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Date: Monday, November 21, 2005

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Tickets Now Available for IvaDean Scholarship Benefit Concert

COM will host the 2nd Annual IvaDean Scholarship Benefit Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in Kresge Auditorium. The event will support the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund for students in need of financial assistance. All are invited to hear 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! Tickets are $5 for students and $25 for all others. To purchase tickets, call (513) 558-5577 or send a check payable to the UC Foundation/IvaDean Scholarship Fund to the 2nd Annual IvaDean Scholarship Benefit Concert, Medical Sciences Building, 231 Albert Sabin Way, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0552, or via inter-department mail to mail location 0552. All tickets reserved through the mail will be available at a will-call desk in the Kresge lobby on the day of the event. For more information, e-mail


First Appendiceal Research Benefit Nets $7,500

The UC Cancer Center's first appendiceal cancer research benefit-"A Night of Silence and Singing"-generated more than $7,500 for local cancer research. Event proceeds will benefit the research efforts of Andrew Lowy, MD, director of UC's division of surgical oncology. More than 70 people attended the event.


UC Receives $250,000 Donation to Support Digestive Disease Studies

COM has received a $250,000 endowment to further education and research in digestive diseases. The funding, donated by Gwendolyn Shapiro in memory of her late husband, Nathan Shapiro, MD, will establish the Dr. Nathan Shapiro Award Fund in the UC division of digestive diseases. It will provide an annual financial award that will allow a gastroenterology fellow to learn from outstanding researchers in the field and explore new areas of investigation.

Researchers Gain Easier Access to Electronic Journals

AIT&L has enhanced its eJournals page (, allowing UC researchers to access full-text electronic journal articles more easily. Researchers will now have access to all UC-subscribed online journals and will be able to find a health science journal title by either conducting a direct search or browsing a particular subject. For more information, contact Edith Starbuck at (513) 558-1433 or via e-mail at

$1.5 Million Grant to Help UC Surgeons Study Heart Failure Causes
UC's department of surgery has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education to study causes of heart failure, a disease affecting 5 million people in the United States. Cardiac surgeon Shahab Akhter, MD, will serve as principal investigator for the study. To read more about this research, visit


Komrokji to Chair Session at ASH Meeting

Rami Komrokji, MD, assistant professor of hematology and oncology, was selected to chair a session at the 47th annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) to be held Dec. 10-13 in Atlanta. The session will focus on disordered gene expression in hematological malignancies. More than 20,000 experts from around the nation are expected to attend the meeting.


Deadline Extended for MLK Scholarship Nominations

The deadline to nominate any UC Academic Health Center, Health Alliance or LabOne employees for the 2006 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships has been extended to Thursday, Dec. 1. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded at the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Ceremony on Jan. 13 to individuals whose actions have served to foster the guiding principles and philosophies of Martin Luther King Jr. The scholarships must be used within one year of receipt and can be applied toward college coursework, community education and several conferences. Nomination packets are available in all Health Alliance human resources departments and must be returned to Peggy Jones, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Committee, at University Hospital mail location 0707. Materials also may be faxed to (513) 584-3816.

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