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WVXU: Meet the UC doctor trying to change minds skeptical of the...

December 29, 2020

Louito Edje, MD, associate dean of graduate medical education at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and UC Medical Center, spoke with WVXU about why she is on a public relations blitz – participating in segments on CNBC, TMZ, BET and MSNBC - to change minds about vaccinations for COVID-19. The pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on Black Americans and Edje, a Black female physician, is hoping her participation in the Moderna vaccine trial and her voice may sway some opinions about vaccine safety and efficacy.

CNBC: Black health leaders try to build trust in the COVID-19...

December 11, 2020

Louito Edje, MD, associate dean of medical education at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and UC Medical Center, speaks with CNBC about her participation in a Phase 3 clinical trial for SARS-CoV-2 vaccine after three of her relatives died from the coronavirus. UC is one of approximately 90 sites in the country to host a trial for the mRNA-1273 vaccine developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases scientists and collaborators at biotechnology company Moderna.

Joint Mission

November 10, 2020

He came to the University of Cincinnati from Harlem, via New York City’s prestigious High School of Economics & Finance. He came for a college education, to launch his military career in the ROTC, and to revel in the nationally ranked Bearcat basketball team. She came to UC from Columbus, Ohio, a Darwin T. Turner Scholar. She came for a college education, for the honors program, and to participate in activities sponsored by the African American Cultural and Research Center (AACRC).

Yahoo News: Five Black UC faculty members receive National...

September 8, 2020

Five African-American researchers and healthcare professionals on UC’s medical campus have received sizable grants from the National Institutes of Health during the past 18 months. The faculty members were interviewed by WCPO to help showcase innovation and the diverse voices and perspectives they bring as the healthcare community attempts to ease health disparities in communities of color in Cincinnati and beyond.

Gift to Cincinnati Law targets injustice

July 28, 2020

A University of Cincinnati alumnus has donated $200,000 to support a center at the law school focused on race, gender and social justice. Bill Morelli, A&S ’74, JD ’78, has created the Bill Morelli Endowment Fund for the Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice at the College of Law. Renamed in 2019 after Judge Nathaniel Jones in honor of his career as a champion for justice, the Jones Center trains and cultivates scholars, leaders and activists committed to social change. After his retirement as a federal judge, Judge Jones joined the law firm Blank Rome LLP, serving as its first chief officer of Diversity and Inclusion. Morelli says the timing of his gift was intentional. “At a time when national discussion—often divisive—is taking place on issues of race, gender and justice, it’s important for the legal profession to take the lead in framing issues and developing solutions,” he said. “The Jones Center is at the center of thought leadership in this area and I hope this gift can bring together scholars and practitioners in the field to inspire the next generation of lawyers to shape public policy and help build bridges of understanding in the broader community.” “Bill’s gift not only celebrates our university and the life work of Judge Nathaniel Jones, it supports our commitment to racial justice,” UC President Neville G. Pinto said. “It helps us create more welcoming spaces for listening, dialogue and support as we move forward and work to solve systemic issues of justice.”

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