take less than an hour to complete. The URL for the training modules is and directions can be found here

Those who have completed UC Health HIPAA training in the last year are exempt from the UC training requirement this year.

A scientist conducts laboratory research

Grant-Writing Workshops Scheduled for 2015

The Office of Research is once again offering several grant-writing seminars. Online registration for these sessions will open in February. The seminars, presented by Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops LLC, are limited to eligible individuals from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Three seminars, along with an intensive grant writing workshop, will be offered. Sessions are available for new investigators (including graduate students and postdocs), as well as for faculty and mentored clinicians/scientists. 

>> Get seminar details, along with fee and prerequisite information.

Shahab Akhter, MD
Shahab Akhter, MD
Ashish Shah, MD
Ashish Shah, MD

Visiting Professors in Cardiac Surgery Speaking Today

The Department of Surgery welcomes two visiting professors in cardiac surgery from 8 to 10 a.m. today (Monday, Dec. 8) in the Surgical Amphitheater, UC Medical Center. Shahab Akhter, MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, will present "Targeting Beta-Arrestin Signaling to Inhibit Maladaptive Ventricular Remodeling.” Ashish Shah, MD, Johns Hopkins Medicine, will present "Frailty in Cardiac Surgery: From Risk Assessment to Risk Aversion.”

For more information, call 513-584-1387 or email

Istvan Pirko, MD
Istvan Pirko, MD

Former Waddell Center Director Pirko Passes Away

Istvan Pirko, MD, a former faculty member in the Department of Neurology (now Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine) passed away Nov. 30, 2014, after a battle with cancer.

Following a neuroimaging fellowship at UC from 2003 to 2004, Pirko joined the College of Medicine faculty and served as director of the Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis at the UC Neuroscience Institute from 2007 to 2009. He was appointed to the Virgilee and Oliver Waddell Endowed Chair in Multiple Sclerosis in 2008. Most recently, Pirko was affiliated with the Mayo Clinic, where he had also served a fellowship.

"Dr. Pirko was a wonderful clinician and a superb researcher who made a tremendous impact on our department and our multiple sclerosis program in the Waddell Center,” said Joseph Broderick, MD, professor and former chair of the department and now director of the UC Neuroscience Institute.

Said Brett Kissela, MD, Albert Barnes Voorheis Professor and Chair of the department: "Our condolences go out to his young family most of all, but this is also a tremendous loss for patients with multiple sclerosis. He will be greatly missed.”

James Heubi, MD, (left) and Joel Tsevat, MD

CCTST Methodologic Research Program Deadline Jan. 26

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Methodologic Research Program requests applications to advance methodologic research in biostatistics, epidemiology, bioinformatics and related disciplines in order to enhance the capacity to conduct and analyze data from clinical and translational studies. The program will support promising innovations with potentially important applications that may enhance research validity, efficiency and causal inference.  

Up to $10,000 may be requested for a one-year, non-renewable award.  The program anticipates making two to three awards, based on the merit of applications. The next application deadline is Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, by midnight. 

All 80 percent or greater FTE faculty members based at UC, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center or the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center are eligible to apply. Applicants must be CCTST members (join here free of charge).

For more information, go to or email

Margaret Hanson, PhD
Margaret Hanson, PhD
Melanie Cushion, PhD
Melanie Cushion, PhD

REMINDER: Next 'Ready, Set, Go!' Workshop Dec. 11

As part of the 2014-15 "Ready, Set, Go!" series, Margaret Hanson, PhD, associate dean of the Graduate School, and Melanie Cushion, PhD, senior associate dean for research, College of Medicine, will present "Grant Writing" from 9  to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in University Hall, Room 450.

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

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute and Cardiovascular Center Seminar Series Dec. 8: Peter Mohler, PhD, director, Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, and professor and chair, department of physiology and cell biology, Ohio State University, will present "Defining New Pathways for Excitable Cell Disease” at noon in MSB 3351. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Dec. 9: Peng Zhang, PhD, Department of Chemistry, will present "Bio-related Applications of Photon Upconversion Nanoparticles” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds Dec. 10: David Steward, MD, will present "Biography of Surgical Giants: General” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351. 
  • Neurology Grand Rounds Dec. 10: Anumeha Sharma, MD, will present "Epilepsy Surgery Overview” at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Dec. 10: Jen Forrester, MD, will present "UTI’s Uncovering Treatment Indications” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Grand Rounds Dec. 10: Holly Ait Taouit, Amy Houston and Scott Bresler, PhD, clinical director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry, will present "Stealing Our Seniors’ Savings: A Case Study in Financial Exploitation” at noon in Stetson 2108.
  • Physiology Seminar Dec. 11: Tongli Zhang, PhD, University of Oxford, will present "How experimentalists and modelers can collaborate to gain a deeper understanding of cellular decision making” at 10 a.m. in MSB 4051. 
  • Procter & Gamble Scientific Lectureship Series (Dermatology) Dec. 11: Pedram Gerami, MD, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, will present "Fluorescence in Situ Hybridization for Risk Assessment of Atypical Spitzoid Melanocytic Neoplasms” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building’s Heaton Conference Center (Room G344).
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Dec. 11: Ralph Scully, MBBS, PhD, Harvard Medical School, will present "Homologous Recombination in Breast and Ovarian Cancer Predisposition” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium. 
  • Research in Patient Services Colloquium Dec. 15: Scott Holland, PhD, director of the Pediatric Brain Imaging Research Center at the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation, will present "The pediatric Functional Neuroimaging Research Network and the CMIND Database of normal brain development” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center Location S, Room S8.125.

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