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Release: Dec. 5, 2001

UI nursing faculty assumes presidency of international organization

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Debra L. Schutte, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing at the University of Iowa, assumed the presidency of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics, Inc., at the organization's annual conference in October. Her term as president will last one year. Schutte's research interests include genetics and Alzheimer's disease, and she currently is co-investigator, with principal investigator Janet K. Williams, Ph.D., of a study on family health after predictive genetic testing for Huntington's disease.

The UI College of Nursing is one of just four institutions in the United States with graduate programs in genetics nursing. The college offers both a master's degree specialty and a postdoctoral fellowship in genetics.