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Date: Monday, October 3, 2005

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Degen to Receive Founder's Award

Sandra Degen, PhD, acting vice president of research, will receive the Founder's Award from the Department of Pediatrics Women's Faculty Association in recognition of her "outstanding contributions in the areas of mentoring and faculty development." Dr. Degen will be recognized at a ceremony at 6 p.m. on Oct. 11 in the Marriott Kingsgate Conference Center Grand Ballroom. All are invited to attend. The cost is $25 per person and includes cocktails and dinner. Reservations are required and should be received no later than 3 p.m. on Oct. 6. For more information or to RSVP, contact Kadriye Lewis, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Division of General and Community Pediatrics, at (513) 636-7258.


Environmental Health Director Appointed

Shuk-mei Ho, PhD, has been appointed director of the Department of Environmental Health, effective Oct. 1. Dr. Ho most recently had served as a professor of surgery, cell biology and physiology at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School. In this role, she also had served as vice chair of research, director of urologic research and director of translational research in the surgery department. She was also co-director of the genitourinary oncology program at the UMass Cancer Center. Prior to her work at UMass, Dr. Ho spent 13 years at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she was a professor of biology and later associate dean for research. She also had served as an assistant professor of biology at Boston University. Dr. Ho has published more than 120 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and currently serves as president of the Society for Basic Urological Research. She completed both her doctoral and undergraduate training at the University of Hong Kong. An expert in hormonal carcinogenesis, Dr. Ho's current research focuses on the significance of hormones and endocrine disruptors in the development of breast, ovary, endometrial and prostate tumors.


SeminarSeries Features University of Texas Researcher

UC Cancer Center welcomes Isaiah Fidler, chairman of the Department of Cancer Biology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, on Friday, Oct. 7, as the featured speaker in its Distinguished Scientists Seminar Series. Dr. Fidler, who also heads the Cancer Metastasis Research Center at MD Anderson, will discuss anti-vascular therapy of cancer metastasis. The event is from 11 a.m. to noon in the Vontz Center's Rieveschl Auditorium. All are welcome to attend.


Open House Offers Flu Shots and Free Health Screenings
UC Physicians will hold its fourth annual open house and health fair on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University Pointe in West Chester. The event, open to all, includes flu shots, cholesterol checks, free health screenings and an educational series on the following topics:
  • What did you say?: Hearing disorders, presented by Ravi Samy, MD, and Susan Martin (10:30 a.m.)
  • The need to breathe: Sleep disorders, presented by Victoria Surdulescu, MD (11 a.m.)
  • How a balanced diet can reduce your risk of cancer: Presented by Zeina Nahleh, MD, of UC Cancer Center (11:30 a.m.)
  • Sprains, strains and automobiles: Athletic injuries, presented by Keith Kenter, MD (noon)
  • Know what you blow: Sinus and allergy, presented by Thomas Tami, MD, and Allen Seiden, MD (12:30 p.m.)
  • Smart visit: Healthier checkups, presented by Manoj Singh, MD (1 p.m.)
  • Reveal a new you: Skin care, presented by Michelle Choucair, MD, and John Kitzmiller, MD (1:30 p.m.)

The 30-minute educational sessions will be held in University Pointe's first-floor community room. Adult flu vaccinations and cholesterol checks are available for discounted prices-$15 and $5, respectively. Appointments are required and can be made by calling (513) 475-8000. For more information on the open house, call (513) 475-8010.


Faculty Research Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for funding from the 2005-06 Faculty Research Support Program from the University Research Council (URC). The program specializes in supporting UC faculty in the initial stages of developing a line of research or scholarship. All full-time faculty members are eligible for this award, which is limited to $6,500. The deadline for submitting proposals is 5 p.m. on Nov. 4. Please send eight stapled copies of the proposal, cover sheet, biographical sketch (not to exceed four pages), a listing of research support and any accompanying documents to Sandra Degen, PhD, acting vice president for research, HPB 250, or to Sponsored Research Services, Edwards 1, Room 7148. If you have questions, contact Wanda Downton. To see a list of criteria, visit


OB-GYN Notches $2.5 Million for Women's Health Research

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has received a $2.5 million grant to foster women's health research, with an emphasis on mentored, interdisciplinary collaboration. The five-year grant, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), will allow UC to establish a program called Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH). Directed by Ken Clark, PhD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, the program will identify and train junior faculty members to develop research techniques and skills so they can become independent investigators and mentors. Scholars will be paired with 24 mentors at UC and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in various research areas, including cardiovascular science, environmental health, molecular genetics, pathology and laboratory medicine, neonatology, endocrinology, and pulmonary and developmental biology.

Partners Cards Still Available

Time is running out to purchase a Partners Card and subsequently support UC cancer research. Sponsored by the UC Cancer Center and Cincinnati Magazine, the Partners Card is a new fund-raiser that supports local cancer research, while giving shoppers a discount at local businesses. The card, which costs $50, entitles shoppers to a 20 percent discount on purchases made Oct. 29 through Nov. 6 at more than 150 merchants in Clifton, Hyde Park, O'Bryonville and adjacent neighborhoods. Cardholders will also receive a free, one-year subscription to Cincinnati Magazine. All card sale proceeds will benefit UC cancer research. Cards can be purchased in the UC MainStreet Connection Center in Tangeman Hall or at For more information, call (513) 558-8624.


Psychiatry Hosts Psychopharmacology Update

The Department of Psychiatry will host its annual psychopharmacology update, "Psychopharmacology of Psychiatric Disorders with Coexisting Conditions," on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Marriott Kingsgate Conference Center. Directed by Henry Nasrallah, MD, the symposium will feature the following topics:

  • Psychiatric illness with substance abuse and dual diagnosis, presented by Charles O'Brien, MD, PhD
  • Complicated bipolar patients with various comorbidities, presented by Hagop Akiskal, MD
  • Psychiatrically ill pregnant women, presented by Kimberly Yonkers, MD
  • Psychotic and mood disorders with coexisting medical illness, presented by Paul Keck, MD
  • Psychiatric illness with mental retardation, presented by Karen Shedlack, MD
  • Children and adolescents with complicated psychiatric disorders, presented by Robert Kowatch, MD
  • The NIMH-CATIE Antipsychotic Comparison Study: The Latest Findings, presented by Henry Nasrallah, MD

Registration fee is $100 for physicians, $75 for Ohio Pharmacists Association members and $60 for mental-health professionals. Continuing medical education credits are available. For more information, contact Angela Olive at (513) 558-5326, (877) 263-2882.


Ophthalmology Receives Blindness Prevention Grant

The Department of Ophthalmology has received a $110,000 grant from the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) organization to study the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases. The ophthalmology department specializes in research into normal and abnormal development of the cornea, lens and retina, corneal wound healing, corneal gene functioning and signaling, and retinal and macular degeneration. RPB, a voluntary organization supporting eye research, has so far awarded UC grants totaling $595,000.


Emergency Medicine Adds Five

The Department of Emergency Medicine welcomes Kevin Joseph, MD, Hollynn Larrabee, MD, Daniel Lindberg, MD, William Naber, MD, and Sarah Ronan-Bentle, MD, as new faculty members.

  • Dr. Joseph, assistant professor and emergency medicine trauma liaison at University Hospital, completed his residency in emergency medicine at UC. He earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University.
  • Dr. Larrabee, assistant professor and emergency medical services education director, completed her residency in emergency medicine at UC and her medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Dr. Lindberg, assistant professor and child-abuse fellow at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, completed his residency in emergency medicine at UC. He earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker
  • Dr. Naber, assistant professor, completed his residency in emergency medicine at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. He earned his medical degree from UC. 
  • Dr. Ronan-Bentle, assistant professor and director of fourth-year medical education, completed her residency in emergency medicine at UC. She earned her medical degree from St. Louis University.


The Sept. 26 issue of The Dean's List inadvertently reversed the study descriptions of Sean Collins, MD, and George Shaw, MD, PhD, both of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Collins will study the identification of objective variables that reflect response to therapy in heart failure. He will work with co-investigators Mark Eckman, MD, Brian Gibler, MD, and Christopher Lindsell, PhD. Dr. Shaw will work with co-investigator Jason Meunier, PhD, to study the effect of GP IIb-IIIa inhibitor on 120-kHz ultrasound enhanced thrombolysis in human clots.

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