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Date: Monday, August 16, 2004

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Thomas, Colleagues Find Diabetes-related Enzyme
George Thomas, PhD, who will begin as deputy director of UC's Genome Research Institute in September, is the lead author of an article in Nature that explores the link between obesity and type 2 diabetes.  Dr. Thomas and colleagues identified an enzyme (S6 Kinase 1) in mice that may explain why people often develop diabetes as adults.  Mice without this enzyme have recently been shown to be very sensitive to the presence of insulin and maintain normal fasting blood-glucose concentrations, despite being glucose-intolerant and showing other symptoms associated with diabetes.  Their research also suggests that the enzyme, if blocked, could help to prevent obesity.

UC Cancer Center Distinguished Seminar Series

The University of Cincinnati Cancer Center is launching a once-a-month distinguished seminar series to highlight critical areas of cancer research.  Selected speakers are recognized experts in their specific field of research and will discuss a diverse range of subjects, including hormone involvement in cancer, DNA damage and repair, environmental factors in cancer, signaling pathways involved in cancer and pediatric oncology.  The seminar series will be held at 11 a.m. the first Friday of each month in the Rieveschl Auditorium at the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.  The first seminar, "Cancer therapy based on the Ras pathway," is scheduled for September 3 and features Frank McCormick, PhD, FRS, of the University of California San Francisco.


Medical Center Announces New PR Director
A hearty welcome to Richard Puff, who will take over as director of public relations and communications for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center effective September 20.  Puff joins us from Duke University Medical Center & Health System.  "We're delighted to have a professional of Richard's talent and experience on our team," says Jane Henney, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs. "I'm confident that through his efforts, and with the help of our very able UC Medical Center PR staff,  our community will appreciate even more the value of the academic jewel that is in their midst, and our growing reputation will spread even faster throughout the scientific world."

Heintz Receives Schmidlapp Scholarship

Heather Anne Heintz, a member of the Class of 2005, is the recipient of the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Scholarship.  This scholarship is given to a female student in the senior class who has demonstrated leadership ability, with particular emphasis on women's issues, academic achievement, and community involvement; to date eight female COM students have received Schmidlapp scholarships.  Scholarship monies come from the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, created in 1908 by a gift from Jacob G. Schmidlapp in memory of his daughter Charlotte.  Mr. Schmidlapp directed that grants be restricted to helping women establish themselves in life.  Today the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund promotes the study of math and science for women in the Greater Cincinnati area. 


Clinical Trial Targets Investigational Patch for Women

A clinical trial at UC that is currently enrolling participants involves use of a transdermal patch designed to improve sexual desire in menopausal women. During this study, female participants at sites throughout North America and Australia wear a thin, nearly transparent, prescription patch discreetly on the abdomen.  Women often experience a decreased sexual desire after menopause; diminished sexual desire can lead to feelings of unhappiness, concern and frustration, and can impact a woman's relationship with her partner.


Children's Study in Pain

A new, NIH-funded study by a nurse researcher at CCHMC shows that imagery, a simple form of distraction, can be used with pain medications to significantly reduce post-op pain in children.  The study is published in the July issue of Pain magazine.


Gilinsky Elected Regional Governor of ACG

Norman Gilinsky, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, has been elected governor for the Southwest Ohio region of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). Election to this position demonstrates acknowledgement by his peers of his leadership in the field within our region, and is particularly relevant because the bulk of voting members come from community-based practices.  Under his guidance, this region and our medical center will become a leader in the COM's national activities.

Queen City 101

McDonald's franchisee Lou Groen is credited with creating the fast food chain's "Filet-O-Fish" sandwich at his Cincinnati restaurant (North Bend) in 1963.

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