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Date: Sunday, September 25, 2005

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ENT Researchers Present Findings on Post-Op Pain Reduction

Chad Afman, MD, David Steward, MD, and Jeffrey Welge, PhD, all from the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, will present the findings of their study, "Steroids for Post-tonsillectomy Pain Reduction: Meta-analysis of RCTs," at the 109th annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, taking place now through Sept. 28, in Los Angeles. The researchers found that a single dose of intravenous dexamethasone can reduce post-tonsillectomy pain for patients under 18 years of age. This is important, they say, considering that more than 600,000 tonsillectomies are performed each year on children and adults, and despite improvements in anesthetic and surgical techniques, postoperative pain remains a major concern.


Body Donors Honored at Oct. 8 Memorial Service

The COM will hold its annual memorial service for those who donated their bodies to science at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Kresge Auditorium. This year's memorial speakers will include Andrew Filak Jr, MD, COM associate dean; Patricia Brown, PhD, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy; Bruce Giffin, PhD, director of UC's Body Donation Program; second-year medical students Kevin Hartman, Nanette Lacuesta-Kimmel, Robin Petroze and Christopher Tangren; the Rev. Tom Faeth, St. Williams Church, and the Rev. Robert Thomas, Friendship United Methodist Church. The cremated remains of these donors are buried in a plot at Spring Grove Cemetery. Two books bearing the names of all donors will be on display in the Kresge Auditorium lobby. For more information on the program, call Gina Burg at (513) 558-5612, or e-mail


Drs. Collins and Shaw Receive Dean's Discovery Fund Award

Sean Collins, MD, and George Shaw, MD, PhD, both of the Department of Emergency Medicine, recently were awarded Dean's Discovery Grants from the COM Dean's Office. Dr. Collins 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. Dr. Shaw 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, Christopher Lindsell, PhD, and Virginia Hedger, PhD.


Emergency Medicine Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Symposium

The Department of Emergency Medicine is hosting a symposium in honor of its 35th anniversary on Oct. 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Marriott Cincinnati at RiverCenter in Covington, Ky. The conference will focus on the past, present and future of emergency medicine in the fields of cardiovascular and neurovascular care, research and administration. Attendees can earn up to 6.25 category 1 continuing medical education credits toward the American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award. The conference, free for UC alumni and residents, costs $100 for visiting physicians. For more information, call Rose Alden at (513) 558-8114 or visit


Byrnes' Paper Wins Fourth Place

Abbey Byrnes, MD, chief medical resident in the Department of Internal Medicine, was awarded the R. Davilene Carter Presidential Prize-Fourth Place for the best paper at the recently concluded 39th annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Education. Dr. Byrnes' paper discussed the resident scholar program as a research training opportunity.


2005 "Walk As One" Slated for Oct. 15

Walk As One, a community 10-km. freedom run and 6-mile walk sponsored by the National Conference for Community Justice (NCCJ), will take place Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Walk As One unites Greater Cincinnati residents of all races, religions and cultures in a celebration of freedom, inclusion and justice. Funds raised by the event support the Freedom Center and NCCJ educational programs. Last year, more than 3,000 people participated, including 300 UC staff, faculty and students, to raise $280,000. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The 10-km. run begins at 9:50 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m. All UC faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate. For more information or to register, visit

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