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Date: Monday, February 14, 2005

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UC International Health Brigade Returns

A team of 45 faculty members, residents and medical and nursing students from five different institutions has just returned after spending two weeks in rural Honduras. The International Health Program within the Department of Family Medicine organizes these "health brigades'" to Santa Lucia in the state of Intibuca three times annually, where they work with Hombro a Hombro (Shoulder to Shoulder), a transnational nonprofit group, on educational and public health activities in partnership with the local community. The COM team members hosted counterparts from Brown University, Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina who are interested in duplicating the UC model of sustainable partnership in this region. In addition, geography and anthropology department researchers joined the group to initiate or continue work based at the Santa Lucia clinic site.


Cincinnati to Host Sickle Cell Annual Meeting

The Cincinnati Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center will host the 28th Annual Meeting of the National Sickle Cell Disease Program in April. This NIH-sponsored conference brings together basic and clinical scientists, clinicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, psychologists and others interested in sickle cell disease to report on the latest research and treatment. For information on registering for the full conference and social events, please contact Julia Robertson at or 513-636-2804. CMEs for medicine, nursing and social work will be available.


Please Respect Student Study Needs

It is important that the COM community remember that our medical students have been displaced from their quiet study rooms on the MSB E-level and the library because of the construction. This is why the MSB side of the cafeteria and the CVC atrium have been designated quiet study areas. Please respect our students' need to study, especially as exam time draws near. And remember that for the duration of the reconstruction, the CVC atrium and the MSB side of the cafeteria (except during lunchtime) are quiet study areas for students only.


Brockman Celebrates 30 Years

Diane Brockman, MSc, has just completed her 30th year of service at UC, having arrived in February 1975.  She has worked in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 22 years. Her colleagues say Diane brings to her job a rare joy and caring, and that it is only fitting that we congratulate this gem of a person on her achievement and salute her as one of UC's best.


Pirko Nominated for Dana Award

Istvan Pirko, MD, Department of Neurology, was selected as this year's UC nominee for the Dana Foundation's Clinical Hypotheses Program in Brain and Immuno-Imaging. The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation with principal interests in science, health and education.


Faculty and Students Team up for National ACP

Four medical students will present abstracts at the American College of Physicians (ACP) national meeting in San Francisco in April. The students and their presentations are Timothy Fernandes (UC III), Regulation of Visceral Afferent Nerves by Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 (GLP-1), mentored by David D'Allessio, MD; K. Derek Kreitel (UC IV), A Rare Case of Ciguatera Poisoning in the Midwest, mentors LeAnn Coberly, MD, and Marshall McHenry, MD; Michael Straiko (UC IV), Graves Disease Presenting with Chronic Urticaria, mentor Christine Burrows, MD; and Anish Wadhwa (UC IV), Epstein-Barr Virus-Associated Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis in a 21-Year-Old Male, mentors Stephen Zucker, MD, and Dr. Coberly.


Queen City 101

Newsweek magazine has called the Cincinnati Zoo the "sexiest zoo in the country" for its remarkable success in breeding white Bengal tigers and other rare and exotic wild animals.

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