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UI College of Medicine Offers Mini-Med School Series, 'When Microbes
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's popular Mini-Medical School
is returning this fall with a new three-part lecture series, "When
Microbes Fight Back," presented by UI College of Medicine faculty.
The Mini-Medical School will be held on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning
This fall's schedule:
Sept. 22 -- Old Bugs, New Problems
Drs. Daniel Diekema and Carl Lebuhn will begin the series and discuss
microbes that are taking the spotlight recently, ranging from salmonella
and e. coli to ear infections and strep. Diekema is a fellow associate,
department of pathology, and Lebuhn is assistant professor of clinical
internal medicine, both in the UI College of Medicine;
Sept. 29 -- Antibiotic Resistance
Drs. Ronald Jones and Michael Pfaller will focus on antibiotic resistance
and the ramifications for treatment. Jones is professor of pathology and
director of the medical microbiology division in the UI College of Medicine.
Pfaller is professor of pathology and co-director of the Clinical Microbiology
Laboratory, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). Both have
worked to develop a project to track the emergence of antibiotic resistance
in bacteria in Iowa acquired either in the hospital or community;
Oct. 6 -- Vaccines
Drs. Brad Doebbeling and Michael Apicella will bring this year's series
to a close focusing on vaccines and vaccine development. Doebbeling is
associate professor of internal medicine, and Apicella is professor and
head of the department of microbiology, both in the UI College of Medicine.
In the Mini-Medical School faculty members from the UI College of Medicine
present health information that is understandable by the general public.
It was initiated at the UI two years ago with a six-part program that
covered a variety of topics in health and medicine.
Dr. Allyn Mark, associate dean for research and graduate programs in
the college and director of the Mini-Medical School project, says the program
should appeal to persons who have been curious about medical science and
health. "We hope that a better understanding of scientific medical
advances and medical education will help the public participate more effectively
in the health care system."
All presentations will begin promptly at 7 p.m. in the Medical Alumni
Auditorium, E 331 General Hospital. The series is free and open to the
public. Registration begins Aug. 31. To register, or for more information,
call 1-800-691-2323 or 384-9988 within the Iowa City area.