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Date: Monday, April 26, 2004

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The Pocket Directories Have Arrived

After a Herculean effort, the COM's pocket directories have arrived and will be distributed over the next week.  Our Test Drive Committee has issued encouraging reports, including such plaudits as "I think it is great; it will be a valuable resource to all of our residents, especially the new interns, and, this is an excellent resource and I congratulate all of you who worked on it."  The Committee also has offered comments on things we'll need to update, correct and change in the next printing.  The directories will be delivered in bulk to each department, so you can pick yours up there.  Department heads, please let us know if you run out of copies.  And if you just can't wait to get yours, you can visit here to see the Web version.


Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Aims for National Designation

The Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders at the University of Cincinnati is seeking national designation as a Center of Excellence for Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases. Under the direction of Fredy J. Revilla, M.D., who joined the COM last July, the Center has concentrated on recruiting and pulling together experts from applicable disciplines across the COM.  The Center has created a new deep brain stimulation team and last week welcomed neurosurgeon George Mandybur, M.D., as its newest member. Other recent Center recruits include two researchers in basic science: Suzanne Numan, Ph.D., and Kim Seroogy, Ph.D., director of the Selma Schottenstein Harris Laboratory for Research in Parkinson's Disease. Amit Bhattacharya, Ph.D., whose lab is in Environmental Health, has been collaborating with the Center.  Other physicians within the Center are Drs. Alok Sahay (clinical trials), Fred Samaha (former chair) and Donald Gilbert (expert in pediatric movement disorders). The Center specializes in the treatment of all neurological conditions that affect movement, Parkinson's disease in particular. Patients are seen at University Pointe, the Medical Arts Building and University Hospital. 


WPO Visits College of Medicine

Members of the World Presidents Organization (WPO) visited the COM last Monday.  WPO, an organization of leaders of regional corporations, asked to come to the COM as part of its mission to improve the knowledge of its members in various areas of health care.  They also wanted to become more familiar with and gain an appreciation for the expertise at the COM in terms of clinical care and research, which presented an unparalleled opportunity to shine for an influential group of individuals.  WPO members were put through a mini-medical college of sorts (including Q&A sessions), made contact with some key COM representatives and were treated to dinner.  Thanks to all who worked hard to make sure this came off without a hitch.


Hess, Lampkin Named Local Legends

Evelyn Hess, M.D., MACP, MACR (immunology professor in Family Medicine) and Beatrice Lampkin, M.D. (hematology/oncology professor in Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's) have been named Local Legends by a partnership of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  Local Legends is a companion project to an exhibition created by NLM called Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians.  The project spotlights these women, their lives, their achievements, their dreams, and the challenges they faced in becoming physicians.  Drs. Hess and Lampkin were nominated by U.S. Representative Rob Portman.


Nightingale Awards Announced

Three nurses from COM-affiliated facilities received Nightingale Awards at the 12th Annual Florence Nightingale Awards for Nursing dinner April 21.  Michael Fitzpatrick, R.N., of Veterans Affairs Medical Center was one of seven Board of Advisors awardees; the Board includes Greater Cincinnati community and business leaders.  Mr. Fitzpatrick received a bust of Florence Nightingale, a plaque and $1,000.  Melanie Crouch Baker, R.N. (Cincinnati Children's) and Dora Dawson (The University Hospital) were Dean awardees, chosen by the Board of Advisor's Search Committee.  Both Ms. Baker and Ms. Dawson received a plaque and $400.  The Nightingale Awards are sponsored by the College of Nursing.


Stanley Prusiner Lectures at Walnut Hills High School

Nobel laureate Stanley B. Prusiner, a Walnut Hills High School alumnus, returned to his alma mater to present a lecture last Wednesday.  Prusiner (Class of 1960) was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1997 for his pioneering discovery of prions, a genre of disease-causing agents that have been linked to deadly brain disorders such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Mad Cow Disease.


Daniels to Serve on IOM Committee

Allen S. Daniels, Ed.D. (CEO, University Managed Care and professor, Clinical Psychiatry) has been appointed to serve on Crossing the Quality Chasm: Adaptation to Mental Health and Addictive Disorders, an Institute of Medicine committee to examine the Quality Chasm report and its application for behavioral health and addictive disorders.


Schlotman Receives Meineke Award
First year medical student Janice Schlotman has been selected as the recipient of the Howard A. Meineke Award in Microscopic Anatomy for 2003-2004.  In a ceremony next fall, she will receive a financial award and have her name added to the plaque in the main corridor on E level that commemorates this award. 


Kissela Chair Elect of Prestigious Organization

Brett Kissela, M.D., residency director and assistant professor in Neurology, is chair-elect of the Consortium of Neurology Program Directors, a national organization.


AIT&L Software Developer Training Kids to Run

Bill Gordon, a software developer in AIT&L, was included in a Cincinnati Enquirer story on April 3 about kids at Fairview School in Clifton Heights training to run in the inaugural Flying Pig 5K and Fun Festival on May 1 (a corollary to The Flying Pig Marathon, scheduled for May 2).  Gordon is the PTA director at Fairview and organizer of the Fairview Runs training program, which has students working out Mondays and Fridays after school as a group and one day a week on their own.  The kids will run the race under the banner of "Die Fliegenden Schweine von Fairview," The Flying Pigs of Fairview.


Walker to Graduate from Leadership Program

Nita Walker, M.D. (associate professor, Internal Medicine) will graduate from the Higher Education Collaborative's Women's Leadership Development of Greater Cincinnati program on

April 26. 


College of Medicine History

In 1800, 15-year-old Daniel Drake became Ohio's first medical student when he was apprenticed to Dr. William Goforth of Cincinnati for the study of medicine.  Dr. Drake's original diploma, issued in 1805, is housed in the Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center archives.


Food for Thought-

"How are researchers going to do clinical research on a particular disease when less than 1% of the patients with that disease may be participating in clinical trials?" (Elias Zerhouni, NIH Director, March 3, 2004)


Queen City 101

Cincinnati was the first city in the United States in which a woman founded and operated a sizable manufacturing operation.  That operation was the Rookwood Pottery, founded by Maria Longworth Nichols Storer in 1880.

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