CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: July 21, 1999
UI Center to host Central European, South African health
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The University of Iowa's Center
for International Rural and Environmental Health (CIREH) will host a group
of Central European and South African health professionals for a five-month
training program July 17 - Dec. 18, 1999. They will participate in the CIREH
program, International Training and Research in Occupational and Environmental
Health, which is funded by the Fogarty International Center of the National
Institutes of Health. The program focuses on environmental, occupational and
public health issues.
During the summer session, these Fogarty short-term
scholars will attend a series of lectures and seminars organized specifically
for the group, dealing with subjects such as hazardous waste management, tobacco
and health, agricultural health and safety, medical ethics, hazardous waste
operations, responsible research, and principles of epidemiology in rural
populations. The scholars will also take field trips to points of interest
in Iowa, such as a day trip to the rural community of Sigourney, a farm, the
Johnson County Fair, a weekend tour through northeastern Iowa to see a watershed
protection project and various tours around campus.
During the fall semester the scholars will take a
variety of courses in the UI College of Public Health and other departments.
Scholars are assigned to faculty mentors who will involve them in ongoing
research and in developing new collaborative projects. Scholars and mentors
will also spend time planning a program for a two- to three-day workshop on
a topic of their mutual interest.
Once the scholars return to their home countries,
the continuity of the training program is maintained through the workshops
and collaborative research projects. Mentors travel to the scholars' home
countries to team-teach the workshops with the scholar. This activity provides
current research data and techniques to a wider range of Central and Eastern
European and South African professionals and establishes networking potential
among all participants.
The 1999 Fogarty Scholars are:
Dr. Monika Ivanicova -- an internist with the
department of Glycid and Lipid Disorders, Institute of Preventive and Clinical
Medicine, Bratislava, Slovak Republic. Ivanicova is interested in the frequency
of different lipid (blood fat) disorders in the population and has a special
interest in the genetic forms of elevated blood cholesterol levels. She is
currently engaged in a Familial Hypercholesterolemia project. Her UI faculty
mentor is Dr. Hal Schrott, deputy director of the Lipid Research Clinic, and
professor, department of preventive medicine and environmental health.
Katarina Kollarova -- department of general
microbiology, Institute of Preventive and Clinical Medicine, Bratislava, Slovak
Republic. Kollarova graduated from Comenius University, department of microbiology
and virology in 1998. Her current work at the institute involves research
on the factors of virulence and pathogenity of enteric bacteria. Her UI mentor
is Nelson Moyer, principal microbiologist, Hygienic Laboratory.
Dr. Marek Mikulski -- occupational physician,
The Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, School of Public Health, Lodz,
Poland. Mikulski is part of a team of experts at the Nofer Institute working
to create a new specialist training program for Polish physicians in order
to meet the demands of a new occupational healthcare services market, as well
as the educational requirements of the common European market. Mikulski is
particularly eager to learn about the U.S. system of post-graduate specialist
occupational medicine training of physicians, and, in particular, the organization,
methods, and scope of training, as well as methods of training evaluation.
In addition to his interest in occupational medicine training, Mikulski is
also interested in the organization and management of the newly-transformed
Polish healthcare system. His UI faculty mentor is Dr. James Merchant, dean
of the College of Public Health.
Dr. Saloshnie Naidoo -- medical officer in
Occupational Health, National Center for Occupational Health Kwazulu-Natal,
South Africa. She works in close association with the Industrial Health Unit
and the Occupational Health Program of the department of community health
at the University of Natal. Her responsibilities include the establishment
of training programs in occupational and environmental health for public employees.
She is also acting as a voluntary medical officer in a clinic for occupational
medicine in a hospital managed by the University of Natal. Her UI faculty
mentor is Dr. Lar Fuortes, co-director, University Employee Health Clinic,
and associate professor, College of Public Health.
Laszlo Toth -- a Ph.D. candidate in the department
of hygiene and epidemiology, University Medical School of Debrecen, Hungary.
Toth is involved in biological monitoring of workers exposed to organic solvents,
such as benzene, toluene, styrene, and xylene. Toth is interested in rural
health and epidemiology, and, in particular, the effects of chemicals and
pesticides on health. His goal is to contribute to the long-term goal of his
department to map, specify, and monitor Hungarian environmental health problems
and to find solutions to solve them according to European and international
standards. Toth's UI faculty mentor is Steve Reynolds, Ph.D., director of
the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health and associate professor, department
of environmental and occupational health, College of Public Health.
Since the Fogarty program began in 1996, 20 health
science professionals from four Central European countries have completed
this training and research program and returned to their home countries and
institutions. Some 14 University of Iowa faculty members have also traveled
to Central and Eastern Europe to provide expertise and maintain contact with
CIREH is an interdisciplinary research and training
program in international health which focuses on causes, consequences, and
prevention of communicable, chronic, environmental, and occupational diseases
in countries with substantial agrarian economies. CIREH supports faculty and
student international health research, conducts a short-term training program
for international researchers, hosts international visiting scholars, develops
seminars and workshops on international health issues, establishes international
linkages with environmental, educational, and public health institutes, and
provides technical and administrative support to facilitate international
health and service projects.
CIREH is part of International Programs, which consists
of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research
projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for
International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the
campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.
(Editors note: These central European and South African
health professionals are available for interviews. Reporters may contact Robin
Ungar at 335-1443 or Dirk Staatsen at 335-2823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.)