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Date: Monday, January 26, 2015

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Patents 2015
Faculty inventors

University of Cincinnati Patent Recipients
Recognized at Fifth Third Arena

The UC Office of Research and the Office of Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization recognized 2014 patent recipients during the Jan. 21 men’s basketball game at Fifth Third Arena.

Honorees from the College of Medicine included:

  • Ambikaipakan Balasubramaniam, PhD, professor in the Department of Surgery and Interdisciplinary Neuroscience program, for "Compounds for control of appetite.”
  • Amit Bhattacharya, PhD, professor in the Department of Environmental Health, for "Computer System and Method for Assessing Dynamic Bone Quality.”
  • Steven Boyce, PhD, professor in the Department of Surgery, for  "Surgical device for skin therapy or testing.”
  • Melanie Cushion, PhD, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and senior associate dean for research, College of Medicine, for "Bisbenzamidines for the Treatment of Pneumonia.”
  • William Ridgway, MD, Alice W. and Mark A. Brown Professor and director of the Division of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, for "Method of inhibiting progression of type 1 diabetes by administering soluble CD137.”
  • Peter Walzer, MD, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, for "Bisbenzamidines for the Treatment of Pneumonia.”

>> Read more for full list of 2014 UC inventors.

Rekha Chaudhary, MD
Rekha Chaudhary, MD

Chaudhary Appears in Documentary Film

Rekha Chaudhary, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Hematology Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, and member of the UC Cancer and Neuroscience Institutes, will be featured in the documentary film "PlantPure Nation,” which will be released in 2015. According the website, the film focuses on the efforts of nutritional scientist and author T. Colin Campbell, inspiring Kentucky State Rep. Tom Riner to propose a pilot program documenting the health benefits of a plant-based diet. When industry lobbyists kill the pilot program, Dr. Campbell’s oldest son Nelson decides to try his own grassroots approach in his hometown of Mebane, North Carolina.

To see the film’s trailer featuring Chaudhary and learn more about the film, visit

Shuk-mei Ho
Shuk-mei Ho, PhD

CEG Hosts Pilot Grant Awardees at Seminar

Recent awardees of pilot grants from the UC Center for Environmental Genetics (CEG) will discuss their projects Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the weekly seminar of the Department of Environmental Health. The seminar, "Nanotube Synthesis Capabilities at UC: Implications for Integrating Nanotechnology into Environmental and Health Sciences Research,” will begin at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Labs. A Q&A with lunch will follow in Kettering 121.

Grant awardees ($10,000 per project) responded to the center’s call for "shovel ready” projects involving non-biomedical methods to detect and quantitate and/or reduce toxicants in U.S. Superfund sites.

The CEG is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and housed in the Department of Environmental Health under the direction of Shuk-mei Ho, PhD, Jacob G. Schmidlapp Professor and Chair of Environmental Health.

For more information, contact Teresa Donovan at 513-558-3646.

Musical note

Join a Team for UC Health Sing-Off

UC Health will participate in the CincySings ArtsWave singing competition for Cincinnati-area companies and institutions this spring. All UC Medical Center and Business Center associates are invited to join a UC Health team consisting of four to 20 members. The UC Health Sing-Off will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the Medical Sciences Building’s Kresge Auditorium. The winner will represent UC Health in the CincySings semifinals.

For more information, contact Jenna Kelly.

J. John Mann, MD
J. John Mann, MD

REMINDER: Mann to Deliver Kaplan Lecture Wednesday

J. John Mann, MD, of Columbia University and the New York Psychiatric Institute, will give the Stanley M. and Mickey J. Kaplan Distinguished Psychiatry Lectureship at noon Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Room 2108 of the Stetson Building. His topic will be, "Can Science Improve Suicide Prevention: An Exercise in Translational Medical Research.”

Mann is the Paul Janssen Professor of Translational Neuroscience (in Psychiatry and Radiology) at Columbia and director, Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology Division, at the New York Psychiatric Institute.

The lectureship honors the late Stanley Kaplan, MD, who was a longtime faculty member of the UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, and his wife, Mickey. For more information, contact Shelly Gillespie at 513-558-9028 or

Drake Medal
Drake Medal

REMINDER: Drake Medal Nominations Due Jan. 31

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



  • Cancer Biology Seminar Jan. 26:  Andriy Marusyk, postdoctoral fellow, Department of Medical Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, will present  "Selection in cancer evolution: elephant in the room"at 11 a.m.  in the Vontz  Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute and Cardiovascular Center Seminar Series Jan. 26: Kevin Haworth, PhD, Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease, will present "Ultrasound Microbubble Imaging: More Than Just Left Ventricular Opacification” at noon in MSB 2351. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. 
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Jan. 27: Atsuo Sasaki, PhD, UC Cancer Institute and Cincinnati Cancer Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology Oncology, and UC Brain Tumor Center, will present "Targeting GTP-metabolism for Cancer Therapy” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Division of Transplant Surgery Grand Rounds Jan. 27: David Hildeman, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, will present "Apoptotic Control of Memory T Cell Development” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds Jan. 28: Chief residents will present "M&M” at 7 a.m. in MSB 351.
  • Medical Grand Rounds, Jan. 28: Ciaran Kelly, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, will present "Clostridium difficile–Beyond Arthritis” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds Jan. 28: Brian Katz, MD, will present "Commonly asked questions in the management of perioperative stroke” at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351. 
  • Biomedical Seminar Series Jan. 28: Michael Watson, PhD, executive director and CEO, American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, will present "Managing the Introduction of Genome-Scale Analytics into Healthcare” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s R Building, Research Auditorium.
  • Cancer and Cell Biology Graduate Student Seminar Jan. 29: Xiaoyi Chen, mentored by Yi Zheng, PhD, Department of Cancer and Cell Biology, will present "Therapeutic Implication of Autophagy Inhibition in AML” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Division of Epidemiology Thursday Seminar Series Jan. 29: Pierce Boyne, PT, DPT, NCS, College of Allied Health, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, will present "High-Intensity Interval Training in Stroke Rehabilitation” at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Labs.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Jan. 29: Greg Dussor, PhD, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences,  University of Texas at Dallas, will present "Menigeal afferent signaling and the pathophysiology of migraine” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.
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