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Date: Monday, October 18, 2004

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Nobel Laureate Carlsson to Speak at UC

The scientist whose research led to the discovery of the most common drug used to treat Parkinson's disease will speak at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the annual Louis Lurie Memorial Lecture in Kresge Auditorium. Arvid Carlsson, MD, PhD, received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2000 for his discovery of the role of dopamine, a naturally occurring chemical "messenger" in the brain, in controlling movement. Dr. Carlsson, emeritus professor of pharmacology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, will present "The Dopamine System: Still an Important Target for Drug Discovery." Dr. Lurie pioneered psychiatry in Cincinnati and in 1920 founded the Psychopathic Institute, which later became the Children's Psychiatric Center. He headed the institute until 1948.


Ceremony Honors Body Donors

More than 450 family members and friends attended the Oct. 2 service in Kresge Auditorium honoring those who donated their bodies to medical science. The donors' cremated remains from the years 2000 and 2001 were buried at Spring Grove Cemetery. COM speakers included Toni Robinson-Smith, MD, administration; Patricia Brown, PhD, and Bruce Giffin, PhD, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy; and second-year medical students Jason Barrera, Andrew Browne and Audrey Kesselring.


Bernstein Lands Training Grant

David Bernstein, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine, has received a five-year training grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The grant, for which Dr. Bernstein is the primary investigator, will be used to train physician/scientists who are committed to a career in academic medicine and research. The grant provides two years of research training and one year of clinical training in allergy-immunology.


Samaha Retires from Neurology

Frederick Samaha, MD, is retiring from UC after 27 years, 22 years of which he served as chair of the Department of Neurology. He will move to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center as director of regulatory affairs, where he will oversee research compliance. The Fred Samaha Education Fund has been established in his honor to encourage the adoption and maintenance of the highest standards of career development and education for neurology residents. The funds will be used to support resident research projects.


"Food 4 Thought"

Among many events slated for October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is "Food 4 Thought," sponsored by the Women of Color project at the UC Women’s Center. The Food 4 Thought lunch and lecture series began in an effort to address issues and empower women of color through presenters from different cultural backgrounds. The program will present a diverse panel of breast cancer survivors, who will discuss their personal experiences. Food 4 Thought will be held Wednesday, Oct. 20 at noon, in the African-American Cultural and Research Center (AACRC). Speakers from the Sisters Network will tell students and staff how people get breast cancer, how women and men can protect themselves, and how to spread information throughout the community. For directions and information, call 556-1177.


Ollendorff Presents at National Meeting

Arthur Ollendorff, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, presented "Implementing a Systems-Based Practice Curriculum into the Ambulatory Setting" at the American Board of Medical Specialties Systems-Based Practice Conference in Chicago last month.


OSHA Head to Speak

UC's fifth annual symposium featuring research trainees and young investigators in occupational safety and health will be held Oct. 21-22 in Kehoe Auditorium. The guest speaker will be John L. Henshaw, head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The symposium features grant recipients in the Occupational Health and Safety Pilot Research Project, established by UC to support research trainees and young investigators and to encourage those in related disciplines to pursue research in this field.


Searching for Musicians

If you are a musician, think about signing up to play at the IvaDean Benefit Concert, proceeds of which will aid the IvaDean Scholarship Fund for medical students. Concert organizers are searching for musical acts of all sizes and sounds. Selection will be decided by commitment, not audition. While the concert isn't until March 11, the first casting call is Nov. 16. To sign up, or for more information, please contact Jonathan Schilling at


Breast Cancer Registry Will Close Information Gap

The Breast Cancer Registry, a major survey led by the COM's Department of Environmental Health, is now under way in Greater Cincinnati. While other initiatives have focused on treatment, the registry will assemble much-needed information on causes of breast cancer in both women and men, a crucial first step in prevention. UC researchers, who will maintain the registry and analyze the data, will work closely with the Breast Cancer Alliance, the Pink Ribbon Girls, Patterns, Sisters Network Cincinnati and other advocacy and service groups. Stressing that the registry involves data collection only, and is not a clinical trial, project director Susan Pinney, PhD, says, "All we want is words. This is the first time information like this has been gathered in our community, and it's absolutely crucial to the ultimate prevention of breast cancer."


Queen City 101

The five most popular dog breeds in Greater Cincinnati, according to Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes, are: Labrador retriever, German shepherd, golden retriever, beagle and cocker spaniel.


Question of the Week

Q:  What is being done to monitor the air quality during the reconstruction?  I saw warning signs regarding lead. How is this being addressed?


A:   Air monitoring is being conducted as work occurs for lead or asbestos abatement. Monitoring within the construction containment zone is conducted by the contractor with the university providing the final air monitoring clearance for the removal of the containment barrier. In addition to the monitoring being performed by the contractor, the university is monitoring the air quality outside of the containment barrier on a routine basis.

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