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Date: Monday, September 27, 2010

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Medical Sciences Building
Medical Sciences Building

Service Honors Body Donors and Families

The annual memorial service for people who have donated their bodies to medical science will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in Kresge Auditorium on UC’s medical campus. The 2010 service will honor the families of more than 150 donors, whose cremated remains have recently been interred at a plot in Spring Grove Cemetery. Donor names from as far back as the 1930s will also be displayed during a reception at the ceremony.

Following the service at UC, participants will be invited to drive to the burial plot at Spring Grove Cemetery, where they can view a marker with the inscription, "Through Their Thoughtfulness Knowledge Grows.” UC’s body donation program—which receives more than 350 donations each year and has approximately 14,000 pre-registered donors on file—is one of the largest single-institution programs of its kind in the United States. A memorial service is held each year to publicly honor donors, their families and friends. For more information, contact Gina Burg at (513) 558-5612.

Mini Medical College
Mini Medical College

Mini Medical College Tuesdays in October

The 10th annual public health lecture series called Mini Medical College is a way for students and those outside the health care field to get an inside view of medicine in just four weeks. Each Tuesday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, distinguished College of Medicine faculty discuss new trends in modern medicine and disease prevention and how they affect personal health. The fee is $69 and includes all eight lectures, a notebook of materials and information, a Mini Medical T-shirt and a certificate of participation for those who attend all four evenings. For more information or to register

Walter Koch
Walter Koch, PhD
Thomas Jefferson University

Heart Institute Speaker Series Oct. 4

Walter Koch, PhD, is the featured speaker at the Heart Institute Seminar Series Monday, Oct. 4. The series is hosted by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and is held in the Cincinnati Children’s Research Auditorium, R.3381. Koch is a professor of medicine at the Center for Translational Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. For more information, contact Carolyn Lipchik at

Robert Anthenelli, MD
Robert Anthenelli, MD

Anthenelli to Speak at NIAAA 40th Anniversary Symposium

Robert Anthenelli, MD, has been invited to present at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s 40th anniversary symposium on Oct. 4, 2010, at the NIAAA headquarters in Bethesda, Md. Anthenelli is one of eight distinguished researchers invited to present at the symposium and will give a talk entitled, "Alcohol and Stress.” His work on this topic was also featured in a special anniversary issue of the NIAAA publication Alcohol Research & Health. Anthenelli is a professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience and also serves as director of the Tri-State Tobacco and Alcohol Research Center (Tri-TARC), the Cincinnati VA Medical Center Substance Dependence Program and the Center of Excellence in Treatment, Research and Education for Addictive Disorders (CETREAD) at UC Health

Hoxworth Blood Center
Hoxworth Blood Center

Lutzko Named Scientific Director of Cell Processing and Manipulation Lab

Carolyn Lutzko, PhD, has been recruited as an associate professor of pediatrics and scientific director of the Cell Processing and Manipulation Laboratory. Lutzko will also serve as co-director of the Development Laboratory within the Translational Cores at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and scientific director of the Cell Therapy Laboratory at Hoxworth Blood Center. Her work will focus on the development and translation of cellular therapies at Cincinnati Children’s and Hoxworth. She will also direct the development and scale up of pluripotent stem cell technology and their differentiated derivatives for future translation into clinical applications. Lutzko comes to UC from Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, where she was assistant professor of pediatrics and cell & neurobiology and director of the human pluripotent stem cell core.

Sadhna Verma, PhD
Sadhna Verma, MD

Verma Speaks at 17th European Congress on Urogential Radiology

Sadhna Verma, MD, assistant professor of radiology, spoke at the 17th European Congress on Urogenital Radiology this month in Bruges, Belgium. Verma spoke on a panel discussing current imaging techniques in prostate cancer. She is also involved in the development of the European Society Prostate MRI guidelines. The 2010 European Congress brought together radiologists, clinicians, physicists and scientists to share information on imaging and focal therapy in genitourinary malignancies.

Susan Pinney, PhD
Susan Pinney, PhD

Pinney Presenter at Harvard Workshop

Associate professor of environmental health Susan Pinney, PhD, presented this month at a Harvard University workshop to address the ethical and legal challenges of communicating personal results to participants in biomonitoring and environmental exposure studies. Pinney’s lecture was entitled, "Experiences of Researchers: PFOA Serum Concentrations in Young Girls: An unexpected finding.”

Robert P. Hebbel, M.D
Robert P. Hebbel, M.D

Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds Friday, Oct. 1

Robert Hebbel, MD, will be the featured presenter at the Friday, Oct. 1, hematology oncology grand rounds. He will discuss "The role of Inflammation in the (physiological) systems biology of sickle cell anemia" at 8 a.m. in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. Hebbel is director of the Vascular Biology Center at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His research interests include the vascular pathobiology of sickle disease; endothelial cell signal transduction and cell cycle in angiogenesis; genetic determination of endothelilal cell biology; and novel, endothelial-based gene therapy approaches to hemophilia and cancer. For more information, e-mail or call (513) 558-0120.

Yi Zheng
Yi Zheng, PhD

Zheng to Speak at MolGen Seminar Tuesday, Sept. 28

Yi Zheng, PhD, will speak at the department of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology seminar at noon Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. His topic will be, "Rho GTPases: Physiological Functions and Translation Implications.” Zheng is Katherine Stewart Waters Endowed Chair and director of the Division of Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. For further information, contact Peter Stambrook, PhD, at

James Heubi, MD, (left) and Joel Tsevat, MD

Letters of Intent for 'T1' Pilot Grants Due Oct. 4

Letters of intent (LOI) are due Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, by 5 p.m. for the next competition cycle of the CCTST "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. For application instructions and complete details, go to

College of Medicine
College of Medicine

Radhakrishnan to Attend Introduction to Academic Radiology

Second-year resident Rupa Radhakrishnan, MD has been selected to attend the 2010-11 "Introduction to Academic Radiology” program sponsored by the Radiological Society of North America (RNSA), the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) and the Association of University Radiologists (AUR). This program is designed to introduce residents to research early in training, demonstrate the importance of research in diagnostic radiology and introduce them to exciting and successful careers in research and academic radiology. Radhakrishnan was one of 80 radiology residents selected to attend this program. She will attend it in conjunction with the annual ARRS meeting in Chicago in May 2011.

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