CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: June 26, 2001
State Health Registry of Iowa, Director honored with
The State Health Registry of Iowa, based in the University
of Iowa College of Public Health, recently earned two distinguished honors
from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR).
Kathleen M. McKeen, director of the State Health Registry
of Iowa, was presented with the Calum S. Muir Memorial Award during the 2001
NAACCR annual meeting, held June 5-7 in Miami Beach, Fla. The award, named
in memory of Dr. Calum Muir, a pioneer in international cancer registration,
was given to McKeen in recognition of "an outstanding career distinguished
by personal excellence and by serving as a mentor for others in the field
of cancer registration."
"I'm thrilled to have received the award and to be recognized
by peers throughout North America," said McKeen, whose career at the UI spans
more than 42 years in the field of cancer registration. She has served as
director of the State Health Registry of Iowa since 1982. "This recognition
should be extended to encompass the entire registry staff, as they have all
been instrumental in its success."
The State Health Registry of Iowa, led by principal investigator
and medical director Charles Lynch, M.D., Ph.D., professor of epidemiology
in the UI College of Public Health, also earned a Gold Standard award from
NAACCR in recognition of its quality, completeness and timeliness of data.
Since 1973 the State Health Registry of Iowa has worked
collaboratively with the Iowa Department of Public Health to collect medical
data on every Iowan diagnosed with cancer. It is one of 10 registries nationwide
providing data to the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology
and End Results (SEER) Program.
NAACCR is a collaborative umbrella organization for cancer
registries, governmental agencies, professional associations and private groups
in North America interested in enhancing the quality and use of cancer registry