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Date: Monday, April 28, 2008

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Wills-Karp Named Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives
Marsha Wills-Karp, PhD, has been named associate dean for strategic initiatives at the College of Medicine. Wills-Karp will play an essential role in identifying collaborative opportunities, especially in the college’s “Centers of Excellence and Emerging Programs,” which include cancer, cardiovascular, neuroscience, metabolic disorders, digestive diseases and immunology-inflammation-infectious diseases. She also will be pivotal in aligning the college’s missions in research, education and clinical care more closely with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Wills-Karp serves as professor of pediatrics at UC and director of the division of immunobiology at Cincinnati Children’s. She received her doctorate in physiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and held postdoctoral fellowship positions at both Yale and Johns Hopkins universities. She also directs the immunobiology graduate program at UC and the Center for Immunological Research at Cincinnati Children’s.

Lindwall Named FDA Specialist
The UC Office of Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs (ORCRA) has added online support and specialized staffing for sponsor-investigators performing U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated studies. Joanne Lindwall, director of the post-approval monitoring program and senior regulatory analyst, will serve as FDA specialist. Lindwall’s experience includes work with a consulting group specializing in clinical development of pharmaceutical and biological products as well as specialized training at the Food and Drug Law Institute. She will assist with preparation, review and filing of FDA applications and other requirements associated with regulatory issues. Additional information and online support can be found at  


Ursich Research Fund Award
The College of Medicine, in conjunction with the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, is accepting applications for the Ursich Research Fund Award, which aims to support young investigators conducting clinical research at the VA General Clinical Research Center. Up to $10,000 in seed money will be awarded for preliminary studies to help develop a young investigator’s research career. Applications are due no later than Thursday, May 1. For more information, including a list of application requirements, e-mail


Concert for Cancer Research Tomorrow  
The hematology-oncology division will host a public concert on Tuesday, April 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium to raise money for cancer research. The concert features performances by College–Conservatory of Music students, a jazz trio and professional community vocalists. All proceeds will benefit the division’s clinical research programs and provide financial assistance to patients in need. Educational information on cancer and patient resources will be displayed at the event. For more information, including how to make a donation, call (513) 584-3830.

Neuroscience Symposium May 10
The Neuroscience Institute at UC and University Hospital will host “Clinical Neuroscience IX: The Leading Edge of Neurologic Therapies” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. The educational symposium is designed to help primary care physicians and neuroscience specialists improve the care of patients who are coping with headaches, depression, lower back pain, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. All health care professionals are invited to attend this free event. To register, contact Chris Gates at (513) 558-5440 by Tuesday, May 6.

Genetics Expert to Speak at Cancer Education Day
Henry Lynch, MD—who is recognized widely today as one of the fathers of cancer genetics—will be the keynote speaker at UC’s 2008 Community Cancer Education Day. The event takes place Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University Pointe Medical Office Building in West Chester. Lynch is best known for his work identifying hereditary links to cancer of the breast and colon. Hereditary cancers can be passed down through families in specific genes. For more information, visit or call (513) 584-9097.

Save the DateRegional Faculty and Educator Development Program
The 10th annual Regional Faculty and Educator Development Program will be held Sept. 1213 at the Sabin Education Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “Teaching Health Care Professionals 2.0: What’s On the Horizon?” will offer students and health professionals the latest information on medical education. Carl Johnson, MD, physician executive of the Cerner Corporation, will deliver two keynote addresses, “The Impact of EHR’s in Medical Education” and “Web-Based Resources for Medical and Healthcare Teacher.” Other workshop topics include:

  • Cultural Differences in Educating Patients and Parents
  • Coaching and Mentoring Colleagues and Staff
  • Teaching at the Point of Care
  • How to Use Improvement Science in Education
  • Using Web-based 2.0 to Enhance Your Teaching
  • Conflict Management.

For more information, contact Laura Werts at (513) 636-6732.

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