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Date: Monday, March 29, 2010

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UC Health Top Fundraiser at Mini Marathon
UC Health was the first Cincinnati group to raise more than $100,000 for the 2010 Wal-Mart Mini Marathon and Heart Walk, held Sunday, March 28. According to the American Heart Association, UC Health raised $118,255 with 986 participants. The group College of Medicine/University of Cincinnati Physicians raised $38,610 with 375 participants. UC Health University Hospital and University of Cincinnati Physicians are among the sponsors of the annual event. The American Heart Association (AHA) is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Locally, the AHA funded $2.5 million in recent research at University Hospital and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. For every dollar raised in Cincinnati by the AHA, $1.10 is received for local research.


Seeley Named to Science Board
Randy Seeley, PhD, has been named to the Board of Reviewing Editors for the journal Science. Seeley, Donald C. Harrison Endowed Professor in Medicine and director of UC's Center of Excellence in Obesity and Diabetes, will begin this editorial role April 1, 2010. The Board of Reviewing Editors comprises more than 100 scientists from around the world representing all scientific disciplines. These individuals, each scientific leaders in their respective fields, pre-review each submission to Science to determine whether the submissions are suitable for a full review.


Eckman Invited to Speak at FDA Workshop
Mark Eckman, MD, professor of internal medicine, has been invited to speak at a two-day workshop hosted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The workshop, titled "Using Quantitative Decision Analysis in the Regulation of Medical Devices” is scheduled for Aug. 31 through Sept. 1, 2010. Eckman has been invited to speak on the applications of decision analysis to health interventions and patient-specific decision making.


Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar March 30
J. Christopher States, professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Louisville, will speak at the next department of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology seminar at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. His topic will be "Arsenic Exposure Induced Hepatic Stress and Inflammation Pathways Associated with Accelerated Atherosclerosis.” The seminar is co-sponsored by the Midwest Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (MI-CEID). For further information, contact Peter Stambrook, PhD, at

 Reynolds Reynolds to Speak at Next Faculty Forum
Fred Reynolds, PhD, who, as UC's executive vice president, serves as chief liaison between President Gregory Williams and students, faculty, staff and the community, will speak at the next Faculty Forum monthly meeting at noon Monday, April 5, in Medical Sciences Building Room 7051. For further information, contact Henry Nasrallah, MD, president of the Faculty Forum, at (513) 558-4615 or

CCTST Special Seminar April 8
Michael Holick, MD, PhD, will present "The D-Lightful Vitamin D for Diabetes and Health,” Thursday, April 8, at 3 p.m. in Sabin Auditorium, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Holick is professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics and director of the Heliotherapy, Light, and Skin Research Center at Boston University School of Medicine. Vitamin D deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency and medical problem for children and adults worldwide. It has been associated with increased risk of type I and type II diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, myocardial infarction, hypertension and stroke. Strategies to prevent and treat vitamin D deficiency will be discussed. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. For more information, go to or e-mail Suzanne Summer at


Nasrallah Schizophrenia Lecture April 28
Francine Benes, MD, PhD, is the speaker for the Nasrallah Schizophrenia Lecture Series, held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in the Stetson Building, Suite 2108. Benes is the William P. and Henry B. Test Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. She will speak on ”Advances in the Neurobiology of Schizophrenia.” This is a continuing medical education activity, made possible by the Henry A. Nasrallah, MD, Endowed Lectureship Fund. Pre-registration is not required, and there is no fee to attend. For more information, contact Angela Olive at (513) 558-5326 or e-mail


CCTST Awards 15 Grants to UC and Children's Researchers
The University of Cincinnati's Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) has awarded 15 grants to researchers at UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Of the awards, 12 are one-year pilot grants designed to support novel translational research projects. The remaining three are multi-year career development awards for junior faculty members. Funds for the awards were made possible through the university's institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award, a five-year, $23 million National Institutes of Health grant awarded in 2009 that supports programs at the CCTST. Established in 2005 as a collaborative effort among UC, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University Hospital and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the CCTST is a research resource and "academic home” for clinical and translational scientists and programs. See the full list of grant recipients.

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