CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax(319) 335-8034
Release: Jan. 9, 2001
UI Hospitals and Clinics exhibit raises awareness about birth defects
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Each year approximately 1,600 babies are born in Iowa
with birth defects, which are the leading cause of infant mortality. To raise
awareness about birth defects, University of Iowa Health Care presents an
exhibit this week in the main lobby of the UI Hospitals and Clinics.
The exhibit, on display through Jan. 12, features information on ways to
help prevent birth defects, photos of human chromosomes, genetic educational
information, and materials about programs and clinics dedicated to education,
research and patient care for children with birth defects.
Departments and organizations who collaborated on the exhibit include: the
UI Department of Pediatrics Division of Medical Genetics and the division's
Cytogenetics Laboratory; the Iowa Birth Defects Registry; the UI Cleft Lip/Palate
Clinic; the UI Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; the Iowa Newborn
Metabolic Screening Program; University Hospital School; the Iowa Department
of Public Health (IDPH); the Regional Genetic Consultation Service and the
Neuromuscular Program, IDPH-supported programs based at the UI; and the Iowa
Chapter of the March of Dimes.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.