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Date: Monday, February 11, 2008

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Shriners Hospitals Wins Magnet Designation
Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati has received Magnet Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Cincinnati pediatric burn hospital is first within the Shriners Hospitals for Children health care system and the first pediatric hospital in the Tristate to receive the award. The Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the highest benchmark from which to measure a hospital’s quality of care. For more information, visit

Feinberg Featured in Discovery Health Show
Judith Feinberg, MD, division of infectious diseases, will be a featured expert on the Discovery Health channel show “Discovery Health CME: HIV/AIDSFrom Diagnosis to Treatment.” The show airs at 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, and at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 8. Feinberg and other experts will discuss epidemiology, advances in treatment, treatment complications and the latest guidelines and recommendations surrounding HIV screenings and treatments. Learn more at

Environmental Health Faculty Honored
Environmental health professors Ranajit Chakraborty, PhD, and Marepalli Rao, PhD, have been appointed to the editorial board of the international journal Sankhya-B. Published by theStatistical Institute, Sankhya-B is noted as one of the Top 10 statistical journals in the world.

New Location for CCTST
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) has moved to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Building S (240 Albert Sabin Way). The center will be located in suite 300 on the 10th floor. Created in October 2005 by David Stern, MD, the CCTST provides grant preparation assistance, technical support and funding opportunities to new and established scientists. It also spearheaded the Academic Health Center’s Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award proposal, which was submitted to the National Institutes of Health in November 2007. The center is led by James Heubi, MD, and Joel Tsevat, MD. For more information, contact Susan Swearingen at (513) 803-1041 or visit


Environmental Genetics Pilot Grants Available
The Center for Environmental Genetics (CEG) is accepting applications for its Year 17 Pilot Grants Program, which supports multidisciplinary research projects. The 2008-09 program incorporates several changes, including application for the use of human subjects or samples through the Integrative Health Sciences Core. Pilot grant applicants must hold the rank of “research scientist” or higher, but do not need to be a member of the CEG to apply. Up to $50,000 may be awarded if certain criteria are met. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 10. The application form is available at or by calling (513) 558-3625.


College of Medicine Blood Drive Feb. 19
Hoxworth Blood Center will hold its College of Medicine blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Kresge Auditorium. All employees and students are encouraged to donate blood, which is both safe and easy. Donors must eat a good meal within fours hours of donating, drink plenty of fluids and bring photo identification with them. To schedule an appointment, visit or call (513) 558-1562.

Faculty to Lead ASH Meeting Review
Rami Komrokji, MD, and Carl Siegrist, MD, will lead a review of hematological malignancies as presented at the 2007 American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel at UC. Guest faculty include Rachid Baz, MD, Cleveland Clinic; John Byrd, MD, Ohio State University; Myron Czuczman, MD, Roswell Park Center Institute; Harry Erba, MD, PhD, University of Michigan; Aristoteles Giagounidis, MD, St. Johannes Hospital, Germany; and Ayalew Tefferi, MD, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota. All health care professionals working with hematological disorders are encouraged to attend. For more information, call (513) 558-0120 or visit

Pancreatic Diseases Symposium
The seventh annual Pancreatic Diseases Symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel at UC. The event will offer gastroenterologists, surgeons and primary care physicians the latest information on current diagnostic and treatment options in pancreatic diseases. Registration costs $50 and is limited to 60 participants. For more information or to register, visit

Cancer Education Day
The fourth annual UC Community Cancer Education Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at University Pointe. The event offers the latest information about the possible causes, risk factors, screening recommendations, treatment options and outcomes for all types of cancer. In addition to self-guided information booths and video presentations, attendees can have their questions answered one-on-one with local oncologists and researchers. The free event is open to the public. For more information, call (513) 584-9097. 

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