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Date: Monday, December 27, 2004

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Henney Joins Omeris Board of Trustees

Jane E. Henney, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs at UC, has joined the Board of Trustees of Omeris, a nonprofit bioscience membership and development organization supported by the Thomas Edison Program of the Ohio Department of Development. Its mission is to accelerate bioscience discovery, innovation and commercialization that will drive economic growth and improve the quality of life in Ohio. Omeris is headquartered in Columbus, with regional business development affiliates in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Athens. For more information about Omeris, visit


Sleep Medicine Center Now Open

The UC Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Center is now open at University Pointe and the Drake Center. Patients and physicians seeking care for insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, snoring, weight gain, daytime fatigue, restless-leg syndrome, narcolepsy or any other sleep-related complaints should call 513-475-7500 to schedule an appointment with our sleep specialists, Victoria Surdulescu, MD, and James Knepler, MD. 


Sibai Part of National Study

Baha Sibai, MD, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, participated in a nationwide study that confirmed the often-debated complications in women who choose vaginal delivery after previously undergoing a cesarean section. The absolute risk, however, is small. A report of the study, performed at 19 academic medical centers, including UC, appeared in the Dec. 16 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. One of the major risks in vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC) is symptomatic uterine rupture. Although uterine rupture occurred in less than 1 percent of VBAC cases, the study confirmed that labor induction increased the risk for it and consequent potential for brain damage in the baby. 


Elwood Jensen Honored

The Ohio House of Representatives honored Elwood V. Jensen, PhD, of UC's Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, in December for his research and discoveries in the treatment of breast cancer. State Representative Patty Clancy, who sponsored Dr. Jensen's award, said in a resolution in his honor that "Elwood Jensen's noteworthy record of personal and professional achievement is worthy of emulation, and he has inspired countless individuals to excel in various areas of endeavor. The appreciation and esteem he has gained throughout his life are clearly evident, and his accomplishments are a justifiable source of pride and excellent reflection not only on him, but also on his family and his community." In September, Dr. Jensen received the Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research for his discovery that one third of all breast cancer tumors contain estrogen receptors, a discovery that later led to the development of hormone therapies for breast cancer treatment.


Vilter Named "Great Living Cincinnatian"

Dr. Richard Vilter, 93, professor emeritus and founder of the College of Medicine's Division of Hematology-Oncology, has been named a "Great Living Cincinnatian." The award is considered by many to be the highest honor Cincinnati can bestow. The award is based on factors including community service, business or civic achievements on a local, national or international level, and leadership. Past winners include real estate executive West Shell Jr., arts patron Patricia Corbett, astronaut Neil Armstrong and former Cincinnati Mayor Eugene Ruehlmann.


Honor Excellence in Nursing

If a nurse has made a difference in your life, prepare to honor that caregiver at one of the biggest events of its kind in the country. Nominate the registered nurse you believe deserves recognition at the 13th Annual Florence Nightingale Awards for Nursing, April 20 at the Hyatt Regency, Cincinnati. Six winners will receive $1,000 awards and 10 finalists, $400 awards. For more details and a nomination form check the College of Nursing Web site,, or call the Florence Nightingale Awards hot line at (513) 558-3329. The deadline for nominations is March 7. The gala awards dinner, which last year drew over 1,000 attendees, is sponsored by Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc.


Cincinnati Children's Lands Third Frontier Grant

Cincinnati Children's recently received a $500,000 grant for its TOMORROW Fund from Ohio's Third Frontier Validation Fund and Seed Fund Initiative, which gives capital to accelerate the growth of early-stage Ohio technology companies. The TOMORROW Fund provides startup money to new Cincinnati Children's technologies that have the best potential to spin off into new companies.


Queen City 101

Captain Anthony Mehldahl Locks and Dam in Felicity is a massive structure spanning the Ohio River. It features an observation deck that is open during daylight hours, allowing visitors to watch the barges make their way through the locks. The dam is named after the captain who once owned Maple Lane Farm just across the road. He took members of a congressional

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