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Date: Monday, April 27, 2009

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Pediatrics Among Top Three
The pediatric training program at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is once again ranked No. 3, according to U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” edition. The College of Medicine is listed as No. 41 among “top schools of medicine—research.” The current issue of U.S.News is on newsstands today. For more on the rankings, visit

Cancelas Wins NIH Grant
Jose Cancelas, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, has received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to study “Rac GTPase Inhibition in Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia.” He will analyze whether Rac GTPases (a group of proteins) are critical for the development of leukemias induced by BCR/ABL and analyze the specific mechanisms depending on Rac GTPases responsible for leukemia formation. Cancelas is the medical director of cellular therapies at Hoxworth Blood Center and the leader of the stem cell program in the division of experimental hematology and cancer biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 

AHC Now on Twitter
The public relations and communications office has added another way to get all the latest news surrounding the Academic Health Center: Twitter. Twitter is a Web-based social networking site that enables users to broadcast short messages of 140 characters or less to interested people or “followers.” It is one of the latest ways to broadcast UC news, research and programs to patients and related organizations worldwide. The UC Health page, created in April, is being maintained and updated throughout the day by the public relations staff. To follow UC news, visit

Diabetes Center to Offer Pre-Diabetes Management Class
The UC Diabetes Center, part of UC Physicians, is offering a two-class series on pre-diabetes management. A UC nutritionist and graduate student intern from UC’s College of Allied Health Sciences will be on hand to discuss diabetes and answer questions about healthy lifestyle goals, weight management and metabolic syndrome. The series runs May 4 through June 1. Morning or afternoon sessions are available. Each session is three hours long and will be held at the Diabetes Center, 3120 Burnet Ave., Suite 306. Cost is $5 per person/per session, and includes all handouts and parking. No insurance or referrals are needed. For questions or to register, call (513) 475-8200.

Med Student Selected to Participate in Health Equity Session
Robert Pulliam was one of only 15 medical students nationally selected to participate in the American Medical Student Association (AMSA)/Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Health Equity Leadership Institute. Pullman, a first-year student, will participate in a three-day session that will examine the social determinants of health care. The group will look at how health professionals can lend their expertise on health issues and leverage their power in society to give a voice to disenfranchised populations in the legislative arena and empower communities to address the problems they face with the assets they have. For more information, visit

Residents Honored for Teaching Excellence
Six UC residents have been voted by College of Medicine students to receive Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards. They are: Shrawan Gaitonde, MD, surgery; R. Michael Greiwe, MD, orthopedics; Tom Husted, MD, surgery; Keith Luckett, MD, internal medicine; Justin Smith, MD, internal medicine; and Dennis Sonnier, MD, surgery. Each resident will be honored during the Student Clinician Ceremony to be held Wednesday, July 1, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel at UC.

Study Wins ‘Swift Memorial Award’
GrinshpunThe recent study on respiratory protection against ultrafine particles led by Sergey Grinshpun, PhD, professor of environmental health, was chosen for the David L. Swift Memorial Award by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). The winner is selected by the AIHA’s Aerosol Technology Committee once a year to recognize an outstanding publication in the field of aerosol science and technology. Study co-authors include Roy McKay, PhD, and Tiina Reponen, PhD, of the environmental health department, recent UC graduate Robert Eninger, PhD, and former UC visiting scholar Takeshi Honda. The award honors the memory of David Swift, professor at Johns Hopkins University, for his outstanding contributions to aerosol and industrial hygiene research.


Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Series
Marcelo Kazanietz, PhD, professor of pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, will discuss “Signal Transduction in Cancer: Dissecting the Molecular Mechanism Which Normal Cells Become Cancerous and Metastasize” at noon Thursday, April 30, in Rieveschl Auditorium. The talk is part of the Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Series.For more information, contact Peggy Bareswilt at (513) 558-1284 or

Presidential Transition/Selection Meetings
All College of Medicine faculty, staff and students are invited to join UC President Nancy Zimpher, PhD, and Interim President-Elect Monica Rimai at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, for an update on the presidential transition. The event will be held in Kresge Auditorium. All are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to hear how the university will maintain momentum through the transition and provide a solid foundation for a new permanent president. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.

In addition, on Thursday, April 30, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., H.C. Buck Niehoff, chair of the UC Board of Trustees and the presidential search committee, and David Stern, MD, dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for health affairs, will host a special meeting to gather advice and recommendations on the criteria to be published in the presidential job profile. The meeting will be held in Kresge Auditorium. This open forum is your opportunity to help the presidential search committee identify UC’s next president. The profile from the 2003 search is available at If you would prefer, comments can be submitted by e-mailing


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