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One year after making its historic, five-year, $25 million pledge to establish a diabetes research center at The University of Iowa, The Fraternal Order of Eagles delivered the first $5 million installment in a pre-game ceremony at last Saturday’s Hawkeye football game.

This extraordinary commitment to create The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center will support the recruitment and work of top-flight diabetes researchers and fund interdisciplinary research programs that will bring experts from several fields together to seek a cure for diabetes.

Diabetes is a public health crisis that affects an estimated 24 million Americans, or 8 percent of the population, and diabetes-related deaths are expected to increase by as much as 50 percent in the next 10 years. We are at a pivotal moment where there is great promise for making significant progress in treating and preventing diabetes, and this visionary gift has enormous potential for helping us find a cure for this devastating disease.

We are grateful to The Fraternal Order of Eagles and its million-strong membership for their keen insight in identifying the need for diabetes research, and for choosing Iowa as the best place to achieve this dream.


Signed, Jean Robillard

Sports Medicine Center dedication is Friday

UI Health Care will dedicate the new UI Sports Medicine Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony and an open house this weekend.

The ribbon cutting will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 9, and the open house will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 10. Invited guests for the ribbon cutting event include UI President Sally Mason, Hawkeye basketball coaches Todd Lickliter and Lisa Bluder, UI Athletic Director Gary Barta, and UI Vice President for Medical Affairs Jean Robillard, MD.

The Center is located in a new building, the Institute for Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation, at 2701 Prairie Meadow Drive in Iowa City (near the Roy G. Karro Hawkeye Hall of Fame building). It is one of the first energy-efficient, environmentally friendly "green" buildings on the UI campus.

UI Sports Medicine Center, which will be open for patients beginning October 19, will be a home base for UI Health Care sports medicine experts including physicians, nurses, and physical therapists. It also houses the latest technology needed to diagnose and treat a range of injuries from ankles to shoulders to concussions.

Athletes of all ages, from casual exercisers to college athletes, can benefit from performance enhancement programs, and will have access to comprehensive rehabilitation services including a hydro pool and a store for braces, training aids, and rehabilitation accessories.

UI and Carver College of Medicine get grant funds

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded 113 grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to Iowa institutions, 103 of the grants to researchers at The University of Iowa.

UI Carver College of Medicine faculty members have been very successful in receiving ARRA funds through the NIH. As of September 30, the college had been notified of 75 awards worth more than $24.5 million in first-year funding. This includes 30 new competitive renewals and over 40 supplemental funding awards.

UI Carver College of Medicine faculty responded in large numbers to the ARRA funding provided to the NIH, submitting more than 300 proposals. Many proposals are still undergoing the review process, awaiting scoring and decisions by NIH committees.

Campaign highlights Cancer Center

In keeping with the growth and finance and clinical quality and service goals, a new communications campaign begins today that will further enhance the reputation of the UI Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. As one of the few cancer centers in the country designated as comprehensive by the National Cancer Institute and one of our many services ranked by U.S.News & World Report, the faculty and staff are truly living out our mission of “Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.”

See the TV commercial and listen to the radio ads on The Point. More than 200 faculty and staff helped to participate in photo shoots and appear in the advertising. Learn more about the cancer center, by visiting uihealthcare.com/changinglives. This special Web site has information about cancer, including some of our successes with cancer patients, and a few short videos with faculty and staff that help explain why Holden is truly a special place.

Flu program reminder

All faculty, staff, students, volunteers, vendors, contractors/contractors staff, and other individuals working or serving within UI Hospitals and Clinics are required to participate in the mandatory seasonal influenza immunization program.
Free flu vaccinations are available at:


Pappajohn Pavilion Atrium (Elevator I, Level 1)

September 25 to October 9 according to the following schedule:

  • Through Thursday, October 8, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Friday, October 9, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

University Employee Health Clinic (Boyd Tower)

September 28 to October 16, daily schedules are posted at various locations throughout the hospital, also available on The Point or the UEHC Web site.

  • October 17 through December 31, by appointment

UI Health Care employees who do not work within UI Hospitals and Clinics can receive a vaccination in the Pappajohn Atrium or at the UEHC, but it is not required.

UI Health Care employees who do not work at UI Hospitals and Clinics are asked to consider waiting until November, when additional vaccine arrives.

For additional information, visit The Point.

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