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Date: Monday, January 26, 2009

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Faculty Recognized for Patents
Five College of Medicine faculty members were recognized at the Jan. 14 UC men’s basketball game for receiving patents for inventions in 2008. They are:


  • Ambikaipakan Balasubramaniam, PhD, surgery, “Compounds for Control of Appetite, Blood Pressure, Cardiovascular Response, Libido and Circadian Rhythm.”


  • William Chance, PhD, surgery, “Compounds for Control of Appetite, Blood Pressure, Cardiovascular Response, Libido and Circadian Rhythm.”


  • David Melvin, MD, PhD, surgery and biomedical engineering, “Heart Wall Actuation Device for the Natural Heart,” whose award was accepted posthumously by his son Alan Melvin.

  • Randy Seeley, PhD, psychiatry, “Role for GLP-1 To Mediate Responses to Disparate Stressors.”


  • Kenneth Weiss, MD, radiology, “Automated Brain MRI and CT Prescriptions in Talairach Space.”



Health Care Heroes Honorees

Nine UC faculty members were named 2009 Health Care Heroes honorees by the Cincinnati Business Courier. The program honors Greater Cincinnati health care professionals who have made an impact on health care in the community through their patient concern, research and inventions, management skills, innovative programs for employees and service to the poor and uninsured. The following were honored in their respective categories:


Community Outreach:

  • William Barrett, MD, chair of radiation oncology

  • Tiffiny Diers, MD, assistant professor of medicine



  • Joseph Clark, PhD, professor of neurology, and Fred Beyette, PhD, associate professor of engineering

  • Charles Kuntz IV, MD, professor of neurosurgery

  • Robert Lukin, MD, professor of radiology

  • Thomas Webb, MD, associate professor of medicine



  • Charles Heaton, MD, professor emeritus of clinical dermatology

  • Eric Warm, MD, associate professor of medicine


The winners will be honored during an awards dinner to be held on Tuesday, March 3, at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. Tickets before Feb. 24 are $75 each; $85 afterward. For more information, e-mail



Cushion Named American Academy of Microbiology Fellow

Melanie Cushion, PhD, professor of medicine and associate chair for research, has been elected to the Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows are elected through a highly selective, annual, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. Fellows are noted for building an exemplary career in basic and applied research, teaching, clinical and public health, industry or government service. Cushion was recognized for her work with the fungal pathogen, Pneumocystis. For more information, visit



Registration Open for New Clinical Research Informatics Program
Registration is now open for a new clinical research informatics (CRI) program offered through a partnership between UC and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 10x10 initiative. This intensive 10-week online program starts Feb. 9 and concludes with a face-to-face component at the AMIA spring congress in May. Enrollees will learn about the rapidly emerging field of CRI that exists at the intersection of biomedical informatics and clinical and translational research. This program should be of interest to those involved in conducting or supporting clinical or translational research, to biomedical and health informatics professionals or students, to health IT professionals, or to others interested in the important role that biomedical informatics plays in advancing clinical and translational research. Forty-eight continuing medical education credits are available for those who complete the program. For more information, visit or, or contact the course director, Peter Embi, MD, at



Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Series
Gustavo Leone, PhD, assistant professor in the molecular virology immunology and medical genetics department at Ohio State University, will discuss “The E2F family in Development: Sibling Rivalry” at noon Thursday, Jan. 29, the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies’ Rieveschl Auditorium. The event is part of the Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Series. For more information, contact Peggy Bareswilt at (513) 558-1284. 


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