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April 28, 2010

At A Glance

UI study to examine pregnancy's effect on the knees and feet

Women ages 18 to 40 who are in the first trimester of pregnancy may be eligible to participate in a clinical research study to examine the effects of pregnancy on the knees and feet.

Participation in the study involves two visits to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The first visit will occur between weeks two and 12 of the pregnancy and the follow-up visit will occur approximately 16 weeks after delivery. Each visit will last approximately 90 minutes.

During the visits, participants will complete a health questionnaire and have the height of their foot arch and the "looseness" of their knee joints measured. The researchers also will analyze each participant's gait (the way you walk.)

Compensation will also be provided.

For more information, contact Ranae Abel at 319-335-8196 or Natalie Glass at 319-335-7554 or


UI to host public forum on mental health research May 1

The public is invited to learn more about new discoveries and emerging treatments in mental health at a forum hosted by the University of Iowa in partnership with the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD).

The forum will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 1 in the Medical Education Research Facility (Room 1117) on the UI Health Sciences campus. The event is free, but registration is recommended.

The forum is part of NARSAD's "Healthy Minds Across America," a nationwide series of public talks, and will feature presentations by UI researchers on how mood affects heart disease; using genetics to maximize psychiatric medication safety in children; and genetic risk factors for schizophrenia. Robert Philibert, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor of psychiatry and 1999 and 2001 NARSAD Young Investigator, will moderate the event.

NARSAD is a non-profit organization and a leading funder of mental health research, which has given more than $2 million through 35 grants to 27 researchers at the UI.

For more information and to register, visit


Wildlife First Responders recertification class May 15-17

University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering a Wildlife First Responders recertification class from Saturday, May 15 to Monday, May 17 at the Macbride Nature Area near Solon.

This Touch the Earth course, taught by the Wilderness Medical Institute, is essential for those who spend significant time in remote places or those who have limited access to healthcare. The recertification is a fast-paced course designed for people who have completed the 10-day Wildlife First Responders course but need to refresh their skills and renew their certification.

The course will be taught from roughly 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and will cost $250. Registration deadline is May 15.

For more information, see and To register, contact the Outdoor Rental and Resource Center at 319-384-1225.


Whitewater kayaking trip offered May 20-22

University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering a whitewater kayaking trip Thursday, May 20 to Saturday, May 22.

This trip is tailored for people who have participated in Recreational Services’ kayak rolling series and is designed to build upon the skills learned in the pool and apply them to the white waters of the St. Francis River in Missouri.

Cost is $195 and includes transportation, instruction, camping and permit fees, most meals and equipment rental.

Registration may be done at the Outdoor Rental Center by Monday, May 10, at 7 p.m. with the full cost of the trip due at this time.

For more information, visit or contact Dave Patton, assistant director for outdoor programs, at


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