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June 8, 2010

At A Glance

NIH grant to help UI team counter antibiotic resistance

A research effort in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy aims to disrupt the ability of tuberculosis-causing bacteria to mutate and become ever more resistant to antibiotics. The project has been funded by a five-year, nearly $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The study's principal investigator is Robert Kerns, Ph.D., UI associate professor of medicinal and natural products chemistry. The goal is to develop novel inhibitors of certain proteins (called topoisomerases) in order to severely restrict the ability of the bacteria to mutate and become resistant.

There are now forms of tuberculosis, as well as other diseases, that are resistant to current drug treatments. Antibiotic resistance has been recognized for more than a decade as a major threat to public health worldwide, with patients dying from once-treatable infections and few new compounds in the drug pipeline.

While the UI effort is focused on tuberculosis, the findings might eventually help with efforts to develop improved antibiotics for other diseases.


UI Obesity Surgery offers program on weight-loss options

Isaac Samuel, M.D., director of University of Iowa Obesity Surgery at UI Hospitals and Clinics, will discuss surgical options to weight loss in a free, public presentation offered twice, June 15 and June 17.

The program -- "Lose the Weight. Find Your Life." -- will explain the minimally invasive surgical procedures of gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding, as well as the requirements for patients to be considered for weight-loss surgery.

The presentations will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids, and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17, at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Coralville. Registration for the presentations is encouraged. For details, call 319-384-1743 or 877-MED-IOWA, or visit


McCord reads about living a long, healthy life on June 14

Dr. Darlene McCord will read from "Living Well at One Hundred" -- her simple, straightforward approach to living a long, healthy, productive life -- at 7 p.m. Monday, June 14, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

McCord's book explains how to make life choices that promote living both disease-free and as naturally and vitally as possible. She believes that after blowing out 100 candles on your birthday cake, you can then celebrate with a great game of golf or tennis.

McCord founded McCord Research, a growing company based in Iowa. She is known for her work as a biochemist in skin and wound care, and through her research and leadership the company has achieved global recognition in the over-the-counter drug and medical device field.

Visit her websites at and


Talk on post-stroke aphasia is June 17

After a stroke or brain injury, people who have difficulty speaking or understanding speech may have aphasia, a condition that affects more than one million individuals in the United States.

A free, public talk on aphasia will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 17, in the auditorium (room 308) of the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center on the University of Iowa campus. The talk – "Hope, Humor and Healing" -- features Megan Timothy, who will share her personal experience with aphasia following a stroke seven years ago at age 60 and subsequent experience regaining her speech.

The event is hosted by the UI Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders as part of National Aphasia Awareness Month. Refreshments will be served.

Learn more about Timothy's experience at

Learn more about aphasia at

For information about aphasia support groups, contact Jean Gordon, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders, at or 319-335-8729.


Piano and Percussion Camp students will present recitals June 18

Students in the University of Iowa Piano Camp and Percussion Camp -- programs in the UI Summer Music Camps for students who have completed grades 8-12 -- will present free concerts at 7 p.m. Friday, June 18. The Piano Camp students will perform in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall and the Percussion Camp Students will perform in the Music West Interim Building (the former UI Museum of Art).

The Iowa Summer Music Camps not only provide high-school students with individual instruction from UI School of Music faculty and other professional musicians, but also offer classes in music theory, musical literature and other practical topics.

The Piano Camp includes a course in music and technology that utilizes the School of Music's state-of-the-art Roland computerized keyboard lab, and the Percussion Camp is part of the Yamaha Sounds of Summer national clinics.

For additional information visit


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