VPMA Voice
May 2, 2011

Upcoming campaign

Robillard PortraitLater this week, you’ll hear some exciting news about the launch of a major fundraising campaign for UI Health Care. Philanthropy plays a key role in all that we do and this new campaign will allow us to maintain and build upon our success as one of the best academic medical centers in the country and the world.

Our campaign will target a number of key areas that are poised to elevate to the next level of merit with the right support. It will focus largely on enhancing our capacity for life-changing progress and discoveries in many areas including: cancer treatment and research, cardiovascular health, aging, children’s health, blinding eye disease, neuroscience, new frontiers, women’s health, and medical education.

To shine the light on the academic and scientific heart of our mission and vision, the UI Carver College of Medicine is hosting a symposium—The Neurobiological Consequences and Risks of Aging—as part of the campaign kick-off celebration. The symposium is this Friday at 1 p.m. in the Urmila Sahai Seminar Room (2117 MERF) and will feature presentations by some of the country’s leading scientists. (See right for more information.)

Over the coming weeks and months, additional details about the campaign will be shared with everyone who works, learns, and volunteers with UI Health Care. This is an exciting time for us, and we have a tremendous opportunity over the next several years to help ensure our continued success.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Aging symposium

In conjunction with the fundraising campaign kickoff, the UI Carver College of Medicine will host the Neurobiological Consequences and Risks of Aging Symposium on May 6 in the Urmila Sahai Seminar Room (2117 MERF). The symposium will be moderated by Dr. William R. Brody, President, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and the keynote address entitled, “Brain Imaging, Genomics and the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease,” will be given by Dr. Eric Reiman, Executive Director, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. Additional speakers include:

  • Dr. Nancy Andreasen, UI Department of Psychiatry, “Solving the Puzzle of Schizophrenia: Paradoxes, Problems and Potential Opportunities”
  • Dr. Peg Nopoulos, UI Department of Psychiatry, “From Birth to Young Adult: Factors Involved in Normal and Abnormal Brain Development”
  • Dr. Matthew Rizzo, UI Department of Neurology, Engineering, Public Policy, “The Aging Mind and Brain: Naturalistic Assessment”

A reception in the MERF Atrium will follow the program. Detailed information about the symposium is available on The Point.

ICTS pilot grants awarded

Sixteen UI researchers from 13 departments have received one-year pilot grant awards through the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS). ICTS pilot grants are awarded each spring to junior investigators and established scientists. This year’s winners are investigating a plethora of areas from enhancing patients’ understanding of informed consent information for clinical trials to the identification and development of novel treatments for various diseases, some of which include lymphoma, melanoma, pancreatic cancer, bone erosion, and inflammation of the brain, as well as renal dysfunction in newborns. Congratulations to UI Health Care researchers chosen to receive grants.

View the list of pilot grant recipients

Oberley Seed Grants

Six teams of researchers at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center have received 2011 Oberley Seed Grant Program awards. The two-year, $50,000 grants provide support for new interdisciplinary and collaborative projects that are likely to lead to externally supported cancer research funding. The program memorializes former UI faculty member Dr. Larry Oberley, a leader in free radical and cancer biology who passed away in 2008. Congratulations to all of the UI Health Care researchers involved in the various projects.

View the list of grant recipients

New division administrators in Internal Medicine

The UI Department of Internal Medicine has appointed three new division administrators. The divisions welcome Patty Hession, MHA, BSN, administrator for Cardiovascular Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Hematology-Oncology, and Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program; Robert Jones, MHA, administrator for Gastorenterology-Hepatology; and Amanda Russell, MHA, MPH, administrator for Immunology, Endrocrinology-Metabolism, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, and Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine.

Patient safety forum

“Let’s Talk Patient Safety: Providing a Work Climate that Promotes Patient Safety,” a forum sponsored by the Department of Clinical Quality, Safety, and Performance Improvement, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow, May 3 in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Participants can speak honestly and confidentially about patient safety issues in these monthly forums.

Distinguished Biomedical Scholar Lecture

This month’s UI Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Biomedical Scholar Lecture will feature Dr. Harald zur Hausen, 2008 Nobel Prize recipient in Physiology or Medicine, presenting, “Perspectives of Tumorvirus Research.” The lecture will be tomorrow, May 3, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110 MERF).

Organ Transplant Center open house

The Organ Transplant Center (OTC) will host an open house on May 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. in SE 422 GH. Refreshments and tours of the new area will be available for all faculty, staff, students, and volunteers who attend. To get to the OTC, take Elevator B to Level 4 and follow the signs.

Nominate a Kid Captain

UI Children’s Hospital has opened up the nomination process for the 2011 University of Iowa football season Kid Captains. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit applications through May 15th for this great program in support of our pediatric patients.

Nominate a deserving kid

Did you know?

The Iowa Health Pro Network is piloting a project that provides educational presentations to Iowa’s health professionals over the Internet. The programs are approved for CME and CEU credits and the project is expected to be fully implemented by July 1, 2011. There is no fee to view the presentations and only a nominal fee for health professionals to generate their own credit certificate.

Access the available medical lectures

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