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Date: Monday, April 13, 2009

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Mentored Career Development Award Positions
UC, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and the Cincinnati Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center have been awarded a $23 million institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health. Part of the CTSA is the KL2 Research Scholars Mentored Career Development Award program, which provides 75 percent salary support (up to $75,000/year) plus $25,000 in expenses for two to three years to highly qualified MD, PhD or PharmD junior faculty pursuing careers in clinical and translational research. An internal competition will be held and two to three applications will be selected for funding beginning July 1, 2009. Those interested in applying for the program must submit an application consisting of a one-page letter of intent outlining the applicant’s career development and research objectives, followed by a 12-page PHS 398-format application detailing the career development plan (in approximately four pages) and the research plan (in approximately eight pages), along with letters of support from the candidate’s primary mentor and division director or department chair and a checklist. The letter of intent is due Thursday, April 30, and the full KL2 application is due on Friday, May 15. During the award process, scholars selected for the program are expected to pursue their own K23 or similar individual career development awards. To be eligible, the applicant must have a faculty appointment at UC, CCHMC or the Cincinnati VA at the time of application, and have U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. For more information, visit the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training Web site or contact program directors Marc Rothenberg, MD, PhD, at (513) 636-7177 or Ken Clark, PhD, at (513) 558-5739. For information on the CTSA, visit

Barry Wins ‘Best Poster’ at Meeting
Curtis Barry, MD, a resident in the digestive diseases division, won the “Best Student/Resident Poster” during the 2009 Association of American Medical Colleges’ Central Group on Educational Affairs meeting, held April 10–12 in Columbus. Barry’s research was titled “Design of a Standardized Patient Exercise to Teach and Assess Core Competencies During Gastroenterology Fellowship Training.” He worked with Michael Sostok, MD, professor of medicine and assistant dean in the College of Medicine, and Stephen Zucker, MD, associate professor of medicine in the digestive diseases division, on the project. For more information, visit

Rathore to Present Findings in France
Rakesh Rathore, PhD, research fellow in the cancer and cell biology department, will present his new findings at the 15th annual Society for Biomolecular Sciences Conference & Exhibition, held April 26–30 in Lille, France. His research is titled, “Multiplexing Enzyme Assays for Inhibition Screening via MALDI-3Q-MS.” Rathore is working with Ken Greis, PhD, associate professor, in conjunction with MDS-Analytical Technologies in Canada to develop mass spectrometry-based methods for measuring enzyme reactions and exploring the possibility to use matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, the FlashQuant instrument, for different High Throughput Screening applications. His findings have the “real potential of opening an entirely new service application to the drug discovery research in industrial and academic environment.” For more information, contact Rathore at or (513) 558-4057.

VA Dialysis Center Wins Quality Award
The Cincinnati Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center’s dialysis facility has received the 2009 Dr. Richard Breitenfield Quality Award in vascular access management promoting arterio-venous fistulae (AVF). The award, established by the ESRD (End-stage Renal Disease) Network, promotes quality initiatives in the area of increasing AVF use in the hemodialysis patient population. Within the ESRD Network (dialysis facilities in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois), the Cincinnati VA dialysis facilityreceived the “Gold Award: Prevalent AVF > 66 Percent” for exceeding the national goals. The national average for prevalent AVF rate is 51.8 percent as of January 2009. The award was presented at the March 2009 ESRD Network meeting, held in Indianapolis. The dialysis facility is directed by Charuhas Thakar, MD, associate professor of medicine and chief of the nephrology section at the Cincinnati VA.

Rothenberg Earns Honors
Florence Rothenberg, MD, has recently been elected to the Central Society for Clinical Research and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Rothenberg is an assistant professor of medicine and a staff cardiologist at the Cincinnati Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center.   


Past ACS President to Speak at ENT Grand Rounds
The Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery will present a grand rounds lecture by Gerald Healy, MD, immediate past president of the American College of Surgeons, at 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the Surgical Amphitheater–Old Operating Pavilion. Healy will speak on “The Pathway for 21st Century Surgery.” He is professor and chair of otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard University Medical Center. For more information, contact

Cancer and Cell Biology Talk
Gregg Morin, PhD, head of the proteomics, genome sciences center and assistant professor of medical genetics and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, will present “Investigating the Role of the CrkRS/CDK12 Cyclin-Dependent Kinase in Breast Cancer” at noon Thursday, April 16, in Rieveschl Auditorium. The talk, open to all, is part of the Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Series. For more information, contact Peggy Bareswilt at (513) 558-1284 or

Nebert to Discuss ‘Personalized Medicine’
Daniel Nebert, PhD, professor of environmental health, will present a special lecture on “Personalized Medicine: For the Year 2 Medical Student” at noon Friday, April 24, in Kresge Auditorium. Nebert has shared his recent publications on this subject for student review prior to his upcoming lecture. For more information, call (513) 558-2333. 

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