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Date: Monday, February 27, 2006

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New Program for Young Investigators

The College of Medicine, under the leadership of Dean David Stern, MD, has opened the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST), which will support young investigators by helping to develop mentored (K01/K23) and training grant (T32) applications to the National Institutes of Health and similar foundations. The new center is codirected by Joel Tsevat, MD, professor of medicine, and James Heubi, MD, professor of pediatrics at UC and a pediatric gastroenterologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), with support from program manager Susan Swearingen.


The CCTST, located out of the Dean's Office, includes a library of successful K01/K23 and T32 applications, featuring essential application information such as tables for T32s, mentor bio-sketches, departmental resource information and Academic Health Center data and statistics. The center also will work to coordinate various health-related master's programs at UC.


This March, CCTST will submit a planning grant for the Clinical and Translational Science Award, a NIH initiative that will further enhance and integrate clinical and translational research at UC and CCHMC. For more information on this award, visit


Rockefeller Professor to Discuss Fanconi Anemia Friday

Arleen Auerbach, PhD, associate professor and director of the International Fanconi Anemia Registry at Rockefeller University, will present "Are Fanconi Anemia Genes Associated with Cancer Susceptibility?" on Friday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to noon in Rieveschl Auditorium. The event, part of the UC Cancer Center Distinguished Scientists Seminar Series, is free and open to all. For more information, call (513) 558-1284.


Chakraborty Joins Indian Academy of Sciences

Ranajit Chakraborty, PhD, professor of environmental health, was recently elected to honorary fellowship in the Indian Academy of Sciences. This honor is bestowed on no more than three distinguished scientists annually. The group plans scientific meetings and publishes 11 scientific journals.


UC Hosts NIOSH Town Hall Meeting

The UC Education and Research Center, led by Scott Clark, PhD, director of the environmental and occupational hygiene division, will host the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's only manufacturing town hall meeting on Monday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Edison Community College in Piqua, Ohio. The meeting's goal is to solicit feedback for the National Occupational Research Agenda, the national framework that sets research priorities for improved worker safety and health. For more information, visit


Hoxworth Hosts Lipid Disorder Program

Hoxworth Blood Center, in conjunction with Kaneka Pharma America, will host a program on managing familial hyperlipidemia and LDL apheresis at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in the fourth floor boardroom of Hoxworth Blood Center. Lawrence Sperling, MD, director of preventive cardiology at Emory University, will be the featured guest speaker. The event, which includes dinner, is free and open to all physicians, practice managers, registered nurses or physician assistants. Seating is limited. To RSVP, call (513) 558-1333.


Biomedical Engineering Seminar

Patrick Crago, MD, will discuss expanding upper-extremity function in people with spinal cord injury, as part of the Biomedical Engineering Seminar to be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in Medical Sciences Building room 6254. Dr. Crago is the Allen H. and Constance T. Ford Professor and chair of the biomedical engineering department at Case Western Reserve University. All are welcome to attend this free seminar. For more information, call (513) 558-5577.


Gall Lectureship Features Nobel Prize Winner

Phillip Sharp, PhD, 1993 Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine and founder of the McGovern Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver the annual Edward A. Gall Lecture at noon Friday, March 10, in Kresge Auditorium. His topic will be "The Amazing Biology of Short RNAs." Dr. Sharp is recognized for his work on the molecular biology of gene expression and its relevance to cancer. Sponsored by the department of pathology and laboratory medicine, the Gall lectureship honors the renowned pathologist, teacher and scientist who chaired the pathology department from 1948 to 1970. For more information, contact Joey Young at (513) 558-7079 or

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