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Date: Monday, September 27, 2004

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UC Scientist Wins "American Nobel" Research Award

UC faculty member Elwood V. Jensen, PhD, a pioneer in the field of endocrinology and breast cancer, has received the prestigious Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research. The Lasker Awards are known as "America's Nobels," largely because of the extremely rigorous nomination and selection process conducted by a jury of the world's top scientists. After winning this most coveted prize in biomedical research, in fact, many recipients have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Jensen, of the Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, is revered worldwide for his discovery of hormone receptors, which brought about a revolution in molecular science and transformed the treatment of breast cancer patients. He will accept the award Friday, Oct. 1, at the Pierre Hotel, New York. Read more about Dr. Jensen, his research and the Lasker Awards.


Senator Voinovich, Wife Visit UC Cancer Center

U.S. Sen. George Voinovich visited UC Sept. 18 and pronounced himself impressed with the progress made in less than a year since he helped secure a $9.6 million grant for the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center, a collaboration between UC and Cincinnati Children's. Voinovich was joined by his wife, Janet. The two have made breast cancer a top focus for years since losing two close friends to the disease. Janet Voinovich, who was instrumental in getting the third Thursday in October recognized as Ohio Mammography Day, called the UC researchers unsung heroes in their efforts to find effective treatments and a cure for the disease.


Sacher Receives $1.89 Million Grant
Hoxworth Blood Center was recently awarded a $1.89 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to participate in a multi-center study titled, "Retrovirus Epidemiology Donor Study-II." Ronald A. Sacher, MD, director of Hoxworth and interim dean of the College of Medicine is the principal investigator. Co-principal Investigators are Susan L. Wilkinson, EdD, and Patricia M. Carey, MD. Hoxworth is one of six blood centers participating in the study. The award is for five years and focuses on monitoring known blood-borne infectious agents, rapidly evaluating the impact of emerging pathogens, assessing the safety implications of changes in laboratory and/or blood donor screening protocols, and examining blood supply and availability issues.

Decade-long Study Findings Reported at Luncheon
The findings from the Women's Health Initiative, a decade-long study of women in which the College of Medicine participated, were reported to more than 800 participants at an event held Sept. 18. UC President Nancy Zimpher, PhD, Jane E. Henney, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs at UC, and Laura Pulfer, former Enquirer columnist, were guest speakers at the event. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and administered by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). UC was one of 40 Women's Health Initiative sites and had 3,500 participants who are now between the ages of 57 and 87.  Margery Gass, MD, professor of OB/GYN at the COM and principal investigator of the Women's Health Initiative at UC, called the study "the largest and longest health study of women ever." Researchers have been studying the effects of hormone therapy, diet modification and calcium/vitamin supplements on heart disease, cancers, and bone fractures in postmenopausal women. For more information visit or call 513-584-6064.

Crawford Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Historic Graduation
Forty years ago (on June 15, 1964), Alvin Crawford, MD, FACS, professor of orthopaedics and pediatrics, became the first American of African descent to graduate from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, finishing in the upper third of his class. The University of Tennessee has since honored him as an outstanding alumnus and commencement speaker.

Mini Medical College Returns

The COM’s wildly successful Mini Medical College returns for its sixth installment in October. Beginning Oct. 5, and held every Tuesday for four weeks, Mini Medical College gives lay people throughout the community a sample of what medical school is like, but in an entertaining and educational fashion. Mini Medical College cannot accommodate all the people who want to sign up, which shows how interested people are in the COM and what we do here. This program is cosponsored by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs and Communiversity, and is a great example of COM community outreach at work.


Willman to Speak Here

Cheryl Willman, MD, director of the New Mexico Cancer Center, will give the second UC Cancer Center-sponsored Distinguished Scientist Lecture Friday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. in the Vontz Center. Dr. Willman will present, "Gene Expression Profiling for Outcome Prediction, Risk Classification, and Therapeutic Targeting in the Acute Leukemias." Dr. Willman is a guest of the Pediatric Oncology Program. A reception will follow the talk.


Think Pink Luncheon a Huge Success
The UC Cancer Center's annual Think Pink luncheon, held Sept. 9, was a huge success. With 720 people in attendance, the event was a sellout and raised more than $140,000 for breast cancer research, and this figure does not include the upcoming donation from Saks of two percent of its sales October 14-17 as part of its national "Key to the Cure" campaign. The Think Pink event, sponsored by Western & Southern Financial Group and American Financial group, featured New York Times health columnist, best selling author and breast cancer survivor Jane Brody.  "We've made progress," said Brody. "There are millions of Americans alive today who would not have survived their cancer had their disease occurred in the 1950s or 60s."


Queen City 101

Sir Harry Andrews began building his Medieval-style castle on his heavily wooded Loveland estate in 1929, and worked 51 years to complete it. Today, the one-fifth scale replica of a 10th-century Norman castle is open to the public through the volunteer work of the Knights of the Golden Trail. 

Question of the Week

Q: I wanted one of the PDA pocket directories that was advertised in an old Dean's List issue.  Unfortunately, the link does not work. Is that site gone?  The site was


A: That particular URL is only available from a PDA that has access to our Advantgo server.  AIT&L can provide access to the user if they do not have an existing account.  If you want to access it without the PDA (i.e., standard web), then the URL is


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