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Date: Monday, June 11, 2007

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Neurology Resident Wins Research Award

Andrew Grande, MD, a fourth-year resident in the department of neurosurgery, won a $15,000 Cerebrovascular Disease Research Award from the cerebrovascular surgery section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) for his proposed study, “Regenerative Potential of Neural Stem/Progenitor Cells in the Adult Neocortex.” He will use the funds to test his hypothesis that neural stem/progenitor cells located in the adult neocortex can be mobilized to generate new neurons following an ischemic injury (or stroke) caused by an insufficient flow of oxygen to the brain.


First-Year Medical Students Select Apple Winners

First-year medical students have identified three faculty members they say have offered outstanding teaching and mentorship over the last year. Donald Lowrie, PhD, associate professor of cell and cancer biology, was honored with the Gold Apple. Silver Apples were awarded to professors of cell and cancer biology Bruce Giffin, PhD, and James Gross, PhD. The Gold and Silver Apple Awards program was established in 1968 by the Pi Kappa Epsilon fraternity to give the students the chance to recognize professors who had the most impact on their medical career—and life path—by serving as excellent instructors and mentors.


Internal Medicine Faculty Named Dean’s Scholars in Clinical Research

Four faculty members in the internal medicine department have been named 2007 Dean’s Scholars in Clinical Research by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST). They are Khalid Almoosa, MD, and Brent Kinder, MD, pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, Jason Blackard, PhD, digestive diseases, and Marzieh Salehi, MD, endocrinology and metabolism. The program is designed to spur career development in clinical research.


Three Receive COM Distinguished Alumni Awards

Three alums were honored as Distinguished Alumni at the May 19 commencement ceremony.


James J. James, MD, DrPH, class of ’67, is director of the American Medical Association (AMA) Center for Public Health Preparedness. He served 26 years with the U.S. Army Medical Department and has over 30 years’ experience in the public and private health care sectors.


Frederick Samaha, MD, class of ’87, whose father formerly chaired our neurology department, is an internal medicine faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s also the chief of cardiology at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. His research currently focuses on obesity, metabolic syndrome and the treatment of atherogenic dyslipidemia.


Parker Small, MD, class of ’57, is professor emeritus in both the department of pediatrics and the department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine at the University of Florida. Scientifically, he is best known for his defining role of the IgA antibody and cell mediated immunity in host defense against influenza.


Drake Center Phone and Fax Numbers Have Changed

Effective June 1, 2007, Drake main-campus local telephone and fax numbers changed. All phone numbers now begin with a 418 exchange, while the last four digits remain the same. For example, the Drake Center main number now becomes 418-2500. Please make note of the new numbers.


Digestive Health Center Call for Posters

The Digestive Health Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center invites students, postdoctoral fellows, investigators and others to submit an abstract poster for their Opening Day Research Forum. The forum is July 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Sabin/Fifth Third auditorium. In addition to the poster session, guest speaker Judy Cho, MD, director of the Inflammatory Bowel Center at Yale University, will review advances in IBD genetics. New posters and those already presented at meetings during 2007, up to 4’ x 8’, are welcome. Abstracts must be submitted by July 10 to Cynthia Wetzel, PhD, at Cash prizes will be offered for the best presented posters.


Genitourinary Malignancies Update

Leslie Oleksowicz, MD, division of hematology/oncology, will host a symposium on disease management for genitourinary malignancies on Saturday, July 21, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel at the University of Cincinnati from 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is intended for medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, urologists, surgeons, internists, pathologists, fellows, residents, students and oncology nurses. Program details and online registration are available at, or call Nancy Crossen at (513) 558-0120.

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