Community Forum

Wednesday, Jan. 14

Noon-1 p.m. 

Athens: Irvine 194,

Dublin: MEB1 - 415

Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., and Cleveland Dean Isaac Kirstein, D.O., will offer an update and strategic vision report on the Cleveland campus. For video conferencing at CORE sites, contact Dan Smith,

Presentation: How to write a CV lecture

Thursday, Jan. 15

Noon-1 p.m. 

Athens: Irvine 194, Dublin: MEB1-331

Contact Holly Jacobs,  

SOMA Red Cross Blood Drive

Saturday, Jan. 17

10 a.m.- 4 p.m

Grosvenor West 111, Athens

Contact Nicole Wadsworth, D.O. ('97),

in the news

Mind over matter, the brain alone can tone muscle
UPI Science News
Dec. 24
Mind over matter: Can you think your way to strength?
Science Daily
Dec. 31
Mental imagery may help maintain muscle strength
Jan. 5
Ohio University Heritage College develops potential diabetes drug
Pomeroy Daily Sentinel
Dec. 8
New drug offers hope for patients with type 2 diabetes
Dec. 10
New drug could help prevent onset of obesity-related type 2 diabetes
Dec. 13
Note: The above items on the muscle strength and diabetes research are only a sampling of the multiple media outlets that have picked up on these stories.

Nearly half-million dollar NIH grant awarded to study widespread virus affecting infants

Athens Messenger

Jan. 7

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Holzer welcomes Dr. Christopher C. Myer as CEO
Jackson County Daily
Dec. 30
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Virologist receives grant to study virus affecting infants
Bonita Biegalke

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $445,500 to Bonita Biegalke, Ph.D., associate professor of virology with the Heritage College, to study a virus considered to be the main viral cause of mental retardation in infants.


Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is present in 80 percent of the population but is usually dormant in healthy individuals. However, HCMV can be deadly

for patients with HIV, organ transplant recipients

and those who have weakened immune systems. It can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus, causing deafness and intellectual impairments in infants. Currently, there is no cure for HCMV. The Institute of Medicine, an independent agency of the National Academy of Science, has ranked the development of a HCMV vaccine as a high priority.


Study examines how nerve damage affects eating
Susan Williams

A $445,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund a Heritage College study to more closely examine the effects of nerve damage that sometimes occurs during routine dental procedures. The lingual nerve, which runs in the floor of the mouth to enter the tongue, can be crushed or severed during dental work, particularly when molars are removed, causing intense pain, burning or numbness.

"Lingual nerve injuries are surprisingly common. We know the lingual nerve senses pain, touch and temperature, and fibers also travel with it that convey the sense of taste. We don't know exactly how damage to this nerve affects the function of the tongue and its coordination with the jaw, although patients have reported that nerve damage makes it harder for them to eat," said Susan Williams, Ph.D., professor of anatomy at the Heritage College and the project's lead researcher.


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Nominate a colleague for a CARE award today!

Has someone recently turned around a project before deadline despite numerous obstacles? Come up with a unique way to solve a problem? Shown exceptional care and helpfulness to a student or fellow employee? Are there people you know who make the Heritage College a better place to work or attend class and who deserve recognition for their contributions?


If yes, share the news by nominating a Heritage College employee for a CARE (Celebrating Achievements & Recognizing Excellence) award. Nomination criteria and submission information can be found on the CARE website by clicking here.


Every month, three people - one each from administrative staff, classified staff and faculty - will be drawn from the nomination pool. Beginning in February, awardees will be presented with $75 and a certificate of award during the monthly Executive Committee meeting.

The deadline for this month's nominations is Jan. 31.

Applications being taken for RSAF mentors

Applications are now being accepted for mentors in the Research and Scholarly Advancement Fellowship (RSAF) program. The program will run from June 1 to Aug. 7.


The program, which began in 1978, provides summer research experience for medical students. It seeks to match beginning second-year students with Heritage College faculty mentors and Heritage College affiliates who can encourage and supervise a meaningful experience in research or scholarly activity.


According to the Office of Research and Grants, the goal of the mentor application process is to obtain as much information as possible to ensure the best possible experience for all selected fellows. Due to limitation of funds and competitiveness of the program, mentors are not guaranteed placement of a fellow this summer. Final selection of mentors and placement of students will be made at the discretion of the Office of Research & Grants.


The deadline for project descriptions and RSAF mentor/project information is Monday, Jan. 19.  Project descriptions will not be accepted after that date. For more information contact Jessica Wingett,

Research funding opportunities, workshops offered

Ohio University's Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity offers several internal awards programs throughout the year to support the research, scholarship, and creative activity of faculty, staff and students.

Several programs have upcoming deadlines in January and February. In addition, workshops will be offered Jan. 28 and 29 for the 1804 Fund.



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Faculty get primary care research tips at conference

After attending an international research conference, a group of faculty members say they now have a better understanding of the types of projects that can be done by primary care researchers.


In November Jane Broecker, M.D.; David Drozek, D.O.; Todd Fredricks, D.O.; Jane Hamel-Lambert, Ph.D.; and Kelly Nottingham, executive director of Primary Care Research Initiatives, were among 1,100 clinicians, policymakers, funders and investigators from 20 countries who attended the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) annual meeting in New York City. NAPCRG is a multidisciplinary organization for primary care researchers. Its mission is to nurture primary care researchers with the broader goal of improving health care for patients, families and communities.


At the conference, faculty members learned about research funding possibilities, methodologies used by primary care researchers and best practices for writing journal articles and presenting research.

"The conference gave our faculty members an opportunity to network with other primary care researchers, see other research, and connect as a group of research colleagues. We were able to share ideas and start to formulate what we need to build primary care research at the Heritage College," said Nottingham.


Since its founding, the Heritage College has been a leader at the state and national levels in promoting the value of primary care. The college has supported the development of a strong primary care research agenda because it can improve medical practice, treatment and health care policies affecting underserved communities and the broader public.