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UI neuroscience program sponsors presentations on brain research

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An upcoming series of presentations on the complexities of the human brain will feature some of the latest information on pain research and Alzheimer's disease. The events mark Brain Awareness Week and are sponsored by the interdisciplinary Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Iowa.

Sponsored nationally by the Society for Neuroscience, Brain Awareness Week aims to heighten knowledge of brain science. Locally, UI faculty and students will discuss the results of their research in events open to the public.

Gerald F. Gebhart, professor and head of pharmacology at the UI College of Medicine, will present "Why Do I Hurt?" Tuesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Tippie Auditorium, Room W151 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building. Gebhart is nationally known for his research on pain pathways in the brain and spinal column, mechanisms of visceral pain, and chemical transmitters that mediate pain.

Earlier in the day, other presentations will focus on topics ranging from Alzheimer's disease to molecular biology. At 4 p.m., Jeffrey L. Denburg, UI professor of biological sciences, will present "The in vivo Function of Molecules Guiding the Growth of Embryonic Pioneer Axons," followed at 4:30 p.m. by Gary W. Van Hoesen, UI professor of anatomy and neurology, on "Alzheimer's Disease and Aging: Losing Your Bits and Bytes."

A poster session featuring research projects from UI students and faculty will be held from 5-7 p.m. All events will take place in Tippie Auditorium. For more information, contact Paulette Scheler, (319) 335-7748.