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Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2006

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New Research Appointments

Melissa Colbert, PhD, has been named director and research compliance officer in the UC Office of Research. Colbert, an associate professor in the pediatrics department, has spent the last year as acting executive director of the Office of Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In her new role, Colbert will oversee university-wide compliance activities for animal care and use, biosafety, radiation safety and human research protection.


In addition, Dawn O’Neill, director of research compliance training, has been named interim executive director for research programs in the UC Office of Research. In her new position, O’Neill will provide leadership for the Human Research Protection Program, including the Institutional Review Board, the Post-Approval Monitoring Program and Research Compliance Training.

Colbert and O’Neill both assumed their new responsibilities Sept. 1, 2006.


Gesell Named Society President

Laurie Beth Gesell, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine and medical director at University Hospital’s Center for Hyperbaric Medicine, has been elected president of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) for 2007. UHMS, an international, nonprofit organization composed of nearly 2,000 diving and hyperbaric scientists and physicians, is the advisory arm for insurance and government regulatory and protocol policy. As president, Gesell will serve as chairperson of the board of directors and oversee the society’s actions.


Get in Shape for the Sunflower Revolution III

The Neuroscience Institute will host a spinning workout fundraiser, Sunflower Rev-Up, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Revolution Fitness in Oakley. All are invited to train for October’s Sunflower Revolution III bike race and support the local fight against Parkinson’s disease. The cost is $35 for one hour of spinning, $70 for two hours and $100 for three hours (individually or as part of a team.) All proceeds benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call (513) 272-2345 or e-mail


Environmental Health Chair Appointed to Conference Committee

Shuk-mei Ho, PhD, chair of UC’s environmental health department, has been appointed to the technical planning committee for the 2007 “IMPaCT: Innovative Minds in Prostate Cancer Today” research conference, part of the U.S. Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program. This inaugural conference will bring together about 1,000 leading scientists and prostate cancer advocates from around the world to exchange ideas and explore new avenues to advance prostate cancer research. One of 19 committee members, Ho will help design and implement all aspects of the conference.


Tristate Nursing Summit

The College of Nursing is holding a one-day symposium, “Innovation in NursingThe Future of Nursing in the Tristate,” on Sept. 8 from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 101 Procter Hall. The summit will give nursing leaders an opportunity to share challenges and collaborative approaches to innovation in nursing. The goal is to advance knowledge, promote dialogue and exchange ideas related to improving performance levels in clinical and operational nursing and nursing education. The cost is $60. To register, call (513) 558-5311.


Page Named Early Career Award Recipient

Stephen Page, PhD, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, has been named the first-ever recipient of the Deborah Wilkerson Early Career Award by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), the world’s largest interdisciplinary rehabilitation research organization. Page was selected from an international pool of applicants for his ongoing work in stroke recovery, as well as his contributions to ACRM. These include cochairing the congress’s 2004 and 2005 international conferences, which were held in conjunction with the American Society for Neurorehabilitation. Page will receive the award during the ACRM annual conference in Boston this fall.


Micro Imaging Seminars

The Imaging Research Center has released the fall schedule of its Micro Imaging Seminar Series. Open to all faculty and staff, each seminar will be held at noon at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Michelle Cooley (513) 636-7230. The schedule is as follows:


Sept. 20            Diana M. Lindquist, “In Vivo Spectroscopy of Rat Brain”

                        Room C-2024


Oct. 4               Maike Krenz, “Cardiac MRI in Mice”

                        Room C-4490


Oct. 18             Xuandong Zhao, “Quantification of Arterial Compliance

                        With Cine Phase-Contrast in Magnetic Resonance Imaging”

                        Room C-2024


Nov. 1               Vinod Kaimal, “Targeted Dual Delivery of Therapeutic and MR

                        Contrast Agents to Tumor Cells Using Liposomes”                                 

                        Room C-2024


Nov. 15             Alex Kuan, “The Deadly Consequences of Cerebral

                        Ischemia Plus Hypoxia”                                    

                        Room C-2024


Dec. 13             Bob Colbert, “Inflammatory Disease in HLA-B27 Transgenic Rats”           

                        Room C-2024


Jan. 10             Daniel Choo, “In Vivo Microimaging in Developmental Studies

                        of the Embryonic Inner Ear”

                        Room C-2024

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