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January 2007 Issue

Former Olympians Wayne Stetina and Davis Phinney (right) lead the “peloton” or pack at Sunflower Revolution III.
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January News Extras

By Jill Hafner
Published January 2007

Call for Nightingale Nominations
The UC College of Nursing is soliciting nominations for the 15th annual Florence Nightingale Awards, which recognize excellence in direct patient care. Nominees must be licensed registered nurses and employed in the Tri-state area. Nomination forms are available at and must be postmarked by March 5, 2007. Six nurses will receive the awards, to be presented April 26, 2007. For more information, call (513) 558-5311.

Bike Ride Nets $300,000
The Sunflower Revolution III bike-riding fundraiser netted $300,000 for Parkinson’s research and wellness programs according to the Davis Phinney Foundation and the Neuroscience Institute at UC and University Hospital (TNI). The Davis Phinney Foundation, which hosted the Sunflower Revolution gala and bike ride in October, will donate the funds in the form of grants to TNI researchers working in basic-science laboratories and clinical settings.

UC to Study Effectiveness of New Contraceptive
The reproductive endocrinology and infertility division has been awarded a $626,667 contract by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study the safety and efficacy of a new 12-month contraceptive vaginal ring. Led by Michael Thomas, MD, and Dan Williams, MD, the study also includes two substudies to observe hepatic function and endometrial stability. For more information, call (513) 584-4100.

Universities Team Up for Oxygen Therapy Study
UC’s Ralph Panos, MD, has formed the Ohio-Kentucky Oxygen Consortium with researchers from Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky to evaluate the use of oxygen in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung disease that makes breathing difficult. The six-year, $28 million project is the largest randomized clinical trial to study whether supplemental oxygen will help patients lead longer, more active and better quality lives.

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