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Date: Monday, May 12, 2008

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UC Vascular Surgery Services Expanded
UC vascular surgeons have expanded their clinical practice to see patients at the Medical Arts Building five days a week. The division also expects to begin offering daily appointments at University Pointe in West Chester starting July 1. Led by George Meier, MD, the vascular team will continue to perform surgery at Christ and University hospitals. Patient consultations and testing procedures, such as abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings and vascular ultrasound, will be available at the Medical Arts Building and University Pointe only. To schedule an appointment, call (513) 558-3700.

pina Bifida Clinic Recognized for Clinical Excellence
The Spina Bifida Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has won the service provider award by the National Spina Bifida Association (SBA). The clinic is led by Thomas Webb, MD, of the general internal medicine division at UC. The award recognizes centers or clinics that provide outstanding medical service and multidisciplinary care, including social and psychological needs, to people with spina bifida. Nominations were evaluated on coordinated services, physician attendance, quality of medical care provided and the number of people regularly served. The clinic will be recognized at the 35th National SBA Conference to be held June 22–25 in Tucson. For more information, visit


PR Team Earns National Honors for Web Work
The public relations and communications office recently won two awards for excellence in Web communications. The team won an award of distinction from the Association of American Medical Colleges for its work in developing, designing and maintaining the Academic Health Center’s official news Web site, HealthNews ( More than 125 entries were submitted into the competition from 60 academic health institutions nationwide. In the World Wide Web Health Care Awards, HealthNews won a bronze award in the education category. The awards competition is organized by the Health Information Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for consumer health information. Since its launch two years ago, HealthNews has garnered five national awards.


Lectureship in Physiology Tuesday
Tomas Ganz, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and pathology at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, will discuss “Regulation of Plasma Iron by Hepcidin and Herroportin” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in Medical Sciences Building Room 4051. Ganz, president-elect of the International BioIron Society, has identified a surprise role for hepcidin in iron homeostasis. Hepcidin regulates the intestinal and macrophage iron transporter (ferroportin) and controls iron absorption and recycling. Disruption of this homeostatic mechanism is associated with serious iron-overload disorders in humans. For more information, call (513) 558-2536 or visit


College of Medicine Reunion This Weekend

The College of Medicine will welcome alumni back during its 2008 Reunion Friday, May 16, through Saturday, May 17. Medical-degree classes ending in a “three” or “eight” will join together to commemorate their five-year reunions. The golden anniversary of the 1958 class and silver anniversary of the 1983 class will be honored. For more information, call (513) 558-5646, e-mail or visit


Shriners Hospital to Celebrate 40 Years
Shriners Hospitals for Children–Cincinnati is celebrating 40 years of pediatric burn care by hosting a patient reunion and open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the hospital (3229 Burnet Ave.). The reunion will provide an opportunity for patients to visit and tour the hospital. In addition, hospital staff will unveil the “40 Years of Pediatric Burn Care” exhibit, which showcases the most significant advancements in pediatric burn care over the past four decades. The exhibit includes a patient gallery, interactive display to show stages of first-, second- and third-degree burns and a timeline display wall that highlights important milestones in burn care. The exhibit will be open to the public in the hospital’s atrium after May 17. For more information, e-mail
Louise Hoelker or call (513) 872-6059.


Public Forum on Environment and Cancer Links

The Cincinnati Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center will host its fourth annual public forum on the environment and cancer on Saturday, May 17. “Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer” is a resource for anyone who wants to understand how the environment can impact their risk for cancer. Author and breast cancer survivor Nancy Evans will give the keynote address. Registration is $15 and includes breakfast, educational materials and parking. For more information, visit


Cancer Center Seminar May 20

Anjana Rao, PhD,professor of pathology at the CBR Institute for Biomedical Research at Harvard Medical School, will present “Transcriptional Regulation of T Cell Differentiation” from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 20, in the Vontz Center for Molecular Sciences’ Rieveschl Auditorium. The event, part of the Barrett Cancer Center Distinguished Scientists Seminar Series, is free and open to all. For more information, contact Peggy Bareswilt at (513) 558-1284.



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