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Aug. 27, 2007

Infectious disease expert to speak Aug. 30

The University of Iowa Department of Epidemiology has named Gregory A. Poland, M.D., the first recipient of the Hsu-Li Distinguished Lectureship in International Epidemiology.

Poland is nationally recognized for his work in clinical immunology, immunotherapeutics and vaccine research. He will present "Predictive Vaccinology and Immunogenetics: From Bench to Bedside to Population" from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 30, in the Seebohm Conference Room, 283 Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB) on the UI campus.

Poland is the Mary Lowell Leary Endowed Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the Mayo Clinic and Foundation. He is also associate chair for research in the Department of Medicine, director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, and director of the Program in Translational Immunovirology and Biodefense. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts in the scientific literature and served on dozens of expert advisory committees.

The Hsu-Li lectureship honors the outstanding contributions of the late Shu Ying Li Hsu and her husband Hsi Fan Hsu. Both were world-renowned parasitologists and professors emeritus in the former UI Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health's Division of Epidemiology. In 1999, these units became part of the UI College of Public Health.

The lectureship will be awarded annually by the Department of Epidemiology to an individual who has made important scholarly contributions to the advancement of the field, particularly in emerging diseases of international importance.

The program is free and open to the public.

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