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Date: Monday, January 25, 2010

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Entrepreneurial Faculty Achievement Awards
The Office of Entrepreneurial Affairs is soliciting nominations for the 2009/2010 Entrepreneurial Achievement Awards. There are two categories of awards being given to faculty for exceptional accomplishment in promoting and maximizing the human benefits and commercial potential of university intellectual property and/or research: Established Entrepreneur Award (faculty with five or more years of successful entrepreneurial ventures) and Emerging Entrepreneur Award (faculty who have successfully launched a new venture during the past five years). Selection criteria for both of these awards can be found in the expanded announcement information at Application deadline is Friday, Feb.12.


Dietrich, Cecil Honored by Alliance for Chemical Safety
Kim Dietrich, PhD, of environmental health, and Kim Cecil, PhD, of pediatrics, have received the 2009 Second Mile Award by the Alliance for Chemical Safety. The Second Mile Award recognizes individuals who have gone the extra (or second) mile to support the Alliance for Chemical Safety's mission of promoting public understanding and involvement in chemical risk management. Dietrich and Cecil were nominated for their contributions to a long-term lead exposure study conducted through the Cincinnati Children's Environmental Health Center, a collaborative research group funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that involved scientists from the UC College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.


Crawford Serves as Visiting Professor in Australia
Alvin Crawford, MD, professor of orthopedic surgery and pediatrics and director of the pediatric fellowship program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, served as visiting professor at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 19-24. On Jan. 22, he presented an update on the "Osseous Manifestation of Neurofibromatosis in Children" at the Australian Royal College of Surgeons.


Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Talks
The molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology departments will host two upcoming seminars, both co-sponsored by the Midwest Integrative Technology Center for Existing & Emerging Infectious Diseases. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Vikram Prasad, PhD, research scientist in molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology, will discuss "CI-/HCO3-Exchangers in Heart: Evidence of a Role in Ca2+-Handling and Cardiac Contractility." On Tuesday, Feb. 2, Sara Kozma, PhD, associate professor of cancer and cell biology, will present, "S6K1: A Determinant in Embryonic-Stem-Cell Commitment During Early Adipocyte Differentiation." Both talks begin at 12:30 p.m. in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. For more information, contact Peter Stambrook, PhD, at 558-6151 or


Reminder: CCTST Grand Rounds Jan. 29
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) will host a grand rounds session on Friday, Jan. 29, with two presentations in Medical Sciences Building Room 5051. At 11 a.m., Kenneth Polonsky, MD, chair of internal medicine and director of the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences at Washington University, will discuss "T1 Translational Research and the CTSA." At 1 p.m., Kim Cecil, PhD, and Kim Dietrich, PhD, will present "Effects of Early Low to Moderate Lead Exposure on Brain Structure, Organization and Function in Young Adults." Cecil is a professor of radiology, pediatrics and neuroscience and an imaging research scientist and clinical MR spectroscopist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dietrich, professor of environmental health, is director of the division of epidemiology and biostatistics. CCTST Grand Rounds, made possible by the CTSA, are free of charge and open to the public. For more details, including the complete request for applications, visit or contact Angela Sterwerf at (513) 803-2778 or


Transplant Symposium Feb. 1
John Bucuvalas, MD, professor of pediatrics and associate medical director of the Pediatric Liver Care Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, will host a transplant symposium on Monday, Feb. 1. "Tolerance in Solid Organ Transplant, from Bench to Bedside" will be held at 8:30 a.m. in Cincinnati Children's Research Auditorium R-3381. It will feature presentations by Jake Demetris, MD, University of Pittsburgh; Sandy Feng, MD, PhD, University of California San Francisco; Allan Kirk, MD, PhD, the Emory Clinic; and Alberto Sanchez-Fueyo, MD, University of Barcelona. For more information, contact Julie Schinner at


Pancreatic Diseases Symposium Feb. 6
The Eighth Symposium on Pancreatic Diseases: Clinical Update on Pancreatic Cancer will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel at UC. Sponsored by the digestive diseases division, the symposium aims to provide practicing gastroenterologists, surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, primary care physicians, nurses and trainees with a problem-based state-of-the art overview of current diagnostic and treatment options in pancreatic diseases. To register, visit  or call (513) 558-1810.


Save the Date: OVAL Conference April 15-16
The eighth annual Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences (OVALS) Conference will be held April 1516 at the Marriott Louisville Downtown in Louisville, Ky. This year's session, "Tools and Techniques to Cross the Commercialization Chasm," will feature a full National Institutes of Health panel on federal funding mechanisms to bridge the commercialization chasm, a U.S. Department of Commerce presentation on innovation tips and trends and a presentation on new U.S. biotech trends. For more information, visit, e-mail or call (513) 558-1810.

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