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Date: Monday, March 8, 2010

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Med Students Go Bald for Cancer
College of Medicine students will shave their heads in support of cancer awareness during a St. Baldrick's celebration to be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 12, in the CARE/Crawley Building atrium. Named for a fusion of "St. Patrick’s Day" and "bald," the St. Baldrick’s Foundation coordinates worldwide head-shaving events that raise money for childhood cancer research. The College of Medicine event is being coordinated by second-year student Jenna Klotz and other students in the pediatrics and oncology clubs, with a special tie to first-year student Matthew Wilkening, whose son Eli, 3, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April 2008. Eli is now in remission. A second wave of the head shaving takes place at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at Claddagh Irish Pub in Newport, Ky. For more information e-mail

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Cancelas Wins Health Care Hero Innovator Award
Jose Cancelas, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and division and medical director of cellular therapies at Hoxworth Blood Center, won the innovator category at the 2010 Health Care Heroes event, sponsored by the Business Courier. The annual event recognizes individuals who have made an impact through their concern for patients, their research and inventions, their management skills and their service to the poor and uninsured. Winners were chosen from among 24 Cincinnati-area finalists. This year’s Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement winner was James Anderson, who recently retired as Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's chief executive officer.



Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar March 9
Xiaolan Cui, MD, will speak at the molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology department’s seminar at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. His topic will be, "Role of NADPH Oxidase Isoforms in Uteroplacental Physiology and Pregnancy Complications." Cui is a research assistant professor of microbiology, biochemistry and microbiology. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Midwest Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases. For further information, contact Peter Stambrook, PhD, at



Hematology-Oncology Grand Rounds March 12
Daniel Fowler, MD, of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), will be the featured presenter at the March 12 Hematology-Oncology Grand Rounds. He will discuss, "Allogenetic and Autologous Immune Therapy Using Rapamycin Resistant T-Cells" at 8 a.m. in Medical Sciences Building Room 6061. Fowler is a tenure track clinical investigator with the experimental transplantation and immunology branch and head of the cytokine biology section at the NCI. For more information, e-mail or call (513) 558-0120.


  Procter & Gamble Scientific Lectureship Series March 18
Estela Medrano, PhD, of the Baylor College of Medicine, will serve as the Procter & Gamble Visiting Lecturer at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 18, in Heaton Conference Center, Hoxworth Center Room G344. Medrano, professor of molecular and cellular biology and director of the biology of aging training program at the Huffington Center on Aging, will discuss, "Searching for Drivers of Melanoma Progression: From Candidates to Epigenetics." The event is hosted by the dermatology department. For more information, contact Janet Burdsall at (513) 584-6803.

  Malcolm Adcock Lecture March 25
The 2010 Malcolm Adcock Memorial Lecture will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in Kresge Auditorium. This year’s speaker is Donald Low, MD, who will address "Influenza: Past, Present and Future." Low is microbiologist-in-chief in the microbiology department at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto and professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at the University of Toronto. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Marianne Kautz at

  Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Series March 25
Carrie Rinker-Schaeffer, PhD, associate professor of surgery at the University of Chicago, will present "Dissecting the Mechanism of Stress Kinase-Mediated Metastasis Suppression" during the Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar at noon Thursday, March 25, in Rieveschl Auditorium. For more information, contact Sharon Young at (513) 558-7379.


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