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Release: Sept. 5, 2000

UI department of neurology to host first A. L. Sahs Lecture

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa department of neurology will host the first A. L. Sahs Lecture at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8 in Room 1502, the Ziffren Conference Room, in the John Colloton Pavilion at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Health care professionals are invited to attend. A reception will precede the lecture at 10 a.m. in the lobby outside the conference room.

The Adolph L. Sahs Memorial Visiting Lectureship Fund was established by Mrs. M. Alice Sahs in memory of her late husband, A. L. Sahs, M.D., with a $50, 000 gift from the Sahs family to the UI Foundation. The Adolph L. Sahs Memorial Visiting Lectureship Fund is designed to bring renowned lecturers in the field of neurology to the UI each year.

Sahs received both his undergraduate (1927) and medical (1931) degrees at the UI and spent almost his entire career on the UI neurology faculty. He was department head from 1948 to 1974 and was professor emeritus from 1974 until his death in 1986.

Sahs was internationally recognized as an expert in cerebrovascular disease. He was also a renowned teacher and diagnostician who authored 185 publications and had many affiliations with prominent medical organizations. Sahs was a founding member and president of the American Academy of Neurology and president of the American Neurological Association and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

The first A. L. Sahs Lecture will be given by Mark L. Dyken, M.D., professor emeritus of neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dyken received his medical degree in 1954 from Indiana University School of Medicine and has been part of the faculty of the neurology department there since1961. He was chairman of the department from 1971 to 1994 and has been professor emeritus since 1994. An internationally recognized medical leader on heart disease and stroke, Dyken is the author of 192 published papers and book chapters and the recipient of many awards and honors including the Gold Heart Award from the American Heart association in 1994 -- the organization’s highest honor. He was editor-in-chief of the journal Stroke from 1992 until July 1 this year.

Dyken, the father of Mark Dyken, M.D., UI associate professor of neurology and director of the Sleep Disorders Center, was a long-time friend and colleague of Sahs. His lecture " Dr. A. L. Sahs to you (1950s to 2000) A Saga of Progress in Stroke" will focus on clinical trials in stroke, an area of research in which Sahs was at the forefront.

For more information contact Harold Adams, M.D.,UI professor of neurology, at (319) 356-4110

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