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Date: Monday, January 14, 2008

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Daniel Drake Medal Nominations
The College of Medicine is accepting nominations for the 2008 Daniel Drake Medal, the highest honor bestowed on distinguished living faculty and alumni. To be eligible, a nominee must be either a College of Medicine graduate (MD or PhD) or a faculty member with at least five years of service, or have completed a residency sponsored by UC, University Hospital or Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of outstanding achievements in biomedical science or a distinguished career as a clinician-teacher. Two winners—one basic scientist and one clinician—will be announced in late February. Nomination forms are available in the dean’s office and due no later than Friday, Feb. 15. For more information, call (513) 558-7334.

Health Care Heroes Finalists Named
Seven Academic Health Center faculty members have been named finalists for the 2008 Business Courier Health Care Heroes awards. They include Mary Clare Hill, MD, anesthesiology; Bradley Jackson, MD, pediatrics; Diya Mutasim, MD, dermatology; Myles Pensak, MD, otolaryngology; Laura Sauerbeck, neurology; Ronald Warnick, MD, neurosurgery; and Stephen Wilson, MD, internal medicine. The Health Care Heroes awards honor Tristate individuals who have made an impact on health care. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. The keynote speaker will be David Stern, MD, dean of the College of Medicine. For more information, visit

Embi Named AMIA Chair Elect
Peter Embi, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine and director of the Center for Health Informatics, has been appointed to a two-year term as the chair-elect of the American Medical Informatics Association’s (AMIA) Clinic Research Informatics Working Group (CRI-WG). He will serve as chair during 2009–2010. The CRI-WG fosters interaction, discussion and collaboration among individuals and groups involved or interested in the practice and study of clinical research informatics. For more information, visit

Carreón-Valencia to Help Develop Manuscript

Tania Carreón-Valencia, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology, has been invited by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to serve on a working group that will develop Volume 99 of the IARC monograph on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans exposed to industrial and cosmetic dyes. Carreón-Valencia will visit Lyon, France, in early February to critique and summarize the epidemiology section related to cancer in workers exposed to benzidine and benzidine-based dyes. The IARC, part of the World Health Organization, coordinates and conducts both epidemiological and laboratory research into the causes of cancer. For more information, visit


Dean’s Scholars Applications Due Feb. 1
Applications for the 2008 Dean’s Scholars in Clinical Research Program are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. Sponsored by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training, 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 are eligible to receive up to $50,000 annually for one to three years to cover expenses for biostatistical and informatics support, grants administration and clinical research training courses. Three awardees will be announced Friday, March 21. Funding will begin Tuesday, July 1. For more information, contact Susan Swearingen at (513) 558-7540, or visit


Faculty Forum Meeting Jan. 15
The next College of Medicine Faculty Forum meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Medical Sciences Building Room 5051. UC President Nancy Zimpher, PhD, will be the featured presenter. For more information, contact Catharine Saelinger, PhD, at (513) 558-0072.

Concert to Benefit Immunology Research at UC, Children’s
College of Medicine Dean David Stern, MD, and pediatrics professor Christopher Karp, MD, will be two of six musicians featured during the Chamber Music Benefit Concert Saturday, Jan. 19, at the College Conservatory of Music’s Corbett Auditorium. The concert, which begins at 7 p.m., will benefit immunology research at both UC and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center through the newly developed Center for Immunological Research. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for students and post docs, and free for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets, call Teresa Frank at (513) 636-0281.

Cell Biology Chair at Sloan Kettering to Visit UC
Alan Hall PhD, chair of cell biology at the Sloan-Kettering Institute, will discuss “Rho GTPases and the Control of Cell Polarity” on Friday, Feb. 1, from 11 a.m. to noon in Rieveschl Auditorium. The event, part of the Barrett Cancer Center Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series, is free and open to all. For more information, call (513) 558-1284.

Clinical and Translational Research Ethics Conference Feb. 20
UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will host a research ethics conference from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Vernon Manor Hotel. The conference will feature presentations and small group discussions on a variety of topics, including communication of ethical issues, research with vulnerable populations, exception from informed consent and the interface between regulatory and ethical issues of clinical and translational research. The event is open to anyone interested in the ethical aspects of clinical and translational research. The cost is $25 before Friday, Feb. 1, and $40 thereafter. Registrations are due Friday, Feb. 15. For more information or to register, contact Kathy Henderson at (513) 558-0890 or Donna Wuest at (513) 636-7584, or visit


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