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University of Iowa News Release

March 11, 2004

UI Mini Medical School To Focus On Aging

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host a four-session Mini Medical School course, "Challenging the Traditional Experience of Aging," in April on the UI health sciences campus.

The Mini Medical School sessions will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. April 6, 13, 20 and 27 in the Dr. Prem Sahai Auditorium in the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF). Mini Medical School is free of charge and open to the public, but is limited to the first 250 registrants. Registration is for all four Mini Medical School sessions. Additional information and registration is available online at or by phone at 319-335-8886. Parking is available in the Newton Road parking ramp across the street from MERF.

Mini Medical School is designed for anyone who is curious about medicine and the scientific basis of health and disease. No science or medical educational background is needed to take part in the program. Attendees for the April sessions will learn about scientific theories of aging, aging-related research and strategies and technologies used to slow the aging process. In addition, attendees will take part in learning activities similar to those of UI medical students.

Mini Medical School is sponsored by UI Health Care, the UI Carver College of Medicine, UI Center on Aging and the UI Alumni Association and also supported by a grant from Pfizer, Inc.

Following is the Mini Medical School schedule:

April 6:
--"A Mini-Tour of the Theories of Aging," Aloysius Klingelhutz, Ph.D., UI assistant professor of microbiology.
--"When Does Aging Begin? Cues of Normal Aging," Ian Smith, M.D., UI professor emeritus of internal medicine.

April 13:
--"Aging and the Mind," Susan Schultz, M.D., UI associate professor of psychiatry.
--"Decision-Making Abilities in Normal Adults," Natalie Denburg, Ph.D., UI assistant professor of neurology.
--"Enhancing Safety and Mobility in Older Drivers," Matthew Rizzo, M.D., UI professor of neurology.

April 20:
--"Interactive Learning." Activities include working with simulated patient-actors in the Carver College of Medicine's clinical education suites and discussing case-based learning.

April 27:
--"Move It or Lose It: The Case for Preventing Disability Through Physical Activity," Neal Kohatsu, M.D., UI associate professor of epidemiology.
--"Responding to Declining Function," Paul Mulhausen, M.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine.
--"Using Technology to Move Research into Practice," Karen Farris, Ph.D., UI associate professor of clinical and administrative pharmacy, and Anil Sahai, D.O., Ph.D., executive director of Interactive Medical Developments, L.C.

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, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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