News and Events

Space Out Pregnancies by at Least 18 Months for Best Chances of Carrying to Term, Study Shows

Article features research by Emily DeFranco, DO, and MSCTR alunma, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and UC Health maternal-fetal medicine specialist

Women who space out their pregnancies by less than 18 months are more likely to give birth early during subsequent pregnancies, according to a study published today.

Islet Cell Function Contributes to Hypoglycemia Post- Surgery

Article features research by Marzieh Salehi, MD, and MSCTR alunma, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes

Altered islet cell function and reduced insulin clearance contribute to excessive post-meal insulin response in patients experiencing hypoglycemia following gastric bypass surgery, according to researchers from the University of Cincinnati.

University of Cincinnati Studying Carroll County Air to Test for Pollutants Tied to Fracking

Article features research by Erin Haynes, DrPH, Department of Environmental Health and MSCTR Director

University of Cincinnati researchers have collected data from air-monitoring devices in Carroll County that could be a first step in determining if or what kind of pollutants in Ohio might result from fracking.


Alumna Mina Named CCTST BIRCHWH Scholar

The CCTST has named Rina Mina, MD, MS, and MSCTR alunma, as one of two BIRCWH K12 (Building Inter­disciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health) research scholars for the two year period beginning in 2014.  The BIRCWH K12 is funded by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health, supported by the CCTST and the scholar’s home department, and provides a mentored research and career development experience in basic, translational, behavioral, clinical, and/or health services research for junior faculty, leading toward an independent interdisciplinary scientific career that will benefit the health of women.

University of Cincinnati Researcher Looks for Fracking Answers in the Air

Article features research by 
Erin Haynes, DrPH, Department of Environmental Health and MSCTR Director.
Erin Haynes grew up in a no-stoplight town in eastern Ohio and doesn’t care to shake the hint of an accent that lingers around the edges of her conversations. Now the environmental health researcher and assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati returns to the eastern edges of the state with cutting-edge tools and a public health mission.

Few Stroke Patients Get Clot-Busting Drug

Article includes comments by Opeolu Adeoye, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of Neurosurgery, Division of Neurocritical Care
Nearly two decades after the approval of a clot-busting drug that can prevent serious disability after a stroke, only about 4 percent of stroke patients are actually receiving the drug, a new study shows.

HPV Vaccine and Sexual Behavior

Cincinnati Edition panelists are Jessica Kahn, MD, and Tanya Mullins, MD, MSCTR alumna.
The human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease that affects more than seven million girls and young women in the US, causes cervical and other genital cancers. Vaccines can prevent types of HPV responsible for 70 percent of cervical cancers, but there have been concerns over links between the vaccine and risky sexual behavior.

Community engagement drives new pilot study on fracking and air quality

Article features research by Erin Haynes, DrPH, Department of Environmental Health and MSCTR Director.
A team of NIEHS-funded researchers met with citizens of Carroll County, Ohio, Jan. 9 marking one of the first steps in the new one-year, community-engaged pilot study of fracking and air quality. [Note: Environmental Factor is the staff newsletter of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).]

The Crimes of Lead

Article mentions research by Kim Dietrich, PhD, Department of Environmental Health and Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Kim Cecil, PhD, Departments of Pediatrics and Radiology and professor in the MSCTR program.
Researchers are beginning to tease out some of the mechanisms by which lead might trigger violence in humans.

What You Don’t Know About Pain Can Be Deadly

Series includes comments by Nancy Elder, MD, Department of Family and Community Medicine and professor in the MSCTR program.

Pain sends Americans to the doctor more than anything else. In a four-part series running this week, the Cincinnati Enquirer explores pain from the point of view of patients, health care providers and researchers.


UC to Join International Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collaboration


Spearheaded locally by Opeolu Adeoye, MD, UC associate professor of emergency medicine and neurosurgery, a neurointensivist at UC Medical Center, and a graduate of the MSCTR program, the study, "Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury” (TRACK-TBI) will collect the data needed to improve diagnosis and treatment of brain injury.


Kurowski Receives Young Academician Award

Brad Kurowski, MD, an assistant professor in the departments of pediatrics and neurology and rehabilitation medicine and alumnus of the MS in CTR, has been named winner of the Association of Academic Physiatrists’ Young Academician award. He will receive the award at the association’s 2014 annual meeting Feb. 25-March 1 in Nashville, Tenn.

Deka Invited to Speak at Indian Anthropological Congress

Ranjan Deka, PhD, co-director of the Molecular Epidemiology track in the MS program, has been invited to deliver a memorial lecture at the Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists Indian Anthropological Congress Feb. 19-21, 2014, in Dibrugarh, India. Deka’s lecture will honor Professor B.M. Das, who was Deka’s PhD advisor and mentor during his studies at Dibrugarh University.

In addition, Deka has been nominated as an honorary scientific advisor of the Institute of Anthropological Research in Zagreb, Croatia. 

Community Partners Strive to Reduce Falls by Older Adults

Falls by older adults out in the community and in their homes are part of an alarming trend in the Tristate region. Article includes comments by Bryce Robinson, MD, a surgeon with UC Health and a current trainee in the Certificate program.

MSCTR Alumnus Dr. Brett Kissela Named Chair of Neurology

Brett Kissela, MD, is set to replace Albert Barnes as the University of Cincinnati's Voorheis Chair of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Dr. Ravi Samy, CCTR trainee, featured in interview about treating burn victim

Sharon Everett has undergone more than 100 surgeries since a horrible accident in 2000, but nothinghas helped her regain her hearing. When someone suggested cochlear implants, she reached out to Dr. Ravi Samy at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Dr. Opeolu Adeoye, MSCTR alumnus, interviewd about ATV accident victim's recovery

Miranda Boston was critically injured in an ATV accident in Adams County. She was told she would never walk or talk again. She doesn’t remember her 12 days at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, but she’ll always remember the men and women who saved her life—allowing her to graduate from UC’s College of Allied Health Sciences with a degree in communication sciences and disorders.

Dr. Mark Eckman, Division faculty member, awarded $600k Pfizer grant

UC Health News reports that Professor Mark Eckman was awarded a $600,000 grant from Pfizer to study the impact of a quality improvement and education program on the use of blood thinners in women with atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Charuhas Thakar, CCTR trainee, awarded $50k to fund hypertension lecture series

The News Records reports Charuhas Thakar, MD, and his team received a $50,000 award from the Ohio Partnership for Adherence through Collaborative Education (Pace) Foundation and Pfizer, Inc. to deliver a lecture series on hypertension monitoring and management for patients.

CCTR Student, Dr. Susan Keeshin, Featured in UC Health News

Susan Williams Keeshin, MD, was featured in the May 24 edition of Health News. Click here to read the article.

CCTR Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship

Achala Vagal, MD, was named as the 2012 American Roentgen Ray Society's Elio Bracco Scholar. Beginning July 1, the two-year award provides funding to offset the costs of her time dedicated to research clinician-scientist training.

MSCTR Alumnus Featured in Food Allergy vs. Intolerance Article

Dr. Andrew Smith, assistant professor of clinical medicine and allergy section chief at the Cnicinnati VA Medical Center, gave insights on distinguishing food intolerances versus allergies in a recent article.

MSCTR Alumnus Comments on Study that Reports Longer Labors Today than 50 Years Ago

Dr. Emily DeFranco, University of Cincinnati assistant professor in maternal fetal medicine, was recently featured in an article about study findings that giving birth takes longer today than in years past. DeFranco commented on the study's design, pointing out limitations in the data sets used for comparison.

Technology Helps Stroke Team Branch Out

MSCTR alumnus Opeolu Adeoye, MD was featured in The News Record for his role in the partnership between UC's Neuroscience Institute and University Hospital to disseminate the UC Stroke Team's knowledge to hospitals in the Greater Cincinnati area using telestroke--telemedicine technology for stroke care.

Secondhand Smoke Affects Girls More

Article featuring research by CTR instructor Grace LeMasters, PhD and Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics doctoral candidate Kelly Brunst says girls may be more sensitive to the affects of secondhand smoke.

Haynes Collaborates with UC Researcher to Develop Lab-on-a-Chip Technology

Erin Haynes, DrPH, Director of the Clinical and Translational Research Program, has partnered with Ian Papautsky, PhD, to develop a sensor to measure toxic metal levels in the human body. Click here to read the Soapbox Cincinnati article on early testing of the sensor.

Division Director Kim Dietrich, PhD, Seeks Cincinnati Lead Research Study Original Participants

Video report includes comments by Dr. Dietrich, who wants to do MRIs on original participants from the Cincinnati Lead Research Study to determine how lead exposure may have affected the original participants' adult life.

Certificate Alumnus Feautred on WedMD

Opeolu Adeoye, MD, Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research alumnus and current MS trainee, is featured in a WebMD article for his research on the use of a key clot-busting stroke drug. Read the article here.

Study: 1 in 7 Strokes Occur While Sleeping

MSCTR graduate Jason Mackey, is featured in the May 2011 issue of Neurology for his stroke research. Mackey's study found that 14% of all strokes occur during sleep, preventing many stroke victims from getting clot-busting treatment. Click here to read more.

Certificate Trainee Named Top Doc by Regional Publications

Ravi Samy, MD, a student in the Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research Program, was recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America by Cincy Magazine and one of the Top Doctors in Cincinnati by Cincinnati Magazine for 2011.  See a complete list of the area's best doctors here.

MSCTR Alumnus's Stroke Research Featured

Brett Kissela, MD, is featured in the Louisville Courier-Journal's article "More young people see a surge strokes" for his findings on the increased number of Americans aged 20-45 years old having strokes. Kissela is a graduate of the MS in Clinical and Translational Research Program. Click here to read the article.

Manganese Study in East Liverpool Likely for Summer

Clinical and Translational Research Program Director Erin Haynes, DrPH, is featured in two reports for her recent trip to East Liverpool, Ohio. Haynes held a community meeting in East Liverpool to discuss testing air quality this summer. View the video report here, or read The Review's article, "Health Study Likely This Summer", here.

Haynes to Hold Community Air Quality Meeting

Erin Haynes, DrPH, Director of the Clinical and Translational Research Program, is leading a community meeting in East Liverpool to discuss air quality concerns. The meeting may lead to further testing in the area. Click here to read the article.

MSCTR Trainee Jason Mackey Honored at Stroke Conference

Jason Mackey, MD, a graduate in the MSCTR program, has won a prestigious award for new investigators from the American Stroke Association for his study of the location of intracranial aneurysms within families. Read more here.

Haynes Urges Research Collaboration with East Liverpool City Officials

Erin Haynes, DrPH and Director of the CTR program, was featured in a recent article for extending an invitation to East Liverpool City Officials for collaboration in her Communities Actively Researching Exposure (CARES) air pollution research study. Click here to read more.

Kinder's Vitamin D Research Featured

Research led by Brent Kinder, MD, a graduate of the MSCTR program, was featured in the January 17, 2011 edition of Better Health Research News Desk. According to the article, Kinder's research team has found that vitamin D supplements may reduce the extent of lung disease. To read more, click here.

MSCTR Trainee Michael Ward Explains Advantages of Dual Degrees for Physicians

Michael Ward, MD, MBA, is featured in Physician Executive Journal's January-February 2011 article, "The Rapid Growth of MD/MBA Programs: Are They Worth It?". In the article Ward gives insights into the recent growth of national MD/MBA dual-degree programs, saying an MBA's team-based training supplements a traditional medical school education for better patient outcomes.

Certificate Program Featured

The Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research Program is featured in the January 2011 edition of Findings. Read the article!

Ravi Samy, a Trainee in the CTR Certificate Program, Part of National Hybrid Cochlear Implant Trial

Ravi Samy, MD, Department of Otolaryngology, will take part in a national trial to test a new hybrid cochlear implant. UC is one of 15 sites nation wide that is testing the device. The implant, a Hybrid L 24, is designed to stimulate the cochlea's high frequency area. Read the full story here: UC One of 15 Sites in National Hybrid Cochlear Implant Trial or listen to the broadcast here: Focus on Technology: Hybrid Hearing

Kissela Selected to Attend Leadership Forum

Brett Kissela, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, is among 31 neurologists selected to attend the American Academy of Neurology's Donald M. Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum January 7-10, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The program is designed to train selected members to be effective advocates for their profession and neurology patients at the local, state and national levels. Dr. Kissela is a graduate of the MSCTR program.

Embi Chosen to Discuss Health Care Reform in D.C.

Peter Embi, MD (track director and instructor in the CTR program), is one of roughly 50 doctors in the United States who has been asked to participate in a special health care reform meeting on October 5 in Washington, D.C. Embi, along with other select physicians from around the country, will meet with President Barack Obama in the White House Rose Garden to discuss health reform in America.

Event Aims to Take Stigma Out of Epilepsy

Researchers are trying to find new medications that provide better seizure control with fewer side effects, said neurologist (and Clinical & Translational Research trainee) David Ficker, director of the epilepsy monitoring unit at University Hospital and the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute.

Estrogen May Explain the Higher Prostate Cancer Risk in Blacks

African-American men are at higher risk for prostate cancer than white men, a disparity that may be due at least in part to a gene that is reprogrammed by excessive exposure to estrogen, according to researchers. Dr. Shuk-mei Ho, Chair of the Department of Environmental Health, is featured in the article.

Even Small Amounts of Lead Harmful to Kids

Children with blood lead levels well below those considered safe are still at risk for problems with intellectual and emotional development, British researchers report. Dr. Kim Dietrich, Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is featured in the article.

NIH Career Award Wizard

This Career Award Wizard is designed to help you identify an Individual NIH Career Award that might be right for you. Please be warned that it isn't fool-proof. After you have identified a program that looks like it might work and you've downloaded and read the program announcement, please call the identified contact at the most likely funding Institute or Center and confirm your selection. This call might save you a lot of time and effort so it is very important to make that call before you begin work on your application.

Environmental Health Chair Appointed to National Women's Leadership Program

Shuk-mei Ho, PhD, has been selected to be part of the 2009-10 Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women. Ho is one of 53 women leaders from academic health centers across the United States selected to participate in this elite program, offered at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Eckman Appointed to ACCP Review Panel

Mark Eckman, track co-director and instructor in the Clinical & Translational Research Training Program, has been invited to join the guideline panel that will work to develop the American College of Chest Physicians' (ACCP) Antithrombotic and Thrombolytic Therapy Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines. Eckman will assist in developing the health economics and resource utilization pieces for the guideline chapters on antithrombotic therapy for atrial fibrillation and the perioperative management of antithrombotic therapy.

Protein may be Strongest Indicator of Rare Lung Disease, Study Shows

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have discovered a protein in the lungs that can help in determining progression of the rare lung disease Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). The study, led by Brent Kinder, MD, a graduate of our Clinical & Translational Research Training Program, is published in the June 4 edition of the journal Chest.

New Study Shows Increasing Cardiovascular Risks for Obese, Diabetic Youth

Pediatrics Elaine Urbina, a graduate of the MS in Clinical & Translational Research, published a study that showed increasing obesity among young Americans is also leading to increasing risks for cardiovascular problems.

Marietta Times: UC Research Part of Earth Day Observance in Eastern Ohio

Information on UC research related to air pollution's impact on children's health was included in an Earth Day Celebration and Green Fest held this past weekend in Marietta, Ohio. At the exhibit representing UC was Dr. Erin Haynes, assistant professor of environmental health and Director of the Clinical & Translational Research Program, in the College of Medicine.

Scientific American: When It Comes to Intelligence, Does Brain Size Matter?

UC Environmental Health Professor Kim Dietrich is quoted on his findings about early lead exposure in an article that explores brain size as a measure of intelligence. Dr. Dietrich is director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and an instructor in our Clinical & Translational Research Program.

Interdisciplinary Research Ethics Grants Announced

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) has awarded two teams with one-year, $10,000 grants through its interdisciplinary clinical/translational research ethics grant program. Erin Haynes, DrPH, of environmental health, will lead a study with co-investigator Lisa Meloncon, PhD of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, on the perceptions of Appalachian Americans toward genetic research. Their ultimate goal s to develop culturally appropriate research study recruitment materials and consent documents. Jason McMullan, MD, emergency medicine, will direct a study of the impact of personal experience of traumatic brain injury on the acceptance of research conducted with exception from informed consent. Co-investigators are emergency medicine colleagues Opeolu Adeoye, MD, and Christopher Lindsell, PhD, and Mary Brydon-Miller, PhD, of the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services. Additional requests for applications will be issued in the future. For more information, visit

UC Granted $23 Million Clinical and Translational Science Award from NIH

The five-year funding, awarded through the NIH’s institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program, will be used to support programming within UC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST). Established in 2005 as a collaborative effort among many UC colleges, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University Hospital and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the CCTST is a research resource and “academic home” for clinical and translational scientists and programs.

UC is the first CTSA to be funded in 2009, and will be one of only 60 institutions nationwide to receive CTSA funding when the program is fully implemented in 2012.

We are extremely proud of the collaborative work on the part of CTSA co-principal investigators James Heubi, MD, of the department of pediatrics and Cincinnati Children’s, and Joel Tsevat, MD, of the department of internal medicine. The two serve as associate deans for clinical and translational research and have led the hundreds of faculty and staff from across campus who guided the CTSA application process.

NBC's 'Law & Order SVU' to Reference UC Conclusions on Lead and Criminality in March 10 Episode

The popular NBC program 'Law & Order SVU' will air on March 10 with a storyline partially referencing a study on the dangers of lead exposure published by UC researchers last spring. The study showed a direct link between childhood lead exposure and an increased risk for adult criminal behavior. The writer for Tuesday's episode contacted Division Director Kim Dietrich and consulted with him about aspects of the study, which was conducted in cooperation with a number of UC co-authors.

Workshop Examines Ethics in Research

Participants will be introduced to the rationale, content and resources necessary towards developing, implementing and improving education in the responsible conduct of research.

Research Suggests Pollution-Related Asthma May Start in the Womb

Children born in areas with increased traffic-related pollution may be at greater risk of developing asthma due to genetic changes acquired in the womb, according to new research from UC and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The team reports its findings in the February 16, 2009 issue of PLoS ONE.

Genetic Testing Not Cost-Effective in Guiding Initial Dosing of Common Blood Thinner

New analyses by the University of Cincinnati show that genetic testing used to guide initial dosing of the blood thinner warfarin may not be cost-effective for typical patients with atrial fibrillation but may be for patients at higher risk for major bleeding. Dr. Mark Eckman is the lead investigator of the study.

CEG announces 2008 New Investigator Scholars

The Center for Environmental Genetics recently announced its 2008 CEG New Investigator Scholars, and we are thrilled that four of them are trainees in our CTR program! Please come to Kehoe Auditorium at noon this Thursday to support your fellow researchers as they receive acknowledgement of their awards. The brief acknowledgement will be followed by a presentation by Dr. Daniel Woo titled “Managing the Early Stages of Your Career.” Congratulations to the awardees on their success:
  • Dr. Tolly Epstein
  • Dr. David Hooper
  • Dr. Kelly Metz
  • Dr. Nick Newman
Each clinician will receive funds to conduct thesis, post doctoral or related research, or for professional development activities related to their research and focused research mentoring toward their transition to physician scientist.

Environmental Health Grants Focus on Lead in Toys, Lead-Safe Remodeling

UC environmental health researchers have received more than $700,000 in new grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for separate studies aimed at protecting people from the ill health effects of lead.

University of Cincinnati Adds Master's Program in Clinical and Translational Research

training in clinical research. The goal is to train more physicians who can lead independent clinical research projects.

UC Offers New Health Informatics Course

UC will partner with the American Medical Informatics Association's 10x10 program to better prepare professionals in the health, biomedical and IT fields to handle informatics issues in the workplace.

Shortage of Physician-Scientists

The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that the U.S. has been experiencing a gradual decrease in physician-scientists since the 1970s. According to its 2007 analysis, half of all responding clinical departments at medical schools could not fill their assistant professorships.

Newest Medical Class Meets Newest Campus Building

The UC College of Medicine's newest class of students will have the benefit of spending their next four years in the latest addition to the medical campus - the Center for Academic Research Excellence (CARE)/Crawley Building.

Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program

  • Address critical gaps in child health services research, including studies of access, quality, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of care
  • Fundamentally improve the capacity of the U.S. health care system to meet the needs of children and families, including disadvantaged and minority populations, as outlined by the Institute of Medicine
Research Sites
  • Children's Hospital Boston
  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
  • Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Harvard Medical School
Learning Opportunities
  • Two-year program includes intensive mentorship on a minimum of 2 studies
  • MPH in Clinical Effectiveness at Harvard School of Public Health
  • structured seminars twice weekly
  • 80-90% research
  • 10-20% clinical
Faculty Leaders
  • Donald A. Goldmann, MD, Co-Director
  • Jonathan A. Finkelstein, MD, MPH, Co-Director
  • Tracy A. Lieu, MD, MPH
  • James M. Perrin, MD, Site Directors
  • Mark Schuster, MD, MPH, Division Chief
  • Donna Luff, PhD, Program Associate Director
  • Institutional NRSA from AHRQ and HRSA includes stipend, tuition, educational expenses, travel, benefits.
  • Outstanding generalists and subspecialists in pediatrics, postdoctoral clinicians and scientists in related fields
  • U.S. citizenship
  • women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply
Information and Application
Please send curriculum vitae, two-page personal statement and research objectives, and 3 recommendation letters to or call 617-355-7988 for to discuss the program.
Deadline: October 1 of year prior to July entry. Rolling acceptance in selected cases.

Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award

The Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award supports young physician-scientists conducting patient-oriented cancer research. The goal is to increase the number of physicians capable of moving seamlessly between the laboratory and the patient's bedside in search of breakthrough treatments. Awardees will receive financial support for three years, as well as assistance with certain research costs such as the purchase of equipment. The Foundation will also retire up to $100,000 of any medical school debt still owed by the awardee.

Childhood Lead Exposure Associated With Criminal Behavior in Adulthood

New UC research reports the first evidence of a direct link between prenatal and early-childhood lead exposure and an increased risk for criminal behavior later in life.


Associated Press: Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Pose Mercury Risk

The Associated Press ran a story about the problems with mercury in compact fluorescent light bulbs, creating a contamination risk if the bulbs are not disposed of properly. Quoted in the article is UC Professor of Environmental Health Kim Dietrich. Among the papers picking up the story was the Tampa Tribune

UC Awarded Funding to Study PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded the University of Cincinnati departments of neurosurgery and psychiatry $2.4 million over five years to study traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

UC to Create 'Living Lab' in Park

The agreement with the Hamilton County Park District provides a Cincinnati Center for Field Studies — a living lab for students, teachers and scientists to conduct hands-on research in archeology, geology and environmental studies — and more.

Marietta (Ohio) Times: UC to Study Manganese Exposure Among Children

The Marietta (Ohio) Times reported on screening of area children that will be taking place as the next step in a UC study that is looking at manganese exposure among the local population. A number of researchers from UC are mentioned or quoted in the story.