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January 2009 Issue

The College of Nursing honors Tristate nursing during its annual Florence Nightingale Awards for Nursing, named for the founder of modern nursing.
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By Jill Hafner
Published January 2009

Cincinnati Shriners Wins Customer Service Award
Shriners Hospitals for Children–Cincinnati has been named a 2008 Summit Award winner by Press Ganey, a nationally recognized company that partners with health care facilities to measure the level of customer satisfaction and improve their quality of health care delivery. The Summit Award recognizes top performing facilities that sustain the highest level of customer satisfaction for three or more consecutive years. Cincinnati Shriners was the only hospital in southwest Ohio to win this customer service award.

Sunflower Revolution Funds Parkinson’s Projects
Three UC faculty members have received grants totaling $153,000 for research into Parkinson’s disease. The funding was provided by the University Hospital Foundation.

Kim Seroogy, PhD, professor of neurology, received $53,000 to study the effects of exercise therapy on stress-induced depression in animal models of Parkinson’s.

Tim Collier, PhD, professor of neurology, received $50,000 to investigate the ability of antidepressants to protect dopamine neurons that are lost in the disease in an animal model of Parkinson’s.

Caryl Sortwell, PhD, associate professor of neurology, received $50,000 to study the mechanism that may underlie some of the therapeutic benefits of deep brain stimulation in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Florence Nightingale Awards Nominations
The College of Nursing is accepting nominations for the 17th annual Florence Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing. The awards recognize professional nurses for their contributions to direct patient care. Nominees must reside in the Greater Cincinnati area, be employed in the Greater Cincinnati area, be licensed as a registered nurse and demonstrate excellence in direct patient care. For more information, visit

Research Grants Available

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) is now accepting applications for its research ethics grant program. Research ethics grants are designed to support efforts to develop, inform or apply morally, socially and culturally acceptable frameworks that maximize the ethics of conducting clinical and translational research. Interdisciplinary collaborations among clinical and translational researchers, ethicists and behavioral/social scientists are encouraged.

All UC faculty as well as staff at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center are welcome to apply. Up to $10,000 can be requested for a one-year award and a maximum of three awards will be given. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6. For more information, visit

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