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University of Iowa News Release

April 29, 2005

UI To Host May 5 Symposium On Gambling

The Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center in the University of Iowa College of Public Health will host a free, daylong symposium on pathological gambling Thursday, May 5, in room 233 of the UI Nursing Building.

The symposium, "Beyond the Odds," will include presentations by UI faculty and other gambling disorder specialists. Registration begins at 8 a.m. John Lowe, Dr.P.H., professor and head of community and behavioral health in the UI College of Public Health, will welcome symposium attendees, and Peter Nathan, Ph.D., UI professor of community and behavioral health, will deliver opening remarks beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Following is a schedule of the day's presentations:

-- 9 a.m., "Empirical Evidence of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Gambling Disorders," Robert Ladouceur, Ph.D., professor of psychology Laval University in Quebec City, Quebec.

-- 10:30 a.m., "Gender, Gambling and Psychopathology," Rani A. Desai, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and public health at Yale University and the VA Connecticut Health Care System.

-- 1:30 p.m., "Medical Treatment of Problem Gambling," Donald W. Black, M.D., professor of psychiatry in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

-- 3 p.m., "Youth, Gambling and the Developing Brain: Intersections on the Developmental Highway," Ken C. Winters, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at the University of Minnesota.

On Friday, May 6, a clinical workshop for health care professionals, "Cognitive and Behavioral Treatment of Pathological Gamblers," will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City. The Friday workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ladouceur will present clinical approaches, research and empirical evidence supporting cognitive therapy for pathological gambling. The workshop is co-sponsored by Training Resources, a division of the Iowa Substance Abuse Program Directors' Association.

The May 5 symposium is free and open to the public. To register for the May 6 workshop, or for more information, contact Ros Hayslett at 319-335-5368 or, or Asmita Mhaskar at 319-384-4164 or

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