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Jensen Elected to Biomedical Research Foundation
Elwood Jensen, distinguished professor in the department of cell and cancer biology, has been appointed to the board of governors for the Foundation for Biomedical Research based in Washington, DC. The board boasts eight Nobel laureates, nine recipients of the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award and 15 members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Jensen was elected to the National Academy in 1974 and received the Lasker Award for basic medical research in 2004. A major goal of the foundation is to educate the public, as well as scientists, about the importance of responsible and humane treatment of animals used in biomedical research. For more information, visit fbresearch.org.
Steward Joins American Thyroid Association Task Force
David Steward, MD, director of thyroid/parathyroid disorders for the otolaryngology department, has been asked to join the American Thyroid Association (ATA) Task Force on Thyroid Cancer Management Guidelines. This is a national, multi-specialty group of thyroid cancer experts who balance evidence-based research with expert opinion and develop guidelines that are considered the consensus on thyroid cancer management in the United States. Steward is one of only two surgeons on the task force and the only otolaryngology–head and neck surgeon. He will serve as a liaison between the ATA and the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. For more information, visit thyroid.org.
Falciglia Awarded NIH Grant
Mercedes Falciglia, MD, assistant professor in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and staff physician at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has received a five-year, $662,215 career development award (NIH K23) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. She will investigate the causes of hyperglycemia in critically ill patients with undiagnosed diabetes admitted to University Hospital and the VA. Falciglia’s research team includes David D’Alessio, MD, and Marta Render, MD, from the internal medicine department.
Psychiatry Student Selected as Research Scholar
Jeff Strawn, a second-year psychiatry student, has been selected as an American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE)/Janssen Resident Psychiatric Research Scholar. Scholars are selected for their potential to develop a research career in psychiatry. The program is a two-year fellowship that provides special mentoring and career enrichment and includes a $2,500 stipend during the second year. In addition, transportation and accommodation expenses are covered for the 2007 and 2008 APA annual meetings. For more information, visit psych.org.
Grant Proposals Being Accepted for Cancer Research
The UC Barrett Cancer Center at University Hospital is accepting pilot grant proposals for cancer research. These grants facilitate and increase cancer research, encourage interaction and collaboration between basic scientific and clinical investigators, and encourage the entry of young investigators into the field. Proposals, which will be reviewed for scientific content and the likelihood of leveraging the pilot grant into national funding, are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15. Address questions about the program and eligibility to Amy Itescu at firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 558-1284.
Progress Reports on Pilot Project Grants
Recipients of Pilot Project Grants from the Environmental Health Department’s Center for Environmental Genetics (CEG) will present updates on their research projects May 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Health Professions Building (HPB) room 341. Presenters include Ying Chen, PhD, Deborah Clegg, PhD, Kim Dietrich, PhD, Mary Beth Genter, PhD, Floyd Salle, MD, PhD, and Jessica Woo, PhD.The CEG is a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Center grant devoted to increasing the quality of environmental health sciences research at UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It focuses on gene-environment interaction. For more information, contact Elizabeth Kopras at (513) 558-3625 or email@example.com.
Gerontology Conference Focuses on Humanistic Aspects of Caring
The College of Nursing will host a gerontology conference titled “Celebrate Aging: Voices of Courage” on Thursday, May 31, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Voice of Freedom Park Conference Center in West Chester. The one-day, evidence-based workshop will focus on the humanistic aspects of caring for older adults and supporting their families. Professionals in acute-care, long-term and end-of-life care are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register, visit here, or contact Charles Puchta at (513) 558-2428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers and Teams Needed for ‘Ride Cincinnati’
Volunteers and participant teams are needed for Ride Cincinnati, a June 10 event benefiting research at the UC Barrett Cancer Center at University Hospital. UC faculty, staff, students and their families are encouraged to form teams or individually ride distances of 10, 25, 40 or 62 miles. All rides start at Yeatman’s Cove. The 62-mile ride begins at 7:30 a.m., while all other distances start at 9 a.m. Kids can participate in the Kids Bike Rally, starting at 10 a.m., and travel over the Purple People Bridge. After the Kids Bike Rally, each child will receive a participation medal and enjoy free celebration activities, including balloon artists, magicians, a jump house, goodie bags, food and music.
Registration, costing $30, can be made in advance of race day by calling Kelly Weissmann at (513) 347-3255 or at ridecincinnati.org. “Day-of” registrations will also be accepted for $35. All riders will get a T-shirt and pink helmet cover for participating.
Twenty to 30 volunteers are needed to help staff water stations and hand out materials. Information on volunteering can also be found at ridecincinnati.org under the volunteer link.
Ride Cincinnati was founded by Harvey Harris, DDS, Ronald Stern and Craig Cowit, three Cincinnati men whose families have been touched by breast cancer. The event is dedicated to the life of Marlene Harris and all women who have been affected by breast cancer.
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