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Sept. 13, 2006

Stroke Specialist To Give Sahs Lecture Sept. 25

Mark Alberts, M.D., professor of neurology at Northwestern University Medical School and a national leader in the development of comprehensive stroke centers, will deliver the seventh annual A. L. Sahs Lecture at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 25.

The lecture, titled, "Developing a Comprehensive Stroke Center," will be held in the Damasio Conference Room in the Neuroscience Institute on the seventh floor South of General Hospital at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. A reception in honor of the speaker and the Sahs family will precede the lecture.

The annual Sahs Lecture is hosted by the UI Department of Neurology and supported by the Adolph L. Sahs Memorial Visiting Lectureship Fund, which is designed to bring renowned lecturers in the field of neurology to the UI each year. The fund was established by Mrs. M. Alice Sahs in memory of her late husband, A. L. Sahs, M.D., with a gift from the Sahs family to the UI Foundation.

Alberts, who also is director of the Stroke Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is an expert in stroke care with a special interest in comprehensive stroke centers, which integrate a number of specialists and programs to provide a full gamut of resources for the treatment of patients with acute ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke. His research interests include studying the genetic causes of stroke, identifying new treatments for acute stroke and studying new medications and interventions to prevent strokes.

Sahs was an internationally recognized expert in cerebrovascular disease and a renowned teacher and diagnostician. He was affiliated with many prominent medical organizations including being a founding member and president of the American Academy of Neurology and president of the American Neurological Association and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Sahs received both his undergraduate (1927) and medical (1931) degrees from the UI and spent almost his entire career on the UI neurology faculty. He was department head from 1948 to 1974 and was professor emeritus from 1974 until his death in 1986.

For more information about the lecture, contact Harold Adams, M.D., at 319-356-4110.

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

CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-335-9917 jennifer-l-brown@uiowa.edu