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Neil MacKinnon, PhD
Neil MacKinnon, PhD

Diversity and Inclusion Event Focuses on Holistic Admissions in Health Professions

The next event in the February speaker series "Diversity and Inclusion: Education, Collaboration and Transformation” is set for noon Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium and is hosted by Neil MacKinnon, PhD, dean, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

Greer Glazer, PhD, dean and Schmidlapp Professor, College of Nursing, and Karen Bankston, PhD, associate dean, College of Nursing, will present "Holistic Admissions in the Health Professions.”

This series of hour-long talks—being held each Wednesday in February—is hosted by the Academic Health Center’s four health colleges and features different speakers each week. A light lunch will be provided.

>>> More information about the series

David Schermler, DO
David Schmerler, DO

Schmerler Awarded Clinical Research Fellowship

David Schmerler, DO, movement disorder fellow in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, has been awarded a clinical research training fellowship by the American Academy of Neurology and its foundation, the American Brain Foundation. The award offers a two-year support for salary along with protection for research and education.

The Clinical Research Training Fellowship in the Neurological Application of Neurotoxins is funded by the Allergan Foundation. Schmerler’s mentor will be Alberto Espay, MD, research director of the department's Division of Movement Disorders and director and endowed chair of the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the UC Neuroscience Institute.

Florence Nightingale Awards
Florence Nightingale Award

Nightingale Awards Deadline Extended to Feb. 28

The College of Nursing has extended its deadline for accepting nominations for the 23rd annual Florence Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing. The deadline, previously Feb. 13, is now Feb. 28.

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.

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.

Muhammad Aslam, MD
Muhammad Aslam, MD

Aslam to Present at Free Seminar on Alzheimer's

Muhammad Aslam, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, will be the guest presenter Tuesday, Feb. 10, for a free seminar for caregivers hosted by the Alois Alzheimer Foundation from 7 to 9 p.m. at 70 Damon Road, Greenhills. "Living With Alzheimer’s Disease: The Latest on Diagnosis, Treatment and Research” will feature remarks by Aslam followed by a question-and-answer session.

>>> Registration

Charuhas Thakar, MD
Charuhas Thakar, MD

Thakar Co-Editor of Book on Perioperative Kidney Injury

Charuhas Thakar, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, co-edited "Perioperative Kidney Injury: Principles of Risk Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment” with Yale University’s Chirag Parikh, MD.

The book presents the epidemiology, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes associated with kidney injury during the perioperative period. Concepts and principles of care to prevent kidney complications during surgical procedures are provided to equip health care professionals along with strategies to manage acute kidney injury and associated challenges when they occur.

A scientist conducts laboratory research

REMINDER: 2 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.

Medical Students

Creative Flair? Check Out Mentis

Mentis, the College of Medicine’s student-run literary magazine, is looking for submissions of creative works from faculty, staff and members of the UC Health community for its spring print edition. The magazine publishes opinions, interviews, art, poetry, fiction humor, photography, book or article reviews, reflections and other creations.

There is no world limit; the deadline for submissions is Feb. 27, 2015. Please send all submissions with a title, author’s name and affiliation to

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

REMINDER: Next 'Ready, Set, Go! Workshop 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


  • Cancer Biology Seminar Series Special Seminar Feb. 9: Qing Chen, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, will present "Tumor microenvironment: How local milieu shapes mestastasis” at 11 a.m. in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Feb. 10: Rajat Madan, MBBS, PhD, Division of Infectious Diseases, will present "Studies at the Interface of Metabolism and Infection: Role of Leptin in Intestinal Homeostasis and Host defense” at noon in MSB 3051. 
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds Feb. 11: Keith Wilson, MD, will present "Physician Stress, Burnout and Errors: A National Epidemic” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds Feb. 11: Saulius Girnius, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology Oncology, and Jason Heil, MD, will present "Overview of Amyloidosis” at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Feb. 11: Dominic Boccelli, PhD, Department of Biomedical, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, will present "Characterization of Exposure to Trihalomethanes in a Drinking Water Distribution System Using Modeling and Epidemiologic Methods: Preliminary Data Analysys and Descriptive Statistics” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Laboratory.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Feb. 11: Daniel Schauer, MD, Division of General Internal medicine, will present "Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Cancer Incidence” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology (MCBP) Graduate Seminar Feb. 11:  George Gardner of the MCBP graduate program will present "The Role of Heat Shock Protein 20 and its PKA-Phosphorylation in the Heart,” and Hanna Dasenbrock, also of the MCBP graduate program, will present "The Pharmacokinetics and Effects of a Repeated Dose of a Humanized Recombinant Anti-cocaine Monoclonal Antibody on Cocaine Self-administration in Rats” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Grand Rounds Feb. 11: Robert Wubbolding, EdD, director, Center for Reality Therapy, and professor emeritus, Xavier University, will present "How to Talk to Patients with Reality Therapy” at noon in Stetson 2108.
  • Department of Environmental Health Division of Epidemiology Thursday Seminar Series Feb. 12: Simon Tremblay, MSc, PharmD, will present "A STeady-state Pharmacokinetic Comparison Of all FK-506 Formulations—the ASTCOFF Study” at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Laboratory.
  • Department of Dermatology Grand Rounds Procter & Gamble Visiting Lecturer Feb. 12: Kari Kendra, MD, PhD, James Cancer Center, will present "Melanoma: An Update” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building’s Heaton Conference Center (Room G344).
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Series Feb. 12: Graduate student Pankaj Dwivedi will present "Phosphoproteomic Analysis of Severe Congenital Neutropenia” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Feb. 12: Gretchen Neigh, PhD, Emory University School of Medicine, will present "The economic costs of adaptation: sex differences in the effects of chronic adolescent stress” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Biomedical Informatics Friday Speaker Series Feb. 13: Brett Harnett, director, Center for Health Informatics, will present "Research Outside the Lab: From the Ocean Floor to 34,000 feet” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location S, Room S10.130.
  • UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute and Cardiovascular Center Seminar Series Feb. 16: Kullervo Hynynen, PhD, University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Research Institute, will present "Is Focused Ultrasound Opening a New Era for Brain Treatments?” at noon in MSB 3351. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.

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