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March 11, 2008

UI will host obesity conference April 8

The University of Iowa Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and the UI Institute for Biomedical Imaging will host a conference on obesity from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The half-day conference aims to bring together researchers, clinicians and other professionals from many disciplines -- biomedical and social sciences to education and business -- to discuss innovative approaches to understanding, treating and preventing obesity-related illnesses.

Conference attendees will participate in breakout sessions in areas of nutrition, behavior/exercise, community/health disparity, imaging/biology, epidemiology/genetics and pediatrics.

The April 8 event is free and open to anyone in the academic community interested in research related to obesity. Registration is available online at

One goal of the conference is to facilitate collaborations that result in research-grant applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding sources, said Gary Hunninghake, M.D., director of the UI's Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.

"Conferences such as this are possible because the National Institutes of Health funded our Institute for Clinical and Translational Science," Hunninghake said. "We exist in order to bring the latest innovations and discoveries to patients. By bringing together people from across disciplines, we want to encourage information-sharing that will lead to novel approaches to the issue of obesity."

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, established in late 2006 as a university-wide collaboration involving all 11 UI colleges and nearly 40 centers and institutes, promotes "bench-to-bedside" research -- laboratory discoveries that lead to patient-based studies in clinical settings -- across Iowa. In September 2007, the UI received a five-year, $33.8 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from NIH to help the institute expand interdisciplinary research efforts across the university and the state.

The Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, a joint venture of the UI College of Engineering and the UI Carver College of Medicine, fosters multidisciplinary research in biomedical imaging and analysis, training and education.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5143 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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