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Sept. 27, 2007

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Presentation on the science of aging set for Oct. 10 in Des Moines

The University of Iowa Alumni Association and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will host a public presentation on current research on the aging process at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive in Des Moines.

The presentation, "A 'Radical' View of the Science of Aging," will be preceded by a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. Participants should RSVP by Monday, Oct. 8, to the UI Alumni Association online at or by calling 800-469-2586. The event is free for UI Alumni Association members and $5 (to be collected at event) for nonmembers.

Kevin Kregel (photo, left), a UI professor of integrative physiology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), will give the presentation. Kregel will discuss his current research on the aging process and explain how free radicals and antioxidants impact age-related processes. He will also explore scientists' quest for extending lifespan and improving the quality of life.

Kregel, a UI alumnus, joined the CLAS faculty in 1993. He holds a secondary academic appointment in the Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology.

The Oct. 10 event is part of the Lifelong Learning series sponsored by the UI Alumni Association and developed in partnership with UI colleges and departments. The series features UI faculty and staff who share their expertise with alumni and friends of the university at events held in cities across Iowa. Visit the UI Alumni Association online at

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI is a program of the Center on Aging and is affiliated with the national network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, designated and funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco. There are currently 93 Osher institutes in 39 states. For more information, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: UI Alumni Association, 800-469-2586; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Stacie Carpenter