Helping Close the "Health Gap"
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. As befitting our role as leaders in the delivery of health care, the College of Medicine is joining with colleagues at University Hospital, UC and Children's Hospital to sponsor the Conference on Closing the Health Gap November 13 and 14. National and local speakers, health care professionals and community organization members will examine the issue and discuss ways to mobilize the community to eliminate these disparities.
College of Medicine Joins Ranks of National MRI Research
The COM has leapt to the forefront of national MRI research thanks to the official opening of the $8 million Center for Imaging Research. The Center, and its 4 Tesla Varian INOVA Whole Body MRI System, will currently permit neuroscience and orthopedic investigation in human subjects. The size of the magnet will, for example, allow researchers to study the brain intact in living people to find the neurobiological mechanisms causing such problems as multiple sclerosis, bipolar disorder and strokes. It is hoped that soon the equipment will also accommodate research on additional organ systems.
Dr. Warshaw Lands $2 Million Reynolds Grant
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has awarded a $2,000,000 grant to the University of Cincinnati as part of a commitment to strengthen physicians' geriatrics training across the United States. From 62 applications, The Reynolds Foundation awarded 10 grants to academic health centers to support comprehensive projects to train medical students, residents and practicing physicians in geriatrics.
Under the guidance of Gregg Warshaw, M.D., the funding from the Reynolds Foundation will allow the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the Health Alliance to increase and improve student and resident education and present new training for all primary care and selected sub-specialty residents. A geriatric medicine faculty development program for primary care and sub-specialty faculty will also be added, as well as a new geriatrics training program for primary care community physicians.
Stroke Team and AIT&L-IT member Receive Quality Service Awards
The entire UC Stroke Team and AIT&L-IT Customer Service member James Glenn were among three teams and six individuals honored at last week's University-wide Quality Service Initiative presentation. President Steger and Vice President of Administrative and Business Services James Tucker presented the awards. Recognition by the President's Quality Service Award Selection Committee indicates behavior consistent with the highest expectations of the UC experience, which includes communicating openly; valuing the contributions of others; understanding, fulfilling and exceeding expectations; taking ownership for one's own actions, working together as partners, and exhibiting integrity, respect and pride. Congratulations to Stroke Team members and their leader Joe Broderick, M.D., James Glenn of AIT&L and all of the 2003 award recipients.
October 14 Memorial Service To Honor Body Donors and Families
Those who donated their bodies to ensure the excellence of medical education and the advancement of medical science at the UC College of Medicine will be honored during a memorial service at 11 a.m. on October 14, in the Norman Chapel at Spring Grove Cemetery. Representatives of the College of Medicine, and clergy from the Catholic, Jewish and Protestant faiths will conduct services. The cremated remains of the donors are buried in a plot at Spring Grove and are identified by a monument with the inscription, "Through Their Thoughtfulness Knowledge Grows." For more information, contact Gina Duncan at 558-5612.
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