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Date: Monday, March 30, 2009

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Conforti Wins NIH Grant

Laura Conforti, PhD, of the nephrology and hypertension division, has been awarded a $429,000 R21 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study defects in the function of the immune system in autoimmunity. Her project is entitled "Potassium Channel Trafficking in Geometrically Patterned Immunological Synapses." Conforti and colleagues Yeoheung Yun, Mark Schulz and Vesselin Shanov, all of the College of Engineering, will generate artificial antigen presenting cell arrays (nanotechnology) to study ion channels and the role they play in the etiology and progression of the autoimmune disease Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). This interdisciplinary method will allow Conforti and her team to view cell activity at levels unattainable using standard laboratory methods.


Arvin Named University Hospital VP of Finance

Doug Arvin has been named vice president of finance at University Hospital (UH), effective April 6. Arvin will join UH from Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, where he spent the last four years as the chief financial officer–southeast area. Prior to that, Arvin served in financial leadership roles with Saint Louis University Hospital-Missouri; Park Plaza Hospital and Columbia Gulf Coast Medical Center, both in Texas; and Jewish Hospital Healthcare System–Kentucky. Arvin earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Evansville and a master’s degree in business administration with a health care administration concentration from the University of Houston–Clear Lake.


Shriners Hospitals Researchers Present Work to Burn Colleagues

Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati staff presented research findings at the annual American Burn Association meeting, held March 24–27 in San Antonio. The meeting is the largest of its kind, bringing together hundreds of medical professionals in the field of burn care, teaching, research, prevention and rehabilitation. Key topics presented at the conference included findings related to the prevalence of childhood obesity among reconstructive pediatric burn patients, addressing sexuality with adolescent burn survivors and children’s reaction to stress as a factor in their rehabilitation process. For more information, contact Louise Hoelker at (513) 872-6059 or


Finkelman Named Treasurer-Elect of FASEB

Fred Finkelman, MD, of the immunology, allergy and rheumatology division, has been named treasurer-elect of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), effective July 1. Finkelman will serve a one-year term as treasurer-elect and then assume the role of treasurer for two years. FASEB is a large federation made up of major societies created to advance biological research through collaborative advocacy for research policies that promote scientific progress and education and lead to improvements in human health.


2009 Peripheral Arterial Assessment Course
The UC Vascular Laboratory will present the 2009 Peripheral Arterial Assessment Course on Saturday, April 4, in Mont Reid Library Room 2455. This program will offer a focused learning experience for vascular technologists, physicians and fellows interested in establishing or expanding peripheral arterial assessment skills. Both didactic material and a hands-on laboratory experience will be included. A total of 5.75 SVU-Continuing Medical Education (SVU-CME) credit hours are available on an hour-for-hour basis from SVU and may be used toward fulfilling the continuing education requirements necessary to retain RVT credentials with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography or RVS credentials with the Cardiovascular Credentialing Institute. Laboratory accreditation with the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories or the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine also requires maintenance of current CME. Registration is $50 and payable in advance or at the door. Space is limited to 36 participants. To register, call Julie Gulley at (513) 558-5367.


Honors Day to Be Held May 24

The 2009 Honors Day celebration will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, downtown. This time and location replaces any other previously published information. David Fischer, MD, chief of general surgery, has been selected to receive the Gold Apple teaching award. Eric Warm, MD, internal medicine, and Thomas deHoop, MD, obstetrics and gynecology, will be awarded Silver Apples. This year’s class speaker is David Feazell, and the keynote speaker is the Honorable Nathaniel Jones, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Blank Rome LLP, and judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Ret.) For more information, contact IvaDean Lair at or (513) 558-5577.

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