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One of the ways in which UI Health Care advances its goal to develop world class health professionals and scientists is through sponsorship of community outreach programs for young learners in grades 6-12. Designed to spark young peoples’ interest in the fields of science and medicine, these “pipeline” programs engage UI Health Care’s faculty, staff, students, and volunteers with schools, community-based organizations, fairs, and other programs across the state in an effort to instill a passion for medicine in kids who may become our future physicians and scientists.

This past year, UI Health Care made contact with more than 4,000 students through 70 educational programs, and over half of those students shared that the activities increased their interest in pursuing careers in health and science.

One outstanding example of these outreach initiatives is our award-winning Junior Mini Medical School program. The program exposes children to a variety of interactive experiences, such as touring our health sciences campus, experimenting with microscopes and anatomical models, and watching educational videos of surgeons in action. (For more info, see “Programs educate young learners”below.)

It takes a great deal of involvement, support, and collaboration from people throughout UI Health Care and the entire university working in close partnership with community-based groups to provide such successful outreach experiences for Iowa’s youth. I cannot thank enough all those who help to plan and execute these worthwhile programs.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Conflict of Interest disclosure reminder

All faculty and staff who are required to update their Conflict of Interest online disclosure form should have completed that task by September 1. Unfortunately, a large number are not yet in compliance. It is extremely important that all members of UI Health Care maintain the highest standards of ethical behavior, particularly as it relates to our relationships with outside industry. Full compliance with our policy and procedures is expected.

Faculty and staff who are employed 50 percent time or greater by UI Health Care, and fit into one of the following classifications, should complete the online External Relationships Disclosure form immediately:

• Faculty

• Professional and Scientific Staff

• SEIU Staff

• Merit Exempt Staff

Go to The Point to fill out an online disclosure form.

Physical Therapy researchers receive funding

Two researchers in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science have received funding to study ways to treat the problems caused by reduced mobility resulting from stroke and spinal cord injuries.

Richard Shields, PhD, professor and program director, received a five-year, 1,556,250 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a two-year, $248,992 grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. Susanne Morton, PhD, assistant professor, received a two-year, $377,638 grant from the NIH.

LINCC pilot grants awarded

Three pairs of UI Health Care researchers have received one-year Looking Into Clinical Connections (LINCC) pilot grants through the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) at the UI. The $50,000 grants enable new collaborations between laboratory and clinical scientists.

• Adam Dupuy, PhD, assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology, and Michael Goodheart, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will examine the role of a novel oncogene in ovarian cancer.

• Sarah England, PhD, professor of molecular physiology and biophysics and obstetrics and gynecology, and Noelle Bowdler, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will investigate the regulation of maternal-fetal circulation by the small conductance calcium-activated potassium channel, SK3.

• Alexander Horswill, PhD, associate professor of microbiology, and Daniel Diekema, MD, clinical professor of internal medicine, will study alpha toxin as a biomarker for invasive Staphylococcus aureus.

To learn more about the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science click here.

Programs educate young learners, win award

For many years, UI Health Care has embraced pipeline education and sponsored programs that provide students in grades 6-12 with a unique, first-hand look into careers in science and medicine.

Recently, the Association of American Medical Colleges—Group on Institutional Advancement selected the Junior Mini Medical program for its 2010 Award of Excellence, the group’s highest honor. Junior Mini Medical School programs include UI Health Care tours (educational experiences), UI Gross Anatomy programs, and various other outreach educational programs related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.

In fiscal year 2009-10, pipeline education programs made contact with more than 4,000 students through 70 programs held both on and off-campus in the community and across the state of Iowa. Since the inception of Junior Mini Medical School in 2008, more than 7,000 school-aged students have benefitted from such programs.

Throughout 2009-10:

• 57 schools or organizations toured the UI Health Care campus

• 54 UI Gross Anatomy sessions were held

• 16 groups observed patient simulation activities

• 12 groups visited the MRI Research Facility

• More than 115 faculty, staff, and students in 35 departments provided more than 159 programmatic hours of educational experiences

Grand Rounds features pain educator

Nurses, clinicians, faculty, and students from the UI Colleges of Nursing, Medicine, and Pharmacy are invited to Clinical Grand Rounds Wednesday, Sept. 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in W417 A/B, in the Nursing Clinical Education Center (Elevator BW, Level 4).

Pain management author and educator Chris Pasero, RN, MS, will present “It’s Individualized Pain Management, Not Therapeutic Duplication.” Learn about multi-modal therapy in pain management and ways to individualize pain management for patients.

View a comprehensive Pain Management Resource site on The Point.

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