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Date: Monday, November 10, 2008

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UC Physicians Among Cincinnati’s ‘Top Docs’
More than 100 of UC’s faculty members were named “Top Docs” in Cincinnati Magazine’s November 2008 edition. The issue also features information on a number of diseases, for which UC faculty provided expert opinions. Janice Rafferty, MD, of surgery, and Jonathan Bernstein, MD, of immunology division, were two professors highlighted in featured articles. The edition is on newsstands now. Cincinnati Magazine subscribers can download the complete Top Docs list at

Graduate Student Research Fellowships Available
Applications are now being accepted for the University Research Council’s (URC) 2009 Graduate Student Research Fellowship Program. Awards of $3,000 each are available for successful applicants. Students can use fellowship awards for research activity conducted throughout the year or for summer stipend support for scholarly activities pursued on a full-time basis between July 1, 2009, and Aug. 31, 2009. Graduate research fellowship applications should be submitted by specific graduate programs. The number of applications from each program is limited. Final applications are due by5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2009. Deadlines for internal proposal review are set by each graduate program. For questions, more information or to determine the number of applications allotted for each program, visit, or contact Linda Minton at (513) 558-0026 or

Schwartz Selected to Deliver Lecture at Ohio State
Arnold SchwartzArnold Schwartz, PhD, distinguished university professor and director of the Institute of Molecular Pharmacology and Biophysics, has been selected for the 2009 Chauncey D. Leake Lecture Award by the College of Pharmacy at Ohio State University. Schwartz will deliver his address to faculty and graduate students in pharmacological sciences. He was recognized for his “extensive contribution in cellular cardiac calcium homeostasis and the development of pharmacotherapeutic aspects of ‘Diltiazem.’” The Chauncey D. Leake Lecture Award honors Chauncey Leake (1896-1978), PhD, an esteemed medical historian, pharmacologist and educator.

Cancelas Wins Innovative Research Award
Jose CancelasJose Cancelas, MD, PhD, associate professor and director of the research division at Hoxworth Blood Center, has received the 2008 David B. Pall Prize for Innovative Research in Transfusion Medicine. Cancelas was honored at the AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) annual meeting in Montreal. The David B. Pall prize was created in 2005 to honor Pall Corporation’s founder, David Pall, whose research advanced the practice of transfusion therapy. The award recognizes a scientist whose original research has resulted in an important contribution to scientific knowledge. Cancelas’ current research focuses on analysis of the molecular pathways involved in hematopoietic stem cell engraftment, mobilization and leukemogenesis. His most recent studies have contributed to a better understanding of the role of Rac GTPases in hematopoietic stem cell biology, in blood formation and with different oncogenic proteins in leukemia signaling pathways. These studies have allowed the development of novel pharmacological targets for stem cell intervention in stem cell transplantation and leukemia. For more information, visit

Embi Selected for ACR Board of Directors
Peter EmbiPeter Embi, MD, assistant professor of medicine, was selected to serve on the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Board of Directors. Embi was selected as the ACR’s under age 40 voice to represent the perspectives of rheumatologists at early phases in their careers. He previously served on the ACR’s committee on education, annual meeting planning committee and the professional meetings committee. For more information, visit  

Reed Selected for Women in Higher Education Leadership Conference
Amy Reed, MD, associate professor of vascular surgery, is one of eight UC female leaders selected to participate in the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development—Higher Education Collaborative (WILD-HEC) program. She is the only representative from the UC College of Medicine. WILD-HEC was founded in 2003 to establish a strong network of women in the Greater Cincinnati higher education community. The collaborative is composed of Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, Miami University, College of Mount St. Joseph, Northern Kentucky University, UC and Xavier University. For more information, contact



Bisphenol A Seminar Nov. 12
Nira Ben-Jonathan, PhD, professor of cancer and cell biology, will discuss “Bisphenol A: Effects on Human Adipose and Breast Cancer” at 10 a.m. Nov. 12 in Kettering Laboratory’s Kehoe Auditorium. Those interested in learning more about the effects of a common environmental contaminant on obesity and breast cancer treatment are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Elizabeth Kopras at or (513) 558-3625.

Graduate Student Research Forum Nov. 13
The 29th annual College of Medicine Graduate Student Research Forum will be heldThursday, Nov. 13. Graduate students will showcase their latest research during a poster forum from 9 a.m. to noon on the Medical Sciences Building (MSB) fourth floor. At 1:30 p.m., Polly Matzinger, PhD, from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health, will discuss, “Immunity Is a Conversation, Not a War" in MSB Room E351. The event will conclude with an awards ceremony and reception at 3 p.m. in the MSB cafeteria. For more information, contact Mary Jo Petersman at (513) 558-7341 or

State of Research Address Nov. 13
The “State of Research at UC” address will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies’ Rieveschl Auditorium. Sandra Degen, PhD, vice president for research, will be joined by Donna Dean, of Lewis-Burke Associates, and Margie Rolf, of UC's governmental relations office, in presenting an overview of UC's research enterprise. They also will highlight state and federal issues and opportunities related to research funding. For more information, contact Linda Minton at (513) 558-0026 or, or visit


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