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Date: Monday, January 3, 2005

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Program Spotlight: Dermatology Clinical Research Center

The Dermatology Clinical Research Center (DCRC) is a division of University Dermatology Consultants and is affiliated with both the College of Medicine and UC Physicians. Founded and headed by Debra L. Breneman, MD, the DCRC develops, implements and supervises the completion of clinical research trials. Dr. Breneman has served as principal investigator on more than 200 dermatologic clinical research trials. Pranav Sheth, MD, the DCRC's co-director, also serves as principal investigator or co-investigator on clinical trials. Drs. Breneman and Sheth are supported by highly skilled clinical research coordinators, office staff and Department of Dermatology clinical specialists and research scientists.


PM&R Prof Edits Special Issues of Leading Rehabilitation Journals

Stephen Page, PhD, director of research and assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, recently edited two special issues of leading rehabilitation journals. In October Dr. Page edited the annual supplement to The American Journal of Physical Medicineand Rehabilitation, which discussed "Spasticity Management: Concepts, Applications, and Prospects."  Material was culled from a spasticity management conference held at the College of Medicine in 2003, and authors included COM faculty members Thomas Watanabe, MD, and Douglas Kinnett, MD, both from the PM&R department.  Dr. Page also edited the upcoming winter 2005 issue of Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. Set for release in February, this issue will focus on applications of exercise in the stroke population. 


Students Visit from Oakwood College, One Wins Award

Three undergraduate students from Oakwood College, a historically black college in Huntsville, Alabama, were at the College of Medicine this summer to perform research. One of them, Jaysson Brooks, presented his work at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and won a first prize in neuroscience. "My experiences at UC have truly influenced my future plans," said Jaysson.  "Before I just wanted to go to medical school and become an emergency room physician. Now I want to do an MD/PhD, becoming a trauma surgeon once I get out. But I just want to thank everyone at the University of Cincinnati that made all this possible!" 


Get your Findings Fix

Changes are coming to Findings, the Academic Health Center's newsletter, in 2005, and the first is already in place. Findings is on a new production schedule and will be available the first Monday of each month. You can pick up your copy at various locations around the Academic Health Center. If you do not receive Findings by mail and would like a copy, please call 558-4553.  Don't forget, you can also get your "fix" of Findings online at


Queen City 101

In January in Cincinnati the average temperature is 28 degrees.  The area also sees an average of 3 inches of rain and 7 inches of snow this month.

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