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Date: Monday, July 31, 2006

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Aug. 18 Planning Conference

All Academic Health Center faculty and staff from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the VA Medical Center are invited to participate in a conference on Friday, Aug. 18, to plan for an application for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Hosted by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST), the session will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at Kingsgate Conference Center. Participants will develop initial objectives, evaluation outcomes and a timeline in nine focus areas. 


The CTSA is an NIH roadmap initiative to create an academic home for clinical and translational research at academic health centers nationwide. Created in October 2005 by David Stern, MD, the CCTST supports young investigators by helping to develop mentored and training grant applications to the NIH and similar organizations. It is currently led by Joel Tsevat, MD, and James Heubi, MD.  For more event information or to RSVP, contact Susan Swearingen at (513) 558-7540. To read more about the CCTST, visit


University Hospital PET/CT Open House

All physicians are invited to an open house at University Hospital's Positron Emission Tomography (PET)/Computed Tomography (CT) Center from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday,Aug. 8. The new PET/CT system integrates a PET scanner with multi-slice CT technology, which can aid in diagnosing and identifying cancer, heart disease and brain disorders. The center is located in the nuclear medicine department on the hospital's ground floor. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (513) 584-1335.


Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Symposium

The Stroke Research Center is hosting a free stroke survivor and caregiver symposium, Hope After Stroke, on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Montgomery Inn Banquet Center. Topics including understanding physical changes in the brain, coping with changes in emotions, thinking and fatigue, making the most of each day, and disability, prescription drug benefits and employee rights and workforce issues. Complimentary continental breakfast, lunch and parking are included. Register by Monday, Aug. 14, by calling (800) 787-6537.


Volleyball Tournament Benefits UC Cancer Research

The Barrett Cancer Center at University Hospital and cancer research programs at UC will benefit from this year's Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Pro Beach Volleyball Cincinnati Open, held Thursday, Aug. 31, through Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. Ten percent of ticket sale proceeds will be split between research and patient care efforts headed by UC physicians and scientists. Tickets are available at


New NetWellness Experts

The Dean's List would like to recognize the following faculty members who volunteer their time to provide expert information, articles and opinions on, the consumer health Web site that UC produces in collaboration with Case Western Reserve and Ohio State universities.


Patricia Joseph, MD, associate professor of medicine in the pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine division, has joined the cystic fibrosis health forum, which was launched this month. Valerie Hill-Hermann, occupational therapist in the physical medicine and rehabilitation department, has joined Netwellness as a rehabilitation expert. Joseph and Hill-Hermann join 153 other active UC contributors on the NetWellness expert panel. For more information on becoming a NetWellness expert, contact Doris Haag at (513) 558-5123.


Air Elected to EMTEC Board

Dorothy Air, PhD, associate senior vice president for entrepreneurial affairs, has been elected to the board of the Edison Material Technology Center (EMTEC). Headquartered in Dayton, EMTEC is a nonprofit, member-based organization serving Ohio that develops business and technology strategies. It also sponsors, coordinates and manages collaborative projects and programs leading to commercialization or new business formation. The organization focuses on assisting potentially high-growth materials technologies and providing technical coordination and commercialization assistance to strengthen Ohio's competitiveness in automotive, metal casting, nanomaterials, polymers, composites, biomaterials and alternative energy markets.


New Recognition Program

The internal medicine department is launching Peer2Peer, a new recognition program that aims to bring people together, promote team building and improve the quality of internal medicine's services. All employees integral to the internal medicine process are encouraged to nominate coworkers who demonstrate excellence, innovation, passion and dedication in the workplace. Anyone can participate regardless of their employer. For example, a member of the Health Alliance can nominate a UC staff member and vice versa. However, managers and their employees cannot nominate each other. Nominees will receive a certificate of recognition and a small gift. They will also be entered into a monthly draw to receive a $100 American Express gift card. Nomination forms are available in all internal medicine business offices and clinical practice sites, by calling (513) 245-3412 or e-mailing

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