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Date: Monday, June 12, 2006

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Collier Named NIH Study Section Chair

Timothy Collier, PhD, professor of neurology, has been appointed chair of the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Neuroplasticity and Neurotransmitters Study Section. Collier will lead a 23-member section that reviews NIH grant applications for studies in neural disease and injury that focus on neurotransmitter or neurotrophic function and associated receptors. This includes studies on plasticity, regeneration and therapeutic strategies and relevant disorders, such as stroke/ischemia, neurodegenerative diseases, epilepsy, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, dystonia/ataxia and neuropathies. Collier’s term runs through June 2007.


Improving Chronic Care

UC was one of only 10 academic health centers selected to receive a grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to improve chronic illness care through changes in medical education. The grant, “Enhancing Education for Chronic Illness Care,” was awarded to the departments of internal medicine and family medicine, the medical education office and the Institute for the Study of Health. It will fund new curricula to improve medical students’ understanding of chronic illness and quality improvement. It also will be used to enhance resident education related to chronic illness and support increased opportunities for residents to care for chronically ill patients.


Bhakta Wins another Award

Nickhill Bhakta, a second-year medical student, has received a $2,000 summer scholarship from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. This is the second award Bhakta has received this spring. In May, Bhakta was awarded the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s 2006 Student Summer Research Fellowship.He will study the effects of tuberculosis (TB) testing and education in hopes of alleviating the TB and human immunodeficiency virus stigma that exists in Eldoret, Kenya.


Falciglia to Discuss Recent Study

Mercedes Falciglia, MD, will discuss how hyperglycemia is associated with increased death in intensive care unit patients during the American Diabetes Association’s 66th Annual Scientific Sessions currently being held in Washington, DC. Falciglia, assistant professor of medicine and staff endocrinologist at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, is the lead author on a VA Medical Center Inpatient Evaluation Center (IPEC) study that evaluated 216,000 severely ill individuals admitted to 177 VA hospital intensive care units nationwide. Study coauthors include Marta Render, MD, professor of medicine in the pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine division and director of the IPEC, and David D'Alessio, MD, professor of medicine and division director of endocrinology. 


Environmental Health Faculty Members Honored

Five faculty members from the environmental health department have received the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s John M. White award for publishing the best peer-reviewed article on respiratory protection. Atin Adhikari, PhD, Sergey Grinshpun, PhD, Roy McKay, PhD, Tiina Reponen, PhD, and Rakesh Shukla, PhD, were recognized during the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo held May 15 in Chicago. Their paper, published in the November 2005 edition of Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, is titled “Respiratory Protection Provided by N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators against Airborne Dust and Microorganisms.”


Giglia’s Future Plans Recognized

Joseph Giglia, MD, was presented with the American Vascular Association’s E. J. Wylie Traveling Fellowship Award at the 60th Vascular Annual Meeting on June 1. Giglia was selected for his plans to develop a laparoscopic vascular surgery center that will advance the field of minimally invasive vascular surgery. The award will allow Giglia to visit other vascular centers in the United States and abroad with hopes of stimulating academic and professional exchange. Giglia is an assistant professor of surgery and interim director of vascular surgery at UC, and chief of vascular surgery at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Award Addition

Pranavkumar Shivakumar, PhD, department of pediatrics, division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, also won an award in the recent eighth annual Postdoctoral Fellows Research Forum held May 17 at the College of Medicine. Shivakumar picked up first place and a $1,000 prize.

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