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Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2005

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GE Donates $50,000 to UC Cancer Center

The UC Cancer Center recently received a $50,000 gift from General Electric Transportation Aircraft Engines (GEAE) to benefit patient care and research efforts. The donation was a part of GEAE's charitable sponsorship of the Association Volleyball Professionals' 2005 Nissan Series Cincinnati Open, which promoted breast-cancer awareness.


UC Investigator Awarded $1.5 Million Grant

Joel Tsevat, MD, of the Department of Internal Medicine, the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and the Institute for the Study of Health, has been awarded a 5-year, $1.5 million K30 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop new clinical research curricula for fellows and junior faculty from UC, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the VAMC. The curricula will focus on developing or expanding new program tracks in epidemiology and clinical therapeutics, increasing methodological expertise in all core areas of clinical research and fostering multidisciplinary instruction among all trainees.


Ophthalmology Hosts First-Ever Conference

The Department of Ophthalmology is hosting the first annual Midwest Ophthalmology Conference, Sept. 16-18, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. The conference, directed by Karl Golnik, MD, clinical professor in the departments of ophthalmology, neurology and neurosurgery, is designed to provide the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. Registration is $250 for ophthalmologists and optometrists, and free for residents. Continuing medical education credits are available. For more information or to register, visit

Shop to Support Local Cancer Research

UC Cancer Center and Cincinnati Magazine are introducing a new fund-raiser that supports local cancer research efforts, while giving shoppers a discount at local businesses. The Partners Card, similar to a retail discount card, offers shoppers a 20 percent discount on purchases made between Oct. 29 and Nov. 6 at more than 150 merchants in Clifton, Hyde Park, O'Bryonville and adjacent neighborhoods. Cardholders also will receive a free, one-year subscription to Cincinnati Magazine. The Partner Card costs $50, and all card sale proceeds will benefit UC cancer research. Cards can be purchased online at or, after Sept. 12, in the UC MainStreet Connection Center in Tangeman Hall. For more information, call (513) 558-8624.


Morris Named Associate Director

Vicki Morris has been named associate director of the Office of Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs. Morris, who has served as UC's radiation safety officer since 1990, will continuing to oversee the university's radiation control and safety program while assisting with the management of the Institutional Review Board Office, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Office, the Institutional Biosafety Office, the Human Subjects Post-Approval Monitoring Program and the Office of Research Compliance Training. Morris, who has worked in institutional compliance activities since 1979, holds a bachelor's degree in environmental health and a master's in health sciences from Purdue University.


Zimmer Joins Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Department

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery welcomes Lee Zimmer, MD, PhD, as an assistant professor. Dr. Zimmer, who specializes in endoscopic cranial base surgery and swallowing disorders, earned both his doctorates from the University of Maryland. He joins UC from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he completed his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and a fellowship in cranial base surgery/head and neck surgery. 


Faculty, Residents to Participate in AACE Annual Meeting

Several Academic Health Center faculty and residents will participate in the 39th annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Education (AACE), Sept. 15-17, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.


On Sept. 15, Abdul Jazieh, MD, interim director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology, will lead a workshop titled "Teaching Translational Research," from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Malek Safa, MD, assistant professor of medicine, and Zeina Nahleh, MD, assistant professor of medicine, will present their abstracts during the second plenary session from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Dr. Safa will discuss "Lack of Uniform Approach to Clinical Research Training for Hematology/Oncology Fellows," and Dr. Nahleh will present "The Southwest Oncology Groups Young Investigators Training Program: A Practical Experience."


On Sept. 16, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., Abbey Byrnes, MD, chief medical resident in the Department of Internal Medicine, will present her abstract, "The Resident Scholar Program: A Research Training Opportunity for Internal Medicine Housestaff," during the graduate and postgraduate cancer education session. In addition, Kyra Whitmer, PhD, associate professor in the College of Nursing, will present her abstract, "Perceived Need for Symptom Management in the Outpatient Unit," in poster form throughout the three-day meeting. For meeting information, call Christine Garrett at (513) 558-1810 or e-mail

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