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Release: June 14, 1999

Russian cardiologist to discuss health care at June 24 UI lecture

IOWA CITY, Iowa —Olga Morylova, cardiologist and head doctor, Observation Dispensary Department of Medicina, Moscow, will present a lecture at the University of Iowa titled "Health Care in Russia: Current Trends and Personal Reflections." The lecture will run from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 24, in the Clasen Board Room at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. A catered lunch will be provided, and the lunch and lecture are free and open to the public.

The Clasen Board Room is located inside the Administrative Suite on the first floor of University Hospital. The Administrative Suite is between elevators G and H. Proceed through the door, and the receptionist will direct you to the room.

Morylova will provide a brief overview of general trends in health care services in Russia today, new trends in the training of health care professionals and her own experiences working in the highly successful Moscow private clinic "Medicina," the first privatized clinic in Moscow.

The UI and "Medicina" have worked together since 1997 to develop a series of joint research initiatives as well as a flourishing clinical observation and rotation for UI Family Medicine physicians through the UI Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES). UI faculty members who have participated in research projects through this joint agreement include: Gerald Jogerst, family medicine; Vicki Hesli, political science; and Margaret Mills, Russian.

"Dr. Morylova's topic is especially significant since her own accomplishments in both the clinical and academic fields of medicine, as well as the clinic where she works in Moscow, are rather unique and speak directly to the ongoing health care transitions in Russia," said Mills, who is helping to organize the lecture. She added that "Medicina" represents the most innovative model for health care in Russia in the 21st century.

Morylova graduated with honors with her medical degree from People's Friendship University of Russia in 1993. While working as a hospital physician she has pursued course work and conducted research in arterial hypertension, and earned her Ph.D. from People's Friendship University in December 1998.

During June and July, Dr. Morylova is in Iowa City as one of two participants in the International Women in Science and Engineering (IWISE) Summer Leadership Program. Her scientific host during her stay in Iowa City is Barbara Muller, associate professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine.

This first IWISE summer program has been developed by The Women in Science and

Engineering (WISE) Program, a support and advocacy office under the Vice President for Research and the Office of the Provost. The purpose of IWISE is to provide the opportunity for female scientists from other countries to extend their professional skills through collaboration with a UI scientist and to develop leadership skills, which may enhance their career advancement. In addition to work with their scientific hosts, the scholars will participate in 10 seminars organized by WISE and conducted by resource speakers from throughout the university.

Morylova's lecture is sponsored by CREEES and International Programs through the Stanley Small Projects Fund. For more information, contact Betsy Riesz, coordinator of the Mentoring Program and International WISE, at 335-3509 or send email to