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Oct. 31, 2006

Registration Open For Nov. 28 Conference On Aging and Cancer

Students, researchers and clinicians, as well as interested members of the public, are invited to attend a University of Iowa conference, "New Research Approaches for Studying Aging and Cancer," from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Room 1289 of the UI Carver Biomedical Research Building. The conference is hosted by the UI Cancer and Aging Program's Neurocognition Interest Group.

The conference will focus on tools and approaches used by basic and applied scientists to study cancer and aging. Presentations will emphasize behavioral methods, neuroimaging, genotyping and epidemiological data sets. The event is free, but requires registration by Nov. 15.

Denise Park, Ph.D., will give the keynote address, "The Aging Mind." Park directs the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Illinois, where she also is a professor of psychology and a faculty member in the Beckman Cognitive Neuroscience Group. Park recently was awarded a 10-year National Institute on Aging grant to study functional magnetic resonance imaging activation patterns in subjects ages 20 to 90 to predict cognitive performance across the lifespan.

Additional presentations by faculty in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and College of Public Health will include: "Uses of Cancer Surveillance Data for Research" by Charles Lynch, M.D., Ph.D., professor of epidemiology and pathology; and "Genotyping 101" by Frederick Domann, Ph.D., professor of radiation oncology.

Following the presentations, an interactive discussion session will focus on potential Cancer and Aging Program (CAP) pilot research projects with the speakers and previous CAP pilot awardees. This session will be moderated by Natalie Denburg, Ph.D., UI assistant professor of neurology, and Leigh Beglinger, Ph.D., UI assistant professor of psychiatry. The CAP Research Development Funding Initiative is currently accepting two-page letters-of-concept from qualified UI researchers. That submission deadline is Dec. 15.

To register for the conference or for more information, contact Vicki Struzynski Olson at or 319-384-4566, or visit the UI Cancer and Aging Program online at

CAP is a joint initiative of the UI Center on Aging and the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI, with the goal of expanding research in the areas of aging and cancer. For more information, visit

The UI Center on Aging fosters and supports interdisciplinary research, education and service throughout the campus and state to improve understanding of the aging process and the health and well being of older people. For more information, visit

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. Visit the center online at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660; Program: Vicki Struzynski Olson. 319-384-4566,