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Date: Monday, December 11, 2006

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Shriners Named National Top Performer
Cincinnati Shriners Hospital for Children was one of 61 hospitals nationwide to be named a 2006 Summit Award winner by Press Ganey Associates. The Summit Award recognizes top-performing facilities that sustain the highest level of customer satisfaction for three or more consecutive years. The hospital was commended for its excellent outpatient services department. Press Ganey Associates partners with health care facilities to measure the level of customer satisfaction and improve their quality of health care delivery. For more information, visit


Save the DateMartin Luther King Celebration
The 35th Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Ceremony will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, in Kresge Auditorium. The event will begin with a processional into the auditorium by local religious leaders, followed by the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Paul Booth Jr., a local minister, will deliver the keynote address. For more information, call e-mail or

Environmental Health Seminar
John McLachlan, PhD, director of the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane and Xavier universities, will discuss “Estrogen: The Earth Mother of Hormones” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Kettering Laboratory’s Kehoe Auditorium. McLachlan is also the Weatherhead Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies at Tulane and professor of pharmacology at Xavier. The event is sponsored by the UC environmental health department. For more information, call (513) 558-5439.


IDC Notches $1.4 Million Grant
The UC Infectious Diseases Center (IDC) has received renewal funding of its $1.4 million AIDS Clinical Trials Unit grant. Originally funded in 1987, the grant allows the IDC to conduct clinical trails in people infected with HIV. The IDC, which was one of 25 centers nationally funded by the National Institutes of Health, has received more than $100 million in grant support over the last 20 years. Judith Feinberg, MD, professor and director of the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, will serve as the study’s principal investigator.

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Awarded Contract
The reproductive endocrinology and infertility division has been awarded a $626,667 contract by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to perform a 36-month, phase-3 clinical trial to study the safety and efficacy of a new 12-month, contraceptive vaginal ring. Led by principal investigator Michael Thomas, MD, and coinvestigator Dan Williams, MD, the study also includes two substudies to observe hepatic function and endometrial stability. For more information, call (513) 584-4100 or visit

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