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Release: Sept. 3, 2002

UI Center on Aging to host research seminar Sept. 20

The University of Iowa Center on Aging, in partnership with the UI Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program and the UI Department of Exercise Science, will host the inaugural event in its Fall 2002 Interdisciplinary Research Training Program on Aging.

Visiting scholar Steven Zicker, D.V.M., Ph.D., of the Kansas-based Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc., will present a research seminar, "Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks. Effects of Dietary Antioxidant Fortification and Behavioral Enrichment on Cognitive Decline in Aging Beagles. Results of a Three-Year Longitudinal Study." The seminar will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the Seebohm Conference Room (room 283) in the Eckstein Medical Research Building.

Zicker will discuss the implications of his work for research on aging and cognitive decline in humans. Following the seminar, Zicker will devote his day to meeting with various UI faculty and staff involved in aging-related research.

Zicker earned his veterinary and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Davis. He currently is a member of the adjunct faculty at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2002, Zicker has lectured at conferences for the North American Veterinary Conference, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The Center on Aging's Interdisciplinary Research Training Program, funding by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, prepares predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows for academic careers in geriatrics and gerontology, with emphasis on aging research within a broad spectrum of professional career disciplines.

The research seminar is open to UI faculty, staff and students and the general public. For more information, contact Trish Bonica at the UI Center on Aging at (319) 335-7731 or via e-mail at patricia-bonica@uiowa.edu.