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Date: Monday, October 27, 2003

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NIH Unveils Research "Roadmap"

The NIH has unveiled its "Roadmap for Medical Research," the result of an 18 month effort by NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D. to provide a framework of priorities for medical research in the 21st century.  As everyone knows, NIH grants are vital to the COM, and we're determining how best to position the COM in a "centers" type arrangement (e.g. cancer, cardiovascular, neuroscience) to best take advantage of NIH funding.  The Roadmap is available at 


Family Medicine Head Elected to National Board
Jeff Susman, M.D., professor and chairman of the UC Department of Family Medicine, was recently elected to the Board of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.  Dr. Susman, currently editor of the Journal for Family Practice, was elected for a three year term as a "member at large."

COM Students' Community Involvement Remarkable

Students at the COM are a remarkably involved group, with the majority of students belonging to one or more organizations dedicated to making life better in our community.  In a nod to these extraordinary, student-run organizations, we will from time to time highlight one in the List, as we did the UC Med Mentors in the 10/13 edition.  This time, it's MedVoUC's turn.  MedVoUC (Medical Volunteers of UC) runs a medical clinic at a battered women's shelter in Cincinnati.  They have recently joined with PharmTOC, a similar group from the College of Pharmacy, to provide acute medical care to the residents of the Drop Inn Shelter in Over-the-Rhine.  This program, which began October 2, runs each Thursday night through March.  All told, there are about 120 UC-I's and 50 UC-II's involved.

Sharp Among Most Cited

Frank Sharp, M.D., COM Professor of Neurology, has been recognized on as being among the top 250 Most Cited in Neuroscience.  ISI, the Institute for Scientific Information, is a Web-based measurement organization that identifies preeminent individual researchers who have demonstrated great influence in their field as measured by citations to their work, the intellectual debt acknowledged by their colleagues.


Ashraf Receives MERIT Award

Dr. Mohamad Ashraf of the COM's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has been selected to receive the prestigious Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and its National Advisory Council.  Dr. Ashraf is studying the reversal of cardiac ischemic damage using stem cells and is also working in reperfusion injury.


Breast Cancer Research Grant

Although heralded in the local media, it bears repeating here that the COM and Children's Hospital have received funding to the tune of $9.6 million to develop one of four national "Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Centers."  The NIH grant, which is spread over seven years, will fund two major research projects as well as provide community outreach and education in collaboration with breast cancer advocacy organizations.  Congratulations to the COM's Sue Heffelfinger, M.D., PhD, M. Kathryn Brown, PhD and Robert Bornschein, PhD and Children's Hospital's Frank Biro, M.D.


Lab Coat Changes On the Horizon

The Lab Coat, that venerable staple of COM fashion, is undergoing a metamorphosis of sorts.  Specifically, the design team is looking to replace the UC seal with the new UC logo.


TDL Goes Weekly

Starting with this issue, The Dean's List will now be published weekly (it was previously published bi-weekly).  That means we'll need twice the amount of information, so keep those faxes and emails coming.  If you're not sure where to send information or what information we're looking for, please contact Joe Shields at 513-271-7222 or


Queen City 101

There was no garbage collection in Cincinnati in the 1800's because of the pigs that freely roamed the downtown city blocks, eating as they waddled.

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