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Date: Monday, November 17, 2003

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NCI Designation Goal of Cancer-Related Endeavors

A major goal of the COM in upcoming years is designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and it is important to understand why this effort affects everyone.  First, an NCI designation will enhance everyone's recruitment of outstanding scientists.  Second, such external funding of core services helps everyone, whether a member of the Center or not, by defraying basic operational costs and stimulating the development of innovative core services widely used by all faculty.  And, finally, cancer centers facilitate NCI funding and enhance cancer center research broadly.  Because attaining this goal involves so many COM personnel, we will occasionally provide additional information, including what has been accomplished, what needs to be done, and how you can get involved.  As an example of the progress already made toward this goal, NCI funding for cancer grants have increased from $2.6 million in 1998 to $30 million in 2003.


Ceremony Recognizing Continuous Faculty Service

The Annual Faculty Service Award reception, which recognizes faculty members for extended continuous services, was held on November 5.  Seventeen faculty members were recognized for 25 years of service; 10 for 30 years; and Kevin E. Bove, M.D. in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for 35 years.  "It is important for COM faculty to appreciate the many years of service of those honored," said COM Dean William J. Martin II, M.D.  "We often spend too much time recruiting and not enough on appreciating the talent we have."


Dean's Discovery Fund Recipients Named

In the 11/3 edition of The List, we announced that the recipients of the first round of research support from the Dean's Discovery Fund (DDF), representing an investment of more than $400,000,  had been chosen.  Here are the individual recipients: Stephen Benoit (PSYCH), Tom Doetschman (MOLGEN), Edward Donovan (NEONATOLOGY) and Mark Eckman (INT MED), Judy Heiny (PHYSIOL) and John Quinlan (NEUROL), Elwood Jensen (CELL BIO), Sohaib Khan (CELL BIO), Robert Krikorian (PSYCH), Gee Lau (INT MED), Jing-Huei Lee (BME), Joyce Martin (ENV HEALTH), Susan Pinney (ENV HEALTH), Janusz Suszkiw (PHYS), Laura Wexler (DEAN'S OFFICE), and Jianhua Zhang, (CELL BIO).  Letters of intent for the next round of the DDF, suggested topics for which will be announced in January, will be due February 1.  Applications will be due March 1 and recipients will be announced April 1.


Radiology Recruitment Will Facilitate Access, Improve Clinical Service

Capping a successful year of recruitment, the Department of Radiology has announced the addition of Robert Wissman, M.D. (musculoskeletal radiology) and Cristopher Meyer, M.D. (thoracic radiology).  They join fellow new recruits Lawrence Sobel, M.D. (mammography and body imaging) and Rebecca Cornelius, M.D. (mammography and neuroradiology).  According to Chairman Dr. Robert Lukin, Radiology's successful recruiting year will facilitate access and improve clinical services to include more timely access to screening and diagnostic mammography.


Research Forum Sees Unprecedented Participation, Recognizes Faculty

An unprecedented 70 graduate students exhibited at the 24th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum, hosted October 29 by the College Committee on Graduate Education.  Thirty faculty and post-docs from 12 departments volunteered to judge the exhibitions.  At the award ceremony capping the day-long event, three outstanding faculty members were presented with the Richard Akeson Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, which is given by the COM Graduate Student Association.  Receiving the Awards were C. Ralph Buncher, Sc.D. (Environmental Health); Kenneth J. Campbell, Ph.D. (Molecular and Developmental Biology) and Sean Davidson, Ph.D. (Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine).


McCormack Named Director of Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

Frank McCormack, M.D., has been named Director of the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine.  He is a Tenured Associate Professor of Medicine whose research focuses on a molecular approach to surfactant proteins and its role in health.


Liggett Named Director of CardioPulmonary Research Center

Stephen B. Liggett, M.D., has been named Director of the CardioPulmonary Research Center within the Department of Medicine, allowing him to focus on his growing research group's efforts in receptor biology and pharmacogenomics research.  Dr. Liggett, UC's Distinguished Research Professor in 2002, is also being named to the Gordon and Helen Taylor Endowed Chair for research within the Department of Medicine. 


Chomczynski Also "Highly Cited"

The recent Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) rankings list Piotr Chomczynski, Ph.D., as among the top 25 most cited scientists worldwide and list his 1987 paper " Analytical Biochemistry " as the number one cited scientific paper worldwide, with nearly 50,000 citations.  Dr. Chomczynski, a Department of Endocrinology faculty member from 1986 - 1996, is a collaborator and business partner with Stephen B. Liggett, M.D. (newly-named Director of CardioPulmonary Research Center; see article above) in Molecular Research Center, Inc. (MCI).  MCI is a commercial partner with the COM and Children's Hospital's Center for Computational Medicine, which received a $25.2 million grant recently from the State of Ohio's Third Frontier Project.  To find other colleagues recognized by ISI, visit


TDL Glitch Fixed

It was brought to our attention that our colleagues at Children's Hospital weren't receiving The Dean's List, since it was being distributed to their COM email accounts.  That has now been fixed. 


Queen City 101

Mt. Airy Forest on Colerain Avenue is the nation's largest municipal park and home to some 5,000 species of plants and trees and such wildlife as Virginia whitetail deer.


Electronic Suggestion Box Up and Running

As requested by many at the COM, we have established an electronic suggestion box.  Using it is easy: simply click here and follow the instructions.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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