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Release: May 30, 2000

UI Health Care specialists to lead online chats May 31

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert G. Robinson, M.D., a practicing psychiatrist with University of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on strokes and depression with a nationwide audience Wednesday, May 31. On the same day, UI professors Paul Pomrehn, M.D., and Christopher A. Squier, Ph.D., will co-lead an online discussion on tobacco and global health.

The online chats will be hosted by and can be accessed by entering through the home page under "Upcoming Events."

Robinson, professor and head of the UI department of psychiatry, will discuss strokes and depression from 1 to 2 p.m.

Squier, professor and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the UI College of Dentistry, and Pomrehn, professor and interim head of community and behavioral health in the UI College of Public Health, will lead their discussion on tobacco and global health from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

After receiving his medical degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., Robinson completed residencies in psychiatry at Cornell Cooperating Hospitals in New York City and at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Robinson also completed fellowships in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital and in neuropharmacology at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston.

After receiving his master's degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge, Squier completed a Ph.D. in oral pathology at the London Hospital Medical College. He also received a doctor of science degree from the University of London and a fellowship from the Royal College of Pathologists in London. He joined UI College of Dentistry faculty in 1975.

He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on the topic of smokeless tobacco as it affects the mouth.

After receiving his medical degree from the UI, Pomrehn completed a master's degree in preventive medicine and environmental health, also at the UI. He went on to complete a rotating internship at Maricopa County Hospital in Phoenix, and two years in the Indian Health Service in Crownpoint, N.M., before returning to the UI to complete training as a preventive medicine specialist. He joined the UI faculty in 1980.

Pomrehn served as chair of the tobacco committee and currently serves as chair of the smoking cessation committee of the American Lung Association of Iowa board of directors. He has written many papers and several chapters on smoking and tobacco use. He actively works with adults and individuals who are interested in quitting smoking.

A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to and clicking on the logo at the bottom of the page.

UI Health Care's partnership with is part of an increasing trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through the Internet. According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million World Wide Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.

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