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Date: Monday, June 15, 2009

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Obesity Researcher Honored With Scientific Achievement Award
Randy Seeley, PhD, professor of psychiatry and associate director of the Obesity Research Center, has been given the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The award recognizes outstanding scientific achievement in the field of diabetes, "taking into consideration independence of thought and originality." Seeley's work focuses on peripheral hormones in the central nervous system that regulate food intake and body weight. He leads a partnership with Cincinnati's Ethicon Endo-Surgery aimed at better understanding of the basic biology behind obesity and finding new solutions for treating obesity and related conditions, including diabetes. Seeley is the Donald C. Harrison Endowed Chair and past winner of the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award (2003) and the Ernst Oppenheimer Award from the Endocrine Society (2008). In 2006 he was invited to present at the Nobel Symposium. For more information, visit

ENT Professor's Book to Be Reviewed in JAMA
Surgeons, medical students and researchers interested in the healing process of the face and neck have a new resource in a book by otolaryngology professor David Hom, MD. Hom is the senior editor of Essential Tissue Healing of the Face and Neck, a new text describing the healing of these sensitive and visible tissues. The book was selected to be reviewed in the July 8, 2009, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Hom is the director of the division of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. The new book explains new developments in the way doctors treat wounds to the face, covering the healing of skin, bone, cartilage, nerves, muscles and mucosa inside the mouth, on the face and around the neck. More than 60 multi-specialty experts contributed to the book. Separate sections address the basic science of tissue healing, common clinical problems and promising treatments in the future. For more information, contact Hom at

Fourth Annual Graduate Student Awards for Excellence
Three College of Medicine graduate students were among the award winners at the university-wide Graduate Student Awards for Excellence. The students are Jennifer O'Malley, Olivia Schneider and Martine Lamy. O'Malley, of the Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) and neuroscience program, was selected as "Graduate Student of the Year." Schneider, of the molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology program, received the "Graduate Student Award for Exemplary Scholarship in Life Sciences" and Lamy, of the PSTP and neuroscience program, won the "Graduate Student Award for Exemplary Initiative." In addition to student awards, the Health Sciences Graduate Association was named "Graduate Student Association of the Year¡± for best exemplifying scholarship, leadership, partnership and citizenship, some of the UC|21 guiding principles through its members" involvement in college committees, charitable works in the community and displaying camaraderie beyond the boundaries of college and program. For more information, contact Mary Jo Petersman at


Cancer Cell Biology Seminar Series
Sivakumar Vallabhapurapu, PhD, faculty candidate from the pharmacology department at the University of California, San Diego, will discuss, "Novel Insights Into the Regulation of Alternative NF-BSignaling: A Promising Step Towards Understanding Lymphoid Malignancies" at noon Thursday, June 18, in Rieveschl Auditorium. The talk is part of the Cancer Cell Biology Seminar Series. For more information, contact Peggy Bareswilt at (513) 558-1284 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. 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

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