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Date: Monday, September 22, 2008

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Osher Wins Grand Prize for Educational Film
Robert Osher, MD, professor of ophthalmology, has received the grand prize at the Olympics of Cataract Surgery in Berlin for an educational film he co-produced with his son, James, who will begin his residency at UC next July. The annual competition, sponsored by the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, attracts cataract surgeons from around the world. Osher was the only American surgeon to receive an award. The grand prize required four months of experimental surgery in cadaver eyes leading to an innovative surgical approach that Osher stated will be helpful to cataract surgeons and their patients worldwide.

Hablitzel Recognized for Humanism
William Hablitzel, MD, associate professor of medicine, was one of just 45 medical faculty members nationwide nominated for the 2008 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Humanism in Medicine Award. The award is presented by the AAMC through support of the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative. Hablitzel was recognized for “positive mentoring skills, compassion and sensitivity, collaboration, community service activity and observance of professional ethics.” The 2008 winner will be announced during the AAMC annual meeting Oct. 31-Nov. 5 in San Antonio. For more information, visit



NIH Scientific Review Center Director to Visit UC Sept. 23
Antonio Scarpa, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of  Health, will discuss “Challenges and Opportunities Facing Peer-Review: A Vision Ensuring its Strategic National Value” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in Medical Sciences Building Room 7051.  The talk is sponsored by the College of Medicine and the UC Office of Research. For more information, contact Sandra Degen at (513) 558-0026 or Sunny Saelinger (513) 558-0072. This event will be streamed via the Web at

Cosmetic Surgery Hosts Ageless Beauty Celebration
The UC cosmetic surgery group will host an open house event, “Ageless Beauty Celebration,” on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at University Pointe in West Chester. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet UC’s experienced team of plastic surgeons who will discuss Botox, fillers, fractional resurfacing, breast enhancement, new skin care products and treatments. The event aims to help attendees create a personalized “beauty” plan reflective of their age as well as personal choices, safety, cost-effectiveness, lifestyle and timeline. Food and complimentary skin product samples will be available. Attendees who bring a friend will also receive a coupon for discounted skin care services. Reservations recommended. For more information, contact Cathy Fricke at (513) 475-8883.

Pilot Research Project Symposium
UC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Education and Research Center will host the ninth annual Pilot Research Project Symposium Thursday, Oct. 2, and  Friday, Oct. 3, in Kresge Auditorium. Thursday’s session runs from 1 to 5:30 p.m. and will feature keynote speaker William Martin, MD, director of the office of translational research at the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences. He will discuss, “Environmental Risks of Respiratory Disease in Lower Income Countries” at 1 p.m. Friday’s edition is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and includes a keynote address from Paul Schulte, PhD, director of the education and information division at NIOSH. He will present, “Emerging Issues in Occupational Health” at 8 a.m. The symposium’s welcoming remarks will be presented by Noble A-W Maseru, PhD, Cincinnati health commissioner. To register for this free event, contact Sharon Smith at or Amber Twitty at Continuing education credits are available. For additional information, call (513) 558-5710.

Breast Cancer Registry Benefit
A “Purse Bingo” fundraiser to benefit the Breast Cancer Registry of Greater Cincinnati will be held Sunday, Oct. 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Savannah Center in West Chester. The event will feature 20 rounds of bingo to win designer purses, including Michael Kors, Coach, Socoley, Gucci and Burberry. All proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Registry of Greater Cincinnati, housed in the UC environmental health department. Funds will support the collection and archiving of biospecimens (blood and tissue) from registry members as a resource for research. Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students ($30 adult; $25 students the day of the event). For more information, call (513) 793-7708.


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