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Chrischilles Named To Pomerantz Chair In Public Health

Elizabeth Chrischilles, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, has been appointed the first holder of the newly established Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Chair in Public Health.

The chair, created in the UI College of Public Health, is named for Iowa business and civic leader Marvin Pomerantz and his wife, both of Des Moines. The appointment follows the March 9 announcement of a $2 million gift commitment from Marvin Pomerantz to the UI Foundation for the college. The chair will be endowed by $1.5 million of that gift, and $500,000 will provide support for construction of a new academic facility for the UI College of Public Health.

Chrischilles' research addresses the economic evaluation of chronic disease therapies, factors related to medication use and effects among the elderly, disability measurement, pharmacoepidemiology, and health services epidemiology.

She is the principal investigator of the UI Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERT), one of 11 such centers funded by the National Institutes of Health. The Iowa CERT focuses on improving the safety and effectiveness of medication use among older adults. She also has received the College of Public Health Faculty Teaching Award, the UI Collegiate Teaching Award, and the Wiederholdt Prize from the American Pharmacists Association.

Chrischilles joined the UI faculty in 1986 and was appointed full professor in 2000. She is the associate head for curriculum of the Department of Epidemiology. She holds a secondary appointment in clinical and administrative pharmacy in the UI College of Pharmacy.

Marvin Pomerantz, who chairs the College of Public Health's "Building Today for a Healthy Tomorrow" campaign, identified the UI's culture of cross-disciplinary collaboration as an area of strength that he wished to support.

"The interdisciplinary research and education that is taking place at the university, and particularly in the College of Public Health, is improving the quality of life for people in Iowa and the world at large," Pomerantz said. "This chair will further that approach, which we think is vital to the betterment of society."

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information, visit UI Foundation's Web site at

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,; Forrest Meyer, UI Foundation, 319-335-3305,

PHOTO: A Web-quality photo of Elizabeth Chrischilles is available at A high-resolution photo may be obtained from Debra Venzke at 319-335-9647.