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Date: Monday, April 5, 2004

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Cancer Grants Now Top $41 Million

As of April 1, 2004 (and this is no April Fool's), cancer grants from all sources amount to $41,543,732. As has been stated often in these pages and in other venues, a major goal of the COM in upcoming years is designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  Toward that end, the COM continues to make remarkable progress in obtaining cancer grants from the NCI, a very important benchmark for determining likely success for NCI designation.  New or newly renewed NCI-awarded cancer grants total some $12.94 million, and range from $3,084,131 to study Chemoprevention of Lung Cancer to $275,400 for Characterization of Tumor Suppression by the APC Gene.


New Emeritus Faculty Feted at Dinner

The annual Emeritus Faculty Dinner was held last week, and 140 people attended and enjoyed dinner, a short program and camaraderie.  Ten newly inducted emeritus faculty were honored, including: Omer Berger, M.D. (Pediatrics); Billie Broaddus, M.S.L.S. (AIT&L); Tito Cavallo, M.D. (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine); Shahrokh Javaheri, M.D. (Internal Medicine); Elmore Kindel, M.D. (Dermatology); E. Don Nelson, Pharm.D. (Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics); Klaus Willeke, Ph.D. (Environmental Health); Taylor Asbury, M.D. (Ophthalmology); Ira Abrahamson, Jr., M.D. (Ophthalmology); and Rees Sheppard, M.D. (Ophthalmology).


Resident Recruitment Successful, Too

Match Day is rightfully a time of celebration for our students.  But it's important to remember that Match Day is also a significant time for the COM in the area of resident recruitment.  All told, upwards of 160 residents and fellows are recruited each year to the University Hospital (UH) /University of Cincinnati (UC) COM in 54 ACGME-accredited programs and several additional institutionally approved fellowship programs.  There are approximately 525 residents working at the COM and its affiliates, with residency programs ranging from three to nine years.  For the 2004 recruitment period, all UH/UCCOM program directors are pleased with their results as measured by fill rate, the quality of applicants and the schools from which they're coming.  Among the newer residency programs offered at the COM are cardiothoracic surgery (making its debut in 2004) and vascular neurology (introduced last July).


COM Ranks Well in New Report

U.S.News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools" rankings are out, and the COM measures up well.  We jumped five spots from #48 last year to #43 in the Top Medical Schools'  Research category.  The COM ranks 4th among top specialty programs in pediatrics.   "We are very pleased that we continue to advance in the research rankings of U.S. Medical Schools," said William J. Martin II, M.D., COM dean.  "UC is making great strides in advancing medical research and we all want this to be the destination medical center and university for the region."


Who was that in City Beat?

Charles Collins, M.D., Associate Dean for Minority Affairs and faculty member in Psychiatry, was featured in a photograph in the March 31-April 6 issue of City Beat, the local street tabloid.  So pick up a copy and check out page 17, and you'll find Dr. Collins instructing local police officers that "mental illness is not a crime."


Queen City 101

U.S. Playing Cards in Norwood commands a 65% market share of the playing card industry, selling about 100 million decks each year. Its vintage brands include Bee, Bicycle and Aviator playing cards.


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