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Date: Monday, August 9, 2004

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Official CME Accreditation Received

The College of Medicine has received official notice of its full accreditation for the next four years.  The notice from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education noted two "exemplary compliance" ratings for two critical areas, program evaluation and administration.  No deficiencies in the program were noted in the report.  Thank you to everyone who worked so hard on the compliance self-study report and the various other activities related to this process.  And thank you to everyone at the COM for making this the great institution it is.  We should all be proud.


Research Team Finds Gout Susceptibility Gene

A research team led by Ranajit Chakraborty, PhD, Robert A. Kehoe Professor and director of the Center for Genome Information in the Department of Environmental Health, has determined a susceptibility gene region for gout, a disease that leads to inflammation, swelling and pain in the joints.  Gout, which is caused by a buildup of uric acid, is common among men over the age of 55.  Although gout is not considered a number one killer, it contributes to considerable medical care costs and significant hours away from work.  The findings will appear in the September 2004 issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics (AJHG) and is available online at


White Coat Ceremony Slated for Friday

This Friday, August 13, the College of Medicine will be feting the 159 new COM entrants who will participate in the white coat ceremony.  The ceremony, our 9th annual, will take place at Music Hall and feature Barbara Tobias, MD, Department of Family Medicine, as keynote speaker.  Seventy-one percent of the Class of 2008 are residents of the State of Ohio, 54% are men, 46% are women and 9% are minorities. 


Two Patents Awarded to Department of Surgery Faculty Members

Ambikaipakan Balasubramaniam, PhD, and William Chance, PhD were issued US Patent Number 6,737,408 titled "Compounds for Control of Appetite, Blood Pressure, Cardiovascular Response, Libido, and Circadian Rhythm." This patent joins a family of other issued patents related to NPY receptor technology. UC's Intellectual Property Office is in active license negotiations with a few companies concerning aspects of this invention.  In addition, David Melvin, MD, PhD was issued US Patent 6,733,510 titled "Article and Method for Coupling Muscle to a Prosthetic Device."  This patent relates to a medical device for treating congestive heart failure and is the latest in a series of patents to be licensed to Dr. Melvin's start-up company, CardioEnergetics.  Drs. Balasubramaniam, Chance and Melvin are all Department of Surgery faculty members.


Licensing Agreement Revenue Rises 97% at Cincinnati Children's

As reported in the Cincinnati Business Courier, revenue from licensing agreements at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center reached $2.6 million in fiscal year 2004, a 97% increase over last fiscal year.  Cincinnati Children's also had 31 invention disclosures filed, a 16% increase, and formed four startup companies (two in Greater Cincinnati, one each in Boston and California).


Student Organization Spotlight: American Medical Women's Association

The COM sports an official chapter of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA), an organization that addresses issues unique to the female patient, student and physician.  Lecture topics include gender bias in medicine, balancing a practice and a family, and contrasting the different fields of medicine from a woman's perspective. AMWA also provides opportunities to acquire female physician contacts and role models, as well as avenues to meet other AMWA members via the national and regional conferences.  The organization's welcome dinner is slated for Wednesday, August 18.


Faculty Rides for MS...

On July 10-11, 57 cyclists representing the new Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis participated in the Kroger Brand MS 150 and raised well over $20,000 for local and national programs overseen by the National MS Society. COM faculty riders included John Tew, MD, medical director, the Neuroscience Institute; Raj Narayan, MD, chair, Department of Neurosurgery; Andrew Ringer, MD, and Lori Shutter, MD, of the Department of Neurosurgery; Jay Johannigman, MD, Division of Trauma; and Michael Privitera, MD, vice chair, Department of Neurology.


...and Parkinson's

Then, on July 30-31, the Davis Phinney Foundation staged its first annual Sunflower Revolution, a gala and bike ride benefiting Parkinson's disease research at the Neuroscience Institute. The gala, held July 30, featured country music star Jo Dee Messina. Bike rides of 25 and 62 miles followed the next day. Joining Drs. Tew, Narayan and Shutter for the Sunflower rides were George Mandybur, MD, Department of Neurosurgery and Fredy Revilla, MD, Department of Neurology.  The Foundation was launched earlier this year by two-time Tour de France stage winner Davis Phinney and his wife, Olympic gold medalist Connie Carpenter Phinney, along with Kathleen Krumme and David Ariosa, managers of Oakley Cycles.  Final fund-raising totals are not yet available, but the auctions alone raised more than $50,000.


Department of Surgery Part of Workshop, Too

Last week, we reported on the multi-disciplinary Emergency Airway Workshop held last month.  In addition to The University Hospital CPR Committee and the Department of Anesthesia, the COM's Department of Surgery was a participant as well.  The department was inadvertently left out of the article, and their involvement in this collaborative effort should be celebrated, too.


COM Trivia

And more Daniel Drake. In 1810, the good doctor published a booklet called "Notices of Cincinnati, its Topography, Climate and Diseases" that is acclaimed as the first book written by a Cincinnatian. His 1815 "Pictures of Cincinnati" was of great interest in the East and even more in Europe as people contemplated immigration to America; locally it is viewed as the first public relations book of Cincinnati.

Queen City 101

The Taft Museum on Fourth Street, re-opened this year after a massive renovation, was originally the home of Cincinnati's first millionaire, Nicholas Longworth.

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