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Jan. 18, 2007

Foodborne Illness Is The Topic Of Jan. 25 Lecture

John Besser, clinical laboratory manager at the Minnesota Department of Health, will present "Foodborne Disease: Finding the Common Thread (or Leafy Green Vegetable)" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) on the University of Iowa campus.

Scientific advances have dramatically enhanced the ability to detect problems in food and water supplies, such as the recent E. coli outbreak in the Midwest. However, the burden of foodborne and diarrheal disease remains substantial, both nationally and globally.

Besser will discuss systems used to detect and investigate problems in the food supply, the etiology of diarrheal disease, and the role of health care providers in outbreak detection and investigation. The program is free and open to the public, and it will be broadcast via streaming video on the Web.

This program is part of the spring 2007 Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness (UMCPHP). Advanced registration is requested and may be completed online at Links to the live Web broadcast, as well as archives of past presentations, are available on the center's site.

In addition, UI Television (UITV) will show the archived presentation. More information about the UITV service area and program schedule can be found on the UITV Web site,

The presentation is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, Institute for Public Health Practice, UI College of Public Health, Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Hospital Association and Iowa Medical Society. UMCPHP is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on the Grand Rounds series, contact Angela Harding, program assistant in the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, at 319-335-8451 or by e-mail at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Gleeson, 319-384-4277, Writer: Debra Venzke.