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Release: Jan. 24, 2000

Feb. 15 lecture highlights UI visit by Russian medical, dental professionals

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A leading Russian physician in family medicine and a prominent Russian dentist will deliver lectures at the University of Iowa Feb. 15 and 16.

G.E. Roitberg, president of the Medicina Clinic and professor and chair of family medicine at the Russian State Medical University in Moscow, will speak at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 in the East Room, located on the seventh floor of the Colloton Pavilion at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. The event, part of a luncheon sponsored by the UI Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact CREEES at (319) 335-3584.

Valeriy Leontyev, an affiliated professor at the Russian State Medical University and president of the Russian Federation of Dentistry, will speak at noon Wednesday, Feb. 16 in the Main Auditorium at the UI College of Dentistry. Leontyev's lecture also is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the UI College of Dentistry department of family dentistry at (319) 335-7322.

Roitberg is one of three Russian physicians, and Leontyev is one of two Russian dentists, who will visit the UI Feb. 14-16. Their visit stems from a family medicine conference held last October in Moscow co-sponsored by CREEES and the UI department of family medicine, the UI department of family dentistry, International Programs, the Medicina Clinic and the department of family medicine at the Russian State Medical University. Following the conference, an invitation to come to Iowa City was extended by UI Vice President for Research David Skorton and UI President Mary Sue Coleman.

The purpose of the visit is to show the Russian medical and dental professionals UI research and clinical care facilities within the UI Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry and to discuss potential future collaborative projects.