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March 4, 2005

Lecture To Discuss Animals In Biomedical Research March 10

Animals have long been used in biomedical research, but the issue has come under increasing scrutiny. Recent events at the University of Iowa, including the vandalism of some animal research laboratories in late 2004, have heightened awareness of this issue locally and sparked intense debate about the role of research involving animals.

On Thursday, March 10, William Talman, M.D., University of Iowa professor and director of the laboratory of neurobiology in the UI Department of Neurology, and Veterans Affairs Iowa City Health Care System chief of neurology, will give a comprehensive overview of the issue and argue the case for the use of animals in biomedical research.

The program, to be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 22 of the Nursing Building on the UI campus, is free and open to the public. It also will be broadcast live over the Iowa Communications Network and via streaming video on the Web.

In his talk, Talman will discuss the use of animals in research, safeguards for animal welfare, the benefits of biomedical research, alternatives to animal research, and counterarguments to the use of animals in research.

Talman received his M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and is currently president of the International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience. His professional memberships include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society for Neuroscience, American Heart Association and the American Academy of Neurology. He has published widely in his areas of research interest, which include central control of circulation, integration of cardiovascular and noncardiovascular reflexes, neurogenic hypertension, the baroreceptor reflex in health and disease, and central neurotransmitters.

The program is part of the spring 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) will also show 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, based in the UI College of Public Health, and funded by a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement with the Association of Schools of Public Health. It is also sponsored by the Institute for Public Health Practice, the UI College of Public Health and the Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies.

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

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Angela Harding at 319-335-8451.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Gleeson, 319-384-4277,