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Date: Monday, August 17, 2009

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 new surgery section

New Plastic Surgery Section Formed
Starting this month, the division of burn surgery and the division of plastic, reconstructive and hand surgery will be integrated into a newly designated section of plastic surgery. Richard Kagan, MD, will continue as the chief of staff at Shriner’s Hospital in the department of surgery; W. John Kitzmiller, MD, will continue as the chief of plastic, reconstructive and hand surgery and program director for the plastic surgery residency. Kitzmiller will be responsible for the administration of the integrated unit. According to department of surgery chair Michael Edwards, MD, the integration of the burn and plastic surgery services into a single unit will better serve the missions of the two services and the department overall.


Diers to Receive Volunteerism Award
Tiffiny Diers, MD, of the general internal medicine division, will be presented with the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Physicians’ (ACP) Volunteerism Award at the ACP annual Ohio Chapter meeting on Friday, Oct. 9, in Columbus. Diers was nominated by Eric Warm, MD, and seconded by Bradley Britigan, MD, chair of internal medicine. Diers helps lead the Latino Health Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati, an academic and community partnership aimed at improving the health of the local Latino community.

 forty under 40

Six Named 'Forty Under 40' Award Winners
Five University of Cincinnati faculty members and one University Hospital official were named as award recipients in the 2009 Cincinnati Business Courier Forty Under 40 awards. Winners include Jason Blackard, PhD, assistant professor of medicine in the digestive diseases division; Kevin Joseph, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine; Alex Lentsch, PhD, professor of surgery and vice chair of research in the department of surgery; Gail Pyne-Geithman, research assistant professor of neurology; Jeff Schlaudecker, MD, assistant professor in the department of family medicine,

and Gyasi Chisley, vice president, administration, at University Hospital. A 21-member panel selected the winners from a pool of nearly 470 nominees. A reception for Forty Under 40 award winners will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at Music Hall.
More about the award

 drug discovery

UC Partners With Lilly for Drug Discovery
UC has become a partner institution with Eli Lilly and Company’s Phenotypic Drug Discovery Initiative. Also called PD2, this initiative allows university and biotech researchers to submit for evaluation compounds that have therapeutic potential in the areas of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis. The submitted compounds will be analyzed by PD2 scientists who will first evaluate the novelty of the compound. If deemed of sufficient interest, Lilly will then ask the researcher to submit a sample of the compound for a complete biological profile. Universities and their researchers entering into the PD2 partnership retain full intellectual property rights to their work. Interested researchers should contact Geoffrey Pinski, JD, associate director in UC's intellectual property office, or Lynn Briggs, UC licensing associate.
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Rathore Named in Researcher of the Year Competition
Rakesh Rathore, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the department of cancer and cell biology, received an honorable mention award in Bioscience Technology's first Researcher of the Year competition. The competition celebrates and rewards innovative, break­through and benefit-driven research along with the products used to achieve research success. Rathore is working on development of mass spectrometry based methods for measuring enzyme reactions.


Sept. 9 Conference Discusses First Face Transplant
Next month’s
Joint Trauma Otolaryngology-Plastic Surgery-Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Conference will host guest lecturer Dan Alam, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, for a talk on "Technical and Anatomical Considerations of the First Human Face and Maxilla Transplant." Alam, section head of facial aesthetic and reconstructive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic’s Head & Neck Institute, served as one of the team members who performed the first face transplant in the United Sates. The lecture will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the MSB Lecture Hall, Room E-351. To RSVP, e-mail Sue Dupuy or call (513) 558-4143 by Sept. 2.

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