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Release: March 25, 2002

Research Week symposium set for April 1-4

The theme for the annual University of Iowa College of Medicine/College of Public Health/VA Medical Center Research Week April 1-4 is "The Intersection of Science and Health: Celebrating 25 Years of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Iowa." Activities planned for the four-day event include lectures, poster sessions, seminars and workshops.

"We are in a time of unparalleled progress in biomedical research," said Michael Welsh, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine and a co-organizer of the symposium. "This year's Research Week showcases that progress, emphasizing discoveries that have improved people's health. It also highlights opportunities for the future."

Featured speakers include Christine Seidman, M.D., department of genetics, Harvard Medical School, on "Gene Mutations that Remodel the Heart;" Michael S. Brown, M.D., departments of molecular genetics and internal medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, on "How Genes Control Cholesterol;" Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, M.D., department of family and preventive medicine, University of California-San Diego, on "Pills for Memory Loss: Where Are We Now?" Brian J. Druker, M.D., department of internal medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, "Targeted Cancer Therapies: Lessons Learned from ST1571 and CML;" and Leon E. Rosenberg, M.D., department of molecular biology, Princeton University and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, on "Revitalizing the Physician-Scientist Career Path."

A panel discussion on "Finding a Balance: Your Personal Life and a Career in Science/Medicine" will be on Thursday, April 4.

"Research Week provides an excellent opportunity for UI faculty, fellows, staff and students to exchange ideas and learn about the wide variety of health research taking place on campus and at the national level," said event co-organizer Robert Wallace, M.D., UI professor of epidemiology. "These connections often lead to new opportunities and collaborations."

For a complete schedule of Research Week events, including times and locations of events, visit, or contact Marie Phillips at or (319) 353-5674.