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Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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College of Medicine Awards Top Honors
A physician, a researcher and a local businessman were recognized Saturday with the College of Medicine’s top honors. Jack Gluckman, MD, professor and chair emeritus of otolaryngology, and Litsa Kranias, PhD, Hanna Professor of Cardiology and chair of the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics, received Daniel Drake Medals—the college’s highest honor awarded to distinguished living faculty and alumni. Joseph Pichler, PhD, former CEO of Kroger Co., was presented with the Dean’s Community Service Award, an honor created in 2007 to recognize those who have demonstrated remarkable service to the college through committee service, motivating others to serve the institution or continued involvement in and support of university activities. Read more about these awards and the winners at

Molkentin Named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Jeffery Molkentin, PhD, professor of pediatrics at UC and researcher at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, has been named one of 56 new Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigators. Molkentin, whose main research interest is the molecular events behind heart disease and muscular dystrophy, was among 1,070 scientists who applied for the appointment. Molkentin is the fourth HHMI investigator ever appointed in Ohio, the third at UC and first to be named while at Cincinnati Children’s. HHMI seeks researchers who can extend the boundaries of science by pursuing bold and creative research for biomedical problems in a variety of disciplines. The non-profit medical research organization provides long-term, flexible funding to about 300 Hughes scientists across the nation, allowing researchers to pursue their scientific interests no matter where they lead. For more information, visit

Watts Wins Prestigious Award for Work in Endocrinology
Nelson Watts, MD, professor of medicine and director of UC Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center, was presented with the Yank D. Coble Jr., MD, Distinguished Service Award on May 17 by the American College of Endocrinology (ACE). The award is presented annually to a clinical endocrinologist who is recognized by his or her peers as having achieved distinction in the field of clinical endocrinology and has a record of devotion to teaching. ACE is the educational and scientific arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), which promotes the art and science of clinical endocrinology for the improvement of patient care and public health. Coble, the namesake of the award, is a former president of the World Medical Association and the American Medical Association as well as one of the founders of AACE and ACE. Read more about this award at

Seeley to Be Presented With Ernst Oppenheimer Award
Randy Seeley, PhD, professor of psychiatry and associate director of UC’s Obesity Research Center, will be presented with the Ernst Oppenheimer Award from the Endocrine Society at the society’s annual meeting in June. Considered the “premier award for a young investigator in recognition of meritorious accomplishment in the field of basic or clinical endocrinology,” the Ernst Oppenheimer Award was first awarded in 1944 and is given only to scientists under age 45. Seeley was recruited to UC in 1997 from the University of Washington. He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed articles and has authored 12 book chapters. In 2003 he was presented with the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. Seeley shares the 2008 Ernst Oppenheimer Award with Joel Elmquist from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Nasrallah Paper Cited as 'Hot'
A paper coauthored by Henry Nasrallah, MD, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience, was named the “New Hot Paper for May” in the field of psychiatry/psychology by The paper is entitled, “Low Rates of Treatment for Hypertension, Dyslipidemia and Diabetes in Schizophrenia: Data From the CATIE Schizophrenia Trial Sample at Baseline.” Hot papers are those cited among the top one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) in a current bimonthly period and must be published within the last two years. Recently, Nasrallah was appointed president of the Education and Research Foundation (ERF) of the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA). The Ohio OPPA-ERF works to promote education and research activities in the State of Ohio among medical students, residents, faculty, practitioners and the media. For more information, visit

Susman Honored With Fellowship
Jeff Susman, MD, chair of family medicine, was one of 16 national family medicine leaders to be selected by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation as a Bishop Fellow for the 2008–09 academic year. The Bishop Fellowship Program began in 2000 as a way to prepare senior family medicine faculty to assume positions of greater responsibility in academic medicine and health care leadership. It is named after Marian Bishop, MD, former president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation. The Bishop Fellowship works in partnership with the American Council on Education's (ACE) Fellowship Program, allowing Bishop Fellows to also be awarded ACE Fellowships. Fellows will attend three week-long seminars on higher education issues organized by ACE, read extensively in the field and engage in other activities to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Susman will also participate in the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) Executive Development Seminar in October and attend both the AAMC and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine annual meetings as a Bishop Fellow. For more information, contact Robert Graham, MD, professor emeritus of family medicine at UC and executive director of the Bishop Fellowship Program, at

Incoming Doc Honored for Forensic Psychiatry Work
Douglas Mossman, MD, who will be joining the psychiatry department on July 1, received the Manfred S. Guttmacher Award honoring outstanding contributions to the literature on forensic psychiatry at the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) semiannual meeting in Washington, D.C., on May 4. The award was co-presented by the American Psychiatric Association and the AAPL. Mossman is a graduate of the College of Medicine's residency program and currently serves as professor and director of the forensic psychiatry division at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. He is also administrative director of the Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry at the UC College of Law.  

Collateral Employment/Conflict of Interest Activity Reports
All UC employees will be required for the first time to complete an electronic form for annual reporting of collateral employment and conflicts of interest. The new Outside Activity Report (OAR) should be completed by June 10 and can be accessed at The form and procedures have been designed to minimize paperwork and the burden on individuals while meeting the university's obligation to comply with Ohio and federal mandates. UC supports the engagement of its faculty and staff in outside professional activities and community service. The OAR does not seek to regulate off-campus activity unrelated to university employment. UC also respects the privacy of its employees—OAR reports are confidential records that will not be disclosed or used except as required by law. Employees have the right to engage in collateral employment and activities as long as the university obtains sufficient information to meet its legal and ethical obligations. To provide feedback on the new OAR, visit


UC to Host Blending Conference
“Blending Addiction Science and Treatment: The Impact of Evidence-Based Practices on Individuals, Families and Communities” will be held June 2–3 at Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Center. The conference, hosted by UC in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh, is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and is geared toward addiction practitioners, health care providers, criminal justice professionals, researchers and policymakers who wish to learn more about science-based practices for the treatment of addictive disorders. For more information, visit

Cincinnati Physician Scientist Training Program
Timothy Greenamyre, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is this year's Distinguished Lecturer for the UC Physician Scientist Training Program. He will discuss “Toward a Unified Model of Parkinson's Disease Pathogenesis” at noon Monday, June 2, in Medical Sciences Building Room 5051. Greenamyre is a professor of neurology, director of the Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases and the UPMC endowed chair and chief of Movement Disorders. All are invited to attend. For more information or if you would like to meet with Greenamyre during his visit, contact Jennifer O’Malley at

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