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College of Medicine Research Week is April 13-16

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Molecular Interactions Between Microbes and the Human Host" is the theme of this year's University of Iowa College of Medicine Research Week, Monday-Thursday, April 13-16.

The event will kick off Monday, April 13 with a talk by Dr. Dennis Choi, Jones Professor and head of neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. His talk, "Zinc and the Ischemic Brain: Too Much of a Good Thing?" will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Paul M. Seebohm Conference Room, 283 Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB).

Following the talk a poster session will be held in the EMRB atrium from 3 to 5 p.m.

On Tuesday graduate students will present their work in a poster session from 3 to 5 p.m. in the EMRB atrium. On Wednesday postdoctoral fellows will display posters in the atrium between 3 and 5 p.m.

The event will conclude Thursday, April 16 with talks scheduled between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Seebohm Conference Room. Also on that day, awards will be presented to medical students and fellows for their research achievements.

The Thursday symposium presenters include:

Norma W. Andrews, Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine -- "Signal Transduction and Lysosome Recruitment During Host Cell Invasion by Trypanosomes."

David W. Dyer, Ph.D., Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center -- "Browsing the Genome of Neisseria gonorrhoeae: Comparisons with Other Mucosal Pathogens."

Dan Ganem, M.D., University of California, San Francisco -- "Human Herpes Virus 8 and the Biology of Kaposi's Sarcoma."

Stephen J. O'Brien, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute -- "Chemokines, Receptors and Their Genes as Regulators of AIDS Progression."

Guy R. Cornelis, Ph.D., International Institute of Cell Pathology, Université Catholique de Louvain -- "Communications Between Yersinia and Cells of the Immune System."

Research Week events are free and open to the public. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. For more information, or if you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in these events, call Julie at (319) 335-6767.