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Release: Aug. 30, 2000

UI's Mini Medical School this fall will examine psychiatric conditions, mental illness

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- This fall's offering of the University of Iowa Mini Medical School, "New Hope in Understanding and Treating Mental Illness," will address some of the nation's most common and least-understood conditions.

There is probably not a single family in America that hasn't been affected by mental illness or some form of psychiatric disorder, from depression to schizophrenia to conditions related to aging. In recent years, scientists have made enormous breakthroughs in understanding and treating a whole array of mental illnesses. Sadly, half of all Americans who have a severe mental illness are not being treated for it.

The three-session Mini Medical School course on psychiatric conditions and mental illness will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The Mini Medical School is free of charge and open to the public.

To register for the Mini Medical School or for more information, call toll-free (800) 691-2323 or 384-9988 in Iowa City. To register online, visit the web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~hsr/mmsreq.html

Following is the fall schedule for the Mini Medical School:

Sept. 19
* Introduction to Psychiatry -- Gerard Clancy, M.D., UI associate professor (clinical) of psychiatry
* Neuroanatomy and Neuroimaging -- Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor of psychiatry

Sept. 26
* Clinical Depression -- Gerard Clancy, M.D., UI associate professor (clinical) of psychiatry
* Schizophrenia -- Nancy Williams, M.D., UI assistant professor (clinical) of psychiatry

Oct. 3
* Psychiatric Conditions in Older People -- Robert Robinson, M.D., UI professor and head of psychiatry
* The Future of Psychiatry -- Peg Noupolos, M.D., UI assistant professor of psychiatry

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Mini Medical School in advance at (319) 384-9988.

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