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Oct. 3, 2006

Mini Medical School In Des Moines To Focus On Vision, Aging

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host a Mini Medical School program on aging and vision loss Oct. 18 in Des Moines.

The program, "Age-Related Vision Loss: An Overview of Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and Vision Rehabilitation," will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Thompson Auditorium at the Iowa Methodist Medical Education Center in Des Moines. The program is free and open to the public, although the session is limited to the first 150 registrants. Registration is available online at or by calling toll free 877-Med-Iowa (877-633-4692).

John Fingert, M.D., assistant professor, and Mark Wilkinson, O.D., clinical associate professor, both in the UI Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, will present the program.

Mini Medical School is designed for anyone who is curious about medicine and the scientific basis of health and disease. No science or medical educational background is needed to participate in this program.

Mini Medical School is sponsored by the UI Carver College of Medicine and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI in conjunction with the UI Center on Aging.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, PROGRAM CONTACT: Mitch Overton, 319-384-4206,