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Date: Monday, May 15, 2017

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Christian Gausvik
Christian Gausvik

Anna Wiley
Anna Wiley

Christopher Morriss
Christopher Morriss

Family and Community Medicine Honors Students, Faculty and Preceptors

The Department of Family and Community Medicine honored fourth-year medical students who matched in a family medicine residency and recognized faculty, preceptors and the community site of the year at the annual Division of Medical Student Education Awards Dinner on Wednesday, May 10, at the Kingsgate Marriott.

The Hunnicutt Award was presented to medical students Christian Gausvik and Christopher Morriss, who most embody the ideals of community engagement in family medicine, displaying altruism, service, and leadership in community settings.

Gausvik and Anna Wiley were presented the Stagaman Award, an honor given to students who model the quintessential family physician, Harry Stagaman, MD. The student must display empathy, patient-centered care, high academic performance, teamwork, leadership and education.

The Faculty of the Year award was presented to Ron Reynolds, MD, with The Christ Hospital Physicians in Anderson, while the Community Preceptor of the Year award was presented to Melissa Schroer, MD, with The Christ Hospital Physicians in Delhi. The recipient of the Outstanding Community Preceptor Site of Year award went to UC Health Physicians at University Pointe.

>>Read more online.

Class of 2015 Ice Cream Social #3

Mobile Cone Celebrates Faculty and Staff Campaign

All faculty and staff are invited to enjoy some ice cream in celebration of "UC the Impact,” the 2017 Faculty & Staff Campaign. The Mobile Cone will be handing out free ice cream from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 16 in front of the Kingsgate Marriott and from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 16 in the Kresge Circle. The Faculty & Staff Campaign runs until June 30. Donations, which can be directed to support specific areas, can be made online at

DJ Lowrie, PhD, is a pretty good sport. Student organizers of the Pie-A-Prof contest in Care Crawley Building were pleased with turnout for the event.

Professors Take a Pie in the Face to Raise Funds for AMA

Each year, the College of Medicine student chapter of the American Medical Association hosts a "Pie-A-Prof" fundraising event to support their educational and charitable activities through the year. This year’s event was held Wednesday, May 10, in the atrium of CARE/Crawley Building. The chapter raffled off chances for students and staff to "pie” some beloved College of Medicine professors and others participating. It raised $210 to be used to promote student resolutions aimed at improving health care. The top fundraisersBruce Giffin, PhD, professor and associate dean for medical education; D.J. Lowrie Jr., PhD, assistant professor of medical education; and student participant, Thomas Chavezwere the lucky ones to receive pies in the face.

>>See more photos online.

Nira Ben-Jonathan, PhD
Nira Ben-Jonathan, PhD

Professor to Present at World Cancer Congress

Nira Ben-Jonathan, PhD, professor in the Department of Cancer Biology, will be moderating a panel and speaking at BIT's 10th Annual World Cancer Congress 2017, May 19-21, in Barcelona, Spain. She will address prolactin in breast cancer. This conference provides an opportunity for a broad spectrum of researchers, clinicians and other health professionals to meet, discuss, share, learn and connect in order to find solutions to reduce the impact of cancer in the world.

>>More information on the conference

Hani Kushlaf, MD
Hani Kushlaf, MD

Kushlaf to Receive President’s Research Initiative Award 

Hani Kushlaf, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and director of the Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship, will receive the President’s Research Initiative Award at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). The prize is awarded for a research manuscript which enhances the understanding, diagnosis and management of painful neuromuscular conditions. Kushlaf’s abstract also will be published in the journal Muscle & Nerve.


  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology May 16: Eric Goebel, PhD candidate, will present "Insights Into the Activin Subclass Growth Factor Signaling Paradigm” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Biomedical Informatics May 16: Brett Kissela, MD, and Yizhao Ni, PhD, will present "From Data to Actionable Insights: Using Informatics to Improve Stroke Epidemiology Research” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s, Room S5.125.
  • Center for Transplant Immunology Research Forum May 17: David Hildeman, PhD, and Cyd Castro Rojas, PhD, will present "What’s Hot at the American Transplant Congress” at 1 p.m. at Cincinnati Children’s, Room S7.125.
  • Medical Grand Rounds May 17: Leonard Calabrese, DO, will present "Evolving Strategies in the Diagnosis and Management of Spondyloarthritis” at noon in MSB 7051.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Work in Progress May 18: Fuchun Yang, PhD, will present "Role of Autophagy in Vascular Tumor Development and Treatment” and Jiuwei Lu, PhD, will present "Structural Study of ULK1-Atg13-FIP200 Complex” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • CCTST Grand Rounds May 19: Jareen Meinzen-Derr, PhD, Bin Huang, PhD, and Keith Marsolo, PhD, will present "If It’s in the Electronic Health Record It Must Be True—Using EHR Data for Research” from noon to 2 p.m. in MSB 2351.


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