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Date: Monday, December 3, 2007

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Department Changes Name
The genome science department, located at UC’s Genome Research Institute, has changed its name to better reflect the department’s research focus. The new name, department of molecular oncogenesis, was approved by the UC Board of Trustees on Nov. 27 and became effective Dec. 1. Jorge Moscat, PhD, professor and interim chair of molecular oncogenesis, says the department will continue to focus on the roles of specific disease pathways, oncogenes (genes that can transform normal cells into cancerous ones), growth factors, the cellular “microenvironment” and tumor development and progression.

National Exhibit to Be Displayed in Kresge Lobby
A National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit, which features two UC surgeons, will be on display in Kresge lobby beginning Wednesday, Dec. 12. Trauma surgeons Kenneth Davis, MD, and Karyn Butler, MD, were among the 17 black academic surgeons and educators from across the United States showcased as part of the exhibit “Opening Doors: Contemporary African-American Academic Surgeons.” Davis and Butler were also instrumental in planning and creating the exhibit.  

Davis is a professor of surgery and clinical anesthesia and vice chair of surgery. He also serves as assistant dean for diversity and cultural affairs for the College of Medicine. Butler is an associate professor of surgery.

An exhibit reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. that day in Kresge lobby. All are invited to attend. For more information, contact Maria Keri at (513) 558-2093 or For more information on the exhibit, visit

Kaplan Honored by UC Board of Trustees
Stanley Kaplan, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry, was recently recognized by the UC Board of Trustees for his outstanding support of United Way of Greater Cincinnati through the university’s annual charitable giving campaign. UC President Nancy Zimpher, PhD, called Kaplan and his late wife, Mickey, “visionary and generous leaders” in the Cincinnati community. Kaplan has been a member of United Way’s Tocqueville Society, giving $10,000 or more annually for the last 13 years. He has financially supported the agency’s community impact fund and other organizations, such as the Association for the Blind and CET (Cincinnati public media). In 2006, the Academic Health Center received a $2.5 million gift from the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Foundation to support the department of psychiatry.

Bridge Funding Recipients Named
Three researchers have been named fourth-round recipients of the Dean's Bridge Funding Awards. Mario Medvedovic, PhD, environmental health, Jo El Schultz, PhD, pharmacology and cell biophysics, and Laura Woollett, PhD, pathology and laboratory medicine, will receive $50,000 each. The Dean’s Bridge Funding program was set up to provide short-term support for established and productive College of Medicine researchers who have priority scores on pending grant applications that are close to being funded. The application deadline for the next round will be announced soon. For more information, call (513) 558-9815 or e-mail

Graduate Student Research Forum Winners
The Office of Research and Graduate Education has announced winners of the 28th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum, held Nov. 15. More than 85 biomedical science graduate students presented posters. The winners include:

First place: Timmy Mani, cell and cancer biology, and Trisha Wise-Draper, physician scientist training program in cell and cancer biology.

Second place: Jiang Qian, molecular, cellular and biochemical pharmacology; Kathy Schroer, molecular and developmental biology; and Joseph Sherrill, molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology.

Third place: Haiming Xu, cell and cancer biology; Maghana Kamath, molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology; Sara Meyer, cell and cancer biology; and Jon Williams, neuroscience.

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Loreaux, molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology, and Persoulla Nicolaou, molecular, cellular and biochemical pharmacology. 

In addition, Steven Kleene, PhD, professor of cell and cancer biology, received this year’s Richard Akeson Excellence in Teaching Award.


IvaDean Concert Friday
The fourth annual IvaDean Scholarship Benefit Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Kresge Auditorium. The event, which features musical performances by College of Medicine faculty, staff, alumni and students, aims to support the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund. This year’s performers include faculty Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, Bruce Giffin, PhD, Chris Karp, MD, and David Stern, MD; alumni Albert Weisbrot, MD, and Johnny Wirick, MD; students Nanette Lacuesta-Kimmel, Amir Nagavi, Azadeh Namakydoust, Daniel Pietras, Tom Stamatis and Richard Wang, and the college’s men’s and women’s choirs. Tickets are $5 for students and children, $20 for adults. For more information, call (513) 558-5577 or e-mail


2008 Dean' Scholars Funding
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training is accepting applications for the 2008 Dean’s Scholars in Clinical Research Program. The program works to foster the career development of promising junior faculty in clinical research, defined as patient-oriented, translational, epidemiological, outcomes and health services research. Dean’s Scholars will receive up to $50,000 annually for one to three years to cover expenses for biostatistical and informatics support, grants administration and tuition for courses offered in the master of science program in clinical research. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2008, by 5 p.m. Winners will be announced March 21, 2008, and funding will start July 1, 2008. For more information, contact Susan Swearingen at (513) 558-7540 or, or visit


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