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Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Ranked #2 in the Nation

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center was ranked No. 2 in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Children’s Hospitals for 2018-19.  Along with the No. 2 overall ranking they were also ranked in the top 10 in the nation in all 10 pediatric specialties, including No. 1 in Cancer and Gastroenterology & GI Surgery.

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Seth Reighard and Mark BacceiSeth Reighard Wins First Place at the 2018 Graduate Student Research Forum!

The UC College of Medicine’s Office of Graduate Education hosted its 39th annual Graduate Student Research Forum on Thursday, October 25, 2018. The event featured 90 poster presentations, and more than 100 faculty, postdoctoral fellows and staff participated in judging the presentations.

First place honors went to Seth Reighard, an MSTP student in the immunology graduate program.  And Ayad Ali, another MSTP student in the immunology graduate program, won an honorable mention.  Congratulations to both!  See full story.

(Photo: Mark Baccei, PhD, [left] is shown with MSTP student, Seith Reighard.)  

Judith Harmony Was Awarded 2018 Woman of the Year!

Photo: Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer

Judith Harmony, the Founding Director of UC's Medical Scientist Training Program, was awarded Woman of the Year by the Cincinnati Enquirer and The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, for being a champion for women and children in the classroom and the community.  See full story.  

(Photo Credit: Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer)

MSTP Student, Ayad Ali, Receives AAI Young Investigator Award

Ayad Ali

Ayad Ali attended the 2018 Autumn Immunology Conference (AIC) in Chicago, Illinois.  Based on the quality and impact of his research, Ali was awarded an American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Young Investigator Award, which recognizes the first author of the top abstract in each Workshop category at the conference.

MSTP Student, Andrew Kim, Meets Nobel Laureates in Germany

Andrew Kim

Andrew Kim is trying to marry two loves: medicine and music. Kim studied classical violin as a youth and grew up in a family that loved music. Kim, a 29-year-old Cupertino, Ca. native got his chance to share his story at the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting held June 24-29, 2018, in Lindau, Germany. The focus of the meeting was physiology and medicine.

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MSTP Student, Tammy Gonzalez, Receives AAAAI PhD Travel Scholarship

Tammy Gonzalez

Tammy Gonzalez was selected to receive a PhD Travel Scholarship for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) 2019 Meeting in San Francisco, California.  The meeting’s focus is “Food Allergy: Advances in Prevention and Treatment.” At the meeting, Tammy will be presenting a poster on the following: “Biofilm propensity of Staphylococcus aureus skin isolates is associated with increased severity and barrier dysfunction in the Mechanisms of the Progression of Atopic Dermatitis to Asthma in Children (MPAACH) cohort.”

MSTP Student, Courtney Giannini - Article Featured in Childhood Obesity Newsletter

Courtney Giannini

Involve Teens' Friends in Obesity Treatment 
Adolescents like having friends involved in their obesity treatment program, saying it improves enjoyment, according to research published in Childhood Obesity. Courtney M. Giannini at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, and University of Cincinnati in Ohio, and colleagues, recruited 42 teens from an obesity clinic and asked them to list friends they would involve in their treatment. The participants nominated an average of four friends and were more likely to nominate friends they considered close. Friends who participated in the intervention tended to be friends with more of the participant's friends, expending the messages to others in the teen's network. Read Coutney's Article

UC MSTP Alumna's New Treatment for Lung Cancer

Reshma Rangwala - Merck

UC MSTP graduate and Merck Senior Scientist, Reshma Rangwala,was recently featured in The New York Times on a Merck-sponsored page...“Our researchers are working to invent new ways to fight cancer – and ultimately, to find a cure.” (Merck Pharmaceuticals)

Read about Dr. Rangwala's discoveries in the New England Journal of Medicine: 
Pembrolizumab versus Chemotherapy for PD-L1-Positive Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer. 
Pembrolizumab for the treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer.

UC MSTP Alumni Unite to Uncover New Treatment Strategy

MSTP Alumni, Scott Pomeroy

Cincinnati MSTP graduates, Scott Pomeroy and Eric Baabe, combined expertise in bioinformatics and generation of a new human neural stem cell model for medulloblastoma (the most common malignant children's brain tumor) to discover a new treatment strategy for the most deadly form of this tumor. Dr. Pomeroy is Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Neurologist-in-Chief at Boston Children's Hospital, and Bronson Crothers Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Pomeroy also directs the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center at Harvard. Dr. Raabe is Assistant Professor of Pediatric Oncology and Pathology at The Johns Hopkins Pediatric Neuro-oncology Service, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Read the Johns Hopkins Press Release

UC MSTP Alumnus Receives Research Award

Stephan Grupp

UC MSTP graduate, Stephan A. Grupp, was selected as one of the 2018 recipients of the William Osler Patient Oriented Research Award. The award recognizes achievement for research in which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects. Click here to view the Dean's announcement from the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine.

UC MSTP Alumna Receives Research Rising Star Award

Trisha Wise-Draper

UC MSTP graduate, Trisha Wise-Draper, was presented with the FY 2018 UC College of Medicine’s Research Rising Star Award.  This award recognizes outstanding research accomplishments and impact at an early career stage.  Click here to view the UC news release.

Dr. Wise-Draper, MD, PhD, was also recently featured in a Local 12 WKRC-TV report on a new clinical trial she is leading with Dr. Alice Tang, MD.  The clinical trial focuses on an innovative, tiny patch with the potential to treat head and neck cancers.  Click here to learn more.

2014 MSTP Spring Retreat Speaker Dr. Jeffrey Gordon Receives Copley Medal

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Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, the keynote speaker at the 2014 MSTP Spring retreat and a former postdoc in SPS Director Arnold Strauss's lab, has received the prestigious Copley Medal from the Royal Society in Britain. Dr. Gordon is director of the Edison Family Center for Genome Sciences & Systems Biology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He was recognized for outstanding contributions to science in founding and leading the field of gut microbiome research.See full story.