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July 25, 2008

At A Glance

WRAC opens for business in regular location post-flood

The University of Iowa Women's Resource and Action Center, located at 130 N. Madison St. in Iowa City, re-opened the week of July 21 after having to move its staff and services to various satellite locations in the community June 13 because of the flooding.

Although the WRAC regular location was closed, staff members continued to provide services from its satellite locations and worked out of their homes for the past month.

Activities such as support and discussion groups, which normally met in the WRAC building, were held in other spaces such as Hillel and the Iowa City Public Library, and staff continued to respond to requests for various types of assistance by members of the public, as well as plan and prepare for the fall semester.

For more information on upcoming events or ongoing services offered by WRAC,
visit or call 319-335-1486.

Conference July 26-28 to focus on form of muscular dystrophy

Patients with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) and their families will join scientists and clinicians from the University of Iowa and around the world for the FSH Society International Patient and Researcher Network Meeting July 26-28 at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville.

FSHD is the third most-prevalent form of muscular dystrophy among adults and children. It is characterized as the progressive weakening and loss of skeletal muscles in the face, shoulder girdle and upper arms.

The meeting will include lectures and networking sessions on the latest research and treatments for the disease. On Monday, July 28, specialists with UI Children's Hospital, led by pediatric neurologist Katherine Mathews, M.D., will hold a clinic for patients with infantile FSHD.

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