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Date: Monday, February 4, 2008

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Dean’s Community Service Award
The College of Medicine is seeking nominations for the 2008 Dean’s Community Service Award, which honors external college supporters. Nominees will be evaluated on the merits of remarkable and distinguished service and support of the college’s quest to provide excellent patient care, education and research. Support can range from serving on a committee to providing financial support. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 14, and will be reviewed by a five-member committee. David Stern, MD, dean of the College of Medicine and vice president of health affairs at UC, will make the final decision. UC Physicians and UC employees, including College of Medicine faculty members, are not eligible for this award. Group nominations, including an organization or company, are permitted. To request a nomination form or for more information, e-mail

UC Ranked in Top 15 for Funding
UC is ranked No. 15 among more than 100 universities for the amount of funding it received from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) in 2007. ORAU awarded $776,500 to UC in support of fellowships, scholarships, internships, laboratory research and travel programs. ORAU is a consortium of doctoral-granting academic institutions striving to advance scientific research and education by creating mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships involving academe, government and industry. For more information, visit

 URC Announces Grant Winners
The University Research Council (URC) has awarded seven grants—each totaling approximately $25,000—through its fall Interdisciplinary Grant competition. The program’s goal is to bring faculty together from across the university to work on an interdisciplinary research project that will result in applications to federal granting agencies. Thirty-seven proposals were submitted from a total of 118 faculty members representing 10 of UC’s 16 colleges. Pediatric faculty members working through the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation were also represented. The following College of Medicine faculty and projects were approved for funding:

  • “Analysis of Mouse Adipose Secretome by Quantitative Proteomics,” Nira Ben-Jonathan, PhD, cell and cancer biology, and Kenneth Greis, PhD, molecular oncogenesis. 
  • “Quantifying the Upper Airway Flow Characteristics in Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications,” Ephraim Gutmark, PhD, aerospace engineering and otolaryngology; Shanmugam Murugappan, PhD, otolaryngology; Maninder Kalra, MD, pediatrics and Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation; and Ravindhra Elluru, MD, PhD, otolaryngology and Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation. They will work with Mihai Mihaescu, PhD, College of Engineering. 
  • “Children’s Health Attitudes Project (CHAP Initiative),” Christopher Bolling, MD, and Lisa Vaughn, PhD, both of pediatrics and the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation. They will work with Laura Nabors, PhD, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, and Ryan Adams, PhD, Mary Brydon-Miller, PhD, and Manoj Sharma, PhD, all of the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services. 
  • “The Development of MRI Contrast Agents for Imaging Dopamine Transporters,” Jing-Huel Lee, PhD, biomedical engineering, and Wen-Jang Chu, PhD, psychiatry. They will work with Theresa Reineke, PhD, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. 
  • “Imaging Genetics in Recovering Alcoholic Women and Men,” Robert Anthenelli, MD, and James Eliassen, PhD, both of psychiatry. They will work with Krista Lisdahl Medina, PhD, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. 
  • “Structural and Functional Analysis of the Estrogen Receptor Alpha Ligand-binding and F Domains,” Mark Rance, PhD, molecular genetics, and Sohaib Khan, PhD, cell and cancer biology.  

Hess Named Leading Women Honoree
Evelyn Hess, MD, professor emeritus in the immunology division, has been named a 2008 Leading Women Cincinnati Honoree. Leading Women Cincinnati honors women who, through their leadership and community service, have become role models and mentors to other women in Greater Cincinnati. Hess will be recognized at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the Duke Energy Center. For more information, visit 

Mathieu Named ‘Top Anesthesiologist’
Alix Mathieu, MD, professor of anesthesiology, has been named one of “America's Top Anesthesiologists” for 2007 by the Consumer’s Research Council of America, a research organization that provides consumer information guides. Mathieu will be listed in the organization’s upcoming consumer book, “Guide to America's Top Anesthesiologists.” Selection was based on a point value system taking into consideration experience, training, professional associations, research contribution to the specialty and board certification. The results are unbiased—no fees, donations, sponsorships or advertising are accepted from any individuals, professionals, corporations or associations. In addition to teaching, Mathieu serves as a health care consultant for both Guidepoint Global Advisors and the Gerson Lehman Healthcare Council. The Harvard-trained anesthesiologist holds master degrees in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics from McMasters University in Canada, and in both business and finance from UC. For more information, visit 

O’Brien Named Fellow
David O’Brien, MD, assistant professor of surgery, has been named a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The colorectal surgeon will now be able to include the letters “FACS” (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after his name, denoting that his education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the ACS. O’Brien earned his medical degree from Emory University and completed his residency training at UC. For more information, visit 

Shaw’s Paper Noted as One of the Best
A research paper by George Shaw, MD, PhD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, has been selected for inclusion in the “Highlights of 2007” edition of the journal Physics in Medicine & Biology. The paper, “Arrhenius Temperature Dependence of ‘In-Vitro’ Tissue Plasminogen Activator Thrombolysis” was noted as one of the Top 30 articles published last year. Articles were selected for their presentation of outstanding new research, receipt of the highest praise from international reviewers and the highest number of downloads from the journal Web site. Over 550 articles were published in 2007. For more information, visit

UC Inventors Honored at Basketball Game
Nine College of Medicine faculty inventors who received patents in calendar year 2007 were honored during the Jan. 23 UC men’s basketball game. The patent titles and inventors are:

  • “Antisense Oligonucleotides for Fertility and Menstrual Cycle Regulation and for Chemopreventive and Chemotherapeutic Use,” Andrew LaBarbera, PhD, obstetrics and gynecology. 
  • “Method of Increasing Milk Production,” Nelson Horseman, PhD, molecular and cellular physiology. 
  • “Methods for Enhancing the Lysis of Coagulated Blood With Apolipoprotein E2 Phenotype,” Joseph Broderick, MD, Joseph Clark, PhD, and Daniel Woo, MD, all of neurology. 
  • “Methods for Studying Ion Channels Incorporated Onto a Solid-Supported Membrane,” John Cuppoletti, PhD, molecular and cellular physiology. 
  • “Peptides With Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Properties,” Frank McCormack, MD, internal medicine. 
  • “Transcranial Ultrasound Thrombolysis System and Method of Treating a Stroke,” Christy Holland, PhD, biomedical engineering, and Daniel Kanter, MD, and Kenneth Wagner, PhD, both of neurology.  

Also receiving patents in 2007 for work conducted at UC were former College of Medicine faculty members Kersten Small, PhD, and Stephen Liggett, MD. UC recorded 13 new patents in fiscal year 2007—up from 11 patents in 2006. Read the full story at


Environmental Health Public Seminar
Michael Jorgenson, PhD, of Wichita Sate University, will discuss “Carbon Monoxide in General Aviation: Contribution to Accidents and Exposure Levels” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in Kettering Laboratory Room 327. Hosted by UC associate professor Kermit Davis, PhD, the event is part of the National Occupational Research Agenda research seminar series. All are invited to attend. For more information, call (513) 558-5710 or e-mail

Miner Safety Workshop
An interdisciplinary workshop on miner safety will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Kettering Laboratory’s Kehoe Auditorium. Sponsored by UC’s Education and Research Center, the event will discuss the 2006 Sago Mine Explosion, including what improvements have been made in miner safety and what still needs to be done. Workshop leaders include Davitt McAteer, national mining safety expert; Celeste Monforton, George Washington University research associate; Peggy Cohen, victim’s family member; Ralph Dunlop, Louisville Courier-Journal reporter; and a representative of the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Registration is required by Friday, Feb. 22. For more information, e-mail

Bone Day Symposium April 4
The UC Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center is hosting the ninth annual Bone Day symposium, ”Modern Approaches to Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteoporosis,” from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel at UC. The event features presentations by internationally recognized osteoporosis experts and interactive panel discussions. Registration is free for UC students, faculty and staff. All others can register for $35 before Friday, March 14, and $50 thereafter. Register online or call University Conferencing at (513) 558-1810.

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