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March 23, 2007

Mini Medical School Sessions To Highlight 'Science Of Saving Lives'

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host its four-session Mini Medical School program, "Medical Miracles: The Science of Saving Lives" in April on the UI health sciences campus.

The Mini Medical School sessions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays April 3, 10, 17 and 24 in the Dr. Prem Sahai Auditorium in the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF). Mini Medical School is open to the public, but is limited to the first 225 registrants. A $5 fee for course materials will be collected at the first session. Registration is for all four Mini Medical School sessions. For more information or to register, visit or call toll free 877-MED-IOWA (877-633-4692).

Parking is available in the Newton Road parking ramp across the street from MERF. A map is available online at

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 take part in the program.

The April sessions will feature internationally recognized UI researchers and clinicians who are shaping the molecular-level understanding of diseases and who are developing diagnostic and treatment strategies for patients in Iowa and around the world.

Following is the Mini Medical School schedule:

Tuesday, April 3:

-- "Treatment Options Using Stem Cells: A Physician's Perspective," Nicholas Zavazava, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the UI Department of Internal Medicine.

-- "Cardiac Arrhythmias," Mark Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., the Potter-Lambert Chair in Cardiology; professor of internal medicine and molecular physiology and biophysics; and director of the cardiovascular diseases division in the UI Department of Internal Medicine.

Tuesday, April 10:

-- "Improving Acute Pain Management Practices of Hospitalized Older Adults," Marita Titler, Ph.D., senior assistant director and director of Research, Quality and Outcomes Management in the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics; and clinical professor in the UI College of Nursing.

-- "Molecular Basis of Muscular Dystrophy and Approaches to Therapy," Kevin Campbell, Ph.D., the Roy J. Carver Biomedical Research Chair in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and head of the department; a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator; and professor in the UI Department of Neurology.

Tuesday, April 17:

-- "Targeted Therapy of Cancer," George Weiner, M.D., the C.E. Block Chair of Cancer Research and director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI; and professor in the UI Department of Internal Medicine.

-- "Detection and Characterization of Preclinical Alzheimer's Disease," Wes Houston, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor in the UI Department of Neurology.

Tuesday, April 24:

-- "New Innovations for Managing Hearing Loss: Profoundly Deaf to Aging Baby Boomers," Bruce Gantz, M.D., the Brian F. McCabe Distinguished Chair and professor and head of the UI Department of Otolaryngology.

-- "New Discoveries Uncover Macular Degeneration," Gregory Hageman, Ph.D., professor in the UI Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

The Mini Medical School program is offered through the UI Carver College of Medicine in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, based in the UI Center on Aging.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact Kayla Sanders at 319-384-4206.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, PROGRAM CONTACT: Kayla Sanders, 319-384-4206,