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Date: Monday, October 9, 2006

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Lyons Awarded NIH Grant

Michael Lyons, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, has received a five-year,$668,452 National Institutes of Health Career Development Award (NIH K23) from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Lyons will use the award to evaluate HIV screening methods in an urban emergency department. His research team includes Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, of internal medicine, and Alexander Trott, MD, Christopher Lindsell, PhD, Dana Raab, RN, Andrew Ruffner and Matthew Sperling, all of emergency medicine.


Pilot Research Training Program

UC’s Education and Research Center, supported by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, will host its 7th Pilot Research Project Symposium Oct. 12–13 at Kettering Laboratory’s Kehoe Auditorium. The annual event aims to increase the research capacity of trainees and young investigators in occupational health and safety from 10 collaborating universities throughout the region and to encourage those in related disciplines to pursue occupational health and safety research. The symposium is free and open to the public. Continuing education units are available. For more information, call (513) 558-1730 or (513) 558-5710.


Appendix Cancer Benefit

Vito’s Café in Ft. Thomas, Ky., will host a dinner and silent auction, “Night of Silence and Singing,” to support appendix cancer research conducted by Andrew Lowy, MD, associate professor of surgery. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Ten percent of all food and drink sales and all proceeds from the silent auction—which includes signed sports memorabilia—will support Lowy’s work at the Barrett Cancer Center at the University of Cincinnati. The cost is $50 per person. Reservations are required by Thursday, Oct. 12. For more information, call (513) 558-8624.


Academic Health Center Blood Drive

Hoxworth Blood Center will hold its fall Academic Health Center Blood Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, on the fourth floor of Hoxworth Blood Center. All donors will receive a UC travel tumbler and will be automatically entered into a raffle to win two UC men’s basketball regular season tickets and a parking pass. All donors are reminded to eat a good meal within fours hours of donating, drink plenty of fluids and bring photo identification with them. To schedule a donation appointment, call (513) 451-0910.


New Alpha Omega Alpha Inductees

Thirteen College of Medicine students have been inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honorary Medical Society. They include fourth-year students Aaron Blackham, David Crowe, Monica Dalal, Imad Elkhatib, John Guluzian, Stephen Hamilton, Stacey House, Berkeley Limketkai, Janice McDaniel, Scott Schoenberger, Rafal Stachowicz, Matthew Turner and Deborah Rohner. Alpha Omega Alpha strives to recognize and perpetuate excellence in the medical profession. The next round of elections will take place early next year.


Breast Cancer Symposium

Melvin Silverstein, MD, will discuss new strategies in oncoplastic surgery and other novel surgical techniques at the 10th Annual Comprehensive Breast Cancer Conference to be held Saturday, Oct. 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kingsgate Conference Center. Silverstein is an internationally recognized authority on breast cancer research and treatment at the University of Southern

California. Other leading physicians will lecture on advances in chemotherapy, mammography and pharmacogenetics. The cost is $40 for professionals and $10 for residents, fellows and medical students. Continuing medical education credits are available. For more information, call (513) 584-2196.


Tso Named to NIDDK Advisory Council

Patrick Tso, PhD, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, has been appointed to the Advisory Council for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As a member of the council, Tso will review broad issues of scientific policy that relate to the NIDDK and provide second-level peer review of grant applications. His term begins Nov. 1 and runs through October 2010. Tso also heads UC’s Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center—one of only three of its kind in the country designed to characterize mouse models used for the study of diabetes and its complications—which was recently refunded with its second five-year, $5 million grant from the NIH.


Dean’s Bridge Funding Recipients Named

Three researchers have been named second-round recipients of the Dean’s Bridge Funding Awards. Caleb Adler, MD, of psychiatry, Mary Beth Genter, PhD, environmental health, and Laura Woollett, PhD, pathology, have each received $55,000. Six proposals were reviewed for this second round. Applications for the next round are due Jan. 22, 2007. Faculty must be nominated by their department chair. The Dean’s Bridge Funding program was set up to provide short-term support for established and productive College of Medicine researchers who have priority scores on pending grant applications that are close to being funded. For more information, call (513) 558-9815 or e-mail


Watts Named to FDA Advisory Committee

Nelson Watts, MD, professor of medicine and director of the UC Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center, has been appointed to a second term as chair of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Endocrine and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee. As chair, Watts reviews and evaluates data concerning the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational drug products for treating endocrine and metabolic disorders and makes appropriate recommendations to the FDA commissioner. His appointment runs through June 2008.


Lu Wins Dissertation Award

Wendell Lu, a fifth-year graduate student in the systems biology and physiology doctoral program, has received the Distinguished Dissertation Award from the UC Office of Research.The award will provide a full year of tuition and a research stipend.


Surgery CME Conference

The surgery department will host its first-ever Continuing Medical Education Conference and Luncheon from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Manor House, 7440 Mason-Montgomery Rd., in Mason. The event—free and open to all health care providers—is designed to help community physicians better understand the services offered by the multidisciplinary team at UC. Topics include laparoscopic colorectal surgery, specialty care for the cancer patient, surgical options for treatment of heart failure, robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, endocrine surgery and much more. Attendees can earn up to 4 category 1 continuing medical education credits toward the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award. To RSVP or for more information, call (513) 558-5334 or visit


Faculty, Residents to Present at ACEP Conference

Several faculty members and residents from the departments of emergency medicine, surgery and internal medicine have been selected to present their research at the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Scientific Assembly to be held Oct. 15–18 in New Orleans. The UC presenters and their topics include:


·         Joe Colla, MD, James Moak, MD, and Christopher Lindsell, PhD, “Evaluating Competency of Emergency Physicians at Pelvic Ultrasound After Implementation of an Ultrasound Credentialing Process.”

·         Carolyn Holland, MD, Christopher Lindsell, PhD, Sean Collins, MD, and Richard Falcone, MD, “History and Physical Examination Findings Alone Are Inadequate for Identification of Low-Risk Pediatric Blunt Trauma.”

·         Christopher Lindsell, PhD, and Sean Collins, MD, “A Clinical Prediction Rule for an Emergency Department Diagnosis of Acute Decompensated Heart Failure.”

·         Jason McMullan, MD, Andra Blomkalns, MD, and Christopher Lindsell, PhD, “Prognostic Implications of a Normal Coronary Angiogram.”

·         Christian Jacobus, MD, Christopher Lindsell, PhD, and Sabrina Leach, MD, “Prevalence and Demographics of MRSA in Culturable Skin and Soft Tissue Infections Presenting to an Urban Emergency Department.”

·         Sean Collins, MD, and Mark Eckman, MD, “Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Emergency Department Disposition Decisions in Non-High Risk Heart Failure Patients.”

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