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Date: Monday, October 17, 2005

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State of the University Address and Campaign Celebration Oct. 19

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend President Nancy Zimpher's State of the University address at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Tangeman University Center's Great Hall. Following the address, President Zimpher will lead a celebration of the 2005 faculty/staff giving campaign, "We're All UC," which met or exceeded all goals. The College of Medicine again had one of the highest participant rates of all UC colleges.

NetWellness Cited as Top Health Web Site

NetWellness, the consumer-health Web site produced by UC in collaboration with Case Western Reserve and Ohio State universities, was recently featured in an article published in Medicine on the Net as one of the best health Web sites. The article highlights NetWellness' newly revamped African-American health center and ranks the site as one of the most effective "online tools that add value." The rankings were based on practicality, reliability, easy navigation functions and good-quality information. NetWellness currently features nearly 150 UC health experts, who volunteer their time to provide health information and wellness tips for consumers.


Fall Blood Drive Oct. 17-21

Hoxworth Blood Center, in conjunction with the Center for Community Engagement, is holding its Fall Blood Drive Oct. 17-21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, in Kathleen Glahn at


Lurie Psychiatric Lecture Series Features NIMH Director

Thomas Insel, MD, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, will speak on "The Future of Psychiatry," at the Lurie Psychiatric Lecture Series. The event, free and open to the public, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Medical Sciences Building, room 7051. Dr. Insel, a former psychiatry professor at Emory University, will discuss the potential for genomics and neuroscience to transform diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. The lecture series is named in honor of Louis Lurie, MD, and his son, Max Lurie, MD, both of whom served as associate clinical professors in the UC Department of Psychiatry. The lecture has been approved for 1.5 category 1 continuing medical education credits toward the American Medical Association's Physician's Award. Continuing education credit is also available for psychologists, social workers and nurses. For more information, contact the psychiatry department at (513) 558-5326.


UC Cancer Center Hosts Research Benefit

The UC Cancer Center and the Lowy Patient Support Group, in partnership with Vito's Café, will hold "A Night of Silence and Singing" at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, to benefit appendiceal cancer research by Andrew Lowy, MD, of UC's Division of Surgical Oncology. The event, which includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner and a silent auction, will be held at Vito's Café, 654 Highland Ave., Suite 29, in Ft. Thomas, Ky. All are welcome to attend. RSVP to Traci Wansack, event chair, at (440) 378-4145 or via e-mail at


Psoriasis Symposium Slated for Saturday

The Department of Dermatology will host a patient education symposium on psoriasis this Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kingsgate Conference Center. Pranav Sheth, MD, assistant professor of dermatology, will discuss current and new psoriasis treatments and answer questions about the skin disease. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To reserve your seat, contact Michele Wyan at (513) 558-1903 or via e-mail at


New Technology Available for Investigators

The Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics' Proteomics Core will host an open house on Monday, Oct. 24, to showcase its two new state-of-art technologies, Difference Gel Electrophoresis (DIGE) and Phosphoprotein-Specific Fluorescent Staining (Pro-Q Diamond), both of which are now available to research investigators at the UC Academic Health Center. The event, open to all, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in Medical Sciences Building rooms 5005 and 5301. The Proteomics Core has recently acquired an FLA 5100 imaging system and the latest image-analysis software package, which allows multiple samples to be co-separated and visualized on one single two-dimensional gel with an internal standard. The core also offers standard and expanded two-dimensional gel electrophoresis services and training and advice on research needs for external and internal investigators. For more information, contact Yu Liang, PhD, at (513) 558-2347or via e-mail at, or visit


GI Cancer Symposium Nov. 12

All health-care professionals caring for cancer patients are encouraged to attend UC's GI Cancer Symposium on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kingsgate Conference Center. Chaired by Malek Safa, MD, assistant professor of hematology-oncology, and hosted by the divisions of hematology and oncology, radiation oncology and surgical oncology, the event will review the most current information available for the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer. Guest faculty lecturers will include Tanios Bekaii-Saab, MD, of the Arthur James Cancer Hospital; Alfred Cohen, MD, of the Markay Cancer Center; Philip Philip, MD, PhD, of the Karmanos Cancer Institute; and Christopher Willett, MD, of Duke University. Members of the planning committee include Syed Ahmad, MD, Bill Barrett, MD, David Grisell, MD, Andrew Lowy, MD, Jeff Sussman, MD, and Ann Wantuck. The program is approved for three category 1 continuing medical education credits toward the American Medical Association's Physician's Recognition Award. Contact hours for nurses are pending. Registration is free and includes hotel parking, a continental breakfast and refreshments. For more information or to register, contact Nancy Crossen at (513) 558-0120 or via e-mail at, or visit


UC Hosts Luncheon for National Institute of Mental Health Project

UC will hold a luncheon on Monday, Oct. 31, to kick off its National Institute of Mental Health project, which will work to recognize and manage depression in primary care. The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kingsgate Conference Center. The study, which aims to understand primary-care physicians' clinical decision making from a real-world perspective, is led by Seong-Yi Baik, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Nursing, research faculty member in the Institute for Nursing Research and institute scholar for the Institute for the Study of Health. Co-investigators include Jeane Anthony, PhD, of the College of Nursing, and Jeff Jacobson, PhD, and Jeff Susman, MD, both of the Department of Family Medicine. For more information, e-mail Dr. Baik at

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