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University of Iowa News Release

April 15, 2004

Pharmacy Students To Host Annual Medicinal Chemistry Meeting

Graduate students in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy will host the 42nd annual Medicinal Chemistry Meeting, known as MIKI, April 16-18 in Iowa City.

The meeting will be attended by graduate students of the medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy departments of the UI, University of Minnesota, University of Kansas and University of Illinois at Chicago.

The regional meeting provides graduate students with an opportunity to interact professionally and socially with top scientists in the field. This year, Kenner C. Rice, Ph.D., chief of the Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the keynote address, "Medicinal Chemistry in the Study of Addictive Diseases."

The meeting will also include over 40 poster presentations. Other special guests include visitors from Merck & Co, the UI Department of Chemistry, Muscatine Community College and Augustana College.

The first MIKI meeting was held in 1963 at the UI. It was established to provide graduate students with experience in presenting their research at a scientific meeting and to provide a catalyst for sharing and exchanging ideas between students and faculty at regional universities. This year approximately 200 students and faculty will attend.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032, Writer: Tiffany Bronk