The official Groundbreaking Ceremony for the addition to the existing Hospital for Companion Animals at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center took place on Sept. 5.
More than 350 people attended the event despite the 90 degree heat, including faculty, staff and students in the College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as Veterinary Medical Center clients, university administrators and friends of the college.
Dr. Barbara Fink, associate professor of optometry and vision science and chair of the Committee for Inclusion and Diversity at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, received the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) Dr. Jack Bennett Innovation in Optometric Education Award.
Named after Dr. Jack Bennett, a leader in optometric education who served as dean at three optometric institutions, the award recognizes outstanding innovation in optometric education through ASCO. Dr. Fink received the Bennett award for her work to consistently put into practice ASCO Cultural Competency Curriculum Guidelines at schools and colleges of optometry nationwide.
“I have a high regard for Dr. Jack Bennett, and I feel privileged to receive this award that was named in his honor,” Dr. Fink says. “The list of previous award winners is humbling. I am pleased that my efforts for ASCO have been deemed valuable.”
For those suffering excruciating pain from cluster headaches, relief may soon be available from an investigational device being studied in a national multicenter clinical trial. Recently, doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the College of Dentistry performed the first surgery in the United States to insert a neurostimulator to provide relief from cluster headaches, which are more painful than migraines.
“Cluster headache is one of the most severe and disabling chronic pain conditions known to humankind. That’s why it’s important to look at options to help these patients,” said Dr. Ali Rezai, director of the Neuroscience program at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and one of the scientific developers of this technology.