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Date: Monday, February 9, 2004

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LaBarbera Nets APGO/Pfizer Award

Andrew R. LaBarbera, Ph.D., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, will receive the 2004 APGO/Pfizer Women's Health Curriculum Development Award at the annual meeting of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Orlando. Dr. LaBarbera will use the award for a collaborative project with Karen Marsh, M.I.L.S., M.B.A., Director, Instructional Technology, and Linda Goldenhar, Ph.D., Director of Evaluation, to develop an interactive, Web-based learning module in Human Reproduction for medical students. The module is anticipated to be a model for future development of a Web-based pre-clinical medical curriculum.


Cell Biology Lands $3.9 Million Award

Dr. Nancy Ratner and Research Assistant Professor Dr. Shyra Miller, both members of the Department of Cell Biology, have received a three-year, $3.9 million award from the USA Medical Research and Materiel Command Program on Neurofibromatosis.  Neurofibromas, present in nearly all neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) patients, are benign nerve sheath tumors that can cause disfigurement or disability and can develop into malignant tumors that are lethal. To understand how tumors form, and ultimately to halt their formation, this new consortium project brings together seven groups of investigators from around the world to compare and contrast mouse and human NF1 tumor data.  Four NF1 investigators at other institutions, led by Dr. Ratner, will work with Dr. Bruce Aronow and the Bioinformatics Core at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and a statistical core at the University of Alabama to assemble and facilitate mining of multi-experiment integrated datasets.


Emeritus Spotlight: Evelyn V. Hess, M.D.

Dr. Hess (Internal Medicine/Immunology) began teaching at the COM in 1965 and was the director of the Division of Immunology from 1965 - 1995.  She was awarded the University of Cincinnati Drake Medal in 2001 for distinguished service to the College of Medicine.  She was recently made a Master of the American College of Rheumatology, and was elected a Fellow of the A.A.A.S.  Dr. Hess is the recipient of a COM endowed chair and has held the McDonald Professorship since 1969.  She serves as Governor of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Physicians, is an active member of many national and international societies, was a speaker at six different meetings last year (four in South/Central America and two in Europe), and published six papers and chapters in 2003.  She continues full-time teaching and patient care and conducts some clinical investigating as well.


Robotic-Assisted Surgery Goes General

Showing that robotic-assisted surgery isn't specific to cardiac cases, Drs. Tim Broderick and Mike Nussbaum were aided by the four-armed DaVinci surgical robot in performing a minimally invasive gallbladder removal on January 22.  This operation was the first in the area to use four-armed robotic assistance; very few centers anywhere in the United States have this capability.  Advantages of the four-armed robotic-assisted technique include better visualization of the operative field and the surgeon's ability to manipulate the instruments in just the right position.  The surgeon thus has an "extra" arm and is able to coordinate his/her efforts in real time.  The operation was highly successful and the patient was discharged home in excellent shape the same afternoon. 


Saks Donates to UC Cancer Programs and The Barrett Cancer Center

UC Cancer Programs and The Barrett Cancer Center were presented a $21,819 check last week from Saks Fifth Avenue for funds raised during the September 2003 Key to the Cure national campaign.  Saks' downtown Cincinnati store donated two percent of all sales September 17-20 to generate these funds.  UC Cancer Programs and The Barrett Cancer Center also hosted its annual Think Pink educational luncheon to kick off the national shopping campaign, a luncheon that raised $118,000 for breast cancer research at UC Cancer Programs and The Barrett Cancer Center.  In addition to the funds raised at the Think Pink luncheon and the Key to the Cure shopping weekend, employees at Saks in Cincinnati donated $1,280.  "Saks' annual Key to the Cure campaign is an exemplary effort to reach out and make a difference in the community," said UC President Nancy L. Zimpher.  "UC is very fortunate to have Saks as a partner in the fight against cancer."


Cardiothoracic Residency Training Gains Approval

The Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery (Department of Surgery) recently received notification from the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education that its application to initiate a residency training program in cardiothoracic surgery has been approved.  The plan is to have the first resident start in July.  Overall, the program's goal is to have one resident per year for three years of training.  The training program will include exposure to adult heart surgery in The University Hospital, to general thoracic surgery in The University Hospital and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and to pediatric heart surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.


Queen City 101

Losantaville, one of the first permanent European settlements in Ohio, was established on the site of present-day Cincinnati in 1788.   In 1790 the community was renamed Cincinnati.

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