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Gallery of Awardees
Gallery of Awardees

New Gallery of Awardees in Atrium

Honors College of Medicine Researchers

A display celebrating faculty who were recently awarded research funding annually totaling $100,000 or more is now in the CARE/Crawley Atrium across from the Dean’s Suite. The Gallery of Awardees is coordinated by the college’s Office of Research. Posters highlight each researcher and include a brief synopsis of the award goals and names of co-investigators. The display will be updated monthly and will be rotated at several medical campus locations throughout the month.

Researchers currently featured are: Guo-chang Fan, PhD, Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics; Shouxiong Huang, PhD, Environmental Health; David Hui, PhD, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Michael Lyons, MD, Emergency Medicine; Alvaro Puga, PhD, Environmental Health; Tiina Reponen, PhD, Environmental Health; Jack Rubinstein, MD, Internal Medicine; Nancy Sawtell, PhD, Pediatrics; Richard Thompson, PhD, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology; and Ying Xia, PhD, Environmental Health.

This is one of several initiatives that the Office of Research is undertaking to celebrate researchers' success and recognize their efforts. These include new opportunities for planning grants, comparative effectiveness research (CER) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and, most recently, awards to recognize the best of our early investigators (Research Rising Star) and Team Scientists (Cross-Cutting Research Award). The Office of Research will be rolling out a new Bridge Fund request for application, CER/PCOR opportunities, support for grant pre-review and additional recognition awards during the next several months.

Charles Kuntz, IV, MD
Charles Kuntz IV, MD

Charles Kuntz IV, MD, Passes Away

Charles Kuntz IV, MD, a professor of neurosurgery and Mayfield Clinic neurosurgeon, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, at the age of 50. He was vice chairman of education and clinical affairs and director of the Division of Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery for the Department of Neurosurgery. He joined Mayfield Clinic in 2000 and had privileges at many hospitals throughout Cincinnati but practiced primarily at UC Medical Center. He was also a member of the Neurotrauma Center of the UC Neuroscience Institute.

Kuntz graduated with honors from Cincinnati’s St. Xavier High School and was a chemistry scholar at the College of the Holy Cross, graduating magna cum laude and earning induction into Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1991 and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. He performed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Washington and completed orthopaedic and neurosurgical fellowships in London and Seattle.

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I. Arthur Michaelson, PhD
I. Arthur Michaelson, PhD

I. Arthur Michaelson, PhD, Passes Away

I. Arthur Michaelson, PhD, professor emeritus of environmental health and a renowned expert in neurotoxicology, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10. He was 89 years old.

Michaelson was a faculty member for 25 years at the College of Medicine, starting in 1965 and receiving emeritus status in 1990. At the Department of Environmental Health’s Division of Toxicology, he founded the neurotoxicology group at Kettering Laboratory. His contributions to understanding the basic mechanisms of lead neurotoxicity were international in scope and significance. He also served as a mentor to numerous doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

Michaelson is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Jane Michaelson, and children Barbara Leslie Bolton, David Michaelson and Janet Lynn Martinsen.

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Stanley Kaplan, MD
Stanley Kaplan, MD

Kaplan Essay Contest Winners Announced

Mark Ziats of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston is the winner of the annual Stanley M. Kaplan, MD, Medical Student Essay Contest. His essay was titled, "Identification of Differentially Expressed MicroRNAs Across the Developing Human Brain.” He won a cash prize of $500.

Runners-up were "Neurofunctional Changes in Adolescent Cannabis Users with and without Bipolar Disorder” by Samantha Bitter of the UC College of Medicine and "Biopsychosocial factors in rampage violence—nature or nurture?” by Amy Huang at State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn.

The contest was established in 1992 with support from the late Stanley Kaplan, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry. The Dr. Stanley M. Kaplan Foundation provides continued support of medical student education and this award.

David Ficker, MD
David Ficker, MD

Ficker Is Co-Editor of New Book on Epilepsy

David Ficker, MD, an associate professor in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine and associate director of the Epilepsy Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute, is a co-editor of a new book, "Epilepsy and the Interictal State: Co-Morbidities and Quality of Life.”Additional editors are Erik St. Louis, MD, and Terence O’Brien, MBBS.

"Epilepsy and the Interictal State” is described by publisher Wiley-Blackwell as a practical and comprehensive text that covers quality of life issues, cognition and therapy, adverse effects of epilepsy treatments, mood state and psychiatric co-morbidity and general health aspects of epilepsy.

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Ken Burns
Ken Burns

Special Preview of Ken Burns’ Cancer Documentary

Join experts at the UC Cancer Institute for a sneak preview and discussion of the Ken Burns documentary, "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. This is a film executive produced by Burns and directed by Barak Goodman, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD. The preview screening is provided by Cincinnati’s PBS station, CET. The event will take place at Kresge Auditorium. Valet parking will be available in Kresge Circle. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.

Tune in for the full six-hour program March 30, 31 and April 1, 9 to 11 p.m., on CET.

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Lisa Day
Lisa Day, PhD, RN

Interprofessional Education Webcast Series

The second in a weekly series of interprofessional education webcast seminars will be available at the College of Medicine from noon until 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5. Lisa Day, PhD, RN, assistant professor of nursing at Duke University School of Nursing and a Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Faculty Scholar, will present "Collaborative Professional Formation: Sharing Values in Interprofessional Education" in the Lucas Board Room (MSB E005HA).

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.

>>> Information on upcoming sessions

Alex Lentsch, PhD
Alex Lentsch, PhD
Valerie Hardcastle, PhD
Valerie Gray Hardcastle, PhD

Next 'Ready, Set, Go!' Workshop Thursday, March 12

As part of the 2014-15 "Ready, Set, Go!" series, Alex Lentsch, PhD, senior associate dean, College of Medicine, and Valerie Gray Hardcastle, PhD, professor of philosophy, psychology, and psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience and executive director of UC LEAF, will facilitate "Planning for Career Advancement (RPT)” from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 12, in University Hall, Room 450.

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

Gail Jarvik, MD, PhD
Gail Jarvik, MD, PhD

Barbara Koenig, PhD
Barbara Koenig, PhD
Angel Pizarro
Angel Pizarro

REMINDER: Genomics & Ethics Conference March 12-13

Online registration remains open for the March 12-13 conference "Genomics and Ethics in Research and Medical Decision-Making" at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center. Participants from a dozen states and Japan are already registered. The event will provide a forum for discussing the intersection of genetics/genomics and ethics, including genomic medicine, community engagement, return of research and clinical results, challenges of biobanks in research, commercialization of genomics research, and consent in medical research and clinical settings.

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, co-PI, Translational Genomics and Ethics Center, University of California, San Francisco.

The conference agenda now includes a late-breaking session on the promise, impact, and challenges of cloud-based genomic science by Angel Pizarro of the scientific and research computing division of Amazon.

Cost is $175 and includes conference materials, a participant reception and meals. A limited number of seats are available for full-time students ($75). Continuing education credit will be offered. Event co-sponsors are the UC Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) and Ethics Center of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

More details are available on the conference homepage. For questions about online registration and continuing education credit, email the Cincinnati Children’s CME office or call 513-636-6732. For other questions regarding the conference, email Bettie Durant or call 513-803-2610.

Mia Mallory, MD
Mia Mallory, MD

Diversity and Inclusion Talk Rescheduled to March 25

The Diversity and Inclusion presentation "Current Topics in Culturally Competent Care” by Charla Weiss, PhD, originally scheduled for Feb. 18, has been rescheduled for noon Wednesday, March 25. The program was canceled due to inclement weather.

Weiss is a human resources consultant in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her presentation will be in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.

The session, which will be hosted by Mia Mallory, MD, associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the College of Medicine, is part of the Academic Health Center’s "Diversity and Inclusion: Education, Collaboration and Transformation” speaker series.

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  • Biomedical Informatics Research IT Clinic/Open House March 3: Jason Butler, Eric Schloss and Spencer Hale, Information Services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "An Inside Look at Lync for the Research Community” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Series March 4: Faculty candidate Jiajie Diao, PhD, research associate at Standford University & Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will present "Studies of the molecular mechanism of SNARE-mediated membrane fusion at the single-vesicle level” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar March 3: Nicholas Denko, MD, PhD, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, will present "Regulation of glutamine metabolism by hypoxia is necessary for the growth of tumors” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds March 3: Lisa Kelly, PT and Trent West, PT, will present "The Exoskeleton and Rehabilitation” at noon at Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care.
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds March 4: Alfred Sassler, DO, will present "Sublingual Immunotherapy: State of the Art & Science” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series March 4: Brad Racette, MD, Washington University in St. Louis, will present "Manganism in the 21st Century” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Laboratory.
  • Medical Grand Rounds March 4: Stephen Zucker, MD, chief of hepatology and professor in the Division of Digestive Diseases, will present "Bilirubin: What’s New and What Does It Do?” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Dermatology Lectureship Series March 5: Alice Gottlieb, MD, PhD, Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University, is the Procter & Gamble Visiting Lecturer. Gottlieb will present "What is New in the Development for Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis” at 10 a.m. in the Heaton Conference Center’s Room G344, ground level on the Hoxworth Building. For more information contact Janet Burdsall at 513-584-6803.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology Graduate Program Seminar March 4: Shaimaa Ibrahim will present "Impact of concurrent adolescence stress and amphetamine exposure on the vulnerability to depressive-like behavior and aberrant neuroplasticity in adulthood” and Chelsea Jennings, also of the MCBP graduate program, will present a talk on a recent publication titled "Bisphenol A Alters Autonomic Tone and Extracellular Matrix Structure and Induces Sex-Specific Effects on Cardiovascular Function in Male and Female CD-1 Mice” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Division of Epidemiology Thursday Seminar Series March 5: Arielle Hernandez, MPH student, will present "A practical approach to sickle cell in Uganda: The Uganda Sickle Surveillance Study (US3)” at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Laboratory.
  • Biomedical Informatics Friday Speaker Series March 6: Bruce Aronow, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, and Division of Biomedical Informatics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, will present "Systems Biology of Single Cells" at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children's Location S, Room S7.125.
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