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University of Iowa News Release

April 3, 2003

Program To Focus On Inflammatory Bowel Disease April 17

Area residents are invited to hear a University of Iowa Health Care expert discuss inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17 in the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 1220 First Ave. in Coralville.

An estimated one million Americans have some form of inflammatory bowel disease. The two major disorders - ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease - occur when the body's immune system damages the digestive tract rather than protecting it against outside or foreign invaders.

Robert W. Summers, M.D., will present an overview of IBD, including discussion of:
-- Crohn's disease and its management.
-- Ulcerative colitis and its management.
-- Is IBD an autoimmune disorder of civilization?
-- A UI study that investigates the use of intestinal worms to treat IBD.

Summers is professor and director of clinical activities in the Center for Digestive Diseases at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Part of the "Health For Your Lifetime" series presented by University of Iowa Health Care, this program is free and open to the community. Pre-registration is encouraged.

To register, or for more information, call UI Health Access at 384-8442 or toll-free at (800) 777-8442.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

CONTACTS: Media: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, Program: Tom Walljasper, 319-384-7353,