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Date: Monday, March 22, 2004

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Match Day Results

Match Day proved, as always, to be a day of exhilaration and emotion for our graduating medical school students and their families.  UC President Nancy Zimpher, Ph.D., and Senior Vice President and Provost for Health Affairs Jane Henney, M.D., joined COM Dean William J. Martin II, M.D. and many, many others in celebrating this remarkable event.  Channel 12 even came out to cover it.  In all, 145 students received their match information.  Students were matched in 18 different specialties, lead by 21 each in surgery (which includes general, neuro, orthopaedic and plastic), internal medicine and pediatrics.  UC medical students will be spread across the country, from Massachusetts to California, lead by Ohio (70), Michigan (9) and Illinois (7).  Twenty-two will be going to The University Hospital and eight to Cincinnati Children's.  "We were very successful in placing students in competitive programs like radiology, ophthalmology and orthopaedic surgery," said Laura Wexler, M.D., associate dean for medical student affairs and admissions.  "We encourage our students to apply to a wide range of institutions, including those that are very competitive.  The results speak for themselves."  Full match results are posted on Congratulations to all students and to the faculty and staff who  shepherded them through their medical education at the COM!


Initial Angiogenesis Results to be Announced This Week

At a news conference this Thursday, physicians from the UC Heart & Vascular Center will announce that the first three patients to undergo the angiogenesis procedure have grown new coronary blood vessel branches to increase blood flow to the heart and have experienced a decrease in angina after receiving an injection of the new growth factor protein (FGF1) in November 2003.  Physicians at UC were the first in the U.S. to perform this procedure, which is part of a phase I clinical trial.  "Some people have such incapacitating chest pain and severe coronary artery disease where conventional treatments such as stents or bypass operations aren't an option for them," said Lynne E. Wagoner, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the COM, director of cardiac services at The University Hospital and principal investigator of the trial.  "Angiogenesis represents a promising treatment alternative."


LAM Foundation Research Conference This Weekend

The LAM Foundation Research Conference will be held at The Westin in downtown Cincinnati March 26 - 28 as part of the 2004 Rare Lung Disease Conference.  Frank McCormack, M.D., chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care in the Department of Internal Medicine, is serving as Conference Chair.  The Conference's objective is to advance LAM (Lymphangioleiomyomatosis) research, improve LAM clinical practices and provide support and inspiration to patients, physicians and investigators alike.  The LAM Foundation is one of the finest examples of the powers of patient advocacy groups.  Established in Cincinnati by Fran and Sue Byrnes in August 1995 after their daughter, Andrea, was diagnosed with LAM, the Foundation has raised some $4 million, primarily through fundraising activities organized by LAM patients and their families.  The Foundation has awarded 44 LAM Fellowships and Pilot Projects for the study of the cellular and molecular basis of LAM.  There have been three major breakthroughs, and the first-ever LAM treatment trial is being conducted.  The Foundation is educating doctors and raising awareness internationally through videos, conferences and educational materials.  A database of demographic information on the largest population of LAM patients ever assembled has been developed through the Foundation and serves as a resource for interested patients, physicians and scientists. 


Groden Secures Grant for Mouse Modeling

Joanna Groden, Ph.D., professor of molecular genetics, and her colleagues have been awarded $4.25 million from the NIH to continue their work for the next five years to develop and characterize mouse models of human gastrointestinal cancer. This Center is one of 24 that will be funded by the National Cancer Institute to form the Mouse Models of Human Cancer Consortium. Co-PIs for this award are Greg BoivinDVM, MS; Tom Doetschman, Ph.D.; and Andrew Lowy, M.D. at the COM; Bruce Aronow, Ph.D. at CCHRF; and Dave Tuveson, M.D., Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Their work over the last four years has led to the development of mouse models for colon cancers associated with inflammatory bowel disease and pancreatic adenocarcinoma, and the discovery that heterozygosity for a mutation in a gene encoding a DNA repair protein increases susceptibility for intestinal tumors in mice and humans.

COEP Spotlighted by NIEHS

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) COEP Resource Center is featuring this quarter the Community Outreach and Education Program in the Center for Environmental Genetics in the College of Medicine.  "This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of our more innovative projects and partnerships to a national audience," said COEP Director M. Kathryn Brown, Ph.D.  "The UC COEP collaborates with researchers and community organizations to promote effective health communication in diverse, underserved and environmentally-impacted communities.  We are pleased NIEHS selected Cincinnati as its focus." The Spotlight feature is titled Communicating Environmental Health and Genetics Information to the Public.  Topics include:

        *   Center for Environmental Genetics:  Research and Outreach Themes

        *   COEP and Genetics Counseling:  Partners with Common Goals

        *   Assessing Genetics Knowledge of Health professionals

        *   Health Literacy & Cultural Competency Workshop

        *   Supporting Graduate Student Research on Genetic Counselors' Work with Latinos

        *   Expanding Use of COEP's LEGENDS Program for Worker Training

Please see the full article at


COM Faculty in the News

  • Diya Mutasim, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Dermatology, is interviewed in the March 2004 issue of Self magazine in an article on psychogenic excoriation. 
  • Andra Blomkalns, M.D., assistant professor, UC Department of Emergency
    Medicine, presented results of a study on gender disparities in the treatment of heart failure.  Dr. Blomkalns appeared on MSNBC and did an interview with AP Radio.  Stories ran in New York Post and the research will be featured in an upcoming special section on women and heart failure in Newsweek.
  • Robert Anthenelli, M.D., associate professor, UC Department of Psychiatry, presented results of a study on the drug rimonabant, which indicate that the drug helps smokers kick the habit while eliminating post-cessation weight gain.  Dr. Anthenelli appeared on Good Morning America in addition to other national news programs, and could be heard on radio stations across the country.  His research findings appeared papers nationally including the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Cincinnati Enquirer, San Francisco Chronicle,
    Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.
  • Margery Gass, M.D., professor of OB/GYN, director of the Menopause Center and the Women's Health Initiative study at UC, was quoted in Forbes (February 26) and the New York Times (March 15) about hormone replacement therapy. 
  • Allen Seiden, M.D., professor of otolaryngology, was quoted in a March 15 article in the Los Angeles Times about over-the counter zinc nasal sprays and the sense of smell.


COM Continues Work with NASA

Mary Beth Privitera, professor of biomedical engineering (BME), designed a rudimentary prototype of a hand-assisted laparoscopic surgical trainer for Dr. Tim Broderick to take on his latest NASA experiments.  Dr. Broderick, who flies again this week on NASA's KC-135 Vomit Comet airplane, will be part of a team of NASA researchers that are making "flight ready" a wireless physiological monitoring system to monitor astronaut vital signs and a high-tech mannequin that simulates a human body and its reactions to resuscitation/intubation.  As a result of this flight, these two systems should be ready for experimentation in space on the space station when NASA returns to flight.  Dr. Broderick will also then test this prototype trainer as part of his ultimate goal of training astronauts to perform surgery in space.


ITC Provides Free Support to Faculty with Instructional Technology Needs

The Instructional Technology Center (ITC) promotes and facilitates effective use of instructional technology in the teaching of students at the COM.  A recent sampling of COM faculty found that better than 90% of them present lectures using PowerPoint or Web pages.  These are good beginnings, but with help from the ITC, faculty can take instructional technology much further. Staff at the ITC can create interactive tutorials, animations of processes, multimedia lectures and more.  For example, the ITC created a multimedia steroid hormone lecture which replaced the traditional lecture for first year medical students this past February.  Faculty with even just a seed of an idea are welcome to visit the ITC, whose new location as of April 1 will be MSB E680, or contact Karen Marsh ( to discuss the possibilities.


Arts Trivia Challenge

From our friends at the Fine Arts Fund: Which Tristate arts organization recently added on-stage gunshots, belches and giggles to its recent performance of music by Rossini, Bizet, Rimsky-Korsakov and Leoncavallo?


A. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra                      C. Kentucky Symphony Orchestra


B. Cincinnati Pops                                             D. Cincinnati Youth Orchestra


The answer is C, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.


The answer can be found in the archived version of today's Dean's List at


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