Monthly Archives: April 2010

Research, Education, Patient Care Impacted by Ohio State Issue 1

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By: Steven G. Gabbe, MD
Senior Vice President for Health Sciences
CEO, OSU Medical Center

On Tuesday, May 4, all Ohio registered voters will head to the polls. The first issue on the ballot, Issue 1, will provide continued funding of the Third Frontier program, which has helped Ohio create more than 48,000 jobs, extends Ohio’s research capabilities to promote product innovation and development, and provides opportunities for our graduates to stay in Ohio. I want to share a video with you on how this will impact the Medical Center:

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BRCA Genes Decision Not Final Ruling

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By: Judith Westman, M.D.
Professor, Clinical Internal Medicine
Clinical Director, Division of Human Genetics

On March 29, a U.S. district court judge issued a decision which invalidated patents (New York Time article) held by Myriad Genetics and the University of Utah Research Foundation on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, the two genes responsible for strongly inherited forms of breast and ovarian cancers.  The judge ruled that the patents were improperly granted because genes are a natural product.

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Some Thoughts on Recruiting

By: Quinn Capers, IV, MD
Associate Dean for Admissions in The Ohio State University College of Medicine

As the Admissions Dean in the College of Medicine and a member of the selection committees for the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine’s cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology fellowship training programs, I spend a great deal of time recruiting talented doctors and future doctors. Like all medical schools and medical centers, we realize that the best and brightest will also be in the highest demand. To be competitive in recruiting top students and trainees, we must put the emphasis where it should be — on our mission. In order to improve the lives of our patients and people around the world, we must have talented students and trainees who will soak up the expertise already here at OSU and take it to the next level, here and in the far reaches of the world. The question becomes how do we make a lasting impression on the recruitee? Continue reading