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Release: March 11, 2002
Modlin to deliver first Tvedt Memorial Lecture March 15
Children's Hospital of Iowa will host the first Benjamin Christopher Tvedt
Memorial Lecture with guest speaker John Modlin, M.D., professor of pediatrics
and medicine and chairman of the department of pediatrics at Dartmouth Medical
School in Hanover, N.H. The lecture will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 15 in
the Ziffren Conference Room, located in Room 1502 on the first level of the
John Colloton Pavilion at UI Hospitals and Clinics. The event is free.
Benjamin Christopher Tvedt was a patient in the Children's Hospital of Iowa
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 2001. He was aggressively treated for a suspected
enterovirus infection. Ultimately, he was transferred to Children's Memorial
Hospital in Chicago for a liver transplant. He was eligible to receive a living-donor
organ transplant with his father as the donor. Benjamin died during liver
transplant surgery at 48 days of age.
Modlin is a leading expert in infectious diseases in children, with a special
interest in enterovirus infection. His lecture, "Update on Enterovirus
Diseases in Infants and Young Children," will review the clinical presentation,
prevention and management of enterovirus infections in infants and children.
This endowed lecture is intended to provide continuing education for medical
personnel about issues contributing to fulminate hepatic failure in neonates.
The lecture was made possible by an endowment established by the Tvedt family
with the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. The Greater Cedar Rapids
Community Foundation is a publicly supported charitable foundation that stewards
charitable assets of endowed and non-endowed funds.
"We are extremely grateful to the Tvedt family for their generous gift
in memory of Benjamin," said Edward F. Bell, M.D., professor of pediatrics
and director of neonatology at Children's Hospital of Iowa. "We appreciate
the opportunity provided by the Benjamin Christopher Tvedt Memorial Lecture
to help us improve the chances of other infants with severe liver disease.
I can't think of a better way to remember Benjamin."
Continuing education credit units will be available without charge to physicians
and nurses who attend this program. For more information, contact Bell at
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