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Date: Monday, August 27, 2007

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Tschöp Wins Scientific Achievement Award
Matthias Tschöp, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, has been selected as the 2007 recipient of the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award by the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. The award recognizes “excellence in an established research career and is given to an individual who has demonstrated particular independence of thought and originality.” Tschöp will receive a cash prize and expense-free travel to the Oct. 23 awards ceremony in New Orleans. For more information, visit

Professor Authors Pediatric Health Care Report
Lisa Simpson, MD, professor of pediatrics, is the lead author on a new report on health care for children and adolescents. “Reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP): Opportunities for Promoting Effective Health Coverage and High-Quality Care for Children and Adolescents” presents a framework for promoting effective health coverage and achieving high quality in both the SCHIP and Medicaid. The report discusses ensuring access to care through eligibility, enrollment and retention policies, providing a robust benefit package, strengthening provider capacity, measuring performance, improving quality, providing incentives for high-quality care and promoting the use of health information technology.


Smith Awarded Adult Asthma Research Grant
Andrew Smith, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine in the division of immunology, has won the 2007 Geriatrics Junior Faculty Development Award from the Association of Specialty Professors, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and UC Academic Health Center. Smith will receive a $150,000 research grant to study asthma risk factors and the quality of life in asthmatic elderly adults in the Cincinnati area.


Malik Joins Neurology Team
Sheetal Malik, MD, has been named an assistant professor of neurology. She will join Jennifer Cavitt, MD, David Ficker, MD, Michael Privitera, MD, and Jerzy Szaflarski, MD, PhD, in serving patients at the Cincinnati Epilepsy Center, a joint program of the neurology department and the Neuroscience Institute at UC and University Hospital. Malik joins UC from Columbia University, where she was a professor of neurology and completed her fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy. She brings expertise in intensive care unit (ICU) neurophysiological monitoring, which will help enhance the care of Neuroscience Institute ICU patients.

Fundraiser to Benefit Burn Division
The Cincinnati Fire Department Local 48 will hold a fundraiser to benefit the department of surgery’s burn division. “Firefighter Guest Bartender Nite” will be held from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Murray’s Wings, 2169 Queen City Ave., in Western Hills. The event includes door prizes and a split-the-pot drawing. For more information, contact Ralph Trump at (513) 515-2448 or

Levine Park to Be Rededicated Sept. 24
The newly redesigned Maurice Levine Park will be rededicated at noon Monday, Sept. 24, on the park’s lawn. The park, named after Maurice Levine, MD, “an inspired humanitarian” who chaired the psychiatry department from 1947 until his death in 1971, has been closed for three years for redesign as part of the MSB–CARE/Crawley Building construction project. The original park opened June 9, 1979. The event features a presentation by UC leadership followed by a lunch buffet in the Cardiovascular Research Center atrium. All are invited to attend. For more information or to RSVP, call (513) 558-2304 or e-mail

Walk From Obesity Sept. 29
UC’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss will host its fourth annual Walk From Obesity on Saturday, Sept. 29. The walk begins at 9 a.m. at Winton Woods Kestrel Point Shelter. Registration is $25, and all proceeds benefit the American Society for Bariatric Surgery to improve awareness and public and professional education, reduce discrimination and raise funds for obesity research. For more information or to register, call (513) 558-4787 or visit


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