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March 20, 2006

UI Medicine/Public Health/VA Research Week Is March 28-31

Leading experts on cancer, genetics and heart disease will present a series of public lectures during Research Week 2006: Of Mice and Men, March 28-31 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 also showcase the latest research of UI students, postdoctoral fellows, medical residents, faculty and staff.

A highlight of this year's Research Week is the dedication of the Carver Biomedical Research Building (CBRB). The ceremony will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 31, with an open house, reception and self-guided tours to follow. The CBRB dedication will be followed by a special topic poster session on hypertension from 1 to 2 p.m., in the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) atrium.

The public lecture schedule is as follows:

-- 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2117 MERF

"Modeling Cancer in the Mouse" - Tyler Jacks, Ph.D., the David H. Koch Professor of Biology and director of the Center for Cancer Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

-- 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2117 MERF

"Cardiac Sodium-Calcium Exchange: Molecule and Mouse" - Ken Philipson, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

-- 1-2 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2117 MERF

"Molecular-Based Therapy for Heart Failure and Sudden Cardiac Death" - Andrew Marks, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.

-- 4-5 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2117 MERF

"Transcriptional Control of Heart Development and Disease" - Eric Olson, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department Molecular Biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

-- 2-3 p.m. Friday, March 31, 1110A MERF

"Genes, Genome and Medicine" - Richard P. Lifton M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine (nephrology), genetics and molecular biophysics and biochemistry, and chairman of the Department of Genetics at Yale University.

All Research Week poster sessions will be held in the MERF atrium. Graduate students and medical students will present Tuesday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; postdoctoral fellows, residents and research assistants on Wednesday March 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and faculty, staff and research scientists on Thursday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information and a complete schedule of Research Week events, including times and locations, visit or contact Katie Petersen at 319-353-5513 or

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

CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-335-9917 PROGRAM CONTACT: Katie Petersen, 319-353-5513,