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Date: Monday, May 16, 2005

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UC, Cincinnati Children's Land Third Frontier Funding

Both UC and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have secured funding from Ohio's Third Frontier Project. UC is part of a $23 million collaborative project with several other Ohio institutions for the development of an Atrial Fibrillation Innovation Center, which will develop both surgical and noninvasive treatments to prevent and cure potentially dangerous electrical disturbances in the heart. Cincinnati Children's is part of a $4.25 million collaborative project with Ohio State University Research Foundation and other institutions to develop and commercialize new therapies for multiple sclerosis. The Third Frontier Project is a 10-year, $1.1 billion initiative, the state's largest-ever commitment to high-tech research and promotion of startup companies.


Whitsett and Giffin Receive Faculty Awards

College of Medicine faculty members Bruce Giffin, PhD, and Jeffrey Whitsett, MD, were among recipients of the 2005 Faculty Awards presented by the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Giffin, course director in Gross Anatomy and Brain and Behavior I and II, received the Cohen Award for Outstanding Contributions and Excellence in Teaching for his innovating teaching and devotion to his students. Dr. Whitsett, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, received the Rieveschl Award for Distinguished Scientific Research for his breakthrough investigations into lung development that have saved lives of babies around the world.


Hospital Heroes

The 2005 University Hospital Heroes were honored last week for their dedication to patients, fellow associates and the community at large. This is the highest honor at University Hospital (UH) for any associate. Honored this year from the College of Medicine were the Oomila Kovilam, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Sickle Cell Team, led by Zahida Yasin, MD, Department of Internal Medicine and director of the Adult Sickle Cell Center. Other honorees from UH included Anthony Borjas, administrative dietetic technician; Ramona Hambor, radiology technologist; Cynthia Dowell, Barrett Center receptionist; Deborah Feist, RN, Alliance Medical Transport clinical coordinator; and Cyndi Campbell, administrative director in respiratory care.


Breast Cancer Registry Web Site Now Live

The Breast Cancer Registry's Web site is now operational. You can access the site at Run by the Department of Environmental Health, the program will gather information from women and men diagnosed with breast cancer. As of May 5, nearly 3,000 women and men had enrolled.


Student Author Receives Scholarship

First-year medical student Rakesh Bagai has had his research on transplantation immunology accepted for publication in the Journal of Immunology. He will also receive a Young Investigator Scholarship and present the work at the American Transplant Congress in Seattle later this month.


UC Molecular Genetics Hosts Structural Biology Meeting

The Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry & Microbiology is presenting a special mini-symposium to commemorate the establishment of the macromolecular X-ray crystallography facility at the Medical Center. The symposium, "Understanding Biology through X-ray Crystallography," will be from 1 to 5 p.m. in Rieveschl Auditorium at the Vontz Center. Keynote speakers include Pamela Bjorkman, PhD, Max Delbrück Professor at Caltech and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and Chris Lima, PhD, associate professor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. COM crystallographers Andrew Herr, PhD, Rhett Kovall, PhD, and Tom Thompson, PhD, will also give presentations on recent developments in structural biology.


Queen City 101

On March 29, 1884, some 10,000 people rioted, burning the Hamilton County Courthouse and killing 56. Ohio National Guard was called in to quell the disturbance. The rioters were upset over the light sentence handed to a confessed murderer.

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