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Release: March 17, 2000

UI Health Care specialists teach Shanghai doctors about sleep disorders

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa Health Care specialists are now in Shanghai in the People's Republic of China to help educate health care providers there about sleep disorders.

Deborah Lin-Dyken, M.D., UI assistant professor of pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center at University Hospital School; and Eric Dyken, M.D., UI associate professor of neurology and director of the Sleep Disorders Center, are presenting lectures at the largest pediatric hospital in Shanghai.

"There are no sleep disorder centers in China," Dyken said. "This is a wonderful opportunity to share our expertise and establish the beginnings of a treatment program for sleep disorders in the most populous nation on Earth."

Dyken and Lin-Dyken left March 10 for China and will return to Iowa City on March 24. The physicians are husband and wife. They are accompanied by their two children, and by Lin-Dyken's parents, who fled China following the Communist takeover in 1949 and have not returned since.

"This is a trip back to my roots," said Lin-Dyken. "My parents grew up in Shanghai, so returning there is very exciting."

The physicians brought with them sleep monitoring technology and sleep disorder therapies, which Lin-Dyken and Dyken will present to their hosts. In addition to their lectures, Lin-Dyken and Dyken are consulting with Chinese physicians and advising them regarding the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.