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Date: Monday, February 7, 2005

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Pensak to Head Otolaryngology

Myles Pensak, MD, has been named chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the College of Medicine. A professor in both the otolaryngology and neurosurgery departments at UC, Dr. Pensak has been on the COM faculty since 1984. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and was recently honored with the Distinguished Service Award of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, one of the oldest medical associations in the nation. A member of the UC College of Medicine faculty since 1977, Dr. Pensak succeeds Jack Gluckman, MD, who has headed the department since 1991.


NetWellness Answers 25,000th Question

UC diabetes expert and educator Robert M. Cohen, MD, has answered the 25,000th question on NetWellness (, which was one of the first consumer health information sites on the Internet when it was established nearly 10 years ago. Dr. Cohen, an associate professor in the endocrinology and metabolism division at UC's Academic Health Center, provided a 500-word answer to a question about the progress of diabetic retinopathy, a condition that affects the vision of some diabetes sufferers. Started by UC in 1995 with a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the nonprofit NetWellness site is now run jointly by UC, Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University.


Program Spotlight: Tri-TARC

The Tri-State Tobacco and Alcohol Research Center (Tri-TARC), originally housed at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center, is expanding to its second location at the Genome Research Institute. As its name implies, Tri-TARC's program of research focuses on developing new treatments for alcohol and tobacco dependence, both singly and in combination. Tobacco and alcohol use is related to over a half-million deaths in the United States each year; and the cost of the abuse is estimated at about $300 billion annually. For more information about studies being conducted by Tri-TARC investigators, call 1-877-TRI-TARC (874-8272).


Henney Named to China Medical Board of New York   

Jane E. Henney, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs, was recently named to the China Medical Board (CMB) of New York. The CMB is a private grant making foundation that provides assistance to established medical, nursing and public health schools in China and other East and Southeast Asian countries, and to a lesser degree, similar institutions in the U.S. Dr. Henney will also serve on the CMB's nominating committee.


More from Otolaryngology

A text coauthored by COM faculty has received international acclaim and been translated into Arabic and Portuguese. Collaborators on the book, Otolaryngology: The Essentials, from Thieme Publications, were Tom Tami, MD, Allen Seiden, MD, Myles Pensak, MD, Robin Cotton, MD, and Jack Gluckman, MD, of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.


UC, UH Part of Blood Substitute Study

The College of Medicine and University Hospital will join 25 medical centers nationwide to study the effectiveness of an oxygen-carrying blood substitute. The 720-patient clinical trial will determine whether the blood substitute, PolyHeme, will increase the survival of bleeding trauma patients at accident scenes. Paramedic units in the Cincinnati-area communities of Colerain Township, Harrison, Harrison Township, Crosby Township, Whitewater Township and Cleves will begin carrying PolyHeme this month. Plans are also under way to introduce the study following community meetings in Covington, Ky.


Queen City 101

On Oct. 27, 1811, the very first steamboat to travel the Mississippi, New Orleans, arrived in town, an event that transformed Cincinnati from a settlement to a city in short order.

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