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July 17, 2008

At A Glance

Drack receives grant for research on retinitis pigmentosa

The Foundation Fighting Blindness has awarded a five-year, $325,000 grant to Arlene Drack, M.D., associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences in the UI Carver College of Medicine, to study the blinding eye disease retinitis pigmentosa. The award was effective July 1.

Drack, who recently joined the UI faculty, will use the foundation's Marjorie Carr Adams Career Development Award for a project to try to reverse or prevent retinitis pigmentosa in mice that have the condition due to Bardet-Biedl syndrome, a multisystem disorder that includes retinitis pigmentosa.

Drack's project mentors in the UI Molecular Ophthalmology Laboratory will be faculty members Val Sheffield and Ed Stone, both Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. Their previous research identified genes that cause Bardet-Biedl syndrome.

UI Children's Hospital Safety Store to debut at fair July 22

Families can learn how to prevent unintentional injuries, the leading cause of death among children in Iowa, during the debut of the University of Iowa Children's Hospital Safety Store at the Johnson County Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, and from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in Exhibit Building A.

The Safety Store and Safe Escape Program are funded by a $100,000 grant from the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI).
Visitors can view samples of children's safety products that will be available for purchase at UI Children's Hospital and other community events.

For more information, contact Pam Hoogerwerf, community service coordinator, 319-353-7972 or

UI heart specialist to start outreach clinic in Washington County July 23

Leaders of Washington County Hospital and Clinics and UI Heart and Vascular Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics today announced a new cardiology consult service that will begin July 23 in Washington, Iowa.

John Chase, M.D., will be in Washington every Wednesday. Chase specializes in cardiology and is a member of UI Physicians. An expert in heart disease, Chase can consult on any cardiac problem.

Chase's cardiology clinic is scheduled by UI Clinical Outreach, a service that brings UI physicians to local communities.

Call UI Clinical Outreach toll free at 877-891-5350 for an appointment or for more information.


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