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Date: Monday, January 31, 2005

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Great Example of Cooperation, Generosity

Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) microscopy has become an indispensable tool for studying protein-protein interaction in live cells. Although they have the capability of doing FRET, faculty at the Center for Biological Microscopy (CBM) recognized that they needed to be better trained in the procedure. Unfortunately, they didn't have discretionary funds for the training and decided to turn to CBM users for help. Joseph Solomkin, MD, Department of Surgery, Yolanda Sanchez, PhD, Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology, and Erik Knudsen, PhD, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, all made commitments, and the FRET course is now a reality.


COM Well Represented Among "Health Care Heroes"

The COM was well represented at the Cincinnati Business Courier's eighth annual "Health Care Heroes" awards. Jack Gluckman, MD, professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, won in the "Provider" category. Sheryl Allen-Bracey, MD, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics and physician in the Division of Emergency Services at Cincinnati Children's, was a finalist in this category. Robin Cotton, MD, director of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children's and professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, was the winner in the "Innovator" category, in which Jeffrey Matthews, MD, chairman of the Department of Surgery, was a finalist. More than 15 COM faculty and many from COM affiliates were nominated for the Health Care Heroes awards this year.


COM Researchers Publish in Science

A study co-authored by Yiling Hong, PhD, and Chris Mayhew, PhD, both of the Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, appeared in the Jan. 21 edition of Science. The study looked at the stress-response gene hsp70i, one of a class of genes known to help a cell survive a stressing event. The researchers verified the importance of a "bookmarking" phenomenon that might explain how cells are able to respond quickly to stress following cell division, an important protective mechanism against cell death. The NIH-funded study was led by Kevin Sarge, PhD, of the University of Kentucky. Drs. Mayhew and Hong were at the University of Kentucky for most of the project. Read more about their research.


Entertainment for IvaDean Scholarship Benefit Concert Taking Shape

Mixed vocal group The Muscle Tones, classical woodwind ensemble The Doctet, and student/faculty rock band The Kocher Maneuver are but a few of the acts on tap for the IvaDean Scholarship Benefit Concert on March 11. The concert will raise money for the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund. Founded by the COM Class of 2003, the scholarship fund provides financial support to medical students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Tickets are $5 for students and general admission is $20. Contact with questions.


Student Organization Spotlight: OSR

The Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) is the student branch of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and represents the undergraduate medical student body of the United States. Each of the 125 allopathic medical schools in the U.S. is allotted two representatives. The COM representatives are UC IVs Keith R. Ridel and Heather Heintz, who communicate the opinions of COM students and implement the priorities and objectives from their colleagues at the national level (minority and majority student relations, curriculum reform, community service, NBME updates, the NRMP algorithm). In addition, Heintz was regional diversity chair and worked toward bettering English as a second language communication within hospitals, and Ridel worked as regional legislative chair and currently sits on the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) national committee. He also headed the Iraqi Book Project here at UC, which collected more than 1,000 books for medical students in Iraq.


Stephens Re-Elected President of NOCSAE

W. Kenneth Stephens, MD, assistant medical director of University Health Services and coordinator of athletic medicine, has been re-elected president of the board of directors of the National Operating Committee for Standards in Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). This is the nonprofit organization responsible for setting standards for helmets and other athletic equipment and for funding research in this area.


Privitera Named Mardi Gras King

Michael Privitera, MD, will be crowned King of the Mardi Gras for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati's first annual black-tie fundraiser on Fat Tuesday (Feb. 8). In addition to being vice chair of the COM's Department of Neurology, Dr. Privitera is an internationally renowned physician and researcher in the field of epilepsy, director of the Cincinnati Epilepsy Center and medical director of UC Physicians.


Queen City 101

In February, Greater Cincinnati has an average temperature of 32 degrees, and sees an average of three inches of rainfall and five inches of snow.

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