CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Aug. 6, 2002
(Photo: Nicole Nisly, M.D., UI associate professor (clinical) of internal
medicine and director of a complementary and alternative medicine program
at UI Hospitals and Clinics.)
UI to host complementary, alternative medicine symposium Aug. 15-16
of Iowa Health Care will host a symposium on complementary and alternative
medicine Aug. 15-16 at Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City.
The symposium is designed for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers,
allied health care, non-medical professionals and students to enhance their
knowledge on the use of complementary and alternative therapies typically
not taught in medical, nursing and pharmacy schools.
"With the growing use of herbs and dietary supplements in the United
States, health care professionals are increasingly aware of their need to
obtain reliable scientific information on botanicals in order to provide better
care," said Nicole Nisly, M.D., UI associate professor (clinical) of
internal medicine and director of a complementary and alternative medicine
program at UI Hospitals and Clinics. "This information is rarely available
in the graduate or postgraduate training of health care professionals, leaving
them unprepared to guide and care for patients in this area. One of the goals
of this conference is to review important points that practitioners should
know about their patients' use of complementary and alternative therapies."
The program will focus on the role of botanicals and other dietary supplements
on women's health, heart disease, mental health and geriatrics. Other presentations
will cover topics such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, Chinese herbs and compounding
Keynote speaker Norman Farnsworth, Ph.D., of the University of Chicago department
of medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy, will deliver the Dr. Raymond Sheets
Lecture at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. His lecture is titled, "A Computerized
Database on Botanical Dietary Supplements NAPRALERT."
NAPRALERT, an acronym for Natural Products Alert, is the largest relational
database of scientific literature describing the traditional uses, chemistry
and pharmacology of plant, microbial and animal extracts. The database contains
information from more than 150,000 research articles dating from 1650 A.D.
to the present.
Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin has been invited to address the conference Friday,
Aug. 16. Harkin will discuss research in complementary and alternative medicine.
Continuing education credits are available for physicians, nurses and pharmacists
who attend the symposium. The symposium is open to the general public, as
well. For fees, registration or additional information, contact Susan Zollo
in the UI Health Care Continuing Medical Education Division at (319) 335-8599
or by e-mail at email@example.com.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI
Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research
programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.