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March 11, 2008

UI Alumni Association, Osher Institute host stem cell discussion April 1 in Davenport

The University of Iowa Alumni Association and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will host a presentation titled "Stem Cells: Hope for the Future" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at the Center for Active Seniors Library, 1035 West Kimberly Road in Davenport.

The presentation will be preceded by a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. Participants should RSVP by Friday, March 28 to the UI Alumni Association online at or call 800-469-2586. The event is free for UI Alumni Association members and $5 (to be collected at event) for nonmembers.

Dr. Nicholas Zavazava, a professor of medicine in the UI Department of Internal Medicine's Allergy/Immunology Division, will discuss stem cell research and its potential to treat otherwise incurable diseases. He will also talk about problems and difficulties in this field of research and comment on the recent advances at the UI.

Zavazava studies the immunological properties of embryonic stem cells. Currently director of transplantation research at the UI and chair of the university's Stem Cell Advisory Committee, he has received many honors for his work, including the Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Transplantation.

The 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.

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 119 Osher institutes in 48 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,