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This week, we have the extraordinary opportunity to learn from—and be inspired by—our colleagues locally, nationally, and around the world, who have pushed the envelope and forged tremendous new discoveries in science and medicine. As co-hosts of the 2011 Health Sciences Research Week, the Carver College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, and Iowa City VA Health Care System will bring together our researchers for an outstanding week of activities with a special focus on translational genomics.

Events throughout the week will include presentations from nationally and internationally known scientists, as well as insightful poster sessions designed to encourage conversation, collaboration, and networking among colleagues. (See below for detailed information.) Research Week is also a chance to more thoroughly engage our talented young investigators and a wonderful time to thank our outstanding faculty who serve as mentors to researchers beginning their careers.

The importance of medical research at The University of Iowa cannot be overstated, as the discoveries uncovered through the hard work of our faculty, research staff, and students translate directly into meaningful results for the people of Iowa and beyond. I encourage each of you to seize this opportunity to learn more about the remarkable interdisciplinary research and collaborations fostered on our academic medical center campus.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Health Sciences Research Week

During this year’s Health Sciences Research Week, two separate poster sessions will be held with one competition for medical and graduate students and one for post-doctoral fellows and staff. Featured speakers will include:

Dr. Rima Kaddurah-Daouk, Duke University, “Metabolomics Approaches to Psychiatric Illnesses”

Dr. Ruth E. Ley, Cornell University, “Host-microbial Interactions Underlying Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome”

Dr. Dianna M. Milewicz, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, “Genetic Basis of Thoracic Aneurysms and Dissections: From Actin to Vascular Disease”

Dr. Robert L. Strausberg, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, “Enabling Genome-informed Cancer Discovery and Intervention: Progress and Future Directions”

For more information, please visit this site.

Twelve UI Hospitals and Clinics nurses named to 100 Great Iowa Nurses

Twelve nurses at UI Hospitals and Clinics have been named to the list of 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2011. Congratulations go to: Sharon Baumler, Adella Boeding, Deborah Bohlken, Laura Cullen, Janie Knipper, Diane Lamb, Michele Lilienthal, Grace Matthews, Sharon Olson-Comer, Mary Jeanne Perino Phillips, Ann Williamson, and Clark Willoughby. The Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Foundation, Iowa Hospital Association, and UI College of Nursing have partnered to honor 100 nurses from around the state each year. This year’s announcement brings the number of UI Hospitals and Clinics nurses who have received this recognition to 85.

Today and tomorrow, plan to attend several “Caps off to Nurses!” classical concerts presented by the Miró Quartet at UI Hospitals and Clinics. The concerts are sponsored by Hancher Auditorium and The University of Iowa to honor our excellent nursing staff.

Also, from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow, the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care will recognize all of our 100 Great Iowa Nurses since 2005 along with their friends and family at a reception in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8).

UI Health Care TODAY set for April 14

Everyone working, learning, and volunteering with UI Health Care is invited to the “UI Health Care TODAY” staff forum at noon on Thursday, April 14 in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8), or to view the forum in a live webcast on your computer from The Point. Topics for this forum include: Match Day and Carver College of Medicine rankings, the Fraternal Order of Eagles naming event, UI Children’s Hospital update, the physician directory, and UI Health Care awards and recognitions. And, as always, audience questions are encouraged!

UI Hospitals and Clinics receives HRSA Medal of Honor

Last week, UI Hospitals and Clinics was recognized with the 2011 Medal of Honor by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for surpassing national goals for organ donation and transplantation. The distinction is given to hospitals that meet national goals of a donor consent rate of 75 percent, a donation after cardiac death rate of at least 10 percent, and at least 3.75 organs transplanted per donor. UI Hospitals and Clinics has received an HRSA honor consistently since joining the national collaborative to increase organ donation in 2003. Thanks to staff for the impact made on the lives of patients waiting for a lifesaving gift, and congratulations on this important success.

National Volunteer Week

Take time to thank UI Health Care’s 1,390 volunteers, during National Volunteer Week, April 10-16. Year after year, our volunteers play a key role in this organization. Last year, volunteers donated 102,671 hours of time and talent, and volunteer-run programs contributed $187,000 to a wide variety of services at UI Hospitals and Clinics through this outstanding partnership.

National Patient Advocacy Week

Please join the Office of Patient Relations in celebrating National Patient Advocacy Week, April 11-18. Read the bios of patient relations specialists and learn about the program history and services on The Point. The Office of Patient Relations wants to thank all UI Hospitals and Clinics staff for their commitment to patient advocacy and to improving the patient and familyexperience.

The Examined Life pre-conference workshop

The Writing and Humanities Program at the Carver College of Medicine is offering an opportunity to participate in the first of four daylong pre-conference writing workshops on Wednesday, April 20. Throughout the day, explore poetry, fiction, and non-fiction writing; and, if you are a health care provider or student, take part in a special workshop by Australian general practitioner, Dr. Hilton Koppe, entitled, “Transforming challenging patients into interesting patients—a magical journey into burnout prevention.”

Registration for the pre-conference programs can be accessed here.

Did you know?

In March, the UI Department of Emergency Medicine saw 5,025 patients—a new monthly record—which eclipsed last October’s record-setting 5,002 patient visits. Patients served per dayalso rose to 162—an increase of nearly 20 visits per day over the last two years.


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