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Release: March 17, 2000
UI Health Care specialists teach Shanghai doctors about sleep disorders
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa Health Care specialists are now
in Shanghai in the People's Republic of China to help educate health care
providers there about sleep disorders.
Deborah Lin-Dyken, M.D., UI assistant professor of pediatrics and director
of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center at University Hospital School; and
Eric Dyken, M.D., UI associate professor of neurology and director of the
Sleep Disorders Center, are presenting lectures at the largest pediatric hospital
"There are no sleep disorder centers in China," Dyken said. "This
is a wonderful opportunity to share our expertise and establish the beginnings
of a treatment program for sleep disorders in the most populous nation on
Dyken and Lin-Dyken left March 10 for China and will return to Iowa City
on March 24. The physicians are husband and wife. They are accompanied by
their two children, and by Lin-Dyken's parents, who fled China following the
Communist takeover in 1949 and have not returned since.
"This is a trip back to my roots," said Lin-Dyken. "My parents
grew up in Shanghai, so returning there is very exciting."
The physicians brought with them sleep monitoring technology and sleep disorder
therapies, which Lin-Dyken and Dyken will present to their hosts. In addition
to their lectures, Lin-Dyken and Dyken are consulting with Chinese physicians
and advising them regarding the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.