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Robert Neel, MD
Robert Neel, MD

Christian Gustavik, MD
Christian Gausvik

Neel and Gausvik named Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awardees

Robert Neel, MD, associate professor of neurology and director of the neurology residency program, and Christian Gausvik, a fourth-year medical student, have been named this year’s winners of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. The honor recognizes faculty and students who demonstrate clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care and show respect for patients, their families and health care colleagues. Neel and Gausvik will be inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society at the annual induction ceremony and recognition dinner May 3. They will be presented their awards on Honors Day, May 20.


UC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) is a major research resource at the UC Academic Health Center.

KL2, CT2 Research Scholars Named

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) has named Stephanie Merhar, MD, neonatology and pulmonary biology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and Aristide Merola, MD, PhD, in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine at the College of Medicine, as 2017 KL2 Research Scholars. 
Elizabeth Kramer, MD, PhD, pulmonary medicine at Cincinnati Children's, and Timothy Phoenix, PhD, division of pharmaceutical sciences at the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy and Cincinnati Children's researcher in patient services, have been named CT2 Research Scholars. 
Both programs are designed to provide a mentored research and career development experience in clinical and translational research for junior faculty, leading toward an independent interdisciplinary scientific career. 
The KL2 is funded by the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), and the CT2 is its institutional equivalent, supported by the CCTST and the scholars’ home divisions. 
>> Read more about the programs and scholars

Richard Kempczinski
Richard Kempczinski, MD

Richard Kempczinski, MD, Passes Away at Age 76

Richard Kempczinski, MD, professor emeritus in the Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, passed away March 8 at the age of 76. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Kempczinski completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1979, he accepted the position as chief of vascular surgery at UC Medical Center.

Following a serious accident in 1994, Kempczinski retired but remained active in his field of study. In 2002, he received the Pioneer Award from the Society for Vascular Technology.

Kempczinski made numerous contributions to vascular literature, authoring more than 150 original articles and book chapters along with seven books, including The Ischemic Leg. His research efforts focused on endothelial cell seeding of vascular prostheses, vascular graft infections and the systemic effects of skeletal muscle ischemia. Kempczinski was a founding member of the InterSocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Diagnostic Laboratories and served as its second president.

Lucas Conference Room, Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions
Lucas Board Room

LabArchives Lunch and Learn March 21

The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, with funding from the Office of the Provost, will present the LabArchives Electronic Lab Notebook from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, in the Winkler Center for the History of the Health Profession's Lucas Room. Lunch will be served at noon. Participants are encouraged drop in at their leisure from 1 to 3 p.m. and interact with the LabArchives trainer, ask questions and sign up for a free LabArchives account. One prize will be given away every hour, but participants must be present to win.

Prizes include:

  • An Amazon Echo Dot
  • An Amazon Fire Stick
  • SENSO Bluetooth Headphones

>> Sign up for the Lunch and Learn

Data Day
Data Day

REMINDER: Second Annual UC DATA Day

Philip Bourne, PhD, associate director for data science at the National Institutes of Health, will be the keynote speaker at UC DATA Day, which brings together researchers and students to present best data handling and management practices. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 23, in Tangeman University Center (TUC) 400 ABC. The event is free and includes lunch and an afternoon reception.

UC DATA Day also includes:

  • Two multidisciplinary faculty researcher panels speaking on their work with innovative or challenging data of any size—big or small. 
  • A lunchtime UC Service Providers panel (IT@UC, Office of Research, UC Libraries and more) discussing campus support for researchers and research data management.
  • Data Day Student Poster Session, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (TUC 300 Atrium).  
  • Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) Talks, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (TUC 400 ABC) featuring two leading project management products now available for researchers.
>> Registration


  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar March 21: Cameron McDaniel, PhD candidate, will present "Novel Biocide AB569 is Able to Kill Bacterial Pathogens at Concentrations Safe for Human Cells,” and Jeffrey Schubert, PhD candidate, will present "Of Mice and Men: A Cautionary Tale” at noon in MSB 2351.  
  • Physiology Seminar March 21: Michael Jankowski, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "The Many Marvels of Muscle Afferents” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351. 
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Seminar March 22: Shawn Stevens, MD, will present "What’s Old Will Be Made New: A Review of Contemporary Advancements in Cochlear Implantation” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Seminar March 22: Aaron Vissman, PhD, associate director for Health and Human Services Research at the Talbert House, will present "Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs in Ohio Correctional Facilities: Developing the PEER-OOPP Intervention” at 10 a.m. in Kettering Lab Complex, Kehoe Auditorium, Room G26.  
  • Medical Grand Rounds March 22: Ajay Srivastava, MD, will present "Cardiovascular Effects of Kidney Disease” at noon in MSB 7051. 
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Work in Progress Seminar March 23: Madeline Niederkorn, PhD candidate, will present "TIFAB, a del(5q) MDS/AML gene, regulates p53 and USP15,” and Collin Wetzel, PhD, post-doctoral candidate, will present "LC-MS Based Metabolic Flux Analysis for Understanding Cancer Metabolism” at noon in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, Rieveschl Auditorium. 
  • Neuroscience Seminar March 23: Gary Bassell, PhD, Emory University School of Medicine, will present "mRNA Transport, Local Translation and Neurological Diseases” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351. 
  • Biomedical Informatics Hutton Lecture Series March 24: Rui Dai, PhD, will present "Multimedia Sensor Systems: Theories and Applications in Healthcare” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130.
  • Division of Immunobiology and Center for Transplant Immunology Seminar March 30: Jeffrey Platt, MD, will present "The Wages of Transplant Acceptance” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S5.125. 
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series April 5: Ben Solomon, filmmaker and foreign correspondent to the New York Times, will be the key note speaker at 10 a.m. in Kettering Lab Complex, Kehoe Auditorium, Room G26.
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