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UI to host international women's health conference

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Crossing Borders into the 21st Century," an international women's health conference, will be Monday, March 1 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus.

The conference will focus on multidisciplinary views of global women's health issues, while providing participants the knowledge to expand research and clinical initiatives in gender specific medicine and international and interdisciplinary research. The conference is designed for researchers, teachers, health care practitioners and students with an interest in international and interdisciplinary women's health issues.

Five breakout sessions on the topics of clinical research, building women's health programs, working with non-dominant populations, alternative medicine and cultural and political factors of international projects will be conducted by UI faculty members. UI President Mary Sue Coleman will deliver the keynote address. The featured speaker for the event is Vivian Pinn, director for women's health at the National Institutes of Health.

The UI conference is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center, International Programs, Staff Council, UI Work Life Services, the UI Hospitals and Clinics, and the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program. Pfizer Inc. also contributed an unrestricted educational grant for the conference.

Continuing education credits are available for this conference. To register or obtain further information, contact the UI Center for Conferences at 319/335-3231. Information on the conference also is available online at http: