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Date: Monday, March 31, 2008

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Moscat Named Chair of Cancer and Cell Biology
Jorge Moscat, PhD, has been named chair of the newly formed department of cancer and cell biology. His appointment became effective March 15, and is pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees. The appointment is the first to the joint cancer program, sparking the merger of the departments of molecular oncogenesis (formerly genome science) and cell and cancer biology, which will bring together nearly 40 faculty with research expertise in genetics, immunology and nutrient signaling. Moscat, whose lab investigates molecular and cellular events underlying asthma, cancer and obesity, was recruited to UC in 2006 and has served as interim chair of molecular oncogenesis since July 2007. He has authored and/or coauthored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has held research positions at the Hospital Clinico San Carlos and the Hospital Gregorio Marañón, both in Madrid, and the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Moscat replaces Peter Stambrook, PhD, who has led the department of cell and cancer biology (formerly cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy) as the Francis Brunning Chair and Professor since 1996. Stambrook will remain active at UC as a professor of cancer and cell biology. For more information, visit

Kranias Named Chair of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics
Litsa Kranias, PhD, has been named chair of the pharmacology and cell biophysics department, effective April 1 and pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees. Kranias, a professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics and director of cardiovascular biology, has been on the College of Medicine’s faculty since 1978. She has made significant advances in identifying key genes associated with heart failure and sudden death. Kranias has also distinguished herself internationally as a molecular cardiac researcher and has received continuous funding and recognition from the National Institutes of Health. For more information, visit

Medicine Moves Up in U.S.News Rankings
The College of Medicine has moved up one spot to No. 40 in the latest “America’s Best Graduate Schools” rankings by U.S.News and World Report. The No. 40 ranking was in the category of “top schools of medicine—research.” In the specialties rankings, the department of pediatrics remained strong at the No. 3 position. The current issue of U.S.News is on newsstands today. For more on the rankings, visit

Honors Day Award Winners Announced
David Fischer, MD, chief of general surgery, has been selected to receive the Gold Apple teaching award during the College of Medicine’s Honors Day Program to be held Monday, May 26. Richard Stevenson, MD, pediatric surgery, and Thomas deHoop, MD, obstetrics and gynecology, will be awarded Silver Apples. In addition, Katelyn Leopold will be presented with the 2008 alumni award. This year’s class speaker is Dan Robertshaw. Honors Day begins at 10 a.m. at Music Hall. For more information, contact IvaDean Lair at or (513) 558-5577.

Embi Appointed to AMIA Ethics Committee
Peter Embi, MD, assistant professor of medicine and director of the Center for Health Informatics, has been appointed to a second term on the American Medical Informatics Association’s (AMIA) Ethics Committee. As part of his committee work, Embi helped craft the AMIA’s first code of ethics, which was published last year. For more information, visit

Give Blood During April
Hoxworth Blood Center is offering donors a chance to win Cincinnati Reds game tickets for donating blood during the month of April. Two donors will be selected at random to win a four-game ticket package, which starts in mid-May. All employees and students are encouraged to participate by donating 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) 451-0910.

New NetWellness Experts

Amit Tevar MD, of surgery, and Pooja Khatri, MD, of neurology, have become experts. Patil is an expert in digestive disorders and Wilson focuses on stroke. They join 167 other active UC contributors on the NetWellness expert panel. For more information on becoming a NetWellness expert, contact Doris Haag at (513) 558-5123 or NetWellness is a commercial-free consumer-health Web site that UC produces in collaboration with Case Western Reserve and Ohio State universities.


Poverty Simulation Course
The Initiative on Poverty, Justice, and Health will hold a poverty simulation course from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, at the Cincinnati Junior Academy. The event is an opportunity for  medical students and residents to learn about the stresses some low-income patients face each day. The goal is to create a level of understanding which will translate into better patient care. Event participants will role-play the lives of low-income families during a simulated one-hour “month.” Their tasks will be to interact with various community resources in the room (role-played by volunteers) while they try to provide food, shelter and basic necessities for their families. For more information, visit

Kidney Foundation Hosts 5K Walk/Run
The nephrology and hypertension division is cosponsoring the Kidney Foundation of Greater Cincinnati’s 5K walk/run on Saturday, April 12, at Winton Woods Park. Event proceeds will benefit patient services and education programs of the Kidney Foundation. Registration is $20 before April 12 and $25 the day of the race.  For more information or to register, visit


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