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Date: Monday, December 13, 2004

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Cincinnati Children's Issues "Report to the Community"

The transformation of health care by cutting-edge research was the focus of CCHMC's  2004 report to the community. The Genetic Pharmacology Service was given as an example of how CCHMC is accelerating the transfer of scientific knowledge to clinical practice. The service, launched in August, helps clinicians determine how patients will respond to certain prescribed medications. Another 2004 highlight was CCHMC's groundbreaking for a 12-story, $125 million, 415,000-square-foot building for research and physician offices. Scheduled to open in 2007, this facility will also house the Computational Medicine Center, a research collaborative with UC Medical Center. More information on the report is available here.


UC Seeking Area Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about Cincinnati Creates Companies. This UC course is designed to offer tips for turning technology-based ideas into successful business endeavors and reward those showing the most promise. Cincinnati Creates Companies, funded in part by the National Science Foundation's Partnerships for Innovation Program, awarded five $40,000 grants to program participants in 2004. The next information session will be Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hamilton County Business Center. Contact Dorothy Air, PhD, at 513-558-6054 or Check out the Cincinnati Enquirer's highlight of Cincinnati Creates Companies.


Checking Back: COM Grad Launches Web Site

COM graduate, Andrew Saal, MD, has created a Web site as an outlet for his interest in photography and short-story writing. The site contains his photos "from the Four Corners and the Americas" and "a collection of tales, some true and some not so true." You can access the site here. Dr. Saal lives in Arizona with his wife and daughter.


Wolf to Perform Surgery for STS

The surgery department's Randall Wolf, MD, will perform a minimally invasive atrial fibrillation ablation for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons' (STS) annual meeting in January, one of four procedures being presented live at the meeting. This is the first time in the society's 41-year history that live cardiothoracic surgical procedures are being presented. They will be conducted from 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday, Jan. 26, as part of a new educational program called STS University. In addition to Dr. Wolf's procedure, conference attendees will also see a mitral valve repair, a thoracoscopic sympathectomy and an endoscopic conduit harvest.


Don't be late, get lost, or fall down a hole!

Look for the latest construction news in your e-mail inbox and avoid obstacles, sealed-off doors or other inconveniences due to our ongoing MSB/CARE construction project. The Medical Center Public Relations Department has begun e-mailing a monthly construction progress report that will tell you about interesting developments on the project, and provide all the news you need to carry on business as usual. You can also find this information on the project Web site at, including interactive maps, frequently asked questions, photographs and a project overview. Additional project information can be found at the computer kiosks in the Kresge lobby and near the G-level elevators. Please send your construction questions and comments to


Queen City 101

Think we don't have a national park in Cincinnati? Think again. The oft-overlooked (and free) William Howard Taft National Historic Site is run by the National Park Service. The Mt. Auburn museum and park preserves President William Howard Taft's birthplace and catalogs six generations of the Taft powerhouse political dynasty (which include Ohio's current governor).

Question of the Week

Q: Current construction projects at both UC and Cincinnati Children's offer an opportunity to construct a physical connection between the two. A bridge, tunnel or some other safe, weather-shielded, convenient way to get between the two facilities would be enthusiastically supported and welcomed by those of us (and in particular students and residents) who must work and travel between the two institutions. The costs of creating such a structure now would certainly be much less than if it were to be retrofitted in the future. What are the roadblocks preventing this type of construction?


A: A connector between UC and Cincinnati Children's has been evaluated several times and discussed as part of the two current projects. At this time, however, funding cannot be found.

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