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Date: Monday, March 29, 2004

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CTNS a Model of Collaboration

The level of collaboration on display at the second annual Cincinnati Translational Neuroscience Symposium (CTNS), held at the Albert Sabin Conference Center in Cincinnati on March 20, was truly remarkable.  The CTNS is a joint enterprise of the COM, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, The Mayfield Clinic and The Neuroscience Institute.  As befitting a meeting on translational medicine, 51% of the 80 attendees were scientists and 49% were clinicians (either physicians or nurses).  Among the list of distinguished speakers were two from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH): John Marler, M.D., head of clinical trials at the NINDS and Mary Ellen Michel, Ph.D., the NINDS program officer for neuroplasticity and repair.  Drs. Marler and Michel led the discussion on "how to make a successful clinical trial."  CTNS is jointly produced by Ken Strauss, Ph.D. (associate professor of Neurosurgery), Mike Privitera, M.D. (vice chair, Department of Neurology) and Joe Clark, Ph.D. (associate professor of Neurology).  "Cincinnati is very strong in neurology, but the practitioners were somewhat scattered," said Dr. Clark while discussing the origins of CTNS.  "This Symposium is designed to bring local neurological scientists and clinicians together.  It has worked out well."  So well, in fact, that planning for the next CTNS is already underway.


Multidisciplinary K-12 Grant Application Submitted to NIH

Henry Nasrallah, M.D. (associate dean for Faculty Development and Mentorship and professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuroscience) and James Heubi, M.D. (associate dean for Clinical Research and professor of Pediatrics) spearheaded a monumental effort to submit a K-12 grant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  This training grant, part of the NIH Roadmap, is multidisciplinary in nature, covering all clinical researchers at the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Allied Health.  Many universities are expected to apply, and just five will be funded.  The training program is two to five years in duration and features formal coursework in the first year, intensive mentorship in the design and conduct of clinical research and training in NIH grant writing.  It is designed for young investigators at the level of assistant professor.  "This grant would help junior faculty members establish a strong foundation for their academic careers," said Dr. Nasrallah, who recently published his tenth book and is editor-in-chief of two scientific journals: Schizophrenia Research and The Journal of Psychotic Disorders.  "After this formal training, they would be able to go back to their respective departments and be in a great position to succeed and develop as clinical researchers and faculty."

Watts Awarded ISCD's Highest Honor

The International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) has presented Nelson Watts, M.D. (director of the UC Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center) the Dr. Paul D. Miller ISCD Service Award for his work as the ISCD president from 2001-2003.  Dr. Watts is known internationally for his research and teaching in the field of osteoporosis and bone densitometry.  His research has been published in more than 50 books and he has had more than 250 abstracts and articles featured in medical journals. 


COM to Host Activities for Minority Health Month

The Cultural Diversity Club will be celebrating Minority Health Month in April.  Launched in April 2001, National Minority Health Month is an organized effort to eliminate health disparities and improve health awareness and education across the country for minority populations.  The Cultural Diversity Club invites you to attend weekly presentations on various minority health issues given by Jane Henney, M.D., senior vice president and provost for health affairs, Dr. Odell Owens, Dr. Warren Liang and Dr. Jill Huppert.  There will be a Minority Bone Marrow Registry Drive on April 13 (in conjunction with the Asian American Medical Student Association and the Student National Medical Association) and the Annual Multicultural Food Fair April 23 with a $100 Cash Prize for this year's best.  For additional information or if you'd like to participate in the Food Fair, please contact Shannah Kohls at


Just Community to Host Week-Long Series

The UC Just Community initiative will host a week-long series beginning April 5, focused on helping people achieve a healthy mind, body and spirit.  To kick-off this brown bag lunch series promoting healthy living through partnership and personal responsibility, UC will team up with SparkCincinnati, a local Web site designed to energize Cincinnati through self-improvement.  SparkCincinnati will host two information sessions on campus during the week.  Paul Biddinger, M.D. (professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine) will present a session on meditation, with a special guest on hand to discuss yoga.  Colleagues from the Colleges of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, and the Fitness Center, will present facts about some of the most popular fad diets.  Watch your e-mail for details on exact dates, times and locations.  For more information about UC's Just Community, visit

Angiogenesis Story Major Local News
The news conference held March 25 by
physicians from the UC Heart & Vascular Center to report initial angiogenesis results garnered a great deal of local media coverage.  Television stations WLWT-TV, WCPO-TV, WKRC-TV, WXIX-TV and WSTR-TV covered the conference, as did the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Post and Cincinnati Business Courier's online edition.


PATHWAYS a COM Community Endeavor

The "PATHWAYS to Health Careers" program is a great example of how the College of Medicine is serving the community.  PATHWAYS targets students as they progress through school, from the Howard Hughes Science Academy for seventh and eighth graders to the HCARE (for high school juniors and seniors) and ExSEL (for gifted high seniors) programs; programs for post-baccalaureate students are available as well.  The goal is to foster an interest in science among young people, and to expose them to career options in scientific fields.  The program also serves as a center for continuing scientific education for secondary school science teachers in the region.  One person among the many who has benefited from PATHWAYS programs is Brook Tadesse, who attended the Saturday Science Academy in 1996-1997.  "Saturday Science Academy provided me a glimpse of the world of medicine and science in a fun way," said Mr. Tadesse.  "I was initially a business major but found I wasn't enjoying it, even though it was easy.  Remembering the challenging yet exciting experience of Saturday Science Academy prompted me to pursue a career in medicine instead."  Mr. Tadesse is currently a sophomore pre-med student at UC.  For more information about the PATHWAYS programs, please contact the PATHWAYS office at 513-558-7334 or email


Arts Trivia Challenge

From our friends at the Fine Arts Fund:


Where does Madcap Puppet Theatre build its giant puppets?


A. New York City                       C. London, England


B. Westwood, Ohio                    D. The attic at the Cincinnati Art Museum


The answer is B -- Westwood, Ohio.  


Queen City 101
The first meals served on a commercial airliner were prepared by the Sky Galley restaurant at Cincinnati's Lunken Airport.

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