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Date: Monday, September 8, 2008

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University Radiology Associates Receives ACR Accreditation
University Radiology Associates has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR awards accreditation for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-reviewed practice evaluation, conducted by board-certified physicians and expert medical physicists. The evaluation team assessed personnel qualifications and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors reported their findings to the ACR’s committee on accreditation, which subsequently provided the practice with a comprehensive report. The ACR is a national organization serving over 32,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services. For more information, contact Michael Regg at (513) 475-8777.

Summer Fellows Complete in Capstone Poster Session
A record number of summer undergraduate research fellows (SURF) competed Aug. 8 in the College of Medicine’s Summer Capstone Poster Symposium. Prizes were awarded to six students for the top four places. The winners are as follows:

 Tied for First Place:

  • Valerie O'Brien, of Edgewood, Ky., “Race/Ethnicity and Drug Metabolism: Genotype and Phenotype Analysis of CYP2D6 and CYP2C19 Pharmacogenetics.”

  • Samih Elakkahd, of Tempe, Ariz., “Directed Neurite Growth With Carbon Nanotubes: A Substrate for Neural Repair?”

  • Margaret Gordon-Fogelson, of Providence, R.I., “Neonatal Methamphetamine Exposure During the Stress Hyporesponsive Period Induces Increased Path Integration Learning Deficits Compared to Earlier or Later Exposure Intervals in Rats.”


Second Place:

  • Nikhil Menon, of Cincinnati, “Cadherin-Based Actin Assembly in Xenopus Laevis.”


Tied for Third Place:

  • Rosalynne Korman, of Cincinnati, “The Role of Relm Alpha in Chemotaxis.”

  • Jennifer Albertz, of Cincinnati, “Activation of the MAPK Signaling Pathway in the IL-6 Positive Magnocellular PVN and SON During Restraint and Hypoxia.”


Undergraduate summer research fellows work with a UC mentor on a biomedical research project during their tenure in the SURF program, designed to encourage interest in biomedical research at UC as their college of choice for graduate or medical school. The capstone experience of the summer includes a poster symposium, which provides an opportunity for the fellows to compete in a judged poster presentation of their research. For more information, contact Laura Hildreth at (513) 558-6791



College of Medicine Fall Award Winners Announced
The College of Medicine has announced recipients of various fall awards. They include:


  • Eugene B. Ferris Award: Paul Toste. The award is presented to the student whose scholastic performance and qualities of leadership during the first two years of medical school best exemplify the importance of excellence in the basic science disciplines. 

  • H.B. Weiss Award: Kara vonZychin. The award is presented to that student who demonstrated academic skills and abilities in evaluating a patient on the basis of the history and physical.

  • William Buchanan Wherry Award: Paul Toste.  The award is given in recognition of the second year medical student (now third year) who achieved the highest honors in microbiology.

  • Physiology Award: Adam Burr (first place), Corey Hobbs (second) and Bing Hu (third). The award is presented to the medical student who attained the highest cumulative grade in the physiology course. 

  • Robert Swain Memorial Award: Katie McGovern. The award is presented by the junior class to a fellow classmate who during the first two years of medical school has done the most to make medical school enjoyable to all.

  • McGraw Hill Publishing Award: Joe Mastin, Pam Samson. The award is presented to the top two students at the end of the first year of medical school. 

  • Howard Meineke Microscopic Award: William Boyce. The award honors outstanding student achievements in medical microscopic anatomy that reflect the "profound intellectual curiosity and lively spirit" of Howard Meineke, PhD, professor emeritus at UC.


Internal Medicine Adds Four Physicians
Four physicians have joined the internal medicine department. They are:

  • Imran Arif, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine in the cardiovascular diseases division. Arif specializes in diagnostic and interventional cardiology. He completed an internal medicine residency and cardiovascular diseases fellowship at Marshall University School of Medicine and an interventional cardiology fellowship at UC. He sees patients at University and Fort Hamilton hospitals and at University Pointe in West Chester. To schedule an appointment, call (513) 475-7918.


  • Dima Diab, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism. Diab specializes in diabetes, thyroid, bone, pituitary and adrenal disorders. She completed an internal medicine residency at UC and a fellowship in endocrinology at the Cleveland Clinic. She sees patients at the Medical Arts Building (MAB) and Diabetes Center. To schedule an appointment, call (513) 475-7400.


  • Nalia Goldenberg, MD, adjunct assistant professor of clinical medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism. Goldenberg specializes in diabetes, lipids and polycystic ovary syndrome. She completed internal medicine residency training at Jewish Hospital and an endocrinology fellowship at the University of Michigan. She sees patients at the MAB and at the Dearborn Community Hospital Patient Office Building in Lawrenceburg, Ind. To schedule an appointment, call (513) 475-7400.

  • Madhumita Saha, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine in the cardiovascular diseases division. Saha specializes in nuclear and non-invasive cardiology. She completed an internal medicine residency at Allentown Hospital-Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Pa., and a cardiology fellowship at the University of Vermont School of Medicine. Saha also earned a PhD in molecular biology at Lehigh University. She sees patients at the MAB, University Pointe and the Montgomery Medical Center. To schedule an appointment, call (513) 475-7918.


CARE/Crawley Building Grand Opening
The Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE)/Crawley Building will have its grand opening at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, celebrating the completion of a signature architectural structure on the medical campus. All are invited to attend. For more information, contact the public relations and communications office at (513) 558-4553 or

UC Holds Forum to Recognize ‘Healthy Minds’ National Day
UC is one of 48 institutions in the United States and Canada participating in “Healthy Minds Across America” Sunday, Sept. 14, a national day of free public forums on the progress and promise of mental health research. The event is presented by NARSAD, previously known as the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. The UC forum will take place in Medical Sciences Building Room 7051 from 1 to 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested by e-mailing or calling (800) 829-8289. Presenters will include Caleb Alder, MD, Melissa DelBello, MD, and Stephen Strakowski, MD. Alder and DelBello are associate professors of clinical psychiatry at UC and co-directors of the Division of Bipolar Disorder. Strakowski, who will also serve as moderator of the forum, is Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at UC. For additional information, visit

Environmental Genetics Workshop
The UC Center for Environmental Genetics will host a workshop on reporting the results of environmental biomarker testing to study participants and public health officials on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, and will feature two guest speakers. Julia Brody, PhD, of the Silent Spring Institute and principal investigator of the Cape Cod Breast Cancer and Environment Study, will discuss “Is It Safe? Reporting Personal Exposure Results to Study Participants When Science is Uncertain.” Edward Emmett, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania, will describe his experiences in “Successful Use of a ‘Community-First’ Method of Reporting Research Results to an Affected Group.” For more information, access the brochure at or contact Elizabeth Kopras at (513) 558-3625 or

Third Frontier RFP Information Session
UC will hold an information session on Wednesday, Sept. 17, for the Third Frontier’s newly issued request for proposal (RFP) for the Research Commercialization Program. The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in University Hall Room 450. Topics to be discussed include technology, partnership, commercialization and cost share requirements and criteria for successful proposals. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions regarding individual proposal ideas. To RSVP, contact Barb Leitow at

Save the Date: IvaDean Concert
The fifth annual IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Benefit Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. The event, which features musical performances by College of Medicine faculty, staff, alumni and students, aims to support the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund. For more information, call (513) 558-5577 or e-mail

Psychopharmacology Symposium
The seventh annual psychopharmacology update, “Controversies and Questions Begging for Answers in Psychopharmacology,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel at UC. Directed by Henry Nasrallah, MD, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience, the symposium will offer the most recent developments in psychopharmacology and their applications to difficult cases in clinical practice as well as specific areas of controversy in the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety disorders and sleep disturbances. The registration form and brochure are available at (click on “Events”). For more information, contact Angela Olive at (513) 558-5326 or e-mail


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