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Date: Monday, November 8, 2010

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Rita Alloway and Steve Woodle
E. Steve Woodle, MD

Woodle Appointed William A. Altemeier Chair

E. Steve Woodle, MD, has been named William A. Altemeier Chair in Research Surgery. The chair is named after William A. Altemeier, MD, who served as chair of surgery from 1952 to 1978. Woodle has served as chief of the division of transplantation coming to UC in 1999. A basic researcher in the field of transplantation, he has led landmark trials in immunosuppressive drug development and pioneered the development of early corticosteroid withdrawal regimens and the field of paired donation. Woodle also serves as chair of the Israel Penn Transplant Tumor Registry’s board of directors and helped develop the Paired Donation Network, the largest paired donation program in the world.

Michael Thomas, MD
Michael Thomas, MD

Thomas Appointed to Reproductive Medicine Network

Michael Thomas, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, has been appointed to the Reproductive Medicine Network (RMN) Advisory Board. The RMN is a multicenter network of clinical sites that conduct and publish high-quality clinical studies in reproductive medicine. Established in 1989, it is part of the Reproductive Services Branch of the NIH’s National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. Thomas is board chair of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and, at UC, director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Block Grant Funds Available for Patient Adherence Projects

The Ohio Partnership for Adherence through Collaborative Education (OhioPACE), a coalition of continuing medical education offices from the seven Ohio colleges of medicine, is currently administering a block grant award process. OhioPACE invites organizations that provide education for health care professionals to submit applications for grants to address patient adherence within Ohio. Projects should focus on integrating adherence education into continuing professional development through interprofessional education. Small grants totaling less than $10,000 and large grants up to $75,000 will be awarded through the competitive bid process. The application deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 15.

For more information and resources, visit or contact Barb Speer at (513) 558-3268 or

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Department of Public Health Sciences

Endowed Annual Lectureship in Mind-Body Interface

The department of public health sciences announces the founding of an annual lecture series titled "The Dr. Khushman V. Sanghvi Memorial Lectureship on the Mind-Body Interface in Healing and Health.” The lectureship’s objective is to acquaint health care professionals and others with innovative and alternative approaches to expand the practitioners’ equipment and methods in patient care. The lectureship, scheduled to launch in the fall of 2011, will present evidence-based, non-traditional healing approaches as auxiliary practices to those of the medical model of care and identify practice-based recommendations and actions that will advance the medical model of care. This program is made possible through cardiologist and adjunct professor of medicine Vijay R. Sanghvi, MD. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this program, please e-mail

Environmental health researchers,
Atin Adhikari, PhD

Adhikari Receives NIEHS Award

Atin Adhikari, PhD, research assistant professor of environmental health, has received an exploratory/developmental research grant award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study "TLR Ligand and Pesticide Exposure in Farms: Role in Atopic Immune Responses.” The award, for $196,250, will fund research exploring immunological activities of environmental samples collected in farms before and after pesticide application. Adhikari is part of the Center for Health Related Aerosol Studies in the environmental health department.

Charuhas Thakar, MD
Charuhas Thakar, MD

Thakar to Address American Society of Nephrology

Charuhas Thakar, MD, associate professor of medicine, has been invited to speak at the 43rd annual American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Meeting to be held Nov. 16-21 in Denver. Thakar will speak at the scientific sessions about "Morbidity and Mortality in Acute Kidney Injury in ICU." The ASN Renal Week is the largest research and educational conference in nephrology, with more than 12,000 attendees from the U.S. and other parts of the world.

Health Sciences Library
Health Sciences Library

HSL Moving to ILLiad System

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the Health Sciences Library will move to a new system (ILLiad) for requesting articles and books. To access the system, look for the Request Article/Books link on the left side of the Health Sciences Library’s web page ( You will use your UC central login credentials to access the system. Once you log into the ILLiad system the first time, you will be prompted to complete a profile. You will only need to complete the profile one time; ILLiad will store the information for future use. Send questions or problems to Lorna Newman at or (513) 556-1885 or Gerry Wagner at or (513) 558-8389.

Tom Thompson, PhD, and Jennifer Cash
Tom Thompson, PhD,

Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Nov. 9

Tom Thompson, PhD, will present the department of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology seminar at noon Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. His topic will be, "Ligand Specificity within the TGF β family.” Thompson is an assistant professor in the department of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology. For further information, contact Peter Stambrook, PhD, at

Carolyn Sommerich, PhD,
Carolyn Sommerich, PhD

Environmental Health Seminar Series Nov. 10

Carolyn Sommerich, PhD, will present, "Ergonomic Research at Ohio State University” at the next Department of Environmental Health Seminar Series, held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Labs Complex. Sommerich is director of the Engineering Laboratory for Human Factors, Ergonomics & Safety and co-director of the Distribution Ergonomics Research Center at Ohio State University. Her research interests include industrial and office ergonomics, students' use of computers, occupational biomechanics, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, electromyography, biomechanical modeling, universal design, and student health and stress. For more information, contact Kermit Davis, PhD, at or call (513) 558-2147.

Officer Personnel, 25th General Hospital
Officer Personnel, 25th General Hospital

25th General Hospital Exhibit Opens Nov. 12

During the summer of 1941, the U.S. Army invited UC to organize the 25th General Hospital to serve as a major medical facility in the European war theater. More than 600 physicians, surgeons, nurses and enlisted men served the 25th with distinction in England, France and Belgium until the end of the war.

On Friday, Nov. 12, the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions will open a new exhibit about the 25th General Hospital in its Stanley J. Lucas, MD, Board Room. (Note: This is a change from a previously announced date.) The exhibit is the first of five projects the Winkler Center has scheduled in the coming nine months to celebrate the 25th. One project will record oral histories of surviving veterans of the 25th. If you are a 25th veteran or know one, please contact the Winkler Center at (513) 558-5120 or

Joan Brugge, PhD,
Joan Brugge, PhD

Cincinnati Cancer Consortium Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series Nov. 18

The next Cincinnati Cancer Consortium Distinguished Scientist Seminar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium. Joan Brugge, PhD, chair of the department of cell biology at Harvard Medical School, will present "Extracellular Matrix Control of Normal and Tumor Cell Survival.” For more information, contact Sharon Young at (513) 558-7839.

Drake Center
Drake Center

Greater Cincinnati Sleep Medicine Symposium Nov. 19

The UC Health Surgical Hospital Sleep Medicine Center will host the inaugural Greater Cincinnati Sleep Medicine Symposium from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at Drake Center. The symposium will feature sleep medicine physicians, consultants and technical staff presenting the most up-to-date information on issues in sleep medicine and topics for sleep technologists. Limited seating is available; register by Friday, Nov. 12. Registration is $50, with late registration (after Nov. 13) $60.

To register online, visit For more information, call Shawn Bailey at (513) 475-7500.

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

CCTST Grand Rounds Nov. 19

"Mapping the Health of the Community: A Tool for Transformation” will be the topic for the next Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Grand Rounds, held Friday, Nov. 19, in MSB 3351. From 11 a.m. to noon, James Greenberg, MD, and Lin Liu, PhD, will discuss "Preterm Birth and Infant Mortality: Does Geography Matter?” Greenberg is director of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center division of neonatology; Liu is professor and head of the UC Department of Geography. From 1 to 2 p.m., Mark Carrozza, will discuss HealthLandscape, an interactive Web atlas that allows users to combine, analyze and display information to promote understanding and improvement of health and health care. Carozza is health informatics developer with the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.

Sessions will be moderated by Robert Kahn, MD, associate professor clinical of pediatrics. For more information, go to, call (513) 803-1044 or e-mail

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