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Release: June 26, 2001

State Health Registry of Iowa, Director honored with awards

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 data.