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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rodney J. Folz, MD, PhD, Named Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine announce the appointment of Rodney J. Folz, MD, PhD, Chief of the Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, effective Feb. 1, 2015. He also will serve as the inaugural Director of the UH Respiratory Health Institute and, pending approval of his faculty appointment by the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees, the Hubell Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine.
Dr. Folz is a nationally recognized authority in pulmonary disease, specifically in the areas of lung disease following stem cell transplant, oxidative stress and older adults with asthma or COPD. Prior to his new appointment, he was Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Disorders Medicine at the University of Louisville where he also served as the Medical Director of the University of Louisville Health Plan and University of Louisville Disease Management. In these leadership roles, he developed and significantly expanded the clinical, research and educational programs at the University. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals announces grant funding to physician-scientists at major academic medical centers nationwide to support new drug development

CLEVELAND – The Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland, Ohio, has announced the 2015 recipients of Harrington Scholar-Innovator Awards. The awards will support drug discovery efforts of great promise at renowned institutions across the nation.
For the past decade, American medicine has been challenged in developing new drugs that would improve on standard of care. Lacking knowhow and industry support, many discoveries are unable to advance into the clinical realm. Aimed at addressing this critical issue, the Harrington Discovery Institute (HDI), established in 2012, is a national initiative dedicated to physician-scientists, enabling them to transform breakthrough insights into novel medicines. The institute has become the catalyst for a new national model that aligns, through structure and mission, for-profit and nonprofit resources to create a dedicated system for drug development.   

Monday, December 08, 2014

University Hospitals Case Medical Center experts present data at annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH)

CLEVELAND – Researchers from Seidman Cancer Center at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine presented new research findings this weekend at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in San Francisco.  
In a poster presentation (Abstract #4053), Jane Little, MD, and colleagues presented promising findings related to a novel biochip aimed at improving outcomes for patients with sickle cell disease. Although it is well-known that red cell interactions are important in sickle cell disease, the technology to date has not allowed physician-scientists to evaluate these properties on a large scale basis. This innovative biochip, which evaluates the biophysical properties of red blood cells in sickle cell patients, has the potential to become a standard test for monitoring the disease because of its widespread applicability and its use of only small volumes of blood.

Monday, November 17, 2014

University Hospitals receives $5 million gift from Roe Green Foundation

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals (UH) has established the Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine in recognition of a $5 million gift from the Roe Green Foundation. The gift will enable the Center to reach more travelers and advance UH physician-investigators’ study of emerging infectious diseases.
The gift coincides with a time of tremendous growth in international travel that is expected to continue well into the future. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the number of international tourist arrivals worldwide reached a record 1 billion in 2013, an increase of 5 percent over 2012. A long-term forecast by UNWTO predicts that by 2030, the number will reach 1.8 billion. Furthermore, it is projected that travel to emerging destinations will grow at twice the rate as to regions with advanced economies. 
“Safe travel is more essential than ever in an increasingly global world,” says Robert Salata, MD, Chief of Infectious Diseases at UH Case Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “For nearly 45 years, we have provided international travelers with important preventative care and education. In addition, we have evaluated and managed health problems in returning travelers, foreign visitors and immigrants. Thanks to Roe Green’s generosity and vision, this gift will take our program to a new level and enable it to continue to be at the forefront of emerging health issues globally.”

Friday, November 14, 2014

Michael Symon to be host Chef of UH’s Five Star Sensation

CLEVELAND – Cleveland’s most celebrated benefit – Five Star Sensation – will have a new celebrity chef leader. Renowned “Iron Chef” Michael Symon will serve as Five Star’s Host Chef in 2015.
Five Star Sensation has raised more than $16 million for University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center since its inception in 1987. This extraordinary celebration of food and wine will be held on Saturday, June 27 at Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus at 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills, OH.  Huntington Bank is returning for the fifth time as presenting sponsor.
Michael Symon, a Cleveland native with acclaimed restaurants Lola and Lolita in Cleveland, Roast in Detroit and several B Spots throughout the Midwest, is renowned in the culinary world. He shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style with viewers as an Iron Chef on Food Network and as a co-host on ABC’s The Chew.

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