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Shalala appoints UI President to NIH research hospital board

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Iowa, has been named to the board of governors of the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, the research hospital of the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Md. The two-year appointment, which begins in May, was made by Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Resources.

The board of governors, which oversees management of the hospital, was convened by Shalala for the first time in October 1996. She formed the board on the recommendation of a report released in January that included a blueprint for a governing board that would draw on the expertise of leaders from outside organizations and inside NIH.

The Magnuson Center was specially designed to bring patient-care facilities close to research labs so that findings of basic and clinical scientists can be moved quickly from labs to the treatment of patients.

The center, which has 7,000 inpatient and 68,000 outpatient admissions each year, employs some 1,200 credentialed physicians, dentists, and doctorate researchers, 675 nurses, and 570 allied health-care professionals. More than 1,600 laboratories conduct basic and clinical research in a number of areas of study including aging; alcohol abuse and alcoholism; allergy, arthritis; musculoskeletal and skin diseases; cancer; child health; chronic pain; deafness and other communication disorders; dental and orofacial disorders; diabetes; digestive and kidney diseases; eye disorders; heart, lung, and blood diseases; infectious diseases; medical genetics; mental health; neurological disorders; and stroke.