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Date: Monday, June 28, 2004

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Tennis Tournament Supports Cancer Research

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). 


COM Researchers Land NARSAD Awards

The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) has given three two-year Young Investigator Awards to COM researchers.  The recipients, identified by NARSAD as being among the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research, are Caleb Adler, MD, Melissa DelBello, MD and Zhewu Wang, MD, all from the Department of Psychiatry.  Among the research topics the four will be covering are brain imaging in people with bipolar disease and the genetics of post-traumatic stress disorder. 


Students Chosen for AMSA Program

Two first year students, Mary Carol Burkhardt and Anh Thu Le, have been chosen to represent the COM at the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Foundation's 2004 Primary Care Leadership Training Program in Seattle in August.  The program is sponsored by the School of Dentistry and School of Medicine at the University of Washington.  The theme of this year's program is "Health Disparities and the Health Workforce."


Cincinnati Children's Finds Alzheimer's, Heart Disease Link

Scientists at Cincinnati Children's have found a link between certain toxic protein clusters known to be associated with Alzheimer's disease and heart disease. The protein clusters, known as beta-amyloids, occur in Alzheimer's patients when proteins don't fold correctly and form clusters of degenerative nerve endings and dendrites, which kill brain cells.  In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association, Cincinnati Children's researchers have found that beta-amyloids also were present in heart cells of patients with heart failure.  "When the heart of a patient with Alzheimer's starts failing, most people assume that is the normal course of the disease," said Jeffrey Robbins, director of the Division of Molecular Cardiovascular Biology at Children's. "Now we know that the general pathological processes that can occur during Alzheimer's disease may also occur in the heart and may be directly linked to heart disease, specifically, cardiomyopathy."


UC Heart & Vascular Center Expanding Facility at University Pointe

Construction is slated to start today on a state-of-the-art Vascular Surgery Lab expansion at University Pointe. The expansion will enable UC Heart & Vascular Center to bring its nationally renowned cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and vascular surgeons together in one centralized area to better diagnose, treat and co-manage patients.  Along with a new state-of-the-art vascular lab, the expansion also includes a procedure room and 5 new patient exam rooms. Total cost of the project is estimated at nearly $200,000. The expansion is scheduled to be complete in late August.


Brubaker Chosen as IPPNW Delegate
COM graduate assistant Chris Brubaker was chosen to be part of the United States student delegation to the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War conference in September in Beijing. 


Cancer Center Leaders Named to Editorial Posts
Two of the Cancer Center's program leaders were named to key editorial posts at cancer-related journals.  David Williams, MD, will serve as editor-in-chief of Molecular Therapy, and James Fagin, MD, will serve as editor-in-chief of Endocrine-Related Cancer.


Did you know...

UC's College of Nursing, established in 1889, is the oldest baccalaureate program in the U.S. and the first nursing program in the country to receive an endowed chair.  It is a charter member of the first accrediting organization, and has been accredited without interruption since its founding.  The college is ranked in the top six percent of nursing schools in the nation.


College of Medicine History

The 25th General Hospital unit in World War II was made up of doctors, nurses and other personnel from the Cincinnati General Hospital. Trained in England on how to setup and provide medical care in a field hospital, they were part of the D-Day invasion.


Queen City 101

Cincinnati is the site of the country's largest abandoned subway tunnel, which runs under Central Parkway for two miles, between Walnut St. and an anonymous spot north of the Western Hills Viaduct.  The City abandoned its subway project in 1925 before even half of the 16 mile line was completed.

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