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At UC, Premiere Research Leads to Prestigious Headlines

The world’s news writers have spent the past month reporting on UC research, with the university earning headlines from The Associated Press, International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and Reuters.

Date: 4/18/2008 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Collage design by Dawn High

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The University of Cincinnati stands among the nation’s top research universities in the United States, according to the National Science Foundation.

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In addition, The Chronicle of Higher Education lists the university in the most prestigious “very high” category in terms of research activity as reported by the Carnegie Foundation.

Throughout April 2008, UC has proven its premiere research leadership by earning prestigious research headlines around the world. This includes prominent research coverage in outlets like:

  • Associated Press international wire service
  • International Herald Tribune
  • The New York Times
  • Reuters international wire service
  • United Press International

Regional and specialty outlets also focused on the benefits of UC’s applied research, including Cleveland’s Plain Dealer, the Louisville-Courier Journal, the Akron Beacon-Journal, the April issue of Ophthalmology, the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, College & Research Libraries News, MedPage Today, and WebMD.

Following is a selection that recaps the latest university applied research receiving world recognition.

  • The Associated Press international wire service covered a new UC clinic that provides in-depth hearing testing for dogs while also researching ways to improve the diagnosis and non-medical treatment of their hearing problems. It also allows students planning to work in human audiology to train in techniques and equipment similar to those used for people.
  • France’s International Herald Tribune as well as The New York Times, Reuters and United Press International focused on a UC-led study regarding older-aged cornea donors and the finding that corneas donated by people up to age 75 work just as well as corneas donated by those under 65. The study could lead to changes in the United States where the current practice is to reject older cornea donors.
  • National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” featured a UC physician using a new online tool (developed by the World Health Organization) to more accurately diagnose risks for hip fractures or other major broken bones.
  • Reuters Health reported on a UC investigation regarding a highly effective and well-tolerated treatment for acute abdominal and facial attacks in patients with hereditary angioedema.
  • United Press International reported on a UC-led study that found more than half of U.S. nurses have been bullied at work. The study also found that where nurses are bullied – often by physicians or fellow nurses – the quality of patient care declines.

Regional and more specialized media in the local region, nationally, and even internationally as far away as India and Sri Lanka also provided coverage that paid tribute to UC research. These include

  • The Bradenton Herald in Florida covered a new UC-led study that looked at health-care availability for children within the state of Florida. While the study found that most children there had good health and adequate health care, it also revealed some troubling patterns.
  • The Louisville-Courier Journal reported on UC research demonstrating that popular (and expensive) live-culture food alternatives like cheese, yogurt and other products containing probiotics may not be beneficial for most people.
  • The Times of India featured a new study from UC and Tokyo Medical University that explains the role a common class of skin cells plays in determining skin color and tone. Before this study, it was erroneously thought these particular cells played no important role in controlling skin color and tone. The findings have both scientific and business implications with possible affects on performance of  medically necessary skin grafts to cosmetics.