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EDITORS: This information was first sent to media on 5/15/97; this release includes an additional speaker scheduled for the program.

UI to host AT&T lecture series on telemedicine and cancer research

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa department of anatomy and cell biology and the UI Cancer Center will host a two-day program devoted to recent developments in telemedicine and medical research.

The "AT&T Distinguished Lectureship Series: Advances in Medical Informatics and Cancer Research," will be June 8-9 in the Braley Auditorium, Pomerantz Family Pavilion, at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. The event is open to educators, practitioners and other health care professionals interested in how video imaging and digital technology are shaping medical education and research.

"Technology, medicine and research have experienced exciting advances over the past decade," says Dr. Mary Hendrix, UI professor and head of anatomy and cell biology. "Through this distinguished lectureship series, we welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the successful partnership that has emerged among these three entities that will profoundly shape our lives." Hendrix is co-director of the UI's Virtual Naval Hospital Program, a multi-media medical library of text, images and sound being developed for U.S. Navy personnel. She will give an overview of the initiative as part of the lecture series.

Scheduled speakers and topics at the program include:

* Dr. Michael Kienzle, associate dean for clinical affairs in the UI College of Medicine and director of the UI Rural Telemedicine Project; "The Practice of Medicine Has Changed;"

* Dr. Richard Bakalar, director of naval telemedicine for the U.S. Navy; "From Ship to Shore: Telemedicine at the Deckplates;"

* Dr. John Silva, U. S. Air Force, program manager in the Defense Sciences Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; "The Future of Informatics and Clinical Trials;"

* Dr. Michael Vannier, UI professor and head of radiology; "Medical Informatics and Improved Imaging for Cancer Detection;"

* Dr. Michael D'Alessandro, UI assistant professor of radiology and co-director of the UI's Virtual Naval Hospital Program; "The Virtual Naval Hospital: Building a Digital Library fro the Medical Apprentice Learner;"

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* Dr. Thomas Weingeist, UI professor and head of ophthalmology, and Dr. Robert Folberg, UI professor of ophthalmology; "Interactive Two-Way Graduate Tele-Education: Maximizing Faculty Resources;"

* John Beck, vice president at AT&T Laboratories; "Security and Patient Confidentiality Over the Internet."

Dr. Robert P. Kelch, dean of the UI College of Medicine, will deliver opening remarks.

AT&T, which provided funding for the lectureship series, will offer video connection to the program at other institutions around the world, as well as the opportunity for interactive teleconferencing with individuals at remote sites.

The event is free and open to the public. Continuing medical education credits are available. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of

Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please call (319) 335-7755 for more information.