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One of the best things about academic medical centers like University of Iowa Health Care is that they provide an environment uniquely well-suited to support and foster the exchange of ideas in medicine and biomedical research. A great example of this is the UI Carver College of Medicine’s new Distinguished Biomedical Scholars Lecture Series, which will feature outstanding scientists from around the world.

Both basic research and clinical departments will invite speakers, ensuring topics of broad interest in a wide variety of areas. The scholars are leaders in their respective fields who will share valuable insights into research questions they are addressing, or offer new ideas for approaches to today’s biomedical research challenges.

The next lecture will feature E. Peter Greenberg, PhD, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Washington. A former UI faculty member and leader in the emerging field of sociomicrobiology, Dr. Greenberg will speak on “The Social Life of Bacteria,” October 15 at 4:00 p.m. in 2117 MERF.

I hope you will attend what promises to be a stimulating, engaging, and timely presentation. More information about the series and its upcoming speakers is available here. The seminars are free and open to the public.

Through the open exchange of knowledge and ideas, this new lecture series illustrates yet another way that UI Health Care is changing medicine and changing lives.

As always, please send your suggestions to vpma@uiowa.edu.


Signed, Jean Robillard

Strategic plan education under way

Hundreds of staff, faculty, and students attended events last week to learn more about the Fiscal Year 2010–2012 Integrated Strategic Plan for UI Health Care, and many more will hear more details about the plan at staff meetings throughout the month.

This integrated strategic plan is the first UI Health Care plan. Previously, the UI Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics each had their own plans, which were independently developed and implemented. The new plan provides a framework for the unified organization, with one shared mission, one shared vision, shared values, and shared goals.

Everyone is encouraged to learn more about the plan by visiting the UI Health Care Strategic Plan site on The Point and attending departmental presentations of the plan. To schedule a presentation, department leaders should call UI Health Care Marketing and Communications at 356-1009.

Radiothon raises funds for UI Children’s Hospital

The 13th annual 98.1 KHAK Radiothon (September 17–18) benefiting University of Iowa Children’s Hospital through Children’s Miracle Network raised $204,219 for patients and families. To date, the KHAK Radiothon has raised more than $1.6 million for UI Children’s Hospital.

Grant funds new VA center on vision research, treatment

A five-year, $5 million grant to establish a Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Visual Loss has been awarded to the Iowa City Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center by the Veterans Affairs Division of Rehabilitation Research and Development.

The center will be led by Randy Kardon, MD, PhD, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Michael Abràmoff, MD, PhD, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Engineering, and VA retinal specialist, will be associate director.

Events this week

Forum on Internationalization and Diversity

Everyone working and learning on The University of Iowa west campus is encouraged to attend an open forum today, Monday, September 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, E 331 General Hospital (Elevator BE, Level 3), UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Members of the Provost’s Task Force on Strategic Internationalization and Diversity will be present to gather input on areas of focused excellence where the UI leadership can apply resources strategically and make progress toward a more diverse, inclusive, and international university.

Pain management event Tuesday

“Conquering Pain Together” on Tuesday, September 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pappajohn Atrium Lobby, Elevator I, Level 1, will provide information on a variety of pain management techniques, demonstrations, and giveaways. Pain management experts from different departments will also be on hand to answer questions. For more information, visit The Point. To see an entire listing of Pain Resources, click here.

UI Health Care departments sponsor film, visiting professors

Everyone is invited to two events featuring 2009 Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professors Steven Engel and Heidi Reavis. Their visit is co-sponsored by the Departments of Neurology and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The first event is the screening of the award-winning documentary, “A Walk to Beautiful,” Thursday, October 1, 7 p.m. at the Englert Theater, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City. Admission is free. Discussion with the film’s producers Engel and Reavis will follow. The 85-minute film tells the stories of five Ethiopian women who suffer from devastating childbirth injuries and their long and arduous journey to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in search of a cure and a new life. A short version that premiered on PBS’s “NOVA” won a 2009 Emmy.

The second event is a reception Friday, October 2, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Antonio Damasio Conference Room, (Elevator C, Level 7), UI Hospitals and Clinics. Engel and Reavis will attend the reception and there will be presentations by Catherine Bradley, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of OB/GYN, “Obstetric fistulas in the developing world: A Problem of Neglect,” and Anne Wallis, MHS, PhD, Assistant Professor in Epidemiology, “A Long and Dangerous Journey: Women, Pregnancy, and Death.”


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