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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 23, 2003

Physician To Speak, Students To Get Awards At Diabetes Banquet

A University of Iowa Health Care expert on diabetes will give the keynote address at the second annual Diabetes Awards Banquet at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, in the Kinnick Banquet Room at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1220 1st Ave. in Coralville.

The banquet is co-sponsored by Eagles' Flight Inc. and the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, and is supported by the UI College of Nursing's Culturally Competent Care Initiative. Tickets are required for the banquet and are available for purchase by the general public. A free diabetes health fair will precede the banquet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The event also will honor "unsung heroes," area individuals or organizations who serve those with diabetes with compassion and care, as well as students who are receiving scholarships. Two UI students and a UI staff member are among those who will be honored.

Gregory Doelle, M.D., UI associate professor (clinical) of internal medicine (endocrinology and metabolism), will speak about childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Doelle will review obesity trends in children, discuss environmental, socioeconomic and ethnic influences, explain risk factors for diabetes and vascular disease, and suggest prevention strategies.

"Obesity and diabetes are twin thieves -- robbing adults, as well as children, of quality health. The banquet and fair are unique in that they focus attention on this concern at the local level, and offer health education mixed with pizzazz," said A. Denita Gadson, Ph.D., event chairperson.

The free health fair will showcase how 14 individuals and organizations in the community are addressing diabetes in areas such as prevention, research, diabetes education, food service, pharmaceuticals and service. Exhibitors will include the UI Reaching Euglycemia and Comprehensive Health (REACH) program, UI Hospitals and Clinics Diabetes Clinical Research and Programs, American Diabetes Association, Fareway Store Inc., Wal-Mart, and Mercy Hospital's Diabetes Education and Support Group.

Recipients of the 2003 Unsung Heroes awards who will be honored at the banquet are:

  • Mercy Hospital, Diabetes Education Center, Iowa City, Outstanding Service Award
  • Jeannie Panther, UI College of Medicine Administration staff member, Tiffin, Inspiration Award
  • Michele Burken, UI College of Nursing student, Charlotte, Iowa, Inspiration Award
  • Marc F. Doobay, biomedical science student in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Ames, Bronis L. Ringer Scholarship Award
  • Holly Hooyer, Sioux Center, First Place, Diabetes Essay Contest Winner
  • Lindsey Dooyema, Sioux Center, Second Place, Diabetes Essay Contest Winner

Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased in advance or at the door. The attire is "after five" or formal. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Eagles' Flight at, or call Ida Gregoire at 319-358-0898.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI 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: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Diabetes Banquet/Eagles Flight: A. Denita Gadson,; 319-353-3329; Media: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660,