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Date: Monday, July 17, 2006

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Academic Health Center Blood Drive Today

Hoxworth Blood Center will hold an Academic Health Center Blood Drive today from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Hoxworth’s fourth floor. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate. Appointments can be scheduled, but walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to make an appointment, visit or call (513) 558-1562. Pizza will be provided and each donor will receive a T-shirt and be entered into a drawing for a professional outdoor grill worth $2,500.


Researcher Awarded Grant to Study Ovarian Cancer

Angela Drew, PhD, assistant professor of genome research, has received a four-year, $712,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to study ovarian cancer. Drew and her research team will attempt to learn more about the mechanisms that ovarian tumor cells use to metastasize. The team has already shown that ovarian tumors utilize inflammatory cell proteins for this purpose. By targeting those interactions, the researchers want to reduce the metastasis that leads to the high rate of mortality among ovarian cancer patients. The grant was part of the American Cancer Society’s Research and Training Program, which has funded about $3 billion in cancer research since 1946.


White Coat Ceremony

The 11th Annual White Coat Ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at Music Hall. The ceremony formally welcomes incoming students into the College of Medicine. Students will each receive a white coat as a symbol of their new responsibility of providing the best patient care, and as a reminder of the humanism needed to practice medicine. Barb Tobias, MD, associate professor of family medicine, will be the keynote speaker. For more information, call (513) 558-5577 or e-mail

News Reports Ranking Error
U.S. News & World Report has reported a data processing error in its recent Best Hospitals listing that affected the rankings of University Hospital. Endocrinology moved up to 25 (previously ranked 26), urology dropped to 31 (previously 30) and neurology and neurosurgery fell to 39 (previously 38). All other ranking remained the same: digestive disorders (41), ear, nose and throat (17), kidney disease (40), psychiatry (21) and respiratory disorders (25). For more information, visit

Appointed to Health Board

Stephen Wilson, MD, assistant professor of medicine-pediatrics, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Cincinnati Board of Health by Mayor Mark Mallory. The Board of Health is responsible for the promotion, protection and maintenance of the public’s health by developing and enforcing health laws, education and rehabilitation activities and disease prevention. For more information, visit


GU Symposium Saturday
The hematology-oncology division will sponsor a symposium on genitourinary malignancies from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Blue Ash. Health providers and individuals interested in learning about the treatment of genitourinary cancer are invited to attend this free course. For more information, call (513) 558-0120 or visit


Hablitzel Holds Book Signings

William Hablitzel, MD, associate professor in the internal medicine department, will hold two August book signings for his newly published book, “Dying Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me.”  The book, acclaimed by inspirational authors and physicians, describes the importance of life’s lessons by “balancing details of the medical world with more humanistic elements, such as the importance of friends and family, staying in the moment and giving of one’s self.” The first signing will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Eastgate Borders. The second will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Borders in Crestview Hills, Ky. For more information, visit

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