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Date: Monday, August 6, 2007

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Hoxworth in Need of Blood Donors
Hoxworth Blood Center has issued an emergency appeal for donors of all blood types, especially Type O and platelets. Attempts to acquire blood and blood products from other blood centers have been denied because of critical shortages nationwide. Hospitals and trauma centers can’t function without Type O blood, the most common blood type. Donations can be made at the Hoxworth Building on the Academic Health Center campus or at one of Hoxworth’s eight neighborhood donation centers in Anderson, Blue Ash, Downtown, Ft. Mitchell, Ft. Thomas, Mason, Tricounty and Western Hills. Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (513) 451-0910 or visiting

Otten Named WMS Fellow
Edward Otten, MD, professor of emergency medicine, has been named a fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, part of the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS). The WMS is a worldwide organization of medical professionals dedicated to advancing clinical practice, research and education in wilderness medicine. The academy serves WMS members by organizing and presenting a program of adult education based on a standardized, evidence-based core curriculum. Otten, who was inducted into the inaugural fellow class, has previously served as WMS president, secretary, treasurer and board member. For more information, visit

Bingham Appointed to NIOSH Review Committee
Eula Bingham, MD, professor of environmental health, has been appointed to the review committee of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Health Hazards Evaluation Program. The program evaluates new and unusual workplace hazards, including chemicals, biological agents, work stress, heat stress, noise, radiation and ergonomic stressors. For more information, visit

Rudich Becomes NetWellness Expert
Steve Rudich, MD, associate professor of surgery, has become a expert in liver health and transplantation. Rudich joins 165 other active UC contributors on the NetWellness expert panel. For more information on becoming a NetWellness expert, contact Doris Haag at (513) 558-5123 or NetWellness is a commercial-free consumer health Web site that UC produces in collaboration with Case Western Reserve and Ohio State universities.

Research Fellows Compete in Poster Symposium
Nearly 70 undergraduate students presented their summer basic science research during the College of Medicine’s Capstone Poster Symposium, held Aug. 3. The event, part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, was judged by UC faculty. Prizes were awarded to six students for the top four places. The winners and their UC mentors are

·      First Place: Traci Lynch, Wofford College, and mentor Ann Akeson, PhD, pediatrics/pulmonary biology, for “Pulmonary Lymphatic Development in Mice.”

·      Second Place (Tie): Kari Davis, University of Saint Francis, and mentor Winston Kao, PhD, ophthalmology, for “Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Into Keratocan-Positive Cells in the Mouse Cornea,” and Christine Pellino, West Virginia University, and mentor Phil Howles, PhD, pathology and laboratory medicine, for “Carboxyl Ester Lipase Is Expressed in Pancreatic Islets and May Affect Insulin Secretion and Glucose Metabolism.”

·      Third Place (Tie): Charlotte Crowley, Notre Dame University, and mentor Andrew Hershey, MD, PhD, pediatrics/neurology, for “Drawings by Children With Headache Are Good Predictors of Migraine Symptom,” and Josh Bernstein, Kenyon College, and mentor Marc Rothenberg, MD, PhD, pediatrics/allergy and immunology, for “The Opposing Function of Paired Immunoglobulin-Like Receptor B (PIR-B) Regulating Eosinophil Chemotaxis.”

·      Fourth Place: Michael Bechill, University of Saint Francis, and mentor Dan Hassett, PhD, molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology, for “Two-Pronged Survival Strategy for the Major Cystic Fibrosis Pathogen, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Lacking the Capacity to Degrade Nitric Oxide During Anaerobic Respiration.”

For more information on the SURF program, visit


Panos, Robertson Receive RIP Funding     
Ralph Panos, MD, division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, and Jamie Robertson, MD, division of infectious diseases, have received $10,000 in funding from the Veterans Integrated Service Network’s Research Initiative Program (RIP). The program provides seed funds to help investigators develop competitive research proposals. Panos’ proposal, “Peri-Anesthetic Complications in Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” and Robertson’s “Validating Predictors of Progressive Anal Dysplasia in HIV Patients” were among the top five selected.


White Coat Ceremony
The 12th annual White Coat Ceremony will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Music Hall. The ceremony formally welcomes incoming students into the College of Medicine. Students will each receive a white coat as a symbol of their new responsibility of providing the best patient care, and as a reminder of the humanism needed to practice medicine. Charles Schubert, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, will be the keynote speaker. For more information, call (513) 558-5577 or e-mail


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