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May 11, 2004

Benjamin Christopher Tvedt Memorial Lecture To Be Held May 14

Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will host the second Benjamin Christopher Tvedt Memorial Lecture at 1 p.m. Friday, May 14, in the Ziffren Conference Room (1502 John Colloton Pavilion). The guest speaker is Mark Abzug, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado, Denver.

The lecture is presented in memory of Benjamin Christopher Tvedt, an infant who died of complications from a suspected enterovirus infection.

Abzug is a leading expert in infectious diseases in children, with a special interest in enterovirus infection. His lecture, "Neonatal Enterovirus Infection," will review the clinical presentation, prevention and management of enterovirus infections in infants and children.

This endowed lecture is intended to provide continuing education for medical personnel about issues contributing to fulminant hepatic failure in newborns and young infants. Children's Hospital of Iowa is able to present this lecture because of an endowment established by the Tvedt family with the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, a publicly supported charitable foundation that stewards charitable assets of endowed and non-endowed funds.

"We are extremely grateful to the Tvedt family for their generous gift in memory of Benjamin," said Edward F. Bell, M.D., professor of pediatrics and director of neonatology at Children's Hospital of Iowa. "We appreciate the opportunity provided by the Benjamin Christopher Tvedt Memorial Lecture to help us improve the chances of other infants with severe liver disease. I cannot think of a better way to remember and honor Benjamin's life."

Benjamin Christopher Tvedt was a patient in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital of Iowa in 2001. He was aggressively treated for a suspected enterovirus infection. Ultimately, he was transferred to Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago for a liver transplant. He was eligible to receive a living-donor organ transplant with his father as the donor. Benjamin died during liver transplant surgery at 48 days of age.

The lecture is free. Continuing education credit units will be available without charge to physicians and nurses who attend the program. For more information, contact Bell at 319-356-4006.

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