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Date: Monday, November 19, 2007

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$1 Million Gift Supports Family Medicine Research
The family medicine department has received a $1 million gift to further type 2 diabetes research. The gift, from Ellen and the late George Rieveschl, PhD, will create the Rieveschl Medicine Fund to support the work of Robert Smith, MD, professor emeritus. Smith is studying how a single gene in the human body may determine whether a patient with type 2 diabetes will respond favorably to anti-diabetic drugs. In 2003, the Rieveschls funded a $300,000 diabetes pilot project based in UCís three family medicine clinical practices. The new fund will allow Smith to expand the project into other family medicine practices throughout Greater Cincinnati. A 1937 UC alumnus, George Rieveschl was best known for discovering the wordís first commercial antihistamine, Benadryl, while a chemistry professor at UC in the 1940s. He died Sept. 27, 2007. Read more at

Balistreri Wins Distinguished Service Award
William Balistreri, MD, professor of pediatrics, has received the 2007 American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) Distinguished Service Award. Balistreri, who became the first pediatrician to receive the award, was honored for his service to the AASLD and lifelong commitment to the field of hepatology. A 2006 Daniel Drake Medal winner, Balistreri also serves as the medical director of the Pediatric Liver Care Center and Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at Cincinnati Childrenís Hospital Medical Center. He was recognized at the Nov. 5 AASLD meeting in Boston.

Roy-Chaudhury Named to VASA Board of Directors
Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine in the nephrology and hypertension division, has been elected to a three-year term on the Vascular Access Society of the Americas (VASA) board of directors. VASA is a professional medical society that provides clinical education and patient advocacy in vascular access and dialysis. For more information, visit

Physiology Ranked in Top 10
For the second straight year, UCís systems biology and physiology program has been ranked in the nationís Top 10 for the scholarly accomplishments of faculty. The study, the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, rates faculty members' scholarly output at nearly 7,400 doctoral programs around the country using objective, unbiased data, such as papers published and grant dollars received, rather than "reputationĒ rankings. The physiology program ranked No. 7. The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index is produced by Academic Analytics, a for-profit company. Read more at

Med Student Wins Research Poster Competition
Fourth-year medical student Doug Nguyen won the research category at the recently concluded American College of Physicians (ACP) Ohio Chapter clinical vignettes poster competition. Nguyen was mentored by Jonathan Bernstein, MD, of the immunology and allergy division. He will be recognized by the ACP later this year.

Petrovic Receives Research Award
Snezana Petrovic, MD, PhD, of the nephrology and hypertension division, has won the $50,000 Paul Teschan Research Fund from the Dialysis Clinic Inc., for her research proposal ďCharacterization of Acid-Base Status of pH Sensor-Null Mice.Ē  Petrovic is studying the molecular identity of a pH sensor in the kidney, which is thought to explain the organís response to acid-base homeostasis disturbances. The Dialysis Clinic Inc., is a nonprofit organization that provides patient care and funding for kidney-related research and education. For more information, visit


Cardiovascular Research Grant
The Cardiovascular Center of Excellence is accepting applications for a one-year, $30,000 grant for new collaborative studies in cardiovascular sciences. Funding will be awarded on the basis of application quality and the likelihood of fostering research that will lead to new or continued funding from external sources. Priority will be given to studies that will lead to program project grants and interactive research project grant (R01) applications. Applications should state the projectís rationale, significance, experimental design, anticipated results and expectations of receiving external funding. Submit applications by Feb. 15, 2008, to Litsa Kranias, PhD, at or Neal Weintraub, MD, at


Financial Policy Town Hall Meeting
The administration and finance office will hold a series of town hall meetings to discuss the universityís financial policy changes. These policy changes include meal, travel and employee recruiting expenses; purchasing card violations; entertainment expenses; professional memberships, certifications, dues and subscription expenses; employee rewards, recognition and acknowledge expenses; and alcohol purchases. The one-hour meetings will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Rieveschl Auditorium, and at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Tangeman University Centerís Great Hall.

Annual Schwinger Lecture

Paul Greve, JD, executive vice president of Willis Healthcare Practice, will discuss malpractice risk related to radiology during the annual Schwinger Lecture Thursday, Dec. 6. The event begins at 5 p.m. in the University Hospital Room G422. Light refreshments will be served at 4:30 p.m. Reservations are required by calling (513) 584-4396.


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