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By Jill Hafner
Published December 2006

UC to Develop Skin Cancer Treatment
UC researchers have received $1 million from the National Cancer Institute to develop a new topical treatment that would not only increase skin pigmentation to block harmful ultraviolet rays, but also repair damage that can lead to skin cancer. The researchers will work with a chemically modified hormone called alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone. The team includes Zalfa Abdel-Malek, PhD, and Ana Luisa Kadekaro, PhD, of dermatology, James Knittel, PhD, and Gerald Kasting, PhD, of the College of Pharmacy, Dorothy Supp, PhD, of surgery, and Carrie Haskell-Luevano, PhD, of the University of Florida.

Baas Named Fellow
Linda Baas, RN, PhD, associate professor in the College of Nursing and director of the acute care graduate program, has been named a fellow of the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular Nursing. The council works to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. Bass was inducted on Nov. 14.  

Vascular Surgeon Joins UC
Jon Bowersox, MD, PhD, has been named a professor of surgery and vice chair of the surgery department. He also will serve as chief of surgical services at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Bowersox joins UC from the U.S. Department of State, where he served as the senior health policy adviser in Iraq. In that role, Bowersox directed an $800 million health section reconstruction program. Bowersox’s research focuses on early-stage defense needs, including field-base
functional neuroimaging and autonomous devices for image-guided therapies.

Tew Reelected to Board
John Tew, MD, professor and medical director at the Neuroscience Institute at UC and University Hospital, has been appointed to a third consecutive five-year term as cochair of the Acoustic Neuroma Association’s Medical Advisory Board. The association provides information and support to patients and health care providers and promotes research, early diagnosis and successful treatment for acoustic neuroma symptoms.

Lentsch Earns Research Appointment in Surgery
Alex Lentsch, PhD, associate professor, has been named research division director and vice chair of research in the surgery department. Lentsch’s research focuses on regulation of inflammatory responses by cytokines, chemokines and adhesion molecules and on mechanisms governing angiogenesis in prostate tumors. Lentsch has received a five-year competing renewal of his R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the regulation of liver ischemia/reperfusion injury and a five-year R01 NIH grant to study the effects of age on the response to acute trauma.

College of Nursing Awards
The College of Nursing presented 177 current students with scholarships totaling $430,000 at the 5th Annual Scholarship Benefactors Dinner held Nov. 8. Students were presented with awards from 31 scholarship categories, including three new categories—the Carl H. Lindner Scholarship, the Dennis and Lois Doyle Scholarship and the Lee and Shannon Carter Scholarship Endowment. Students are awarded scholarships based on several criteria, including merit, financial need and academic achievement.

Surgery Named Test Site
UC’s surgery department has been named a regional test site for the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery program. The program is a comprehensive, CD-ROM-based education module that includes hands-on skills training and assessment tools designed to teach the physiology, basic knowledge and technical skills required in basic laparoscopic surgery. Timothy Pritts, MD, will implement the program at UC.

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