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Dec. 1, 2005

Blood Banks, Disaster Response Program Rescheduled For Dec. 9

Louis M. Katz, executive vice president of medical affairs at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, will present "The Role of Blood Centers in Emergency Response" from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 in Room 5236 of the Westlawn Building on the University of Iowa campus. The program is free and open to the public, and will be broadcast live over the Iowa Communications Network and via streaming video on the Web.

Based on lessons learned from the Sept. 11 attacks, the blood banking community formed a national task force in 2002 to ensure that blood collection efforts in response to domestic disasters and acts of terrorism run smoothly and are managed properly, with the public receiving clear and consistent messages regarding the status of the nation's blood supply. This presentation will discuss the responsibilities of local blood centers in disasters and examine national efforts to ensure that blood collection facilities maintain safe and adequate inventories at all times in preparation for disasters.

Katz received his medical degree from the UI College of Medicine in 1976, and completed an infectious diseases fellowship at the UI Hospitals and Clinics in 1982. Katz has served as the executive vice president of medical affairs at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center for 18 years. He was recently named the blood industry representative on the Blood Products Advisory Committee for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In addition, Katz serves as medical director of the Quad Cities Regional Virology Center.

This program is part of the fall 2005 Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness (UMCPHP). Advanced registration is requested and may be completed online at Links to the live Web broadcast, as well as archives of past presentations, are available on the center's site.

In addition, UI Television (UITV) also will be showing the archived presentation. More information about the UITV service area and program schedule can be found on the UITV Web site,

The presentation is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, Institute for Public Health Practice, UI College of Public Health, Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Hospital Association and Iowa Medical Society. UMCPHP is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on the Grand Rounds series, contact Angela Harding, program assistant in the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, at 319-335-8451 or by e-mail at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,