First Angiogenesis Procedure in U.S. Performed by COM Doctors
Doctors at the UC Heart and Vascular Center, a joint venture that includes physicians and surgeons from the College of Medicine, have become the first in the U.S. to inject a new growth factor protein (FGF1) in heart patients in an attempt to grow new coronary vessels. The procedure is part of a phase I clinical trial that tests the safety and efficacy of using FGF1 to grow new blood vessels, termed angiogenesis, in patients with angina due to coronary artery disease (CAD). The Center, in conjunction with The University Hospital, is one of only four sites nationwide to participate in the trial. Walter H. Merrill, M.D., chief of cardiothoracic surgery at UC, performed the surgery, assisted by Professor Thomas Stegmann, M.D. of the Fulda Medical Center in Fulda, Germany, the first doctor in the world to perform the procedure. Lynne E. Wagoner, M.D. of the COM's Internal Medicine Department, is the principal investigator.
Search Our eXpertise Database Ready to Roll
The Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS) grant awarded to the COM in May continues to pay dividends, this time in the form of a new Web-based tool for researchers called Search Our eXpertise. This initiative, conceived by the Office of Research and Graduate Education, is designed to facilitate communication among researchers, administrators, and prospective students and faculty. Users can search for research expertise at the UC Medical Center, helping potential trainees or collaborators explore the diversity of research available at UC and to identify specific investigators in any research area. The current system is just Phase 1. Future plans include the ability for faculty and staff to generate individual home pages, NIH biosketches, and CVs. Eventually, eXpertise profiles will help alert individuals to training requirements, new literature in specific fields, funding notifications, and collaboration and entrepreneurial opportunities with Ohio-based and national biomedical companies. If you have not entered or updated your research profile please visit eXpertise at http://webcentral.uc.edu/expertise/myexpertise.cfm. This will compliment the information you were asked to provide in August regarding your entrepreneurial activities.
Nebert Highly Cited
Daniel Nebert, M.D., Professor in the Department of Environmental Health, Center for Environmental Genetics and Department of Pediatrics and Molecular Developmental Biology, Division of Human Genetics, has made the top ten "most cited" on ISI (more info on ISI in TDL 10/27/03). In fact, he made the top four if you consider "citations per publication" in the field of pharmacology and toxicology. And Dr. Nebert has been among the top 0.1% Most Cited in all of medical and scientific researchers in every ISI survey its first (1965-78 period), making him one of the most cited scientists in Pharmacology & Toxicology, 1993-2003.
UCCOM Well Represented Among Cincinnati's Best Docs
Cincinnati Magazine surveyed 3,600 area doctors with this premise: Who would they turn to if a family member or friend needed medical attention? Published in the magazine's November edition are the results: the 171 physicians in 36 specialties that are "Cincinnati's Top Doctors." Included are 32 COM faculty members and 17 others who are either adjunct or volunteer associates. That's about 29% of the total. For a listing of the COM physicians that made the cut, the edition is on newsstands now.
Health Gap Conference This Week
In the 9/29 edition of TDL we discussed this Conference, which is a collaborative effort between the COM, University Hospital, UC and Children's Hospital. The Conference is this Thursday and Friday at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. It's a great chance to hear national and local health care professionals and community organization members discussing the fact that Appalachians, Hispanics and African Americans in our community are more likely to have poor health or die prematurely due to lack of education and medical treatment, and how to mobilize the community to eliminate these disparities. One speaker will be Jane Henney, M.D., UC Medical Center's Senior Vice President and Provost for Health Affairs. More information is available at 585-9872 or www.health-alliance.com/closingthegap
Alpha Omega Alpha Welcomes New Members
The Alpha Omega Alpha Chapter at the COM inducted 17 students, two faculty members, two residents and one alumnus at its awards banquet last Friday. In addition, James Lang, who teaches our medical students during their Internal Medicine Clerkship, was presented with a special visiting faculty award: the Volunteer Faculty Award. The recipient of this award is determined by students.
Prostate Cancer Screenings Continue
The Barrett Cancer Center is providing free prostate cancer screenings every Saturday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. at Jordan Crossing (formerly Swifton Commons) in Bond Hill. These screenings are a joint effort by the Center and prostate cancer survivor Rev. Donald Jordan, pastor of Allen Temple AME Church (based at Jordan Crossing).
Queen City 101
Cincinnati is where the National Weather Service was born, at the Cincinnati Observatory in Mt. Lookout.