Research Announcements

Placebo Effects in Medicine

November 2, 2015
7:00 – 8:30 PM
UNO Weitz CEC 230/231

An evening with Ted Kaptchuk, author, professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Harvard-wide Program in Placebo Studies & Therapeutic Encounter as he discusses his research on placebo effects and explores the importance of the humanities for medicine.

Placebo Effects in Medicine
Something from Nothing?
Transforming the Art of Medicine into the Science of Care

Read More:   Nov 2 – Ted Kaptchuk

Sponsored by: UNO Medical Humanities; UNO Pre-medical Committee; SPHRS (Spirituality, Public Health, Religious Studies); and the OM Center.

For further information about this free event, please contact: Dr. Michele Desmarais at or at 402.554.2679.

Transdisciplinary Conversations

Tuesday November 17
4:30 – 6:00 PM
UNMC Sorrell Center Small Ballroom 1001BCD
649 42nd Street

Register to attend : Register by November 10th

Opening remarks will be given by NSRI Executive Director Bob Hinson, Lt Gen, USAF (ret). Following General Hinson’s remarks, Dr. Ken Bayles, Associate Vice Chancellor for Basic Science Research at UNMC will discuss transdisciplinary work in the realm of national security and combating weapons of mass destruction. He will highlight real-world events where chemical & biological agents are used and how the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska is developing countermeasures using cross-disciplinary connections.
These transdisciplinary discussions bring together scientists, students, extension educators, business leaders, policymakers, farmers and others, allowing them to gather informally and make cross-disciplinary connections they might not otherwise make.

For questions regarding the Transdisciplinary Conversations series, call (402) 559-1847 or email

This event is open to all NU faculty, staff and students, as well as interested colleagues in the private and nonprofit sectors. Light food and drinks will be served.


Postdocs Recognized at Annual Seminar

Matthew Van Hook, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in ophthalmology and visual sciences, is the 2015 recipient of the UNMC Postdoctoral Excellence in Research in Award.

Jing Li, Ph.D a research associate in the College of Pharmacy, is the 2015 recipient of the UNMC Postdoctoral Pathway to Independence Award.

The two awards will be presented at the annual UNMC Postdoctoral Seminar being held on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Durham Research Center, Room 1004.  See the Calendar Event.

The Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award recognizes postdocs for their research accomplishments through an oral presentation. Dr. Van Hook’s winning presentation will take place during the event, and he will be awarded a cash prize of $500. His mentor is Wallace Thoreson, Ph.D., vice chair of research for the College of Medicine and professor, ophthalmology and visual sciences.

The Postdoctoral Pathway to Excellence Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate early preparation, defining career objectives, an understanding of the chosen area, productivity in terms of manuscripts and independence in the process of transitioning to an independent career. Dr. Li will receive a certificate of excellence in postdoctoral scholarship and a $1,000 check, and her mentor, David Oupicky, Ph.D., professor and Parke-Davis Chair in Pharmaceutics, will be recognized at the event, as well.

This year is the inaugural presentation of the Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award, said Iqbal Ahmad, Ph.D., associate dean and director of postdoctoral education.

“The postdoctoral education council, with input from our postdocs, came to a conclusion that the achievements and accomplishments of many were going unrecognized because of the time-bound criteria of the Pathway to Independence Award — the award is only open to postdocs during their first three years at UNMC,” Dr. Ahmad said. “This new award allows everyone to compete regardless of the length of his or her tenure at UNMC. We are very happy for the winners, and the council congratulates them for their remarkable accomplishments.”