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Date: Monday, July 2, 2007

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Gillespie Named Interim VP of Development
John Gillespie has been named interim associate senior vice president for development and alumni affairs at the Academic Health Center, effective immediately. Gillespie has a 30-year distinguished association with the University of Cincinnati. Since 1998, he has served as director of marketing and development for UC Physicians. He also serves as executive director and treasurer of the Medical Center Fund of Cincinnati. Prior to those appointments, he served in a variety of administrative leadership roles with clinical departments at the College of Medicine and at Alliance Primary Care. Gillespie will continue to serve with UC Physicians and the Medical Center Fund during this interim period.

Faculty Give Nearly $1 Million to Establish Endowed Chair
Diya Mutasim, MD, chair of dermatology, and Hugh Gloster, MD, associate professor, have together donated $900,000 to the College of Medicine to establish an endowed chair in dermatology. The chair, officially named the Drs. Diya F. Mutasim, and Hugh M. Gloster, Jr., and Harry L. Claassen Endowed Chair of Dermatology, honors Harry Claassen, MD, the dermatology department’s fourth chair, who died in 1947 at the age of 55.

Mutasim, who will assume the new endowed chair, has been the dermatology chair since 1998. An expert in immunodermatology and dermatopathology, he has authored over 100 publications and given more than 170 scientific presentations.

Gloster, who joined UC in 1994, specializes in Mohs micrographic dermatologic surgery and has a research interest in ethnic skin cancer. He has authored 34 publications and given more than 100 presentations. For more information, visit

Bragg Selected for Aging Research Program
Elizabeth Bragg, PhD, of the Institute for the Study of Health, was one of 40 researchers selected nationally to attend the summer research program at the National Institute of Aging Summer Institute. The program, to be held July 14–20 in Queenstown, Md., will include lectures, seminars and small-group discussions in research design relative to aging. Topics include the biology of aging, genetics and Alzheimer’s disease, and health and behavior. For more information, visit

Alloway Appointed to Advisory Board
Rita Alloway, PharmD, was one of six internationally recognized organ transplantation experts appointed to the newly formed scientific advisory board for LifeCycle Pharma. Alloway, director for transplant clinical research in nephrology, will provide research and development counsel to LifeCycle’s management team as the company expands its organ transplantation portfolio. For more information, visit

PR Team Wins International, Local Awards

The Academic Health Center public relations (PR) and communications office has won seven awards for outstanding professional work. Findings and UC Research won awards of excellence for “best publications from an educational institution” in the 13th Annual Communicator Awards competition. In addition, the 2005 Research Annual Report won an award of distinction. An international award competition, the Communicator Awards recognizes excellence in print communications.

In the local 2007 Bronze Quill Awards competition, sponsored by the International Association of Business Communicators, E-Health News Daily, the daily e-publication of media placements, won an award of excellence. UC Research,—the PR office’s Web site—and Health Connections, an e-publication for College of Medicine alumni, each won an award of merit. The PR team includes director Richard Puff, assistant director David Bracey, public information officers Jamie Davis, Jill Hafner, Amanda Harper, Dama Kimmon and Katie Pence, and art director Suki Jeffrey.

New Master’s Program
UC has added a new master’s in public health (MPH) degree. Based in the Institute for the Study of Health, the new program focuses on five major areas—biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health systems and social and behavioral sciences. It will also emphasize generation, evaluation and application of evidence for improving the public’s health—a relatively new component among national MPH programs, according to program director James Boex, PhD. The university expects to enroll its first class of MPH students in fall 2008. For more information, visit

UC Earns Research Accreditation
UC has received full accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). Compliance with AAHRPP standards ensures protections are built into every step of the research process—from study design and selection of research sites and investigators to the actual conduct of research and collection and interpretation of data. For more information, visit


Faculty Forum Meeting
Monica Rimai, UC senior vice president of finance and operations, and Bob Ambach, associate senior vice president and chief financial officer at the Academic Health Center, will give an update on the university budget during the College of Medicine Faculty Forum to be held at 4 p.m. July 17. The presentation will take place in Medical Sciences Building room 4051. For more information, contact Catharine Saelinger, PhD, Faculty Forum president, at (513) 558-0072.


Ophthalmology Wins $110,000 Grant
The ophthalmology department has been awarded a $110,000 grant by Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB). The grant will support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases. James Augsburger, MD, chair of the department, will direct the research. A voluntary organization founded in 1960, RPB has channeled more than $240 million to medical institutions and scientists for eye research. For more information, visit

Lang Awarded $60,000
Richard Lang, PhD, professor of pediatrics and researcher in the ophthalmology department, has received a $60,000 Lew R. Wasserman Merit Award from Research to Prevent Blindness. The award provides unrestricted support to mid-career MD and PhD scientists in ophthalmology who are actively engaged in eye research. Lang specializes in research of the eye during the development of an embryo. For more information, visit


Entrepreneurial Program Accepting Summer Quarter Applications 
The Entrepreneurial Launch Pad is accepting applications for its next round of funding. The UC|21 program provides seed funding, expert resources and business connections to faculty and staff interested in developing entrepreneurial initiatives. The program is open to all full-time faculty and staff and to students working with faculty members. Funding, ranging from $10,000 to $25,000, will be awarded on the basis of application quality and the likelihood of commercial success. Applications must be submitted to the UC office of entrepreneurial affairs by Aug. 15. Winners will be notified by Sept. 14. For more information, visit

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