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Date: Monday, November 28, 2005

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UC Names New Director of Laboratory Animal Medical Services
Douglas Stone, DVM, has been named director of Laboratory Animal Medical Services (LAMS). Dr. Stone will join UC on Feb. 1, 2006, from the University of Connecticut, where he currently serves as director of the Office of Animal Research Services. He replaces Steele Mattingly, DVM, who has served as interim director since May 2005 and previously led LAMS for 20 years. Dr. Mattingly will continue to serve as a consultant. Dr. Stone received his DVM from The Ohio State University, where he also had served as associate director of University Laboratory Animal Resources until his move to Connecticut. Dr. Stone has served as president of the Council on Accreditation of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). UC’s Laboratory Animal Medical Services received full three-year accreditation by the AAALAC in 2004.

Last Week to Purchase Benefit Concert Tickets
Only five more days remain to purchase tickets for the 2nd Annual IvaDean Scholarship Benefit Concert to be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in Kresge Auditorium. The event will feature musical performances by COM faculty, staff and students—including David Stern, MD, medical college dean, playing his clarinet, and Jeff Matthews, MD, chair of the surgery department, playing with his band, Kocher Maneuver. All event proceeds will directly support the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund for students in need of financial assistance. Tickets are $5 for students and $25 for all others. Tickets are available online at or by calling (513) 558-5577. Tickets also will be available at the door. For more information, e-mail

Urology to Host Symposium for Prostate Specialists
The urology division will host a symposium for the Prostate Cancer Working Group from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec 6, at the Marriott Kingsgate Conference Center. Speakers will include William Barrett, MD, radiation oncology, Bruce Bracken, MD, urology, Ralph Buncher, ScD, environmental health, James Donovan, MD, urology, Shuk-mei Ho, MD, environmental health, Karen Knudsen, PhD, cell biology, Ying Wai Lam, PhD, environmental health, Alex Lentsch, PhD, surgical research, Leslie Oleksowicz, MD, hematology and oncology, Patricia Revelo, MD, pathology, and Edward Silberstein, MD, nuclear medicine. For more information, contact Kim Reed at (513) 558-4388 or, or Dr. Bracken at (513) 558-6080 or

In Case You Missed It …
A video of the recent Hutton Lectureship on Ethics, featuring Marcia Angell, MD, of Harvard Medical School, is available online at Dr. Angell spoke on the U.S. health-care system and the need for a single-payer system. If you have problems viewing the video, please contact Josette Riep at (513) 558-0223 or

Cancer Center Update
Over the past few months, Erik Knudsen, MD, has worked with many members of the Cancer Center, the center’s program leadership and College of Medicine dean David Stern, MD, to develop scientific initiatives to enhance the cancer research environment. For example, more than 80 faculty members at UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have applied for membership in the Cancer Center. The majority of applications have been reviewed and formal letters of membership are being returned to applicants. A pilot grants program also has been developed to distribute $300,000 to develop new collaborative and translational research initiatives this winter. Applications are due Dec. 15 and should be sent to Amy Itescu via mail location 0521 or Fundraising efforts are ongoing to release a similar level of support in the spring. Finally, for the second year, the Cancer Center will sponsor a series of seminars by outstanding cancer researchers in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium. Look for announcements on these seminars, which will offer continuing medical education credit, in upcoming issues of The Dean’s List.

Ball Named to ORAU Steering Committee
William Ball, MD, professor and chair of the department of biomedical engineering, has been invited to serve on the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Spallation Neutron Source Medical Imaging Steering Committee. Dr. Ball will work with a task force made up of other medical school faculty members to explore this new medical imaging initiative at ORAU. UC joined the ORAU in the spring of 2005.

Researcher to Discuss Genetics and Aging
Hartmut Geiger, PhD, assistant professor in the division of experimental hematology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will discuss “Hematopoietic Stem Cell Mobilization: Genetics and Aging” at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, in Hoxworth Blood Center classroom 4052. The event, part of the Scientific Research Advisory Group Seminar Series, is hosted by Jose Cancelas, MD, PhD, and Hoxworth Blood Center. For more information, contact Bernadette Bennison at (513) 558-1203 or

Graduate Student Research Forum Poster Winners
The College of Medicine announces the poster winners of the 26th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum, held Nov. 7. First place was awarded to Kevin Link, Kelly Monk and Janet Hess-Wilson. Second place went to Joseph Sherrill and Megan Straiko. Third place winners included Min Dong, Siyun Liao, Yonotan Mahller and Persoulla Nicolaou, while honorable mentions were awarded to Wesley Braden, Adnan Mir, Julie Poisson, Daryl Richie, Seetha Srinivasan and Li Yang. Seventy-seven students presented posters at this year’s forum, and 45 faculty members participated as judges. To view poster titles and abstracts, visit

Four Join Otolaryngology Department
The otolaryngology–head and neck surgery department has added four professors to its team—David Brown, PhD, Ravi Samy, MD, Ronald Scherer, PhD, and Lee Zimmer, MD.

Dr. Brown, an assistant professor of audiology, will conduct research at UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He joins UC from the University of Calgary, where he was an assistant professor in the department of surgery. He received his doctorate and completed his fellowship at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Samy, assistant professor of otology, neurotology and skull-base surgery, comes to UC from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he was chief of otology/neurotology at Parkland Hospital and the Dallas VA Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from Duke University, finished his residency at Stanford University and completed a fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Dr. Scherer, a research professor who will direct many functions of the new UC Voice Consortium, previously was a professor in the communication disorders department at Bowling Green State University. He also has served as a senior scientist at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts voice laboratories. Dr. Scherer received his doctorate from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Zimmer, an assistant professor, was an instructor of otolaryngology, swallowing disorders and endoscopic cranial-base surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland and completed his residency and fellowship at Pittsburgh.
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