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Date: Monday, November 23, 2009

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Community Engagement Speaker Series
The Community Engagement and Research program of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) welcomes Doriane Miller, MD, of the University of Chicago Medical Center, on Friday, Dec. 4. Miller will discuss "Improving Health Outcomes Through Community-Engaged Research" at 9 a.m. in Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Location D, Room 2.23-25. Breakfast and the opportunity to meet Miller will be available beginning at 8 a.m. Miller is inaugural director of the Center for Community Health and Vitality, whose mission is to improve population health outcomes for residents on the South Side of Chicago. The talk, supported by the NIH Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award, is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, call (513) 803-0917 or e-mail For more details on the CCTST, visit



Fitness Center to Host Toys for Tots Giving Campaign
Campus Recreation is teaming up with Toys for Tots to provide a giving opportunity for the holiday season. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Fitness Center at CARE/Crawley or the Campus Recreation Center. New members will receive 10 percent off an annual membership for their first year of membership with their donation. Current members will receive 10 percent off any program or service. Visit for details.


Hoxworth Adds Two
Hoxworth Blood Center has recently added two directors to its staff. Alin Girnita, MD, has been named director of transplant immunology and James Tinker has been named division director of donor recruitment/community relations. Girnita joins Hoxworth from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Romanian Ministry of Health and University of Medicine Craiova. Tinker most recently worked at the American Red Cross and Kentucky Blood Center and brings nearly 20 years of strategic marketing and public relations experience to Hoxworth. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University.

 Grad.gif Graduate Student Research Forum
Seventy-one College of Medicine graduate students presented posters in the 30th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum, held Nov. 5. Elise Demitrack, systems biology and physiology, was the first-place winner. Preeti Tandon, cancer and cell biology, won second and Fu-Sheng Chou and Jason Karch, both of cancer and cell biology, placed third. Eight honorable mention awards were given to Timothy Mead, molecular and developmental biology; Purnima Wagh, cancer and cell biology; Stefanie Ward, molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology; Deborah Conrady, molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology; Monica Brooks, molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology; Loren Smith, Physicians Scientist Training Program; Michael Tranter, molecular, cellular and biochemical pharmacology; and Erin Zoller, immunobiology. In addition, Katherine Yutzey, PhD, of the molecular and developmental biology graduate program, was presented with the Richard Akeson Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award. For more information, e-mail
 Kovall.gif Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Talk Nov. 24
The molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology department will present a seminar with Rhett Kovall, PhD, at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. Kovall, an assistant professor in the department, will present "Structure and Function of Notch Pathway Transcription Complexes." The seminar is co-sponsored by the Midwest Integrative Technology Center for Existing & Emerging Infectious Diseases. For further information, contact Eric Gruenstein, PhD, at (513) 558-5531 or

Cardiovascular Seminar Nov. 30
Nikolaos Frangogiannis, of the Baylor College of Medicine, will present "The Inflammatory Response in Cardiac Repair" at noon Monday, Nov. 30, in Medical Sciences Building Room 3351. Frangogiannis is a tenured associate professor of medicine in the cardiovascular sciences section. The event is sponsored by the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence. For more information, contact Donna Gering at or (513) 558-2307.

 Lab2.gif Cancer Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series
The Cincinnati Cancer Consortium Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series will feature two presentations next week. On Thursday, Dec. 3, James Fagin, MD, of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, will discuss "Role of Oncogenic Braf in Thyroid Cancer Initiation and Progression." On Friday, Dec. 4, Glenn Merlino, PhD, of the National Cancer Institute's Laboratory of Cancer Biology & Genetics, will discuss "Modeling Human Melanoma in the Mouse." Both presentations are from noon to 1 p.m. in Rieveschl Auditorium. For more information, contact Peggy Bareswilt at (513) 558-1284.


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