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Release: April 4, 2003

UI Cancer Researchers Shift Presentations Because Of SARS

Researchers with Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa will present their findings in Iowa City instead of Toronto due to concerns about severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) there.

Organizers canceled the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) meeting scheduled for this weekend and early next week in Toronto because of concerns that a major international gathering of scientists in a city where a number of SARS cases have been documented could have contributed to the further spread of the disease.

Approximately 15 of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center students, post-doctoral students, faculty and staff were planning on attending the AACR meeting and making presentations.

Instead, the Holden team will hold an "AACR in Iowa" poster session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, April 7 in the atrium areas of the second and third floors of the Holden wing of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF).

"Our students, faculty and staff all worked very hard to conduct their research and to prepare their presentations," said George Weiner, M.D., director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. "We look forward to having them share their results with us."

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research, and educating the public about cancer.

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