CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Complementary and alternative therapies seminar being offered by
UI College of Medicine
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Medicine will host
a seminar, "Complementary and Alternative Therapies: An Evidence-Based
Approach," on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17 at the Iowa
Memorial Union Main Ballroom.
"We are breaking new ground," says Dr. Nicole Nisly, UI clinical
assistant professor of internal medicine and conference co-director. "I
don't think complementary and alternative therapies have been addressed
through the continuing education department at the UI."
The goal of co-directors Nisly and Dr. Evan Kligman, professor and head
of the Department of Family Medicine in the UI College of Medicine, is
to help bridge the gap between traditional Western medicine and alternative
therapies, and to develop understanding and communication between the two
fields, which would benefit patients of both.
The UI Departments of Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, and the
Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy, have combined resources to provide primary
care physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, allied health care
and non-medical professionals with a review of the history, principles
and current scientific evidence of complementary and alternative medicine.
Topics will include herbal therapy, acupuncture, healing touch, ayurvedic
medicine, chiropractic, massage therapy, homeopathy, hypnosis and other
therapies as well as experiential sessions.
All university participants are eligible for continuing education credits.
Dr. Dharma Khalsa will deliver a keynote address on April 16 on his
current research in Des Moines on brain longevity. Author of the best-selling
book of the same name, Khalsa will review the research on preventing age-associated
memory decline with herbs, yoga, supplements and other mind-body therapies.
His theory and research is being applied to a current research protocol
being designed for a collaborative study between the Departments of Family
Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines and at the UI. Khalsa is
the president and medical director of the Alzheimer's Research Foundation
in Tucson, Ariz.
Dr. James Duke will deliver a keynote lecture entitled, "Herbal
Therapies," on April 17. Duke is an internationally known ethnobotanist
who has written extensively on the therapeutic functions of plants and
plant remedies. Retired after 30 years of working at the U.S. Department
of Agriculture, Duke now serves as a consultant, writer and lecturer.
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who was instrumental in the creation of the
Office of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes
of Health, also will be featured at the conference on April 17 via a pre-recorded
Dr. Wayne Jonas, director of the NIH's Office of Alternative Medicine,
also is scheduled to present a keynote address and a review of the current
status of alternative medicine in this country.
Registration is limited. The physician's fee is $275. For nurses, pharmacists,
chiropractors and other allied health care professionals the fee is $150.
Registration for UI faculty, staff and medical residents is $50, and for
non-medical professionals and interested persons is $75. Single day registration
also is available. Fees include registration, instruction, educational
materials, continental breakfasts, refreshments, lunches and credit processing.
All but $15 of the registration will be refundable for those who cancel
the day prior to the event. No refunds are allowed after the conference
The event is supported by educational grants from the Dr. Raymond Sheets
Fund, the UI College of Medicine, Frontier Herbs of Norway, Iowa, Johnson
County Pharmacists Association and Phytopharmica of Green Bay, Wis.
The Dr. Raymond Sheets Fund provides support to the UI to promote medical
education on the topic of alternative medicine, which greatly helped Sheets
in dealing with terminal cancer. Sheets was the first director of the hematology-oncology
division at the UI Hospitals and Clinics and a professor of internal medicine
from 1949 to 1983. He died of a brain tumor in 1985. Alternative medicine
provided great help for Sheets during his illness. Sheets' widow, Kristen
Saggert, requested a seminar that addresses combining traditional and alternative
medicine, in honor of her husband, which motivated the creation of this
For further information on hotels, parking and the seminar contact Deborah
L. Hatz at the UI Office of Continuing Medical Education at (319) 335-8599
or fax (319) 335-8327. Hatz also can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored
events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation
in order to participate in this program please contact the UI Office of
Continuing Medical Education at (319) 335-8598.