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Karen Bankston
Karen Bankston, PhD

Speaker Series on Diversity and Inclusion Features Talks Each Wednesday in February

Mark your calendars for the February speaker series "Diversity and Inclusion: Education, Collaboration and Transformation.” This series of hour-long talks—to be held each Wednesday in February—is hosted by the UC Academic Health Center’s four health colleges and features different speakers each week. A light lunch will be provided.

The first presentation is noon Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium and is hosted by Karen Bankston, PhD, associate dean, College of Nursing. Tommie Lewis, president and CEO, Make It Plain Consulting, LLC, will present "Emotional Intelligence and Diversity.”

>>> More information about the series

Tanzania Trip
Christopher Lewis, MD

Lewis Named '2014 Champion for Children'

Christopher Lewis, MD, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion in the College of Medicine, associate professor of family medicine and UC Health family physician, was honored at a Jan. 24 ceremony as a "2014 Champion for Children” by the Cincinnati nonprofit organization 4C for Children.

Lewis and two other "champions” were recognized for their work to ensure bright futures for children in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and beyond.  He is the founder of the Village Life Outreach Project, a nonprofit organization started in 2004 with a mission to unite communities to promote life, health and education.  Most of Village Life’s work focuses on three remote and impoverished villages in the Rorya district of Tanzania.

Gail Jarvik, MD, PhD
Gail Jarvik, MD, PhD    
Barbara Koenig, PhD
Barbara Koenig, PhD

Registration Open for Genomics and Ethics Conference

Registration is now open for the conference "Genomics and Ethics in Research and Medical Decision-Making,” March 12-13, 2015, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center. Sponsored by the UC Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) and the Ethics Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the event will feature empirical and conceptual investigations into the ethical aspects of genetics and genomics in diverse research, community, and clinical domains in biomedicine.

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.

Cost is $150 ($175 after March 1) and includes conference materials, a participant reception March 12 and meals. A limited number of seats are available for full-time students ($75). Continuing education credit will be offered.

>>> Prelimary agenda (PDF)

>>> Online registration 

>>> Conference homepage (including hotel information)

For questions about online registration or continuing education credit, contact the Cincinnati Children’s CME office at 513-636-6732 or For other questions regarding the conference, email or call 513-803-2610.

Medical Sciences Building

Two New Research Awards Established

The College of Medicine Office of Research has established two new awards to recognize faculty excellence. 

The Research Rising Star Award will honor an instructor or assistant professor in the college who demonstrates outstanding research accomplishments and impact at an early age. The Cross Cutting Research Award will honor a faculty member or team of faculty who have successfully created and sustained a multidisciplinary research team that significantly contributes to the mission of the college. Recipients will receive an honorarium of $1,500 for an individual and $5,000 for a team. 

The awards are open to all full-time faculty within the college. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13.

>>> Additional details on nomination criteria

>>> Make nominations

 Award recipients will be announced on or around March 2.

Opeolu Adeoye, MD, director of the Telestroke Program at UC Health University Hospital, demonstrates the technology. UC Health neurologist Dawn Kleindorfer, MD, is shown on the robot's monitor.

UC and UC Health to Host 2nd Telehealth Conference

The UC College of Nursing, UC Health and other local and regional partners will host the second annual National Telehealth Conference March 19-20, 2015.

The event, with six specialized tracks each day, offers a unique format allowing attendees the opportunity to examine innovative telehealth programs, how they are established and how these programs are sustained. Sessions will be held at Procter Hall.

Speakers include UC Academic Health Center faculty and UC Health clinicians and administrators, as well other national experts. Opening remarks will be provided by College of Nursing Dean Greer Glazer, PhD, Interim College of Medicine Dean William Ball, MD, and Richard Lofgren, MD, UC Health president and CEO.

Bill Woodson, a senior vice president and national thought leader for Sg2, will present the keynote address, "The Future of Health Care and the Role of Telehealth.”

>>> Learn more and register

Julia Rowland
Julia Rowland, PhD

Rowland to Keynote Cancer Survivorship Event March 27

"Transforming Cancer Survivorship Through Research and Best Practice,” provided by the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute Survivorship Program, is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center. Continuing education credit will be available.

The keynote speaker will be Julia Rowland, PhD, director, National Cancer Institute Office of Cancer Survivorship. In addition, the following will be featured speakers:

  • Patricia Ganz, MD, UCLA.
  • Timothy Ahles, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
  • Michael Stubblefield, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering.
  • Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, University of Alabama.

The event is planned to meet the needs of the following practicing health care professionals: physicians, nurses, psychologists, residents, medical students, social workers, counselors and other oncology health professionals.

>>> Full agenda and registration link

Early registration is available until Feb. 28. With questions, contact Pat Woellert at 513-558-9911 or

A scientist conducts laboratory research

SAVE THE DATE: 'Rock Out Cancer' Concert June 20

The first "Rock Out Cancer” concert benefiting the UC Cancer Institute and GIVEHOPE is set for the Horseshoe Casino at 6:30 p.m. June 20, 2015. The Guess Who will be performing. Gold Star Chili and BSI Engineering will sponsor the event. 

Tickets are $80 for general admission and include dinner by the bite featuring restaurants Gold Star Chili, Rock Bottom Brewery, Via Vita, Palomino, Bella Luna and Horseshoe Casino, and desserts by Patricia’s Wedding cakes. VIP and Super VIP tickets with added perks are available.

>>> Purchase tickets

Hoxworth Blood Center
Hoxworth Blood Center

Annual UC Blood Drive This Week

The winter months are the time of year when blood donations are often down, and Hoxworth Blood Center counts on the University of Cincinnati to help keep a safe level of available blood products for those in need.

The annual UC Blood Drive is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 2, through Friday, Feb. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. It will be held in Tangeman University Center (TUC). And back by popular demand, every donor will receive a free $5 Chipotle gift card.

Schedule an appointment by calling 513-451-0910 or visit

Florence Nightingale Awards

REMINDER: Nominations Open for Nightingale Awards

The UC College of Nursing is accepting nominations for the 23nd annual Florence Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing.

Awards will recognize registered nurses who demonstrate excellence in providing direct patient care. Nominations are accepted from patients, family and friends of patients, colleagues, physicians and other health care workers. Nurses previously nominated may be re-nominated for this award.

Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Final selection of award recipients will be made by a committee of the UC College of Nursing Board of Advisors.

View the nomination form here or call 513-556-6154 for more information.

Paul Wojciechowski, MD, and Amy Bunger, PhD
Amy Bunger, PhD

Next 'Ready, Set, Go!' Workshop Wednesday, Feb. 11

As part of the 2014-15 "Ready, Set, Go!" series, Amy Bunger, PhD, assistant designated institutional officer, College of Medicine, will facilitate "Time Management" from 9  to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in University Hall, Room 450.

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


  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Feb. 3: Patrick Limbach, PhD, Ohio Eminent Scholar, Department of Chemistry, will present "The Epitranscriptome: Challenges in Measuring Dynamic RNA Modifications” at noon in MSB 3051. 
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds Feb. 3: Angela Stillwagon, DO, will present "Common Injuries in a New Exercise Program” at noon in Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, "A” Level, Room F.
  • Physiology Seminar Feb. 3: Holly Algood, PhD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, will present "Gastric inflammation in response to Helicobacter pylori: a dichotomy of help and harm” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds Feb. 4: Craig Gendron, MD, pediatric plastic surgery fellow, will present "Fibrous Dysplasia: Current Treatment Recommendations” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Child Neurology Grand Rounds Feb. 4: Sidney Gospe Jr., MD, PhD, University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, will present "Of Manganese and Men: Trace Metal Neurotoxicity and the Dissection of a ‘New’ Disease” at 8 a.m. in 5/3 Bank Auditorium, Sabin Education Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Feb. 4: Michael Fisher, PhD, will present "War-related PTSD, and the Politics of Diagnosis” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Labs.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Feb. 4: Jon Purnell, MD, Oregon Health and Science University, will present "Update on Lipid Treatment Guidelines” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology (MCBP) Graduate Program Seminar Feb. 4: Katie Schappacher will present "Effects of a Chemotherapeutic Regimen on Pain Sensitivity in the Neonatal Rat” and Saeed Alshahrani, also of the MCBP graduate program, will present "The Renal and Extra-Renal Effects of Thiazides on Vascular Volume and Blood Pressure” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Division of Epidemiology Thursday Seminar Series Feb. 5: Florence Rothenberg, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease, will present "Prevelance and Impact of Elevated Cardiac Troponin in the Critically Ill Patient” at noon Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Labs.

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