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Date: Monday, February 5, 2007

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Clarke Named Future Leader
Callisia Clarke, MD, a first-year surgical resident, has been named a “Leader of the Future” by Applause! Magazine’s Reaching for the Stars Program. The program annually honors 10 African-Americans, 30 years and under, who have excelled in their chosen field and demonstrated a commitment to community service and leadership. Clarke will be recognized during an awards banquet Thursday, March 1, at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. She also will appear in Applause! Magazine’s Black History Month edition and on various WLWT-TV (channel 5) vignettes on emerging leaders during February.

AmericaCancer Society Grant

The American Cancer Society’s Ohio Division is soliciting applications for a $30,000, one-year cancer research grant. The grant is designed to encourage new investigators to enter cancer research and enable them to accumulate data that will lead to continued cancer research projects funded by national granting agencies. Applications will be available after Friday, Feb. 9, by visiting or calling Lynn Ayres at (888) 227-6446, ext. 8420. Applications are due no later than Wednesday, April 11. The grant will be awarded Wednesday, May 30.


Elizabeth Blackwell Play
College of Medicine employees and students are invited to attend a special play on the life of Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6. “Woman Alone: A One-Woman Play” will be performed by Linda Gray Kelley in the main atrium at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St. Blackwell, a Cincinnati resident, was an abolitionist and women’s rights activist who in 1849 became the first women to earn a medical degree in America. The free event is part of the “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians” exhibition, currently on display at the Public Library. For more information, visit

Scientist to Discuss Mammary Gland and Breast Cancer
Mina Bissell, PhD, distinguished scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will discuss “Phenotype Overrides Genotype in Mammary Gland and Breast Cancer” at noon Thursday, Feb. 8, in Rieveschl Auditorium. Bissell is a renowned cancer researcher in the field of extra cellular matrix and microenvironment in breast cancer. The event is hosted by the Barrett Cancer Center at UC and the cell and cancer biology department. For more information, e-mail Sohaib Khan, PhD, at

Pancreatic Diseases Symposium
The sixth annual Pancreatic Diseases Symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel at the University of Cincinnati. Sponsored by the surgery department, the conference will provide practicing gastroenterologists, surgeons and primary care physicians with a problem-based overview of current diagnostic and treatment options in pancreatic diseases. Registration costs $50 and is limited to 60 participants. For more information, visit

Archdeacon to Host Trauma 101 Event

Michael Archdeacon, MD, director of musculoskeletal traumatology in the orthopedic surgery department, is chairing the fifth annual “Trauma 101” Fracture Care for the Community Orthopedist program. The event will provide an overview and update on the management of fractures and orthopedic trauma. It will be held Friday and Saturday, April 27–28, at the Duke Energy Center. The cost is $350 for physicians, $250 for physical therapists, physician assistants and occupational therapists and $100 for nurses. For more information or to register, call (513) 558-2978.

Classes to Support UC Cancer Research
Cincinnati Functional Fitness in Oakley will host “F.I.T. to Fight Ovarian Cancer,” on Sunday, Feb. 11, to benefit the Barrett Cancer Center at UC. The event features two one-hour functional integrated training (F.I.T.) classes that focus on cardio, flexibility, strength and balance. The sessions, $50 each, will be held at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. All proceeds will benefit cancer programs and research at UC. Ovarian cancer, the deadliest of the gynecologic cancers, is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women. For more information, visit or call (513)558-8624.



Melanson Named Clinical Director
Maria Melanson, MD, has been named clinical director of the Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis. Melanson joins UC from the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, where she served as director for six years. She will work with Bibiana Bielekova, MD, Istvan Pirko, MD, Aaron Johnson, PhD, and Kelly Vogler, RN, in continuing the reputation of the Waddell Center and the Neuroscience Institute at UC as leaders in patient care and research.

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