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Oct. 3, 2007

H5N1 influenza is topic of Oct. 10 lecture

An expert in virology will present "Building Immunity to H5N1 Influenza" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the University of Iowa campus.

The program is free and open to the public, and also will be broadcast via streaming video on the Web. Advanced registration is requested.

Richard J. Webby, Ph.D., assistant member in the Division of Virology, Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., will talk about the origin, evolution and control strategies for H5N1 influenza viruses.

Webby will discuss the emergence of the virus over the last 10 years, as well as the studies designed to evaluate the preclinical effectiveness of various control strategies, such as vaccination. He also will examine the cross-reactive immunity induced by seasonal and pre-pandemic vaccination.

This program is part of the fall 2007 Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness (UMCPHP). To register online, visit 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) also will show the archived presentation. Information about the UITV service area and program schedule can be found online at

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: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,; Writer: Brandy Huseman