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Date: Monday, July 19, 2004

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COM Welcomes New Faculty

Since the first of June, the COM has hired some 22 new faculty members.  Included are Benu Mikkad, MD, and Lindsey Nelson, MD, in anesthesia;  Joel Collier, PhD, in biomedical engineering; Brian Stettler, MD, and Arvind Venkat, MD, in emergency medicine; David Plas, PhD, in genome science;  Peter Embi, MD, Stephen Russell, MD, and Anu Swarup, MD, in internal medicine; Rhett Kovall, PhD, in molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology; Aaron Johnson, PhD, and Istvan Pirko, MD, in neurology; Michael Wolfe, MD, in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery; Kirk Foster, MD, in pathology and laboratory medicine; Jacob Blessing, PhD, in pediatrics; Rakesh Kaneria, MD, David Leonard, MD, and Robert McNamara, PhD, in psychiatry; Todd Abruzzo, MD, and David Grisell, MD, in radiology; and Richard Falcone, MD, and Calvin Selwyn, MD, in surgery.  Welcome one and all to the College of Medicine!


Zimpher Updates Progress on UC|21

UC President Nancy Zimpher, PhD, has released updated information relative to UC|21: Defining the New Urban Research University.  Next steps include the completion, codification and dissemination of the plan; finding the resources to implement the plan; looking carefully at the roles and responsibilities of key leaders in the UC administration; and implementation of the plan.  This update is available at  UC|21is a vitally important roadmap of the University's future and we all should be conversant in it.  Please take a moment to get updated.


Environmental Health Featured in UC Ads

The Department of Environmental Health's lead research and abatement efforts were chosen to be featured in the newest advertisements produced for the University of Cincinnati.  This is the second time in six ads that a COM department has been featured; the Stroke Team was featured as the very first installment.  UC is always looking for more such stories.  If you know of one, information on submissions is available here.


NetWellness News

NetWellness has calibrated its focus on summer safety, with June featuring how to be "safe in the sun" and July covering everything from "bug bites to protecting the potato salad."  Also in July, the COM's Division of Allergy and Immunology is featured.  Twelve members of the division will be providing information on a variety of topics, including allergies, arthritis and rheumatoid diseases, asthma and lupus.  Check it out for yourself here.


Kleindorfer Receives Stroke Grant

Dawn Kleindorfer, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Neurology, has received the Hazel K. Goddess Scholar grant for stroke research in women.  In a two-year study running concurrently in Atlanta and Cincinnati, Dr. Kleindorfer will be educating African American women in a creative way: through the beauty shop.  Beauticians will be taught about stroke, and will then educate their clientele during their appointments.  Knowledge gains will be tested with pre- and post-appointment surveys.


Book to Chronicle Rich Medical History of COM, Cincinnati

It is no stretch to say that both the COM and the city of Cincinnati have played a pivotal role in the development of the field of medicine in the United States.  This rich history will be the topic of a book funded by the Dean's office, slated for release in 2007 to coincide with the opening of the CARE building and completion of the first stage of MSB renovation.  And you have a part to play.  All COM departments are encouraged to review archives and reach out to faculty past and present to uncover information that may be pertinent to this undertaking.  "The medical history of Cincinnati in general and the UC College of Medicine in particular should be a source of immense pride and celebration for us all," said Henry Winkler, PhD, chairman of the Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center's advisory board and past University of Cincinnati president.  "This book is our chance to make that history widely available, and to help our COM assume its rightful place as a seminal institution to the evolution of medicine and medical training in this country." 


Last Call for Environmental Health Workshop
The deadline for Department of Environmental Health's Obesity Research Collaboration Workshop is July 23, this Friday.  Admission to this August 6 workshop is free and open to UC and Cincinnati Children's faculty, fellows, staff and students as well as government and industry representatives.  Registration is required, though; contact Jim Flessa ( or 513-558-0105) to do so.  This workshop is yet another example of a growing focus on obesity-related issues at the COM.  This Wednesday through Saturday, for example, the COM is hosting the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, an international gathering of 400 researchers.  "Hosting this meeting is a real coup for the COM," said Randy Seeley, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry and UC Obesity Research Center.  "These are some of the top researchers in the world, and understanding ingestive behavior is one of the keys to addressing obesity."  More information on this meeting is available at


Gerena-Lewis to Participate in NMA Conference

Margie Gerena-Lewis, MD, third year hematology/oncology fellow, is one of approximately 30 physicians selected nationwide to participate in the Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly of the National Medical Association in San Diego.  This National Institutes of Health/National Medical Association (NIH/NMA) travel award is given to clinical trainees and is designed to provide support to underrepresented residents and fellows, enhance potential research careers and encourage research in disease areas that disproportionately impact the health of underserved communities. 


Deepe, Newman Win Program Project Grant
George Deepe, MD, director of the Division of Infection Disease Division of the Department of Internal Medicine, and Division Professor Simon Newman, PhD, have received a multi-project, $3.8 million grant from the Mycology Research Unit of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  Their project, entitled "Defending Against Systemic Mycoses," seeks to understand the mechanisms of immunity to Histoplasma capsulatum and Blastomyces dermatitidis.  Dr. Deepe will serve as principal investigator and Dr. Newman as project leader; Francisco Gomez, MD, assistant professor, infectious disease, is also part of the team. The program project grant, which also includes investigators from the University of Wisconsin and Washington University in St. Louis, strengthens the already nationally recognized Mycology Group at UC.


COM Study to Test Efficacy of Prostate Cancer Vaccine

A new study headed by R. Bruce Bracken, MD, professor of surgery in the Division of Urology, is testing the effectiveness of a new, experimental vaccine called Provenge, designed to trigger a patient's own immune system to seek out and destroy cancer cells. The year-long trial will determine whether the vaccine slows the progression of prostate cancer and the development of disease-related pain.  More than 1 million Americans have prostate cancer, the leading non-skin cancer in men in the United States. Last year alone some 220,000 new prostate cancer cases were reported and 28,900 men died of it.


Queen City 101

The world's largest hand-blown stained-glass church window is housed in the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington.

COM Trivia

One of the most interesting teachings among Cincinnati's 23 medical colleges during the 19th century was called "vitapathy."  Championed by John Bunyan Campbell, the principal therapeutic agent was the "vita,"  the vital sprit which is everywhere. His students were empowered to heal the sick, give the idiopathic breathing prayer, administer the milk sacrament, and receive and give forth higher spiritualization.  Campbell made his students take an oath that they would not speak of their training nor share contents of his books.

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