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Date: Monday, July 26, 2004

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Support a Tournament that Supports Us

As TDL readers know, the Barrett Center and UC Cancer Center will be the beneficiaries of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open August 14-22.  Half the proceeds will go to patient-care initiatives (Barrett Center), and half to research (UC Cancer Center).  This support is, well, worthy of support.  Single-session tickets are on sale through TicketMaster from $10 to $40, or order online at; more information is available at 513-651-0303.  "The work being done at the Barrett Center and UC Cancer Center is vitally important, and this tournament is proud of its association with it," said John Barrett of Western & Southern Financial Group.  "We will be serving up great tennis for a great cause."


Warm Named ACP Fellow

Eric Warm, MD, FACP, Department of Internal Medicine, has been elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP).  The ACP is the nation's largest medical specialty society. Its mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.


Hurford Presenter for New England Journal of Medicine Series

William E. Hurford MD, FCCM, chair of the Department of Anesthesia, has been tapped to be the presenter for "Case Records of the Massachusetts General Hospital," which is published in the July 22 issue of New England Journal of Medicine.  The case describes the diagnosis of a woman with a low oxygen saturation who had congenital methemoglobinemia.  This is the first time in more than 20 years that an anesthesiologist has been selected as a discussant for this series, and focuses attention on the anesthesiologist's increasing role in the perioperative care of surgical patients.


Uptown Consortium Update

Last week, the Uptown Consortium held its second community discussion, "Uptown Summit Two," to get input from area leaders on its ideas for building a better Uptown (loosely defined as including the neighborhoods of Avondale, Clifton, Clifton Heights, Corryville, Mt. Auburn and University Heights).  Community feedback from an earlier summit has significantly influenced the Consortium's emerging strategic plan. Progress has been made on all the plan focus areas, including transportation, housing, public safety, retail, and neighborhood services. Future work will include discussion of a life sciences/technology corridor. UC is a founder of the Consortium, which also includes as members Cincinnati Children's, The Health Alliance, TriHealth, and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.


Symposium Dedicated to Nebert

The 15th International Symposium on Microsomes and Drug Oxidations: Chemical Biology in the Postgenomic Era New Approaches and Applications was dedicated to Daniel Nebert, MD, of the Department of Environmental Health, for his outstanding contribution to drug metabolism research.  The Symposium was held in Mainz, Germany in early July.  Dr. Nebert,  who shared the honor with Professor Sten Orrenius of Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, is a member of the International Advisory Board as well.


Nahleh Receives National Honor

Zeina Nahleh, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, was chosen by the Southwest Oncology Group as one of four applicants nationally to participate in a two-week Young Investigators Training Course this fall.  This highly influential program continues to generate cancer research protocols and study concepts from some of the brightest minds in oncology.


Changes at the VA/UC General Clinical Research Center

Stephen Strakowski, MD, of the Department of Psychiatry, has resigned as director of the Cincinnati Veteran's Affairs Medical Center/University of Cincinnati General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) to devote his energies to directing the UC Center for Imaging Research.  As the first director of the GCRC, Dr. Strakowski did an outstanding job of recruiting high quality personnel, developing a sound business plan and attracting both federal- and pharmaceutical- funded studies.  Dr. Strakowski will be succeeded by the current co-directors, Paul Keck, MD, Department of Psychiatry, and David D'Alessio, MD, Department of Internal Medicine.  The GCRC was established in 2002 to promote clinical research involving veterans and other adults with complex medical and psychiatric problems. 


COM Trivia

In January 1820, the first public hospital in Cincinnati was created through the efforts of Daniel Drake.  At its inception it was a hospital, lunatic asylum, orphanage, infirmary and indigent home. The original name was the "Commercial Hospital and Lunatic Asylum."  A series of name changes included the Cincinnati Hospital and Cincinnati General Hospital.  Today it is known as The University Hospital.


Queen City 101

The Beast roller coaster at Paramount's Kings Island is the world's largest wooden roller coaster and, at a peak speed of 64.77 mph, is also among the fastest.

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