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December 2009 Issue

Cell signaling expert George Thomas, PhD
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December News Extras

By Jill Hafner
Published December 2009

Director of Metabolic Diseases Institute Named
George Thomas, PhD, the John and Gladys Strauss Endowed Chair in Cancer Research, has been named scientific director of UC’s Metabolic Diseases Institute. Thomas, who served as interim director of UC’s Genome Research Institute from 2005 until the institute’s name change in September 2009, was instrumental in establishing the vision for the new metabolic diseases research program at UC’s Reading Campus.

Health Forum Dec. 14
The next Health Policy Forum will be held at noon Monday, Dec. 14, on the fourth floor of the Stetson Building. Greg Moody, senior consultant at Health Management Associates, will discuss “Aiming Higher for Health System Performance: A Profile of Seven States.” The forum is open to the public. For more information, call (513) 558-2721 or e-mail

Board Approves New Family Medicine Name
UC’s department of family medicine was officially renamed the department of family and community medicine at the Nov. 17, 2009, UC Board of Trustees meeting. Jeffrey Susman, MD, department chair, says this name change reflects the commitment faculty and staff members have to enhance the health of at-risk and underserved populations. “Our mission states that ‘we will cultivate service and leadership locally, regionally, nationally and globally,’” he says. “We feel this name change better reflects our vision and mission for the future.”

UC Neurology Earns Udall Center Designation
UC has been designated a Morris K. Udall Center for Parkinson’s Disease Research by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The designation comes with a five-year, $6.2 million grant, which will enhance research at the UC Neuroscience Institute’s James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.

“This is certainly an acknowledgment of the excellence of the program here and the talents of our accumulated science investigators,” says Tim Collier, PhD, director of the Udall Center at UC. “And because community support is a factor in center designation, it’s also an acknowledgment of the generosity of the citizens of Greater Cincinnati and the Tristate region.”

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