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Date: Monday, September 19, 2005

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Adams Invited to Speak at National Summit

Brian Adams, MD, associate professor of dermatology, will present his recent study on athletes and skin cancer risk at the Sun Safety Summit for Skin Cancer Prevention on Sept. 23 in Washington, D.C. The meeting is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Cancer Society through the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention. Dr. Adams found in his study that the majority of NCAA soccer players and cross-country runners at four Cincinnati-area colleges ignored skin cancer risks by failing to wear sunscreen.


Walk Away From Obesity This Saturday

UC's Center for Surgical Weight Loss is hosting the second annual Walk from Obesity at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Winton Woods, 1024 Winton Rd., Greenhills. According to the American Obesity Association, nearly 30 percent of adults and 15 percent of children in the United States are obese, a condition that with its related health problems accounts for 1,000 deaths daily. Registration for the 5K walk is $25 per person, which will be donated to American Society for Bariatric Surgery Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to national research related to the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. Registration on the day of the event begins at 9 a.m. For more information, visit or call Pam Fieler at (513) 475-7770.


Help Make UC the City's Best Place to Work

UC has been nominated to compete in the 2005 Greater Cincinnati's Best Places to Work competition, sponsored by the Business Courier. The winner will be recognized as having the most engaged workforce in the city. To qualify for the next phase of the competition, UC needs at least 5 percent of all full-time employees to complete an online survey, which will help measure how the university compares against other same-size employers. This survey is anonymous and will take about five minutes. Please log onto to take the survey. You will be asked to enter UC's organization code, which is HRRD95464. The deadline for completing the survey is Sept. 21. For more information, visit


UC to Host Pilot Research Project Symposium

UC's Education and Research Center (ERC) will host the Sixth Annual Pilot Research Project (PRP) Symposium, Oct. 20-21, at Kettering Laboratory's Kehoe Auditorium. The symposium's goal is to increase the research capacity of research trainees and young investigators in occupational health and safety and to encourage those in related disciplines to pursue occupational health and safety research. During the conference, 2004-05 research award winners, representing PRP partnering institutions-Bowling Green State University, Central State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Medical College of Ohio, Murray State University, Purdue University, University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University-will present their results, while 200506 winners will introduce a summary of their proposed work. The symposium is free and open to the public. Continuing education units are available. For more information or to register, contact Marianne Kautz at (513) 558-1730.


Mutasim Elected to Board of Directors

Diya Mutasim, MD, chairman of the Department of Dermatology, has been elected to serve a two-year term on the Medical Dermatology Society's board of directors. In this role, Dr. Mutasim will work to execute the society's mission of fostering interest and cooperative, patient-centered research in adult medical dermatology.


Digestive Disease Research Center Adds Investigators, New Facilities

The Cincinnati Digestive Disease Research Development Center (DDRDC) welcomes new investigators Mohamed Shata, MD, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, and Kris Steinbrecher, PhD, Department of Pediatrics and Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. In addition, the center announces the addition of two new core facilities-the Live Microscopy Core and the Cell Manipulation Core-which are available for group members.


The Live Microscopy Core, recently developed in the Department of Physiology, has two advanced Zeiss confocal microscopes available for use, one of which has the additional equipment for two-photon microscopy. A limited number of $500 grants are available for members to facilitate training and cover the first 10 hours of usage. For more information, contact Marshall Montrose, PhD, Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology, at (513) 558-5636.


The Cell Manipulation Core will catalog and store cell lines that are relevant to the study of digestive disease and generate ready-to-use tissue culture plates upon request from DDRDC investigators. To view a list of available cells, visit after Oct. 1. For more information, contact Reena Mourya at (513) 636-9731.

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