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Date: Monday, August 30, 2010



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William Barrett, MD
William Barrett, MD

Barrett Appointed Medical Director of

Barrett Cancer Center

William Barrett, MD, has been appointed medical director of the UC Barrett Cancer Center. As director, he will assume responsibility for establishing regional and national best practices, advancing program developments, improving patient throughput, enforcing medical staff bylaws and working with other internal and external leaders to further establish the Barrett Cancer Center as an identified center of excellence. Since graduating from the UC College of Medicine in 1987, he has fulfilled numerous roles within University Hospital, the UC Barrett Cancer Center and the college, where he has served as chairman of the department of radiation oncology since 2008.

Barb Kowalcyk
Barb Kowalcyk

Kowalcyk Awarded LennonOno Grant for Peace

Barbara Kowalcyk, doctoral student in environmental health, has been awarded the LennonOno Grant for Peace. Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s widow, established the $50,000 biannual award in 2002 to honor Lennon’s dedication to peace and commitment to human rights. Kowalcyk, who was featured in the 2009 documentary "Food Inc.,” founded the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention. The center’s mission is to identify science-based solutions to help protect public health and meet the food challenges of the 21st century. Kowalcyk recently completed a fellowship in molecular epidemiology in UC’s Children’s Environmental Health Training Program. She will receive the award in Iceland on Oct. 9, which would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday.

Robert McNamara, PhD
Robert McNamara, PhD

McNamara Receives Bipolar Diorder Grant

Robert McNamara, PhD, an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, has been awarded a NARSAD 2010 Independent Investigator grant totaling $99,873 for research on bipolar disorder. The grant will fund McNamara’s research project, "Peroxisomal Defects and Familial Risk for Bipolar Disorder,” in which he will determine whether a heritable defect in peroxisome function mediates the deficits in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid that is a major component of neuron and red blood cell membranes, in youth that have or are at high risk for developing bipolar disorder. NARSAD, the Brain and Behavior Research Fund, is awarding a total of more than $4.1 million through its Independent Investigators grants to support 42 researchers worldwide.

J. Adam Wilson, PhD
J. Adam Wilson, PhD

Wilson's Poster Recognized at Neurotrama Symposium

J. Adam Wilson, PhD, a neurotrauma researcher in the department of neurosurgery, was among 19 finalists in the "best student poster" competition at the 2010 National Neurotrauma Symposium in Las Vegas. His poster with co-authors Jed Hartings, PhD, of neurosurgery, and Ross Bullock, MD, PhD, from the University of Miami, was titled "Association of Spreading Depolarizations with Excitotoxicity and Metabolic Crisis in Traumatic Brain Injury: A Clinical Microdialysis Study."

Curtis Harris, PhD
Curtis Harris, PhD

Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Sept. 2

Curtis Harris, PhD, chief of the National Cancer Institute’s Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis, will be the featured speaker at the Cancer and Cell Biology seminar series. Harris will present, "Interweaving MicroRNA, Inflammation and p53 Pathways in Human Cancer” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium. For more information, contact Sharon Young at (513) 558-7379.

Jean-Yves Blay, MD, PhD
Jean-Yves Blay, MD, PhD

Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds Sept. 3

Jean-Yves Blay, MD, PhD, will be the featured presenter at the Friday, Sept. 3, hematology oncology grand rounds. He will present "Targeted Therapy of Sarcomas” at 8 a.m. in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. Blay is chief of the medical oncology department at the Centre Leon Berard Cancer Center, Université Claude Bernard, in Lyon, France, and president of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC). Since 2001, he has served as chair of the French Sarcoma Group and currently acts as the network director of Conticanet, a network funded by the EU commission dedicated to novel treatment approaches in sarcomas. For more information, e-mail crossen@uc.edu or call (513) 558-0120.

James Heubi, MD, (left) and Joel Tsevat, MD
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training

"T1" Pilot Grants Available for Clinical and Translational Research

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) is opening the next competition cycle for its "T1” pilot project grant program. Proposals are requested to fund T1 translational research, which seeks to apply clinical or basic research knowledge in an identifiable pathway toward the development of trials and studies in humans. Four types of T1 grants are available: new research proposals, competing renewal proposals, translational research faculty development award and innovative cores. UC faculty with 80 percent or greater FTE, including those based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center, are generally eligible to apply. A total of $1.2 million in awards will be made. Letters of Intent must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4.

For application instructions and complete details, visit the CCTST's website, call (513) 803-2778 or e-mail angela.sterwerf@uc.edu.

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