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Date: Monday, March 22, 2010

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Psychiatry Changes Name
The psychiatry department is now the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience. The name change was approved by the UC Board of Trustees at its March 16 meeting at the recommendation of David Stern, MD, dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for health affairs at UC. The recommendation followed a unanimous vote by the department's faculty and approval by the College of Medicine Council. Stephen Strakowski, MD, is chair of the department.



Brammer Selected to National Health Policy Position
Craig Brammer, senior research associate in the public health sciences department and project director of Cincinnati's Aligning Forces for Quality, has been named deputy director for the national Beacon Community program within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Brammer will be charged with working to accelerate the adoption of information technology, performance measurement and payment reform strategies in forward-looking communities across the country. He will commute regularly to Washington, D.C., but will remain a UC employee working under government contract.



Leesar Invited to Join TCT Scientific Committee
Massoud Leesar, MD, professor of medicine and associate chief of cardiology, has been invited to join the scientific committee in the 2010 TCT (Transcatheter Therapy) Meeting to be held this September in Washington, D.C. The TCT, the largest national and international interventional cardiology meeting, is geared to exchange ideas and foster the quality of interventional procedures in the world. Last year, over 12,000 interventional cardiologists attended the meeting in San Francisco.  Leesar will help organize and co-chair a concurrent session at the TCT, entitled "FFR in the Cath Lab: A Userís Guide." He also serves as director of Cardiac and Vascular Invasive Services at UC.



Faculty Elected Graduate School Fellows
Five College of Medicine faculty members have been elected fellows of the Graduate School, with the approval of the UC Board of Trustees at its March 16 meeting. They are John Bissler, MD, pediatrics; Joseph Clark, PhD, neurology; Nelson Horseman, PhD, molecular and cellular physiology; Susan Waltz, PhD, cancer and cell biology; and Alison Weiss, PhD, molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology.


  Gilinsky Participates in Committee Hearing
Norman Gilinsky, MD, professor of medicine in the digestive diseases division, was one of four Ohio gastroenterologists who participated in a recent press conference at the Ohio Statehouse in support of House Bill 451 and Senate Bill 64, which require insurance coverage for colorectal screenings for eligible Ohioans. Oral testimony in support of the bill was given at a House Insurance Committee hearing. Ohio Rep. Tom Letson (D-Warren) and Ohio Sen. Kevin Coughlin (R-Cuyahoga Falls) were also in attendance.


Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Talk March 23
Doctoral students Erin Wissing and Scott Millen will make presentations at the next molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology department seminar at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. Wissing will speak on the "Role of the p38 Mitogen Activated Protein Kinase in Muscular Dystrophy," and Millenís topic will be "The Pertussis Toxin B-Pentamer Induces the Intercellular Exchange of Plasma Membrane in Jurkat Cells." The seminar is co-sponsored by the Midwest Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases. For further information, contact Peter Stambrook, PhD, at


CCTST Grand Rounds Begins at 11 a.m. in Room 2351
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) will host its quarterly grand rounds on Friday, March 26, in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351 (note new location). At 11 a.m., Lois Sadler, PhD, of the Yale University School of Nursing and Yale Child Study Center, will present "Community-University Partnerships in Community-Based Health Research: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for Engagement."

At 1 p.m., Monica Mitchell, PhD, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and CCTST, will moderate a panel discussion on "Ethics in Community Engagement." Panelists include Lois Sadler, PhD; Chris Bolling, MD, of Cincinnati Children's and the Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group; Anita Brentley, of Every Child Succeeds; Erin Haynes, DrPH, of UC's environmental health department; and John Lynch, PhD, of UC's McMicken College of Arts & Sciences and the CCTST. All are welcome to attend these free seminars. For more information, visit, call (513) 803-2778 or e-mail


Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds March 26
Adek Tabchy, MD, of the cancer medicine division at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will deliver the Friday, March 26, hematology oncology grand rounds talk beginning at 8 a.m. in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. He will discuss, "Evaluation of the performance and specificity of a gene expression signature as a predictive biomarker of response to preoperative chemotherapy with paclitaxel and fluorouracil, doxorubicin, and cyclophosphamide in breast cancer." For more information, contact Nancy Crossen at (513) 558-0120 or


Join Infectious Disease Grand Rounds March 26
Donald Low, MD, will deliver the joint infectious disease grand rounds lecture at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, in Medical Sciences Building Room 5051. His topic will be "Streptococcus: New Challenges From an Old Bug." Low is microbiologist-in-chief in the microbiology department at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He is an expert on infectious diseases, including HIV, SARS and H1N1. The lecture is co-sponsored by the division of infectious diseases and the Midwest Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases.


Cardiovascular Seminar Series Lecture March 29
Meredith Bond, PhD, professor and chair of the University of Maryland School of Medicineís physiology department, will speak at the Cardiovascular Center of Excellenceís Deanís Distinguished Cardiovascular Seminar Series at noon Monday, March 29, in Medical Sciences Building Room 3351. Her topic will be "Synemin: A Multi-tasking Protein That Wears Many Hats." Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Donna Gering at or Sarah Figueira at


Rapid Response Team Symposium May 12
The fourth annual Greater Cincinnati Rapid Response Team Symposium will be held Wednesday, May 12, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alliance Business Center. Keynote speakers including Robin Dennison, of the UC College of Nursing, and John Deledda, MD, medical director of the UC Health University Hospital Center for Emergency Care. Dennison will discuss, "Critical Thinking in Clinical Decision Making," while Deledda addresses "Patients in Trouble - Making Quick Decisions." For more information or to register, e-mail or call (513) 519-1113.


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