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University of Iowa News Release

March 23, 2004

UI To Host Conference On Emerging Infectious Diseases April 21

The University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination, University Hygienic Laboratory (UHL) and the UI Office of the Vice President for Research will host the "Iowa Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases" Wednesday, April 21, in the Second Floor Ballroom at the Iowa Memorial Union.

The conference aims to increase understanding and knowledge of emerging infectious diseases for public health professionals. Topics to be discussed include avian flu virus, SARS, zoonotic influenza, mad cow disease, the Nipah virus and agricultural connections to emerging diseases.

The event also will recognize the UHL for its 100th anniversary as the state's environmental and public health laboratory.

There will be two keynote addresses during the conference. At 9 a.m., Theresa Tam, M.D., manager of the respiratory infections section in the immunization and respiratory infections division of Health Canada, will discuss the "Pandemic Influenza Model and SARS Experience in Canada."

At 1 p.m., Mark Hall, Ph.D., of the National Veterinary Services Laboratory with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will discuss, "Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies in the United States."

The cost of the conference is $30. For more information, contact David Riley at 319-335-4016 or send an e-mail to Conference information and registration also is available online at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,