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On July 23, 2014 faculty members of the Division of
Asthma Research attended the Civic Leadership Luncheon Award Ceremony honoring Buffie Rixey
Award-winners of the Civic Leadership Award were recognized for civic
involvement in arts, health services, children’s causes, environmental groups,
animal rights and / or general advocacy within the community.
Dr. Gurjit K Khurana Hershey was recently elected to
serve as a Fellow of the University of Cincinnati Graduate School. Each year newly elected Fellows are elected
by current Fellows and then are appointed for life by the Board of
Trustees. The Fellows of the Graduate
School is an organization that recognizes distinguished researchers and
scholars from throughout the University of Cincinnati. Fellows are generally among the most experienced
and accomplished graduate-student mentors at the University. Along with having an important role in
graduate education and research, the Fellows are also called upon to provide
regular feedback on new initiatives and to review research proposals at all
levels of the University.
Dr. Gurjit K Khurana Hershey was nominated and
elected this winter to serve as a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). The ASCI established in 1908, is one of the
nation’s oldest and most respected medical honor societies. The society currently consists of over 3,000
physician- scientists. Each year there
is a limit of only 80 new members which have to be both nominated and
elected. Within Cincinnati Children’s
there is currently only 7 other physician-scientist that belong to this
society. This is a distinguished accomplishment for both Dr. Khurana Hershey
and the Division of Asthma Research.
On October 17, 2013 Melinda Butsch Kovacic, MPH,
PhD, Faculty and Sara Stigler, Clinical Research Coordinator III both received awards at this year’s Community Awards Dinner.
The awards were presented to them by the CCTST (Center for
Clinical & Translational Science and Training). CCTST was established in 2005 as a
collaborative for research resource and academic home for clinical and translational
scientist & programs. Melinda
received the CCTST Academic Community Research Partnership Award and Sara
received the CCTST Community Student Award for exemplified outstanding work and
involvement with the CCTST Community Engagement Core.
Dr. Gurjit K. Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD, Director of the Division of Asthma Research was presented with the Educational Achievement Award by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Khurana Hershey’s work in training physician scientist displays an important part of the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center graduate education mission. She also, has assumed leadership as the Director of the MSTP (Medical Scientist Training Program) at the University of Cincinnati. With her leadership, direction and expertise she was able to re-establish the funding for the MSTP Program through a grant submitted to the NIH (National Institute of Health).
On September 26, 2013 an article was published titled: “Cincinnati Researchers: Diesel Fumes contribute to Asthma Risk”. In the article Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Director of Division of Asthma Research, Dr. Gurjit K. Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD speaks on how the exposure to diesel exhaust from traffic pollutions can increase the severity of Asthma in Children and the current research being conducted. Click on the links view the full article in the Cincinnati Children’s Blog, Cincinnati Business Courier, or Medical Xpress.
Diesel Exposure in the Lung
this News Segment regarding how research at Cincinnati Children’s is helping to
shed light on the growing problem of inner city children with Asthma.
Senior Research Assistant Mark Ericksen was awarded
a Safety Star award by the Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation’s Laboratory Safety Group. Mark showed exemplary
initiative of ensuring that the Asthma Research Division stayed current within
the safety guidelines issued by Cincinnati Children's.
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