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Date: Monday, October 4, 2010

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Gerald Buckberg, MD, heart surgeon
Gerald Buckberg, MD,

Alum Speaks at Med Student Luncheon Oct. 5

UC College of Medicine alumnus Gerald Buckberg, MD, distinguished professor of surgery in the division of cardiothoracic surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will speak on cardiovascular anatomy and physiology at a special luncheon for medical students at noon Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, in Room E-351. 

Buckberg’s initial research was in the area of myocardial protection and has led to the introduction of blood cardioplegia, which is used by 80 percent of the surgeons in the United States for adult and pediatric heart operations. He has also developed techniques to simply and rapidly deliver cardioplegia solutions to allow their distribution to all segments of the heart and ensure their protective effects. He recently received the Scientific Achievement Award from the American Association of Thoracic Surgery. Those wishing to attend shyould RSVP to (513) 558-5577 or

Jerry Lingrel, PhD
Jerry Lingrel, PhD

Lingrel Appointed Interim Chair of Cancer and Cell Biology 

Jerry Lingrel, PhD, has been appointed interim chair of cancer and cell biology following the resignation of Jorge Moscat, PhD, who will be leaving the College of Medicine for a new position in San Diego.

A UC faculty member since 1962, Lingrel chaired the department of molecular genetics from 1981 until stepping down in 2008. He is the recipient of many awards including the George Rieveschl Award  for Distinguished Scientific Research in 1978, the Drake Medal—the medical college’s highest honor—in 2002 and UC’s Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring Award in 2008, recognizing his efforts in molding future scientists and researchers. He also serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the largest and most cited biomedical journal in the world.
Moscat has accepted a position at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.  He had served as chair of the department of cancer and cell biology since March 2008.

Medical Education Department
Bruce Giffin, PhD

Giffin Appointed Interim Chair of MedEd

Bruce Giffin, PhD, has been appointed interim chair of the department of medical education.  Giffin steps into this role while Andrew Filak, MD, who has been chair since the department was created in 2009, serves as the interim dean of the College of Medicine. Filak will return to the chair position when a permanent dean has been appointed. Giffin also is a professor in the department of cancer and cell biology, director of the UC Body Donation Program and course director for gross anatomy and brain and behavior.  He has received multiple Golden and Silver Apple awards, as well as numerous other honors, for teaching excellence.

Charles Bell, PhD
Charles Bell, PhD

Bell to Speak at MolGen Seminar Oct. 5

Charles Bell, PhD, will speak at the department of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology seminar at noon Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. His topic will be "An electrostatic ratchet mechanism for processivity of lambda exonuclease.” Bell is an associate professor in the department of molecular and cellular biochemistry at Ohio State University. For further information, contact Peter Stambrook, PhD, at

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Research Flow Cytometry Core Users Meeting Oct. 6

The next meeting of the Research Flow Cytometry Core users group will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in S9.130 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Wendall Smith, applications specialist from eBioscience, will present "eFluor Technologies: Multi-parameter flow cytometry.” Lunch will be provided. Attendees must RSVP to    

Sandra Starnes, MD
Sandra Starnes, MD

Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds Friday, Oct. 8

Sandra Starnes, MD, will be the featured presenter at the Friday, Oct. 1, hematology oncology grand rounds. She will discuss "Surgical Treatment of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer” at 8 a.m. in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. Starnes is an associate professor and the division chief of thoracic surgery at the UC College of Medicine. She specializes in general thoracic surgery, video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), management of mediastinal tumors, lung cancer and esophageal cancer. For more information, e-mail or call (513) 558-0120

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