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Melanie Cushion, PhD
Melanie Cushion, PhD

Cushion Receives VA Reappointment,

Serves on DOD Program Committee

Melanie Cushion, PhD, senior associate dean for research and professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, was reappointed as a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) research career scientist. This designation is awarded to established, independent investigators who have distinguished themselves through scientific achievement and contribution to the VA research program via training, mentoring junior VA scientists (clinician and non-clinician), functioning as a resource for the research community, serving on VA research or other local or national committees, directing a core facility and collaborating with clinician scientists. The appointment provides five years of salary support and is renewable.

Cushion also serves on JPC-2, the joint program committee for infectious diseases which functions under the Defense Medical Research and Development Program, a core research program of the U.S. Department of Defense within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. She will attend a JPC-2 meeting next month in Fort Detrick, Maryland.

A scientist conducts laboratory research

Research Week Poster Submissions Due March 13

Organizers for Research Week 2015 are asking researchers to showcase their work during poster sessions being held throughout the week. Areas of focus during the week’s events include research that engages the community and improves the region’s health status; technological innovation and entrepreneurial activities pushing the frontiers of science and research; health professionals education; research conducted by medical residents, fellows, medical students and doctoral students in any discipline; and research at the interface with patient care, including performance improvement research and clinical inquiry.

Those interested must submit either a brief 250-word abstract or a digital image of the proposed poster. If an abstract is submitted, a poster presentation will be expected. Potential presenters may submit work that has not yet been presented or work that has been presented any time in the past 12 months. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. March 13; early submission is requested. Accepted presenters will be notified by April 3.

>>Poster and Abstract Submission Portal

With questions, contact Brieanne Sheehan at 513-558-7564.

Barbara Brandt, PhD
Barbara Brandt, PhD

Interprofessional Education Webcast Series

A series of weekly interprofessional education webcast seminars will be available at the College of Medicine beginning Feb. 26. The series, produced by the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), brings together leaders and programs that have implemented successful IPE activities or have unique approaches to addressing challenges that interprofessional education faces in health care delivery.

The first session will be held from noon until 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Lucas Board Room (MSB E-005HA). Barbara Brandt, PhD, director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education and associate vice president for education at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, will present "Recent National Trends in Interprofessional Healthcare Education and Practice and Strategies to Approach Them."

>>>Information on all five sessions

Lindner Center of HOPE
Lindner Center of HOPE

Film Puts Spotlight on Mental Illness

Lindner Center of HOPE is the host agency Monday, March 2, for "Here One Day,” a documentary about mental illness that is part of the Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Theatre, 7815 Kenwood Road.

"Here One Day” is a documentary that chronicles filmmaker Kathy Leichter’s move back into her childhood home after her mother’s suicide. It provides an emotionally candid look at mental illness and the ripple effects of suicide on loved ones. Following the film, Lindner Center will host a brief panel discussion with questions and answers with the audience. Jessica Noll, WCPO-TV, will emcee the discussion, with participants including Leichter and Lindner Center caregivers.

Lindner Center of HOPE is co-owned by UC Health and the Lindner Family Foundation. Caregivers are faculty members of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience.

The ReelAbilities Film Festival, organized by Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD) and presented by Macy’s, runs Feb. 27 through March 7.

>>>More information

>>>Purchase tickets

Pancreatic cancer cells, shown under a microscrope.
Pancreatic cancer cells

GI Symposium March 7; First 50 Registrants Free

The UC Cancer Institute’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Center is holding a Gastrointestinal Oncology Symposium from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Great Wolf Lodge, Mason. Sessions will include educational presentations on esophageal, stomach, hepatobiliary, pancreatic, small bowel, colorectal and anal cancer.

Joseph Herman, MD, from Johns Hopkins University; Bert Howard O’Neil, MD, from the Indiana University School of Medicine; and Philip Philips, MD, PhD, from Karmanos Cancer Center, will be guest speakers. The first 50 registrants are free; the cost after that is $75 for physicians (free for residents and fellows). Registration is required. A complete agenda and additional information can be found online .

Educational credits are offered.

Melissa DelBello, MD
Melissa DelBello, MD

Mood Disorders Symposium Saturday, April 18

The fifth annual Mood Disorders Symposium presented by the Mood Disorders Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute is set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care. The theme is "Variation on Complexity: Co-Morbidities in Mood Disorders."

Following registration and continental breakfast, participants will be welcomed by Melissa DelBello, MD, the Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the UC College of Medicine. Faculty presenters are Kathleen Chard, PhD, Richard Jeffrey Goldsmith, MD, Robert Krikorian, PhD, and Cheryl McCullumsmith, MD, PhD.

>>>Information and link to registration

Tina Whalen, EdD, DPT
Tina Whalen, EdD, DPT

Next Diversity and Inclusion Talk Is Wednesday, Feb. 25

The next event in the February speaker series, "Diversity and Inclusion: Education, Collaboration and Transformation,” is set for noon Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium and is hosted by Tina Whalen, EdD, DPT, interim dean, College of Allied Health Sciences.

Janet Reid, founding partner and retired director, Global Novations, and currently CEO, Leymand Kyver Consulting, will present "Inclusion: Making It Real.”

This series of hour-long talks 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

CARE/Crawley Atrium
CARE/Crawley Atrium

Repairs Will Limit MSB/CARE Access Saturday, Feb. 28

Contractors will be at the Medical Sciences Building Saturday, Feb. 28, 2105, to replace the broken office window that faces the Atrium - Room 2005F. (This work was originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21, but was rescheduled.)

The contractors will also be replacing glass panels on two of the CARE/MSB bridges. The work will begin at 7 a.m. and should end by 5 p.m. 

There will be no access to the Atrium area, connecting bridges, Health Sciences Library on Levels G and 1 facing the Atrium, outside entrances, stairways and other possible ways to enter the construction space during this time. To gain access to labs in CARE and the Fitness Center at CARE/Crawley, enter through the exterior door near Subway and use the CARE elevators. Access to MSB from CARE or CARE exterior entry doors will not be available.

If you have questions, call Don Becker at 513-556-4734 or Ken Bloomer at 513-556-0605.

Rekha Chaudhary, MD
Rekha Chaudhary, MD

Community Cancer Speaker Series Talks in March

The UC Cancer Institute is holding a series of educational events throughout 2015 to teach the community about various types of cancer, risk factors and the interventions and treatments available. These seminars will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Cancer Support Community in Blue Ash, 4918 Cooper Road, although the location may vary throughout the year. The events are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, March 4, Rekha Chaudhary, MD, will discuss dietary supplements. On Monday, March 9, Eric Eisenhauer, MD, Thomas Herzog, MD, and Jennifer Hopper will discuss ovarian cancer and the latest in treatment options.

Reservations are requested but not required. Reserve your space by calling 513-791-4060.



  • Cancer Biology Seminar Feb. 23: Ji Zhang, Research Fellow in the Department of Cancer Biology and Genetics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, will present "The role of nonessential amino acid metabolism in cancer cell survival” at 11 a.m. in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Feb. 24: Alex Lentsch, PhD, Department of Surgery, will present "Chemokine Regulation of Liver Injury, Repair and Regeneraion at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds Feb. 25: The chief residents will present Morbidity and Mortality at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology Graduate Program Seminar Feb. 25: Fawzi Al Ogaili will present "The anti-apoptotic protein HAX-1 is a regulator of cardiac function” and Yutian Li, also of the MCBP graduate program, will present "Potential of autotaxin inhibition on treating metabolic syndrome” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds Feb. 25: Diego Morita, MD, co-director, New Onset Seizure Clinic, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Brandy Parker, founder of My Epilepsy Story, will present "Women’s Issues in Epilepsy: Patient Centered Outcomes Research” at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Feb. 25: Jennifer Hunter, RN, MSN, director, Clinical Services, Northern Kentucky Health Department, will present "Hepatitis C Testing Pilot in Northern Kentucky” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Laboratory.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Feb. 25: Anjaparavanda Naren, PhD, Thomas Boat Chair in Cystic Fibrosis Research and co-director, Cystic Fibrosis Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Personalized Medicine in Cystic Fibrosis" at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Grand Rounds Feb. 25: Douglas Lehrer, MD, chief clinical officer, Summit Behavioral Healthcare, will present "Longview Hospital: A History of Asylum” at noon in Stetson 2108.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Series Feb. 26: Graduate student Archana Shresthra will present "Mechanism of Human Hematopoietic Stem Cell Loss During Ex vivo Manipulation and Gene Transfer" at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Feb. 26: Victor May, PhD, Department of Neurological Sciences, University of Vermont, will present "HPACAP: from molecules to behavior” at 4 p.m., in MSB Room 3351.
  • Biomedical Informatics Friday Speaker Series Feb. 27: Amit Sinha, founder and CEO, Basepair, will present "Overcoming the data analysis bottleneck in next-generation sequencing with a systematic, scalable and speedy system” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Room S10.130.


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