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Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2005

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UC Forms Tsunami Relief Campaign

UC's Tsunami Relief Campaign runs through Feb. 9 and is part of a coordinated effort across all UC campuses, with similar efforts at Xavier University and Northern Kentucky University. Ninety percent of funds raised through the campaign will go to relief agencies approved by the U.S. government and 10 percent will go to relief-related charities designated by the UC Student Government. Nearly a thousand current UC students, faculty, and staff come from countries impacted by this disaster. Additional information, including how to donate, is available here.


COM Researchers Publish in Cancer Research

Karen Knudsen, PhD, of the Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, is the lead author of a study appearing in the Jan. 1 edition of Cancer Research. Dr. Knudsen and her team found that an estrogen-like chemical commonly used to synthesize plastic food containers has been shown to encourage the growth of a specific category of prostate cancer cell, potentially affecting the treatment efficacy for a subset of prostate cancers. Researchers found that such prostate cancer cells proved to be vulnerable to exposure to the chemical BPA (bisophenol A), an industrial chemical and nonsteroidal environmental estrogen used in the manufacturing of food cans, milk container linings, food storage containers and water supply pipes. About 2.5 billion pounds of the chemical are produced each year. Also participating in the study from UC were Yelena Wetherill, PhD, Nicola Fisher and Ann Staubach. They were joined by researchers from Georgetown University and the University of California, Davis.


Program Spotlight: Center for Environmental Genetics

The Center for Environmental Genetics (CEG) is a COM research core whose goal is to improve human health through the translation of basic and applied research into clinical practice, and to provide the community with the necessary information to make informed decisions for promoting a healthier environment and lifestyle. The CEG investigates in various species, but ultimately in the human population, the impact of genetic diversity on the response of the individual to toxic environmental agents. Led by Marshall Anderson, PhD, CEG's more than 50 core investigators hold appointments in departments within the COM and Cincinnati Children's, and its organizational structure encourages collaboration among scientists of different disciplines. Interaction between the CEG and the surrounding community is enhanced by the Community Outreach and Education Program (COEP), a program that focuses on dissemination of information about gene/environmental interactions in human health through a partnership with local community organizations.


Thomas Appointed to Board

Michael Thomas, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) for a two-year term. Formed in 1963, the ARHP is composed of leading reproductive health professionals ranging from physicians and advanced practice clinicians to researchers, educators and pharmacists. The organization reaches a broad range of healthcare professionals in the U.S. and abroad with education and information about reproductive health science and practice.


Cincinnati Children's Opens Neuromuscular Center

Doctors at Cincinnati Children's have opened the Neuromuscular Comprehensive Care Center to meet the needs of improving the care, outcome and quality of life for patients with pediatric neuromuscular disorders. Associated with the Division of Neurology at Cincinnati Children's, the Center features an interdisciplinary approach that includes professionals from more than 15 specialties, ranging from anesthesia and cardiology to genetic counseling and nutrition therapy, to provide holistic, integrated care of the various medical, social and emotional issues associated with neuromuscular patients. The Center is also affiliated with the Pediatric Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic of Cincinnati.


Collins Earns MBA While Juggling Busy Schedule 

Charles Collins, MD, has completed his MBA through UC,s College of Business while maintaining his duties as associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, director of the child psychiatry division of the Central Clinic and associate dean of Minority Student Affairs, a feat that deserves a hearty congratulations. An increasing number of physicians like Dr. Collins are attaining multiple degrees in order to become more effective practitioners and managers, a trend that will be highlighted in an upcoming edition of Findings, the Academic Health Center's monthly newsletter.


Queen City 101

When Union Terminal opened just outside downtown Cincinnati in 1933, it was the world's largest train terminal.

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