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June 25, 2010

At A Glance

UI researchers honored by scientific society

Two researchers in the Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine have been honored by the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine.

Garry Buettner, Ph.D., professor of radiation oncology, received the society's 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award. Buettner was chosen for his scientific accomplishments, leadership as an educator and mentor, and outstanding contributions to the society and the field. His research focuses on the basic chemistry and biology of free radicals and oxidation in human health. The award includes $2,500 and an invitation to publish a review article in the Society's journal, Free Radical Biology and Medicine.

Melissa (Lai Tee) Teoh, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher, received a Research Mini-Fellowship. The $2,500 award allows young investigators to visit other institutions to learn or develop new research techniques. Teoh will train with Tim Oury, Ph.D., at the University of Pittsburgh.


UI Ventricular Assist Device Program earns national certification

The University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics has received national certification for its Ventricular Assist Device Program to treat patients with advanced heart failure.

The program received Disease-Specific Care Certification from the Joint Commission, the accreditation and certification agency for more than 17,000 health care organizations in the United States.

A ventricular assist device is a mechanical blood pump that takes over the function of a heart ventricle. The device typically is used to treat patients with advanced heart failure who are critically ill and waiting for a heart transplant. More recently, this therapy has been shown to effectively prolong life and improve the quality of life for patients who are ineligible for transplant.

The Ventricular Assist Device Program at the UI Heart and Vascular Center is the only one in Iowa that offers this type of therapy. The program is led by Frances Johnson, M.D., UI clinical associate professor of internal medicine, and includes experts in cardiovascular medicine and cardiothoracic surgery.

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National testing day focuses on stopping the spread of HIV

On Saturday, June 26, public health laboratories throughout the country that conduct testing for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) will be recognized for their work as part of the National HIV Testing Day. Within the past year, the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa has conducted more than 12,000 tests for HIV.

Every nine-and-a-half minutes, someone in the United States becomes infected with HIV, according to the HIV Awareness Coalition. HIV is the virus that can lead to AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). In Iowa, HIV infections reached the second highest level ever in 2009. While there is no cure for HIV, the first step to stopping the spread of HIV is to know your HIV status.


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