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Date: Monday, August 15, 2005

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Dr. Thomas Named GRI Interim Director

George Thomas, PhD, professor of genome science and deputy director of the Genome Research Institute (GRI), has been named interim director of the GRI and interim chair of the Department of Genome Science, effective Sept. 1. In addition, Ray Takigiku, PhD, director of discovery core technologies at Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals (P&GP), has been named interim co-director of the GRI.


Dr. Thomas joined the COM faculty in January from the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland. One of the world's foremost molecular biologists, Dr. Thomas and his laboratory have contributed significant discoveries in diabetes, obesity and cancer. Dr. Takigiku, who also has been named adjunct professor of genome science, has nearly 20 years in various leadership positions at P&GP.


Resident Earns National Honor

Chris White, MD, JD, a second-year psychiatric/family medicine resident, recently received the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Outstanding Resident Award in psychiatric research. He joins an elite group of just over 200 residents who have earned the award since its inception in 1988. As part of his honor, Dr. White will attend a two-day awards program in October, where he will meet NIMH researchers and present a 15-minute lecture on his research.  


Fellowship Winner Announced

Craig Burd, a fourth-year student in the interdisciplinary graduate program in cell and molecular biology, has been named this year's recipient of the Robert and Emma Lou Cardell Fellowship in Morphological Sciences. The fellowship, awarded annually for the last seven years, is made possible by the Robert and Emma Lou Cardell Foundation, which was established by the Cardells, both of whom were expert practitioners of electron microscopy and other morphological approaches for relating cell structure and function.


Burd's thesis analyzes the control of androgen receptor gene expression, using cutting-edge techniques that combine morphological and molecular biological approaches. The fellowship selection committee included Linda Parysek, PhD, Ray Boissy, PhD, and Susan Wert, PhD. For more award information or to make a donation to the foundation, contact Robert Brackenbury at 558-6080 or


Family Medicine & Internal Medicine Receive Training Grant

The Department of Family Medicine and Division of General Internal Medicine has received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to establish a primary care center of expertise that will instruct students and primary care residents on how to care for underserved populations. The program is being directed by Jeff Susman, MD, chairman of family medicine, and co-directed by Doug Smucker, MD, associate professor of family medicine, Tiffiny Diers, assistant professor of general internal medicine, and Chuck Schubert from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.


Students Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha

Five COM third-year students have been inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honorary Medical Society. The students, Ryan Collar, Neal Dunlap, Matthew Meier, Emily Moosbrugger and Tiffany Pickup, currently rank in the top 5 percent of their class. Alpha Omega Alpha, the only national honor medical society in the world, is a highly selective organization that strives to recognize and perpetuate excellence in the medical profession.


Professor Awarded Fulbright Scholar Grant

Janusz Suszkiw, PhD, a professor in the molecular and cellular physiology department, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research during the 2005-06 academic year at the Nencki Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, and at the Gdansk Medical Academy. Dr. Suszkiw will participate in research on matrix metalloproteinases in neurodegeneration and phenotype-dependent neurotoxicity of metals in cholinergic neurons.


Queen City 101

On April 1, 1853, the Cincinnati Fire Department became the first full-time paid professional fire department in the country. You can read the history and more by visiting the Cincinnati Fire Museum, the only museum in the Midwest dedicated to firefighter history. The museum is located at 315 West Court St., in downtown Cincinnati. Guests can find leather fire buckets, a massive 1808 fire drum and the oldest surviving fire engine in Cincinnati, an 1836 Hunneman hand pumper. For more information, visit

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