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Date: Monday, December 15, 2003

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Dean Discusses "State of the College of Medicine"

More than 250 faculty, staff and students attended Dean William J. Martin II, M.D.'s "State of the College of Medicine" address on December 12.  While Dr. Martin's address highlighted the accomplishments of 2003, of greater import was his strategic overview of the future, including an emphasis on the need for planning of multidisciplinary programs that will create unique opportunities at the COM and ultimately enhance its regional and national reputation.  Videotapes of the Dean's address will be available for viewing; contact the Dean's Office for details.


World's Top Scientists Visit UC

On December 5-7, a symposium was held at the COM in honor of Dr. Elwood Jensen, holder of the Strauss Chair for Cancer Research in the Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy.  The symposium attracted the world's experts in nuclear receptors and endocrine disorders, and was the brainchild of Dr. Sohaib Kahn, director of the laboratory where Dr. Jensen now works.  Dr. Jensen is world renown for the discovery of the importance of the estrogen receptor (ER).Every woman with breast cancer knows the prognosis of her cancer is tied to the presence or absence of the ER. Many who attended the symposium quipped that there were more members of the National Academy of Science at UC for the symposium than in the entire history of the University.  And they were all here to honor one of the world's greatest scientists, Dr. Elwood Jensen.


UC Cancer Center Houses Nationally-Recognized Program

The UC Cancer Center is home to a nationally-recognized program for patients with cancers involving the peritoneal surfaces (lining of the abdominal cavity).  The treatment involves surgery combined with intraoperative chemotherapy and hyperthermia.  The Division of Surgical Oncology, led by Dr. Andrew M. Lowy, initiated the program about three years ago and has treated patients from states as far away as California, Washington, Minnesota, and Nevada.  Along with Drs. Jeff Sussman and Syed Ahmad, the UC group has now published several reports of their experience.  At the upcoming American Society for Clinical Oncology meeting, Dr. Lowy will lecture in two "Expert Opinion" sessions on the subject.  


Gearing Up for Wright Centers/BRTT Funding

RFP's for the next round of BRTT funding will very likely be solicited by the State of Ohio beginning in March.  The Genome Research Institute was awarded $9 million in 2002, and the Center for Computational Medicine received $25 million in 2003.  This funding source is critically important for the future growth and success of the College of Medicine.  If you think you have a project appropriate for this funding source, you'll need to submit a three-page Letter of Intent by February 1 to Dr. Howard Jackson, Vice President for Research ( or M.L. #627), with a copy to the Dean.  The Letter should include:


  • Description of the science
  • Commercialized products
  • Business partners
  • Institutional partnerships
  • Proposed budget
  • Possible matching funds


If you do not have all this information but think you have a good project, please submit a letter and we'll help fill in the blanks.


Guard Assumes AAHSL Presidency

Roger Guard, Assistant Vice President for Academic Information Technology and Libraries (AIT&L) and Associate Dean of the College of Medicine, now has another title: President of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL).  The AAHSL consists of the libraries serving the 142 accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools belonging to the Association of American Medical Colleges.


Liver and Kidney Transplants for HIV-Positive Patients
Researchers and clinicians at the UC Medical Center were among the first in the U.S. to begin enrolling patients in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) trial evaluating the protocol for liver and kidney transplantation for HIV-positive patients.  The trial is part of a multi-center study aimed at determining the best way to manage HIV patients and guarantee long-term survival. The first liver transplant in UC's study was completed last week at The University Hospital.  The recipient has since been released and is doing well.

Retzinger Receives Second Johnson & Johnson Award
Gregory S. Retzinger, M.D., Ph.D, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine professor and Director of Clinical Hemostasis, is the recipient of a Focused Giving Award from Johnson & Johnson valued at $92,000 per year for 3 years.  This is the second such award from Johnson & Johnson he has received, a feat equaled by fewer than 10 researchers since the program's inception in 1980.  Dr. Retzinger's research addresses the role of surfaces in the biologic processing of fibrinogen.


Biomedical Engineering Faculty Receive Prestigious Award

Dr. Frank Noyes, M.D. and Dr. Edward Grood, Ph.D of the Department of Biomedical Engineering are the recipients of the 2004 Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) Clinical Research Award, which recognizes outstanding clinical research related to musculoskeletal disease or injury.  Dr. Noyes, who has a secondary appointment in the Department, and Dr. Grood, a full-time tenured faculty member, have been collaborating in research for more than 25 years. 


Cincinnati "Musts" in the First Year Here

As part of the faculty orientation held by the College of Medicine, each new faculty member is presented with a list of things they should do in their first year in Cincinnati.  The lists have been cobbled together from various people around the COM, and range from shopping at Findlay Market and attending the May Festival to afternoon tea and scones at Bonboneri.  Now, we're going to create the definitive "Top Ten" list, and are asking your help.  Using the hyperlink in the shaded Question of the Week box below, please share your "Top Ten" with us.  We'll report the results in a future issue, and start using them at the next orientation.


Queen City 101

Newport's World Peace Bell, cast in France and weighing 60,000 pounds, is the largest free-swinging bell in the world at 12 feet high and 12 feet wide.

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