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Date: Monday, November 9, 2009

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Thomas Named Scientific Director of Metabolic Diseases Institute
George Thomas, PhD, the John and Gladys Strauss Endowed Chair in Cancer Research, has been named scientific director of UC’s Metabolic Diseases Institute. Thomas, who served as interim director of UC’s Genome Research Institute from 2005 until the institute’s name change in September 2009, was instrumental in establishing the vision for the new metabolic diseases research program at UC’s Reading Campus. As scientific director, Thomas will provide leadership and oversee activities central to the operation of the Metabolic Diseases Institute. He will work closely with the institute’s faculty and staff in order to guide the program to international prominence.


Rouan Wins 'Courage to Teach Award'
Gregory Rouan, MD, of internal medicine, has been named a 2010 Courage to Teach Award winner by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The Courage to Teach Award—named after Parker Palmer, PhD, who wrote "Courage to Teach" and other books on teaching and vocation—is presented annually to 10 notable program directors. Award winners are invited to attend the 2010 ACGME Annual Educational Conference in Nashville, Tenn., where they will be honored at an awards luncheon and presented with a plaque and check for $1,000. They will also be invited to attend a retreat next May at the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Mich.


Kirschner Wins Young Investigator Award
Third-year PhD student Henriette Kirschner has been awarded the 2009 Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award. This award recognizes excellence in research by a young investigator based on the quality of the submitted abstract and the presentation for the Obesity Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting, held in October in Washington, D.C. Kirschner, a member of the lab of Matthias Tschöp, MD, at UC’s Metabolic Diseases Institute on the Reading Campus, was chosen from a total of five finalists. She submitted an abstract titled “GOAT Links Sensing of Dietary Lipids With the Endocrine Control of EnergyB.”

  Warshaw Wins President's Award
Gregg Warshaw, MD, has been awarded the President’s Award by the Greater Cincinnati Alzheimer's Association. The award commends Warshaw for his “outstanding service to the Greater Cincinnati chapter.” He will be honored at an award banquet Thursday, Nov.12, at the Hyde Park Country Club. For more information or to attend the banquet, contact Lindsay Webb at (513) 721-4284 or
  Clinical Research Feasibility Fund Grants Available
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) is accepting applications from junior faculty for the next round of Clinical Research Feasibility Fund (CReFF) grants. The CReFF provides one-year start-up funding of up to $20,000 for pilot studies, potentially renewable for one additional year. Instructors or assistant professors utilizing the resources of the Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC) are eligible to apply, in addition to fellows anticipating a faculty appointment during the grant period. Applications must be sent to by noon Friday, Dec. 4. For more information, call (513) 803-2778. 
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Nanomedicine Talk Nov. 10
The molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology department will host Peixuan Guo, PhD, Dane and Mary Louise Miller Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering at UC, for a seminar at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. His topic will be “Phi29 DNA Packaging Motor in Nanomedicine: Therapeutic/siRNA Delivery, Single Molecule Sensing, and Polyvalent Detection of Chemicals, Cancers or Pathogens.” For more information, contact Eric Gruenstein, PhD, at or (513) 558-5531.

  2009 GI Symposium Nov. 14
The 2009 GI Symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel at UC. Local medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists and oncology nurses are invited to attend. Continuing medical education credits are available and meals will be provided during the event. The cost is $50 for community physicians, $25 for nurses and free for UC physicians and house staff. For more information, contact Kella Schreiber at (513) 584-9097 or visit
  Cancer Faculty Candidate Talk Nov. 19
Faculty candidate Daniel Starczynowski, PhD, of the BC Cancer Research Center, will discuss, “Insight Into the Molecular Basis of Myelodysplastic Syndrome: Identification and Characterization of Deregulated Innate Immunity Genes” at noon Thursday, Nov. 19. The talk, to be held in Rieveschl Auditorium, is sponsored by the Cancer and Cell Biology Recruitment Committee and the Cancer Cell Biology Seminar Series. For more information, contact Peggy Bareswilt at (513) 558-1284.
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