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Date: Monday, June 4, 2007

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Blackard Named ICAAC Young Investigator

Jason Blackard, MD, research assistant professor in the division of digestive diseases, has won a 2007 Young Investigator Award from the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC). Blackard will receive the award, presented by the American Society for Microbiology, the American Academy of Microbiology and award selection committee, at the 47th ICAAC annual meeting in September. Blackard’s research interest is in hepatitis C and HIV co-infection. ICAAC Young Investigator Awards recognize early- career scientists for research excellence and potential in microbiology and infectious diseases. Up to five awards may be presented each year.


Strife Receives Radiology Award

The Association of Program Directors in Radiology (APDR) has selected Janet Strife, MD, UC professor of radiology and pediatrics, as its 2007 Achievement Award recipient. While on the APDR board, Strife worked to incorporate competencies of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) into resident and fellowship training programs.


Internal Medicine Trainees’ Research Grand Rounds

First- and second-place winners of the internal medicine department’s 2007 Trainees’ Research Grand Rounds will present a short talk on their research Wednesday, June 6, during grand rounds at noon in the Medical Sciences Building 7051. The clinical research winners are Margaret Quate-Operacz, MD, (first place) and Vandana Khurma, MD, (second place). Honorable mentions went to Benedikt Aulinger, MD, Sara Corathers, MD, and Andrew Smith, MD. Basic research  winners are Stella Nicolaou (first place), Aman Shukla, MD, (second place) and Berkeley Limketai, student (honorable mention).


World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon Speaks at Grand Rounds

Fernando Ortiz Monasterio, MD, will present “The Art of Moving Orbits” during a special plastic surgery grand rounds at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 9, in University Hospital’s Surgical Amphitheater. Ortiz Monasterio, a craniofacial and plastic surgeon, is one of the last fellows trained by Paul Tessier, MD, considered the “father” of craniofacial surgery. Following the presentation, a portrait of Henry and Margaret Neale will be unveiled at the dedication of the newly renovated plastic surgery library. Henry Neale, MD, who completed his general surgery residency at UC, founded the plastic surgery division. He directed the division for 29 years, until his retirement in 2003. For more information, call (513) 558-0984.


Third Annual Liver Forum
The third annual UC Liver Forum will be held Aug. 17–18 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason. Ohio. Directed by Guy Neff, MD, and Nyingi Kemmer, MD, this event will provide insightful reviews of major advances in liver and hepatobiliary diseases. All gastroenterologists, hepatologists, transplant physicians, mid-level treaters, surgeons and pharmacists are encouraged to attend. The cost is $50 a day. For more information or to register, call (513) 558-1810 or e-mail


Program Provides IACUC Basics

The National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and UC are hosting a full-day program Sept. 27 at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel at the University of Cincinnati on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The program will cover historical perspectives, key components of an animal care and use program, IACUC functions, program evaluations and inspections, protocol review and personnel qualifications and training. Cost is $210 before Aug. 31 and $235 after that date. To register online or for more information, visit, call Rob Anderson at (513) 558-5187 or e-mail

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