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Oct. 12, 2007

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Talks explore changing role of women in medicine Oct. 18

Susan Winckler (left), chief of staff of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a University of Iowa alumna, and Jennifer Niebyl (right), UI faculty member and physician, will help launch a traveling exhibit on women and medicine with talks beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Dr. Prem Sahai Auditorium, Room 1110A, in the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) on the UI health sciences campus.

The talks will be preceded by a 4-5 p.m. reception in the MERF atrium. Following the talks, there will be a 6 p.m. dessert reception at the exhibit, "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians," located in the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

The exhibit is sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, and will be on view during regular library hours through Nov. 30. For more information, visit or

Winckler, a graduate of the UI College of Pharmacy and 2003 Distinguished Alumna, will present, "Women in Health Care: Changing Policy and Practice." Niebyl, M.D., professor and head of obstetrics and gynecology at UI Hospitals and Clinics and the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, will present, "Women in Medicine: Four Decades of Change."

Winckler joined the FDA in September 2006 as director of policy communications. She previously served in successively advanced roles for the American Pharmacists Association. Earlier, she directed implementation of the Iowa Medicaid Drug Prior Authorization Program for the Unisys Company and worked for the Iowa Pharmacists Association (now the Iowa Pharmacy Association) and a community pharmacy in Iowa. In addition to holding a UI degree in pharmacy, Winckler earned a law degree from Georgetown University.

A UI faculty member since 1988, Niebyl is recognized as a "Local Legend" of the America Medical Women's Association and listed among "Best Doctors in America." She also is a member of the Institute of Medicine. Niebyl's research interests include drug treatment during pregnancy, tocolytic agents for preterm labor, folic acid for preventing birth defects, nutrition in pregnancy, and nausea and vomiting related to pregnancy. She earned a medical degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University in Montreal.

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, please contact UI Libraries in advance at 319-335-5867.

STORY SOURCE: Health Science Relations, University of Iowa, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, IA 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, Health Science Relations, 319-335-6660,