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Date: Monday, June 8, 2009

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Cardiology Researcher, Physician Win 2009 Drake Medals
Jeffrey Robbins, PhD, and Paul Stein, MD, have been named winners of the 2009 Drake Medals. Considered to be the College of Medicine’s highest honor, the Daniel Drake Medal is given annually to current faculty or alumni who have made outstanding or unique contributions to medical education, scholarship or research. Robbins, who also won the 2009 George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Distinguished Scientific Research, serves as professor of pediatrics at UC and chief of the molecular cardiovascular biology division at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is also the associate chair for research cores and the executive co-director of the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s. Stein, a 1959 alumnus of the College of Medicine, is director of research education at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, Mich., and professor, full-time affiliate, in the department of medicine at Wayne State University. He also serves as adjunct professor of medical physics at Oakland University. Read more by visiting

Dean’s Awards for Teaching Excellence
Eight faculty members have been awarded 2009 Dean’s Awards for Teaching Excellence. They are Brian Dowling, MD, adjunct assistant professor of clinical psychiatry; Jerry Friemoth, MD, associate professor of clinical family medicine; John Michaels, PhD, associate professor of cancer and cell biology; Diya Mutasim, MD, professor and chair of dermatology; Daniel Nelson, MD, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry; Elbert Nelson, MD, volunteer professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology; Max Reif, MD, professor of clinical medicine; and David Steward, MD, associate professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery. Award recipients are recognized for their commitment and dedication to medical student education.

Academic Health Center Now on Facebook, Twitter
The UC Academic Health Center Public Relations and Communications Office is offering another way to get all the latest news surrounding the UC medical campus: Facebook. An online social media utility, Facebook helps people communicate more efficiently with friends, family and coworkers. By setting up an account on the site, you can become a “fan” of the Academic Health Center page to better connect with coworkers and supporters of UC, and to keep up with the latest news and happenings on the medical campus. Facebook is free, highly secure and anyone can sign up. Visit www.facebook.comto create an account and then search for “University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center.” And don’t forget to follow the Academic Health Center on Twitter by visiting For more information on either social media tool, call (513) 558-4553 or e-mail

Dichiara Wins SGIM Award
Amy Dichiara, MD, of internal medicine, has won the “Regional Resident Presentation of the Year Award—Midwest Region” by the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). Dichiara was recognized for delivering outstanding presentations in either abstracts or clinical vignettes throughout the year. SGIM is a member-based international association of nearly 3,000 of the world’s leading general internists who are dedicated to improving access to care for vulnerable populations, eliminating health care disparities and enhancing medical education. For more information, visit

Cushion Named Fellow
Melanie Cushion, PhD, professor of medicine, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Academy fellows are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. There are now over 2,000 fellows representing all subspecialties of microbiology, including basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry and government service. For more information, visit

College’s Gold Humanism Honor Society Wins Grant
The College of Medicine’s Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) has received a grant from the Arnold P. Golf Foundation for its “Promoting Humanism—Three Projects” initiative. Ten senior medical students —Leah Bauer, Stephen Chang, Hillary Dunlevy, Holleh Husseinzadeh, Julia Kloenne, Michelle Groves, Erin Medlin, Hillary Mount, Sarah Pickle and Thomas Sweet—initiated three projects over spring quarter that included a lecture series for medical students and a senior class workshop where GHHS students led the class in reflections on humanism in medicine throughout medical school. Denise Gibson, PhD, was the principal investigator for the grant and serves as the chapter’s faculty advisor. For more information, contact Gibson at


Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar June 16
Graduate students Danielle Kroetz and Emily Schulz will speak at the molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology department seminar at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. Kroetz will discuss “CCR5 Directs the Equilibrium of Proinflammatory IL-17+ and Regulatory Foxp3+ T Cells.” Schulz will address “The Importance of Phosphorylation of á-Tropomyosin.” For more information, contact Andrew Herr, PhD, at (513) 558-5312 or

Brain Tumor Conference June 20
The 2009 Midwest Regional Brain Tumor Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington. “Hope, Innovation, Progress, Support,” presented by the Brain Tumor Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute, in partnership with the National Brain Tumor Society, will provide patients, survivors and caregivers with an opportunity to acquire information from brain tumor specialists and allied health professionals. The conference will offer formal presentations and informational displays on various topics, such as the origins of brain tumors, advances in treatment, management of treatment side effects, long-term survivorship, rehabilitation, the patient’s “bill of rights” and financial resources. Breakout sessions will focus on various types of brain tumors. Fifteen-minute physician consults also will be available. Patients wishing a consult should contact Tara Orgon Stamper by June 10 at (513) 558-8649. Although the symposium is free, participants are asked to register in advance by calling (513) 569-5354 or e-mailing For more information, visit

College of Medicine Alumni Golf Outing July 20
The College of Medicine will host its first alumni golf outing to benefit the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund and the Urban Health Project (UHP) on Monday, July 20, at the Wyoming Golf Club. The scramble format, open to all, is limited to 56 players and costs $125 per person, which includes lunch and an awards reception. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Maria Gruber at (513) 558-0905 or The IvaDean Scholarship Fund benefits medical students in need of financial assistance. It is named after assistant dean IvaDean Lair and was created by the outgoing medical class of 2003. UHP is a student-run, nonprofit organization that offers eight-week summer internships to first-year medical students.

UC Day at the Ballpark June 20
The UC Alumni Association will hold a special “UC Day at the Reds” on Saturday, June 20, at Great American Ball Park. The 7:10 p.m. game features the Reds taking on the Chicago White Sox in Major League Baseball’s third annual Civil Rights Game, which pays tribute to efforts toward racial equality and diversity in baseball and society. All UC alumni and friends are eligible for discount tickets. For more information, contact the UC Alumni Association at (513) 556-4344, e-mail alumni.association@uc.eduor visit

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