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Date: Monday, October 8, 2007

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Heubi Named to NCRR Advisory Council
James Heubi, MD, professor and associate chair for clinical research in the pediatrics department, has been appointed to a four-year term on the National Advisory Research Resources Council of the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR). Heubi, one of 18 new members, will conduct second-level review of funding applications and advise the NCRR on other funding activities, policies and program considerations. The NCRR—a National Institutes of Health center—“provides clinical and translational researchers with the training and tools they need to understand, detect, treat and prevent a wide range of diseases.” It currently funds the nation’s General Clinical Research Centers and is the funding source for the new Clinical and Translational Science Awards. Heubi is also the associate dean for clinical research at the College of Medicine and director of the General Clinical Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Le Awarded Traveling Fellowship
Theodore Toan Le, MD, assistant professor, has been awarded a $5,000 Mid-America Orthopaedic Association’s (MAOA) Traveling Fellowship for 200708. Le, who specializes in total joint replacement, will use the grant to study complex revision cases and experience first hand the controversies and advances associated with the procedure at Rush University in Chicago. The MAOA’s traveling fellowships are awarded to researchers under age 40 who are board certified or have completed an approved orthopedic residency and reside in the organization’s 20-state region. For more information visit,

Reed to Serve as Examiner
Amy Reed, MD, assistant professor of surgery and director of the vascular surgery fellowship program, has been invited to serve as an examiner for the oral vascular surgery certification exam by the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery (ABS). Surgeons certified by the ABS, have completed a minimum of five years of surgical training and successfully completed a written and oral examination process. Certification means that a physician has met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge. The oral vascular surgery exam will be held May 8–20 in Dallas. For more information, visit

Students Inducted Into Humanism Honor Society
Six fourth-year medical students have been selected for induction into the College of Medicine’s Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). They include Karen Ayre, Paul Bunch, Katherine Davidson, Martha Orabella, Conal Roche and Daniel Shrey. GHHS honors senior medical students, residents, physician teachers and other individuals who “demonstrate excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.” The new class will be inducted during the GHHS ceremony and recognition dinner to be held Monday, Nov. 12. Students will be presented with an award by GHHS founders Arnold P. Gold, MD, and Sandra Gold of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. National medical humanities and ethics expert Abraham Verghese, MD, will deliver the keynote address, Touching Where It Hurts: The Role of the Bedside Exam in a Technological Age.” For more information, e-mail Denise Gibson, PhD, at, or Richard Stevenson, MD, at

Emergency Medicine Faculty to Present at Conference
Four emergencies medicine professors have been selected to present at the 2007 American College of Emergency Physicians national meeting to be held Oct. 811 in Seattle. They include Sean Collins, MD, Gregory Fermann, MD, Edward Jauch, MD, and Christopher Lindsell, PhD. For more information, including presentation titles, contact Kathy Henderson at (513) 558-0890. For more information on the ACEP,


$9 Million Grant Fuels UC’s Technology Development
Joseph Clark, PhD, professor of neurology, and Fred Beyette, PhD, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in UC’s College of Engineering, have been awarded a five-year, $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop technologies geared toward early detection of neurologic emergencies. The award funds the Point-of-Care Center for Emerging Neuro Technologies—a resource hub for UC and national researchers who need help with any stage of technology development. Clark and Beyette are currently developing an instrument that can rapidly analyze spinal fluid, which may lead to quicker detection of hemorrhage in the brain. Read more at

Bielekova Awarded $1.7 Million Grant
Bibiana Bielekova, MD, associate professor of neurology, has been awarded a five-year, $1.7 million grant by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Bielekova, also director of the Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis, will use the award to determine ifnatural killer cells, a first line of defense against infection, also provide protection against multiple sclerosis and related chronic inflammation. Read more at


UC Health and Wellness Fair Oct. 13
UC Physicians will host its 6th annual Health and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 13, at University Pointe in West Chester. The event includes educational seminars and free health screenings, including skin cancer, blood glucose, hearing, nerve conduction, strength, blood pressure and body mass index evaluations. A limited number of adult flu shots ($20-cash only) will also be available by advance appointment only. For more information or to schedule a flu shot appointment, call (513) 475-8000. Read more at

Researchers to Discuss Prostate Development and Carcinogenesis
Gail Prins, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Chicago, will discuss regulatory pathways involved in prostate development and carcinogenesis at 10 am. Wednesday, Oct. 24. The event, sponsored by Center for Environmental Genetics at UC, will be held in Kehoe Auditorium. Prins, professor of urology, previously worked with Shuk-mei Ho, PhD, professor and chair of environmental health, on a paper that explained the relationship between Bisphenol A exposure and prostate cancer development. The research was reported in the June 2006 edition of Cancer Research and was recognized by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences as one of most exciting research endeavors of 2006. For more information on the event, call Elizabeth Kopras at (513) 558-3625. Read more about the study at

Breast Cancer Conference
The 11th annual Cincinnati Comprehensive Breast Cancer Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Marriott Cincinnati River Center in Covington, Ky. Directed by Elyse Lower, MD, of the hematology-oncology division, the event will discuss current controversies in diagnosing and managing breast cancer. All health care professionals are invited to attend. For more information, call (513) 584-3829 or (513) 584-2196.

Environmental Genetics Pilot Project Grants Symposium
The Center for Environmental Genetics at UC will host its 15th annual Center for Environmental Genetics Pilot Project Grants Symposium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Rieveschl Auditorium. Joel Kline, PhD, associate director of the University of Iowa’s Environment Health Sciences Research Center, will deliver the keynote address, “Eat Dirt: CpG DNA and Immunomodulation of Asthma.” Grant recipients will also discuss their research progress reports. The Center for Environmental Genetics supports research projects that focus on gene-environment interactions and their roles in disease. Seed money supports new initiatives in basic research, attracts investigators to research in environmental health sciences and enables center members to use core facilities that would otherwise be unavailable to them. For more information, call Elizabeth Kopras at (513) 558-3625.


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