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Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2004

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Patient Education Conference Slated for May 8

The "Taking Control of Your Diabetes" patient education conference will be held May 8 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.  At least 650 people are expected to attend.  The Conference is for patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and offers them the opportunity to learn more about how to take care of their conditions and to speak directly to manufacturers of products they need every day.  This year's guest speaker is actress Della Reese from the hit show "Touched by an Angel," who is herself living well with diabetes.  Barbara Ramlo-Halsted, MD, medical director of The Diabetes Center at UC and associate director of the COM's Endocrinology Clinical Trials Unit, is a co-organizer.  More information is available at


GRI Linked to Third Frontier Network

The Genome Research Institute (GRI) became linked last week to the Third Frontier Network (TFN), the nation's most extensive high-speed, fiber-optic network dedicated to higher education and research.  GRI will now be linked with other Ohio researchers via TFN to share expensive instruments and educational resources for disease analysis and treatment.  For example, the network will allow researchers at one university to view the output of a scientific instrument at a research lab 100 miles away, reducing the time and costs currently incurred in research and development.  The TFN will make Ohio a world leader in using technologically advanced networking to improve health care research and education.


Immunobiology Graduate Program in the Offing

Because of an increase in the recognition of the role the immune system plays in health and disease, Cincinnati Children's and the College of Medicine plan to launch a new graduate program in Immunobiology.  Continued research into Inmmunobiology is essential for further progress toward the cure or better treatment of diseases, such as infectious diseases (sepsis, HIV/AIDS, peptic ulcer disease), autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes), allergic diseases (asthma), cardiovascular diseases (heart attack, stroke) neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimer's), genetic diseases (cystic fibrosis) and cancers.  The program will be offered beginning the fall quarter of 2004.


Brittsan Wins National ACP Poster Award

Angela Brittsan (UC-IV) won the "Top 5" award out of all medical students in the clinical vignette category at the National American College of Physicians (ACP) meeting in New Orleans for her poster titled "Acquired Factor VIII Inhibitor in Pregnancy."


Distribution of Pocket Directory On-Going

Distribution of the COM's new pocket directory has begun, so make sure you pick up your copy of this valuable tool.  There are at least 1001 uses for the directory, including Use #762: Flow chart of The Tachycardia Overview Algorithm (pages 152-153).


Subramanian to Present AIDS Poster in Bangkok

Ahila Subramanian's (UC-I) research has been selected for poster presentation at this year's International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.


Cancer Researchers to Present Plans

Scientists from UC's Breast Cancer and The Environmental Research Center will present their research plans at the annual spring educational forum of The Breast Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.  COM scientists include Sue Heffelfinger, MD, PhD (Pathology); Robert Bornschein, PhD (Environmental Health); and M. Kathryn Brown, PhD (Environmental Health).  Frank Biro, MD from Cincinnati Children's will be presenting as well.  This research stems from the "Growing Up Female" grant and is a great example of the partnership between the COM, Cincinnati Children's, the Breast Cancer Alliance and various patient groups.


Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Cicadas

If you, like most people, have questions about the Brood X cicadas that will start emerging later this month, you might want to check out this site, maintained by Jan Stein Carter, assistant professor of biology at UC's Clermont College.  You'll find out, for example, that cicadas are harmless to humans, which may be news to the people who advised children 17 years ago that if they held cicadas, the cicadas would lay eggs in their skin.  This, obviously, is not true.


Barrett, Heffelfinger Up for Unsung Hero Awards

Sue Heffelfinger, MD, PhD (Pathology) and Eileen Barrett are nominees for the second annual Joslin Haggart Yeiser Unsung Hero Award, which is sponsored by the Cancer Family Care organization and designed to honor cancer patients, caregivers and oncology professionals.  The awards will be handed out at a banquet tomorrow.


Bower Wins National Teaching Award

Robert Bower, MD (Surgery) was one of four educators to receive the 2004 Association for Surgical Education (ASE) Outstanding Teacher Award for National Recognition of Outstanding Abilities as a Teacher of Surgery.


College of Medicine History

The original name of the COM was the Medical College of Ohio.  After a variety of mergers, affiliations and name changes, it became the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1920.


Queen City 101

The first radio license in the United States was granted to Cincinnatian George Hill Lewis in 1911.

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