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Date: Monday, August 29, 2005

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Blood Drive This Tuesday

Hoxworth will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. All donors will be entered into a drawing to win two Cincinnati Bengals season tickets. To schedule an appointment, log on to and click on the College of Medicine link, or call 513-451-0910. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. For a list of requirements for donating blood, call Hoxworth Donor Services at 513-558-1304.


Surgical Amphitheatre Restored

UC and University Hospital (UH) will rededicate the historical surgical amphitheatre at UH at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, when more than 100 residents and faculty will meet for the first surgical grand rounds of the new academic year. The amphitheatre, one of only four anatomical amphitheatres that still exist in the United States, has undergone a five-year restoration to return it to its traditional role as a place of surgical teaching and demonstration. For more information on the grand rounds, contact Gilda Young at 513-558-4206.


Bernstein Wins Research Award

Jonathan Bernstein, MD, associate professor in the Division of Immunology and Allergy, is to receive the CHEST Foundation's inaugural 2005 Clinical Research Award in Women's Health for his recent study, "Assessment of Women With and Without Asthma Exposed to Cleaning Agents in the Home." He will receive the $10,000 grant in October at the 2005 CHEST assembly in Montreal. The CHEST Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the 15,500-member American College of Chest Physicians.


Cancer Center Hosts Seminar Series

The first speaker in UC Cancer Center's annual Distinguished Scientists Seminar Series on Friday, Sept. 2, will be Carlo Croce, MD, director of the Institute of Genetics and the Human Cancer Genetics Program and chairman of the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at The Ohio State University School of Medicine. Dr. Croce will discuss micro-RNA genes in cancer. The event is from 11 a.m. to noon in the Vontz Center's Rieveschl Auditorium. All are welcome to attend.


Elder Receives Career Development Grant

Nancy Elder, MD, associate professor of family medicine, has been awarded a 5-year, $650,000 career development grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study patient safety in the primary-care setting. The award will support Dr. Elder's research to study how the testing process in primary-care offices can be made safer by improving care systems in office practice and actively involving patients in the process. As part of this award, she will study human factors engineering with Marta Render, MD, of the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center, John Hickner, MD, University of Chicago Department of Family Medicine, and consultants from Wright State University.


Page Earns NIH Support

Stephen Page, PhD, director of research and assistant professor of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has been awarded two research grants by the National Institutes of Health to further his stroke rehabilitation research, which has shown that mental practice substantially improves stroke patients' motor function skills. The first grant is for a two-year study that examines mental practice dosing in chronic stroke patients by coupling it with physical therapy. Patients will cognitively rehearse the skills they are physically practicing in therapy. The second grant is for a five-year study to examine mental practice mechanisms and efficacy in subacute stroke patients. Both studies offer free therapy to eligible subjects. For more information, contact Dr. Page at 513-558-2754.


Orthopaedic Surgery Expands

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery welcomes two new assistant professors of orthopaedic surgery, Mohab Foad, MD, and Ferhan Asghar, MD, effective Sept. 1.


Dr. Foad, who specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery and microvascular and peripheral nerve surgery, earned his medical degree from the COM in 1999. He also completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at UC in 2004. He joins us from the Indiana Hand Center, where he recently completed a fellowship in hand, upper extremity and microsurgery.


Dr. Asghar, who specializes in spine surgery, comes to UC from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he completed a fellowship in spine surgery. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1999 and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Michigan Hospitals in 2004.

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