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Date: Monday, May 4, 2009

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Kao Selected for Inaugural Fellow Class
Winston Kao, PhD, professor of ophthalmology, has been named a Silver Fellow by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Koa joins the inaugural class of distinguished fellows recognized for their accomplishments, leadership and contributions to the ARVO. All fellows will be officially inducted at the association’s annual meeting this week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. TheARVO is the largest eye and vision research organization in the world. Members include some 12,500 eye and vision researchers from over 73 countries. The association encourages and assists research, training, publication and dissemination of knowledge in vision and ophthalmology. For more information, visit

Crawford Wins Trumpet Award
Alvin Crawford, MD, professor of pediatric orthopedic surgery and director of the Spine Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, was one of nine recipients of the 2009 Trumpet Award, which honors the “accomplishments of black Americans who have succeeded against all odds.” The Trumpet Awards Foundation chooses honorees based on individual achievements and contributions toward enhancing the quality of life of others. Crawford was the first African-American to earn a medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He is considered to be one of the nation’s foremost authorities on video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery and neurofibromatosis. He has co-authored several publications and won numerous awards, including the GEOP medal for neurofibromatosis and the French Orthopedic Society’s International Medal for pioneering work in minimally invasive spine surgery in children. Other 2009 Trumpet Award winners include former NBA basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson, actress Raven-Symone, Rev. Paula White and the Tuskegee Airmen.

Lee Awarded K23 Grant
Timmy Lee, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine in the division of nephrology and hypertension, has been awarded a five-year, $847,509 K23 Mentored Career Development Grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study new biomarkers in arteriovenous fistula maturation in hemodialysis patients. Under the mentorship of Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, Lee will investigate blood and tissue markers that may predict arteriovenous fistula maturation in patients with end-stage renal disease. Lee hopes his research will provide a better understanding of mechanisms that lead to poor arteriovenous fistula development and novel therapies to treat this clinical problem. NIH K23 grants provide young investigators financial support and protected time to pursue clinical research.

Med Student Wins Best Poster
Joanna Brenneman, a second-year medical student, has won the Edward S. Reynolds Award for Best Poster Presentation in Pathology at the 50th annual National Student Research Forum held April 25 at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Brenneman’s poster was titled, “Characterization of Signaling Properties of the HCMV-Encoded G Protein Coupled Receptor US28 and Analysis of Contribution to Viral Induced Atherosclerosis.”


Sunflower Revolution VI Dates Set, Wine Tasting Tuesday
The sixth annual Sunflower Revolution will take place Sept. 11, 12 and 13. The event, which aims to raise money for Parkinson’s disease research and wellness programs at the UC Neuroscience Institute at University Hospital, is a collaboration involving the UC Neuroscience Institute, the University Hospital Foundation, the Mayfield Clinic, the Historic Milford Association and the Davis Phinney Foundation, based in Boulder, Colo. Sunflower Revolution VI will showcase:

·      The first Sunflower Streetfest, Sept. 11-12, in downtown Milford, Ohio.

·      A free educational symposium for patients, families and caregivers, Sept. 12, at the Savannah Center in West Chester, Ohio.

·      Fundraising bike rides of 100, 40 and 20 kilometers Sept. 13, starting in Milfordand touring the surrounding countryside.

Organizers will kick off the Sunflower season with a wine-tasting benefit from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the Miami Township Kroger. The benefit will feature award-winning wines from the 2009 International Wine Festival. Tickets are $40 each. For more information, call (513) 584-0695. The cost of the Sept. 13 bike ride is $80 per cyclist. The 100-kilometer ride includes a Platinum Challenge for serious cyclists, while the 20-kilometer family ride includes a scavenger hunt along the Little Miami Scenic Trail. New this year is the Peloton Club, which welcomes individual riders, rider teams and donors who raise $1,000 or more, with special admission, VIP activities and custom jerseys. For more information about the Sunflower Streetfest, educational symposium and bike rides, visit

Obstetrics and Gynecology Open House
UC Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology will host an open house to celebrate its new space on the eighth floor of the Medical Arts Building from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 6. All are invited to tour the newly remodeled, state-of-the-art patient care suites and offices, meet the physicians and midwifes and enjoy light refreshments. Tours will also be available of the new birthing center at University Hospital. For more information, call (513) 475-8588 or visit

Daniel L. Kline Neuroscience Lecture

Natalie Rasgon, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and obstetrics and gynecology at the Stanford School of Medicine, will deliver the 2009 Daniel L. Kline Lectureat 4 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in Rieveschl Auditorium. She will discuss, “To treat...or Not to Treat...? That Is the Question. Estrogen, Mood and Menopause.” Rasgon has been involved in longitudinal placebo-controlled neuroendocrine studies for nearly two decades, in addition to neuroendocrine and brain imaging studies of estrogen effects on depressed menopausal women for the last eight years. The lecture, free and open to all, is sponsored by the Neuroscience Graduate Program and Daniel L. Kline Neuroscience Fund, named after the former chairman of the department of physiology (1966–83). For more information, contact Deb Cummins at (513) 558-1703 or

Systems Biology and Physiology (SBP) Program Retreat
The third annual retreat of the Systems Biology and Physiology (SBP) Program will be held Friday, May 8, at the Genome Research Institute. The retreat will showcase the research of students, trainees and faculty in the SBP program, and highlight systems approaches to research in modern physiology and clinical medicine. Dennis Brown, PhD, of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, will present the keynote address, “Systems Biology: A Rose by Any Other Name …” He will also share practical examples of the hospital’s program in membrane biology. For full details, visit All are welcome to attend this free event.

AMA Casino Night for Charity
The College of Medicine’s student chapter of the American Medical Association (AMA) will host the AMA Casino Night for Charity at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in the CARE/Crawley Building. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the EndZone Club. The event is open to all faculty, staff and students. For more information and discounted tickets, visit

Pulmonary Organizing Team for Asthma Walk
Help “Blow the Whistle on Asthma” and join the UCP Pulmonary Asthma Walk team. The American Lung Association’s Asthma Walk will be held at Eden Park on Saturday, May 30, at 10 a.m. Registration is free, but donations and sponsorships are accepted. For more information or to join the UC Pulmonary team, contact Peggy Jones at (513) 558-4831 or Money raised will benefit asthma research and education.


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