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Date: Monday, June 14, 2004

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Dean's Discovery Fund Recipients Named
Last week in TDL, we announced that the recipients of the second round of research support from the Dean's Discovery Fund (DDF), representing an investment of more than $400,000, had been chosen.  Here are the individual recipients: Zalpha Abdel-Malek, PhD, dermatology;  Andrew Bazemore, MD, family medicine; Robert Bornschein, PhD, environmental health; Guoxiang Chu, MD, PhD, pharmacology and cell biophysics; Charles Doarn, MBA, surgery; Nancy Elder, MD, family medicine; James Eliassen, PhD, psychiatry; Jeff Jacobson, PhD, family medicine; Kevin Jones, PhD, pharmacology and cell biophysics; Mike Lehman, PhD, cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy; Michael Reed, MD, surgery; Jonathan Strayer, MD, physical medicine and rehabilitation; Jeff Sussman, MD, surgery; Jerzy Szaflarski, MD, PhD, neurology; Patrick Tso, PhD, pathology; and Peter Walzer, MD, internal medicine. 

New Chief of Staff at Shriners

Rich Kagan, MD, Department of Surgery, has been named the new chief-of-staff at Shriners Hospital for Children, Cincinnati.  Dr. Kagan, just the third chief-of-staff in the hospital's history, is an outstanding surgeon and individual.  With Dr. Kagan's medical leadership, the hospital will continue to move forward and be the very best in the burn world and provide excellent care for our most deserving patients.


New Diabetes Center Opens

Tomorrow marks the formal opening at The Diabetes Center at the University of Cincinnati, a collaborative effort between UC and community leaders to improve diabetes care and open the door to more community programs addressing the health care needs of people with diabetes.  The Diabetes Center is located in Suite 306 of the Jewish Hospital Professional Building.  A news conference will be held tomorrow announcing the Center's opening.  The Diabetes Center is directed by Barbara Ramlo-Halsted, MD, who was named the Drs. Esther and George Gross Directorship of the University of Cincinnati Diabetes Center.


LabOne to Break Ground Tomorrow

LabOne Inc. will break ground tomorrow on its new $21 million Bond Hill facility.  Plans call for a 136,000-square foot laboratory on 25 acres in the TechSolve Business Park near Seymour Avenue and Paddock Road. The project should be completed in the second quarter of 2005.  The new space will allow for a large expansion in LabOne's capacity.  The Cincinnati lab will be LabOne's second-largest location. In Kansas, the company operates a 270,000-square-foot lab.  LabOne purchased the Alliance Lab from the Health Alliance in January for $38.5 million. There are now about 500 LabOne employees in Cincinnati and that number is expected to grow by 400 as the new facility comes online.


COM Study in Stroke

A report by UC Medical Center researchers stating that about a quarter of highly dangerous bleeding strokes would be prevented if people with high blood pressure would get treatment appears in the May edition of the American Heart Association journal Stroke.  Daniel Woo, MD, Department of Neurology, and his team studied 549 patients to determine whether those with untreated blood pressure, which is "highly prevalent," face a different risk of bleeding stroke than treated patients.  Although both untreated and treated patients were found to be at significant risk, the researchers determined that blood pressure treatment would have prevented 17 to 28 percent of the bleeding strokes.


LCME Report Available Online

The COM's report from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is available for viewing online at  The information is important reading, and outlines both the COM's accomplishments and the challenges that lie ahead.


UC I's Select Best Teachers

The COM Class of 2007 has awarded a Gold Apple to Bruce Giffin, PhD, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, and Silver Apples to D.J. Lowrie, PhD, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, and John Quinlan, MD, Department of Neurology.  Awards will be presented at the Clinician Ceremony Dinner in July.


BME Undergrads Aim to Improve da Vinci

Senior undergrads in biomedical engineering (BME) presented a prototype last week designed to improve the usability of the Center for Surgical Innovation's (CSI) da Vinci surgical robot by providing more tactile feedback.  Their project, called "the Thimble," is part of a multi-disciplinary program called Medical Device Innovation, taught and led by BME faculty in conjunction with the CSI.  The team included seniors from BME, industrial design and business honors.  This program advances existing and creates new intellectual property for commercialization by partnering physician innovators with multi-disciplinary teams from bench-top to bedside.


College of Medicine History

In 1849, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell of Cincinnati was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.  Although she applied to several medical colleges it was the Albany Medical College in New York State that accepted her as a student.  Her Bicentennial Marker may be seen at the downtown YWCA.


Queen City 101

Many people know that the Cincinnati Reds, founded in 1869, were the first professional baseball team.  Did you also know that, in 1935, the Reds played in the first baseball game under lights?

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