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November 2006 Issue

This public playground in Mangalore, India is one example of the crumbling lead-based paint dangerous to children.
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November News Extras

By Jill Hafner
Published November 2006

Free Lead Testing Kits for Low-Income Families

UC researchers have partnered with the nonprofit group Accountability and Credibility Together to provide free home lead-sampling kits to certain lowincome families in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Families with a gross income of $29,040 or less and referred by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services can sign up to receive the kit, which includes tools for collecting soil, paint and dust samples from their homes. Hematology and Environmental Laboratories, housed in UC’s environmental health department, will analyze the samples for lead levels. If lead is found, any children living in the home will be tested for elevated levels in the blood. For more information on how to test for lead in the home, contact Sandy Roda at (513) 558-1705.

Hoxworth Opens Donor Center
Hoxworth has opened a new donor center at 9554 South Mason-Montgomery Road in Mason, just north of Fields Ertel Road in the Governor’s Pointe Shopping Center. The center is expected to be one of the busiest donor centers, averaging over 400 blood donations a month. Currently, half of Hoxworth’s registered blood donors outside the I-275 loop reside in Mason and Deerfield Township.

The Mason center’s operation hours are Monday noon to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (513) 451-0910.


IvaDean Scholarship Benefit Concert

The College of Medicine will host the 3rd Annual IvaDean Scholarship Benefit Concert at

7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. The event, which features musical performances from College of Medicine faculty, staff and students, supports the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund for medical students in need of financial assistance.


The fund, named after IvaDean Lair, assistant dean in the College of Medicine, was created in 2003 by that year’s outgoing class as a way to pay tribute to Lair’s “influence on medical students.” Lair has served the medical college for more than 40 years. To make a donation to the scholarship fund or to obtain concert information, call (513) 558-0910.


Stern Earns Veterans Affairs Appointment

David Stern, MD, College ofMedicine dean, has been appointeda lifetime member of the BlueRibbon Panel on VA-MedicalSchool Affiliations by the U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs.In this role, Stern will provide advice and counsel to the U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs regarding medical school affiliations. The panel comprises 15 members who “effectively express the views of large and small medical schools which are involved in the principal affiliation activities—research, patient care and education.”


GI Cancer Symposium

UC’s 2nd Annual GI CancerSymposium, “Update onEsophageal and PancreaticCancers,” will be held Saturday,Dec. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 Kingsgate Conference Center. Hosted by the divisions of hematology/ oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology, the free event is open to all health care professionals who provide care for cancer patients. For more information, call (513) 558-0120.


Intimacy and Cancer Talk

Erin Hoschouer, director of health education at Pure Romance Inc., will lead an open discussion on intimacy and cancer from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies. Hoschouer will explore the physical, emotional and social side effects of cancer and how they may impact intimate experiences.

The free event includes a question and answer session and tour of the Vontz Center with Erik Knudsen, PhD, scientific director of the Barrett Cancer Center at the University of Cincinnati. All are welcome to attend. To register, contact Rachel Whisner at (513) 558- 8624 or


Watts Named to FDA Advisory Committee

Nelson Watts, MD, professor of medicine and director of the UC Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center, has been appointed to a second term as chair of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Endocrine and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee. As chair, Watts reviews and evaluates data concerning the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational drug products for treating endocrine and metabolic disorders and makes appropriate recommendations to the FDA commissioner. His appointment runs through June 2008.


Tso Named to NIDDK Advisory Council

Patrick Tso, PhD, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, has been appointed to the Advisory Council for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As a member of the council, Tso will review broad issues of scientific policy that relate to the NIDDK and provide second-level peer review of grant applications. His term begins Nov. 1 and runs through October 2010.

Tso also heads UC’s Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center— one of only three of its kind in
the country designed to characterize mouse models used for the study of diabetes and its complications—which was recently refunded with its second five-year, $5 million grant from the NIH.


Docs Receive NIH Grants

Emergency medicine assistant professors Michael Lyons, MD, and George Shaw, MD, PhD, have received grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

has received a five-year, $668,452 NIH Career Development Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He will use the award to evaluate HIV screening methods in an urban emergency department.


Shaw, also an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has received a five-year, $946,122 NIH Independent Scientist Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. He will use the grant to study a new combination of thrombolytic therapies using a novel in vitro microscopic imaging technique.


Researchers Raise Money for Breast Cancer

Fifty UC cancer researchers and students recently raised $1,500 to support breast cancer research, community education and patient care by participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.


Participants divided into two teams—UC Hope and UC Cell and Cancer Biology, led respectively by Yelena Wetherill, PhD, a recent UC graduate, and Bob Brackenbury, PhD, director of the cell and cancer biology graduate program. The cell and cancer biology department trains about 20 undergraduate and 50 graduate students each year in cell biology, cancer biology, neuroscience and anatomy.

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