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UC Lends Materials to Smithsonian

Published May 2005

UC's Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center has provided materials related to Dr. Albert Sabin's pioneering polio research for an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution.

The Smithsonian exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Jonas Salk's development of the first polio vaccine. Dr. Salk's vaccine preceded the "live oral" vaccine ultimately developed by Dr. Sabin at UC, which became the standard anti-polio treatment around the world.

The exhibit, "Whatever Happened to Polio?" will run through April 12, 2006, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. An online exhibit is available at http://americanhistory.si.edu/polio/howpolio/index.htm.

UC's contributions include Dr. Sabin's Friendship Medal from the USSR and a collection of photographs. Call the Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center at 513-558-5120 for more information.

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