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University of Iowa News Release

May 12, 2005

UI Medicine/Public Health/VA Research Week Is May 18-20

Research Week 2005: Building Bridges in Science will be held May 18-20 at the University of Iowa. This annual event, sponsored by the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, the UI College of Public Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Iowa City Health Care System, will feature five public lectures covering topics including childhood asthma, innate immunity, RNA interference (RNAi) and human bleeding and blood-clotting disorders. The event also will include poster sessions highlighting research by UI graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical residents, faculty and staff.

The public lecture schedule is as follows:

--"RNAi: Mechanism and Application,"

Gregory J. Hannon, Ph.D., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.,

3-4 p.m., Wednesday, May 18,

Room 1110A, Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF).

--"Disorders of Hemostasis Due to Genes Outside the Coagulation System,"

David Ginsburg, M.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.,

1-2 p.m., Thursday, May 19,

Room 1110A, MERF.

--"Childhood Asthma: Defining the Role of the Environmental Exposure,"

Erika von Mutius, M.D., Munich University Children's Hospital, Munich, Germany,

3-4 p.m., Thursday, May 19,

Room 1110A, MERF.

--"Gene-Environment Interactions and the Search for Asthma Genes,"

Carole Ober, Ph.D., University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.,

4-5 p.m., Thursday, May 19,

Room 1110A, MERF.

--"Drosophila Immunity: A Paradigm for Innate Immunity,"

Jules Hoffmann, M.D., Ph.D., Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France,

9-10 a.m., Friday, May 20,

Room 1110A, MERF.

For a complete schedule of Research Week events, including times and locations, visit or contact Marie Phillips at or 319-353 5674.

In conjunction with Research Week, the Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Inflammation programs within the UI Carver College of Medicine and the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center based in the UI College of Public Health will host a special symposium titled "Evolution in Innate Immunity, A Celebration of the Careers of Peter Elsbach, Bob Lehrer and Seymour Klebanoff," which will run on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21.

For more information about the special symposium, including times and locations of events, visit, or contact Jerrold Weiss at

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

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

CONTACTS: Media: Jennifer Brown, (319) 335-9917; Program: Marie Phillips, 319-353-5674,