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UI Health Care is home to a growing, dynamic, quality-driven organ transplant center. With a record of remarkable outcomes, the UI Organ Transplant Center is a performance leader with a strong focus on compassionate, well-organized patient-centered care and service.

Led by Director Alan Reed, MD, transplant care is provided by multidisciplinary teams of specialists who focus on each patient’s total well-being before, during, and after transplantation. The teams include: physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, financial coordinators, pharmacists, dietitians, researchers, and child life specialists.

It is also important to remember that this excellent program would not exist without the lifesaving gift of organ donation. Last week, UI Hospitals and Clinics hoisted the Donate Life flag at the Fountain entrance, to recognize the importance of organ donation and to thank donors for their priceless gift of life. The Iowa Donor Registry has almost a million Iowans registered to be organ or tissue donors. If you are interested in making a life-saving difference by registering, please visit www.iowadonorregistry.org.

For over 40 years, our academic medical center has been a pioneer in transplantation research and organ transplantation. Please join me in recognizing the UI Organ Transplant Center’s team members for their expertise in one of medicine’s most complex and life-changing treatments!

Please share your comments and suggestions via e-mail at vpma@uiowa.edu.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Dr. Niebyl receives UI Distinguished Achievement Award

Jennifer Niebyl, professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will receive the UI Distinguished Achievement Award Wednesday at “A Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women,” the UI’s annual tribute to the accomplishments of women at the university.

A reception will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol, followed by the awards program at 4 p.m. Susan Curry, Dean of the College of Public Health, will present the keynote address for the event, which is free and open to the public.

Dr. Niebyl was chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1988 to 2009 and is currently a full professor and active clinician. Read more about Dr. Niebyl at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2010/march/033110celebration-women.html.

Dr. Faraci recognized

Frank Faraci, PhD, professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pharmacology, has been awarded the 2010 Robert M. Berne Distinguished Lectureship of the American Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section.

The award is presented to a scientist who is a fellow of the APS Cardiovascular Section, who has made outstanding prior contributions to cardiovascular research, and whose current research is particularly interesting.

Mystery Diagnosis contest

AFaculty, staff, and students can win gift cards or cash for solving ‘mystery diagnosis’ cases in the weeks leading to Research Week (April 13-15).

The goal of the “Mystery Diagnosis” contest is to increase knowledge of the highlighted diagnoses and to understand some of the science behind the diagnoses.
Three cases will be presented during the length of the contest. One case will be examined each week. More details about the contest are available here. www.medicine.uiowa.edu/research/researchweek/.

Governor’s Volunteer Awards

Nominations are open for the Governor’s Volunteer Awards which were developed to honor and recognize the commitment, service, and time hundreds of volunteers contribute unselfishly to Iowa’s state agencies, their sub-divisions, branches, and partnering organizations each year.

Nomination forms are available on the http://www.iowa.gov site (search Volunteer Awards). Please consider nominating a colleague or group for one of the awards in the following categories:

• Regular Governor’s Volunteer Award

• Disaster Volunteer Award

• Length of Service Award (Indicate 5/10/15/20/25/Other―increments of 5 years only)

Writing conference registration open

Registration is open for “The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine,” sponsored by the UI Carver College of Medicine. The three-day conference (April 28-30) focuses on the links between the science of medicine and the art of writing.

Some events are open to the public, with no registration required. The full program and registration form are available at http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/osac/examinedlife/.

Neurosurgery, Neurology honored by brain injury group

The Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology were recently honored by the Brain Injury Association of Iowa for their longstanding commitment to clinical care and research on behalf of patients with brain injury and their families.

The departments were each named “Corporation or Organization of the Year” by the Brain Injury Association of Iowa. This award is one of several presented annually by the association to individuals and organizations who demonstrate exceptional service or support to Iowans with brain injury and their families.

Second early retirement program offered

UI faculty and staff are being offered a second opportunity to participate in an early retirement program—Early Retirement Incentive Program II. Applications for the program will be taken via UI Employee Self Service until May 15, 2010, with retirement to begin no later than July 31, 2010. Eligible employees must be age 55 or older and have 10 years of continuous regular employment as of the date of their retirement.

UI Health Care employees may apply for the program. However, after considerable review of the new program and its financial impact, UI Health Care believes that it is likely that very few, if any, applicants from UI Health Care will meet the necessary goals for financial savings that the program requires.

More information about the program, including answers to frequently asked questions, is available on The Point and at the UI Human Resources Web site http://www.uiowa.edu/hr/benefits/retire/retirement.html.

As usual, direct any specific questions and concerns to Human Resources representatives.

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