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Date: Monday, April 10, 2006

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New Barrett Center Administrative Director
Jeff Heffelfinger has been appointed administrative director of the Barrett Center at University Hospital. He will be responsible for the daily operations, administrative oversight, fiscal management and strategic planning of services provided at the Barrett Center. Additionally, he will facilitate the development of the Cancer Center at UC and University Hospital into an NCI-designated cancer center. Heffelfinger previously directed cancer centers in Chillicothe, Ohio, Burlington, N.C., and Indianapolis.


D'Alessio Named Director of Endocrinology

David D'Alessio, MD, professor and Albert Vontz Chair in Diabetes Research, has been named director of the endocrinology and metabolism division in the department of internal medicine, effective June 1. He succeeds Jim Fagin, MD, who is leaving UC to further his thyroid cancer research at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. D'Alessio, who joined the UC faculty in 1999, also serves as codirector of the Veteran Affairs Medical Center's General Clinical Research Center and director of the endocrinology fellowship program. He is widely published in the areas of gastrointestinal hormones, insulin secretion and energy metabolism and nutrition.


Geriatric Study Funded

UC researchers have received nearly $670,000 from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Las Vegas, and the John A. Hartford Foundation, New York, to fund phase 3 of a training and practice study in geriatric medicine. Led by principal investigator Gregg Warshaw, MD, professor of family medicine, and co-investigator Elizabeth Bragg, PhD, of the Institute for the Study of Health, the Geriatric Workforce Study is designed to determine the strength of geriatrics training and practice, provide information on the status of geriatric medicine and training to help guide national policy, and gather data that may increase recognition of the importance of geriatric research and training programs. Study phases 1 and 2 were funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.


Hillard Steps Down as Psychiatry Chair

Randy Hillard, MD, has decided to step down as chair of the department of psychiatry effective May 1 to allow him more time to focus on directing the clinical activities of UC Physicians. It also permits him to take a leadership role in the development of the clinical component of the college's strategic plan. Dr. Hillard will continue in his role as CEO of UC Physicians and as associate dean for clinical activities. An interim chair will be named by the time Dr. Hillard leaves the position. A search committee will be formed to begin a national search for a successor.


Hyperbaric Medicine Open House

The Center for Hyperbaric Medicine will hold an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, in University Hospital room G216. Laurie Gesell, MD, director of hyperbaric services, and members of the hyperbaric team will be on hand to answer questions about the benefits of hyperbaric medicine. The center, housed at University Hospital, offers 24/7 emergency consultation and hyperbaric treatment for a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions, including chronic wounds and carbon monoxide poisoning. For more information, call (513) 584-4262.


Tao Receives Howard Meineke Award

First-year medical student Haiyang Tao has won the Howard Meineke Award. Established by the cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy department, the award honors outstanding student achievements in medical microscopic anatomy that reflect the "profound intellectual curiosity and lively spirit" of Howard Meineke, PhD, professor emeritus at UC. During his 50-year career, Dr. Meineke challenged generations of medical students to think deeply about the relationship between tissue structure and function. Tao will be honored during a ceremony next year.


Maggio Elected to Alzheimer's Association Board

John Maggio, PhD, director of the pharmacology and cell biophysics department and van Maanen Professor, has been elected to the national board of directors of the Alzheimer's Association, the first Greater Cincinnati resident to serve in that position. A recipient of the association's President's Award, Dr. Maggio currently serves on the board of the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cincinnati, of which he has also served as president.


UC, Children's Partner to Enhance Drug Discovery

UC and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center are partnering with Evotec AG of Hamburg, Germany, to enhance the potential for innovative drug discovery in southwest Ohio. The Computational Medicine Center, an Ohio Third Frontier-funded research collaboration between Cincinnati Children's and UC, has purchased Evotec Technologies- Ultra-High-Throughput Screening system. Housed at the Genome Research Institute, the $2.8 million system, will allow Cincinnati Children's, UC, and other researchers to take their research further in-house-making it much more marketable. Evotec Technologies will establish U.S. operations in Cincinnati to support the project.


Last Call for Survey

One week remains to take the 2006 Dean's List survey, which will officially close at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14. If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to take this short survey by clicking here: Dean's List Readership Survey. If you have already taken the survey, we thank you for your time and feedback. If you have any questions, call (513) 558-4553 or e-mail

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