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Release: Nov. 22, 2002

Ault to be a guest on NPR's 'Science Friday' Nov. 22

A University of Iowa Health Care physician is scheduled to be a guest on National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation Science Friday" Nov. 22.

Kevin Ault, M.D., UI assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will be interviewed by host Ira Flatow during the second hour of "Science Friday," which airs locally beginning at 1 p.m. on WSUI AM910. Ault is scheduled to go on the air shortly after 2 p.m.

Ault will discuss the results of a study showing that an experimental vaccine appears to be effective in preventing a virus -- known as human papillomavirus type 16 -- that is linked to more than half of some 500,000 cervical cancer cases worldwide. Ault was a co-author on the study, which was published in the Nov. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, led by University of Washington researchers, involved 16 medical centers nationwide, including the UI. Nearly 2,400 women took part in the study, including 250 women who participated at the UI.

"Talk of the Nation Science Friday" is a weekly two-hour talk show, broadcast live over public radio stations nationwide. Expert guests join Flatow in discussing science-related topics and taking questions from listeners during the call-in portion of the program.

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