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Date: Monday, February 28, 2005

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COM Lands $19.8 Million NIH Grant

A new $19.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will allow College of Medicine researchers to study genetic and environmental factors associated with heart failure among African-American, Caucasian and Latino populations. Called a Specialized Center of Clinically Oriented Research (SCCOR) grant, the five-year funding from the NIH's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) will support five projects. The grant will be headed by Gerald Dorn II, MD, Hanna Professor of Cardiology and associate dean for cardiovascular affairs at UC's Academic Health Center. Other COM researchers leading the SCCOR project include Litsa Kranias, PhD, Stephen Liggett, MD, Jeffery Molkentin, PhD, and Jeffrey Robbins, PhD. Co-investigators are Harvey Hahn, MD, and Lynne Wagoner, MD. The study  will involve three COM departments' internal medicine, pharmacology and cell biophysics, and pediatrics, and the University of Texas, San Antonio, where investigators will gather data from Latino populations. Patients will be recruited locally at University Hospital's Heart Failure Treatment Center, University Pointe in West Chester and the General Clinical Research Center at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Read more about the SCCOR grant.


Researchers Discover Gene That Causes Heavy Metal Poisoning

College of Medicine researchers have identified the gene responsible for spreading the toxic effects of cadmium, a finding that might one day lead to the prevention of cadmium toxicity in humans. The study was led by Daniel Nebert, MD, a professor in the Department of Environmental Health and researcher at the Center for Environmental Genetics Co-authors include Timothy Dalton, PhD, Lei He, Bin Wang, Marian L. Miller, PhD, Li Jin, PhD, Xiaoqing Chang and C. Stuart Baxter, PhD, all of the Department of Environmental Health, and Keith Stringer, PhD, of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. The research, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will be reported in the March 1 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).


Clark Wins Entrepreneur Grant

Joseph Clark, PhD, and his colleagues were among five entrepreneurial groups in Cincinnati to win $40,000 in grants from Cincinnati Creates Companies to move their technology ideas closer to production. Dr. Clark's team hopes to develop a more accurate, faster diagnostic tool to detect stroke symptoms. Cincinnati Creates Companies is a 10-month program that teaches entrepreneurs with advanced technology ideas how to launch their business.


Wolterman Celebrates 30 Years

Rose Wolterman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, recently celebrated 30 years of service at the College of Medicine. For more than 27 years, Rose has worked with Clarence McLain, MD, professor emeritus, as the program coordinator for the Medical Student Education program.


Giannella Awarded Friedenwald Medal

Ralph Giannella, MD, Mark Brown Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, has been awarded the 2005 Friedenwald Medal by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). The AGA awards the Friedenwald Medal, its highest honor, for outstanding contributions in the field of gastroenterology. Dr. Giannella was president of the AGA from 1999 to 2000.


COM Faculty Edit Reference Book

Peter Walzer, MD and Melanie Cushion, PhD, both from the Department of Internal Medicine, were co-editors on the third edition of "Pneumocystis Pneumonia," a reference for clinicians and investigators. Other COM faculty who contributed chapters to the book include George Smulian, MD, and Bradley Slaven, MS, of the Department of Internal Medicine; James R. Stringer, PhD, and Scott P. Keely, PhD, of the Department of Molecular Genetics, and Edna Kaneshiro, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences.


Queen City 101

In March, the average temperature in Greater Cincinnati is 43 degrees. On average the region receives 4 inches of rainfall and 4 inches of snow.

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