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UI College of Medicine Offers Mini-Med School Series, 'When Microbes Fight Back'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's popular Mini-Medical School is returning this fall with a new three-part lecture series, "When Microbes Fight Back," presented by UI College of Medicine faculty. The Mini-Medical School will be held on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning Sept. 22.

This fall's schedule:

Sept. 22 -- Old Bugs, New Problems

Drs. Daniel Diekema and Carl Lebuhn will begin the series and discuss microbes that are taking the spotlight recently, ranging from salmonella and e. coli to ear infections and strep. Diekema is a fellow associate, department of pathology, and Lebuhn is assistant professor of clinical internal medicine, both in the UI College of Medicine;

Sept. 29 -- Antibiotic Resistance

Drs. Ronald Jones and Michael Pfaller will focus on antibiotic resistance and the ramifications for treatment. Jones is professor of pathology and director of the medical microbiology division in the UI College of Medicine. Pfaller is professor of pathology and co-director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). Both have worked to develop a project to track the emergence of antibiotic resistance in bacteria in Iowa acquired either in the hospital or community;

Oct. 6 -- Vaccines

Drs. Brad Doebbeling and Michael Apicella will bring this year's series to a close focusing on vaccines and vaccine development. Doebbeling is associate professor of internal medicine, and Apicella is professor and head of the department of microbiology, both in the UI College of Medicine.

In the Mini-Medical School faculty members from the UI College of Medicine present health information that is understandable by the general public. It was initiated at the UI two years ago with a six-part program that covered a variety of topics in health and medicine.

Dr. Allyn Mark, associate dean for research and graduate programs in the college and director of the Mini-Medical School project, says the program should appeal to persons who have been curious about medical science and health. "We hope that a better understanding of scientific medical advances and medical education will help the public participate more effectively in the health care system."

All presentations will begin promptly at 7 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, E 331 General Hospital. The series is free and open to the public. Registration begins Aug. 31. To register, or for more information, call 1-800-691-2323 or 384-9988 within the Iowa City area.