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Drake Medal
Drake Medal

College of Medicine's Daniel Drake Medal

Nominations Are Due Jan. 31, 2015

The Daniel Drake Medal is the highest recognition the College of Medicine can bestow on its former students, former faculty, former residents or current faculty. Two awards will be made in 2015 to living individuals who have been associated with the College of Medicine, now or in the past.

Nominees for the first award will be evaluated on the basis of outstanding achievements in biomedical science as evidenced by major significant contributions to medical research. Nominees for the other will represent a distinguished career as a clinician-teacher.

Members of the full-time faculty, the alumni, the emeriti, past Daniel Drake medalists and former associates of the college are invited to submit nominations. Deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2015.

For more information and to download the nomination form, visit

Robert McNamara, PhD
Robert McNamara, PhD

McNamara Elected to ACNP Member Status

Robert McNamara, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, has been elected to member status in the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), effective Jan. 1, 2015. Nominees for membership are evaluated on the excellence of their scientific contributions and potential for contributing to the ACNP, founded in 1961. 

McNamara's lab investigates the role of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency in the pathoetiology of recurrent neuropsychiatric disorders using animal models, postmortem brain tissue and preclinical and clinical neuroimaging techniques.

Translational Research

CCTST Research Methods, Ethics Grant Programs Offered

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) requests applications for the study of innovative research methodology and ethical issues in clinical and translational research. 

The Methodologic Research Program advances the study of biostatistics, epidemiology, bioinformatics and related disciplines in order to enhance the capacity to conduct and analyze data from clinical and translational studies. Applications are due Jan. 26, 2015.

The Research Ethics Grant Program supports interdisciplinary empirical research that aims to develop, inform or apply morally, socially and culturally acceptable frameworks that maximize the ethics of conducting clinical and translational research. Applications are due Feb. 6, 2015.

Each program offers one-year, non-renewable grants of up to $10,000. For more information and requests for applications (RFAs), follow the links below or contact Sandra Geideman.

>>> Methodologic Research Program     

>>> Research Ethics Grant Program 

William Ball, MD
Dean William S. Ball, MD
Andrew Norman, PhD (right), with collaborator W. James Ball, PhD.
Professor William J. (Jim) Ball, PhD

REMINDER: Avoid Confusion in Sending Emails to Dean

Faculty, staff and students who are intending to send email messages to Dean William Ball in the College of Medicine may inadvertently be sending messages to Dr. William J. Ball (also known as Jim Ball), professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics.  You can reach Dean William S. Ball at  Emails sent to Dr. Jim Ball should be sent to

Frank McCormack, MD

CReFF Pilot Funding Available for Junior Faculty

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) is now accepting applications from junior faculty for the next round of Clinical Research Feasibility Fund (CReFF) pilot grants. Instructors or assistant professors based at UC, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center or the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center who are utilizing the resources of the Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC) are generally eligible; funding restrictions apply.  

Applicants must already have an active CTRC-approved protocol or submit one for review with their proposal. The CReFF provides one-year startup funding of up to $20,000 for pilot studies, potentially renewable for one additional year. One or two grants are anticipated this cycle.

Applications are due by noon Monday, March 2, 2015. The request for applications (RFA) and additional details are available here, or email Christy Keller.

Dorothy Air, PhD
Dorothy Air, PhD

Entrepreneurial Achievement Awards Deadline Is Jan. 9

Nominations for the 2014-15 Entrepreneurial Achievement Awards offered by UC’s Office of Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization are due Jan. 9, 2015.

Two categories of awards will be given to faculty for exceptional accomplishment in promoting and maximizing the human benefits and commercial potential of university intellectual property and/or research: the Established Entrepreneur Award and the Emerging Entrepreneur Award. Faculty members from all colleges are eligible to apply.

Questions regarding the awards should be directed to Dorothy Air, PhD, associate vice president for entrepreneurial affairs and technology commercialization, at 513-558-7339 or

>>> Get more information

David Plas, PhD, Maria Czyzyk-Krzeska, MD, PhD, and Jarek Meller, PhD
David Plas, PhD

Biomedical Research Day Jan. 6, 2015

Biomedical Research Day will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the CARE/Crawley Building and Medical Sciences Building. The event targets undergraduate students who might be interested in exploring biomedical research opportunities at the University of Cincinnati.

A morning graduate fair will feature current students and representatives of the UC College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center graduate programs who be available to talk about their programs and answer questions. There will also be opportunities to learn about the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program, and David Plas, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Cancer Biology, will present "New Opportunities in Biomedical Science from the Perspective of Cancer Research.”

A number of afternoon demonstrations and a workshop for professors and high school Advanced Placement biology teachers will be held in the afternoon.

For more information, contact Lisa Griffith at 513-558-5626 or

CARE/Crawley Building
Winter Season Days

REMINDER: No 'Dean's List' Monday, Dec. 29

Due to holidays and Winter Season Days, there will be no Dean’s List Monday, Dec. 29. Following today’s issue (Monday, Dec. 22), the next issue will appear Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The submission deadline for material to appear in the Jan. 5 edition will be noon Tuesday, Dec. 23.

 Mindi Naticchioni

Jan. 8 'Ready, Set, Go!' Workshop Postponed

Due to pending deadlines for grant facilitators, the "Ready, Set, Go!” workshop scheduled for Jan. 8, 2015, titled "Successful Collaborative Research” has been postponed. It will be rescheduled for May 2015.


  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds Dec. 31: Chief residents will present "Morbidity and Mortality” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.

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