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Date: Monday, October 13, 2008

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Brain Tumor Center Established
A plan to invest $26 million over 10 years has established the Brain Tumor Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute. The bulk of the financial commitment will be shared by University Hospital, UC and several neuroscience-related physician practices. Community donors are expected to raise the remaining $8.5 million needed. The $26 million will endow clinical and research programs, fund the purchase of new technologies and accelerate collaboration among scientists and physicians. Ronald Warnick, MD, is director of the Brain Tumor Center, formerly known as the Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Research and Treatment. It will be closely affiliated with the UC Barrett Cancer Center at University Hospital and the joint cancer program, a cooperative initiative of UC, University Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. For additional information, visit

Embi Awarded Grant to Study Electronic Medical Records
Peter Embi, MD, assistant professor of medicine, has been awarded a three-year, $823,877 R01 grant from the National Library of Medicine to study the use of electronic medical records to improve clinical trial subject recruitment. Embi is also the director of the UC Center for Health Informatics. For more information, contact Embi at or (513) 558-3660, or visit

Steward Honored With Distinguished Service Award
David Steward, MD, received the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Distinguished Service Award at the opening ceremony of the academy’s annual meeting and expo in Chicago Sept. 21–24. The academy presents Distinguished Service Awards to medical professionals in recognition of extensive meritorious service through the presentation of instructional courses, scientific papers, participation on a continuing education committee or academy leadership position. For more information, visit

College of Medicine to Host Regional Conference
The UC chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) will host a regional conference Oct. 17–19 at the College of Medicine. The conference theme is “The Intersection of Social Justice and Health Care: Finding Our Way.” AMSA is a national, student governed organization with a membership of nearly 70,000 premed and medical students that addresses the concerns of physicians in training. The UC chapter has approximately 200 members. Second-year medical students Jessica Sisto and William DeWitt serve as region co-presidents. For more information, visit

Alpha Omega Alpha Inductions
Twenty-six College of Medicine faculty members, residents and students have been selected for induction into the Cincinnati chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA). Kenneth Sterman, MD, internal medicine, and Michael Reed, MD, surgery, were named faculty inductees. William Barrett, MD, radiation oncology, was named an alumni inductee. Resident inductees include Mubeen Jafri, MD, surgery, Emily Leasure, MD, internal medicine, and Rita Schmid, MD, internal medicine. The following fourth-year medical students will also be inducted: Leah Bauer, Hillary Dunlevy, Matthew Fulton, Patrick Harvey, Patrick Jones, Jennifer Kelley, Jordan Kharofa, Justin Klanke, Megan Lea, Ryan Maher, Erin Medlin, Katie Meier, Hillary Mount, Mark Onady, Amy Pettit, Sarah Pickle, Christopher Runyan, Adam Vukovic, Denise White and Jessica Yarber. The new inductees will be recognized during the AOA banquet Friday, Nov.14, at the Phoenix restaurant. To attend, contact IvaDean Lair at (513) 558-5577 or

Digestive Health Center Pilot Grants
The Digestive Health Center (DHC) is now accepting applications for pilot projects to conduct basic, translational and patient based or outcomes research broadly relating to pediatric digestive disease. Applications will be considered in all areas of digestive disease research (gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition) with particular emphasis on the following DHC research themes: chronic liver disease; digestive organ failure and transplantation; inflammatory and diarrheal diseases; and obesity. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8. The DHC, based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is one of only 16 Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers in the nation supported by the National Institutes of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases. Its goal is to attract new investigators to foster digestive disease research and make significant discoveries relating to pediatric digestive diseases.  For more information, including application forms and guidelines, visit or e-mail Cynthia Wetzel at

Medical Mission Fundraiser
College of Medicine students will hold a Sweetest Day fundraiser to help support UC’s Medical Missions alternative spring break trip to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Trip participants will sell “Sweetest Day Candygrams” from noon to 1:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, and Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the hallway outside of Medical Sciences Building Room E351. Supporters can send a personalized note with candy ($1) or a homemade baked good ($2) directly to that special someone in recognition of Sweetest Day (Oct. 18). Notes and candy or baked goods will be delivered to mailboxes or doors on Friday, Oct. 17. For more information, contact Laura Pareso at


Joint Cancer Program Distinguished Scientist Series
Jeffrey Pollard, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will discuss “Mechanisms of Macrophage Promotion of Tumor Progression and Metastasis” from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies’ Rieveschl Auditorium. The talk is part of the Joint Cancer Program Distinguished Scientist Series. For more information, contact Peggy Bareswilt at or (513) 558-1284.

Imaging Research Talk
The College of Medicine’s Center for Imaging Research will host Patrick Bolan, PhD, who will discuss “MR Spectroscopy of Breast Cancer” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. Bolan is an assistant professor in the department of radiology at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Magnetic Imaging Research. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, call (513) 558-6225 or visit

Universal Health Care Lecture Thursday
Robert Graham, MD, professor of family medicine and Robert and Myfanwy Smith Endowed Chair, will discuss “So What Is Taking So Long? Universal Coverage and the Culture of American Health Care” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in French East Building Room 135. The talk is the first in the 2008–09 UC Health Administration and Management Series, sponsored by the health care administration and informatics division in the College of Allied Health Sciences. For more information, contact Joan Murdock, PhD, at joan.murdock@uc.eduor (513) 558-6916.

UCP Public Health Fair Oct. 18
Tristate residents are encouraged to make their health a priority and participate in the free medical screenings, informational health talks and clinical facility tours at the UC Physicians (UCP) seventh annual health and wellness fair. The free, public event takes place Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at University Pointe, 7700 University Court in West Chester. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet physicians and explore interactive displays designed to educate people about health risks and conditions. People can also take advantage of free health screenings, including cosmetic skin analysis, vein evaluations and blood pressure and glucose checks. A limited number of adult flu shots will be available for a fee and by advance appointment only. Appointments are given on a first call, first-served basis and can be made by calling (513) 475-8000. For more information, visit

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