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Release: Sept. 18, 2002

UI physician-scientist to deliver keynote at diabetes award banquet

A University of Iowa Health Care expert on diabetes will give the keynote address at a diabetes awards banquet to be held by Eagles' Flight at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at the First Avenue Club at 1550 S. First Ave. in Iowa City. Tickets are available for purchase by the general public.

Joseph Dillon, M.D., UI assistant professor of internal medicine and a researcher and staff physician with the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will speak about diabetes and related topics, including obesity, exercise and nutrition. Dillon's clinical research focuses on diabetes and aging as well as obesity.

The awards banquet, "Unsung Heroes: Community, Compassion and Service," will recognize four individuals and/or organizations that provide service and support to people with diabetes in the Johnson County area. In addition, a scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate minority student in the health sciences or biomedical sciences. Additional awards will be presented to winners of a junior high school student essay contest on diabetes.

The banquet is co-sponsored by Eagles' Flight, a local nonprofit organization whose programs include health prevention, and the UI College of Nursing's Culturally Competent Care Initiative. Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased in advanced or at the door. The attire is "after five" or formal.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Eagles' Flight at eagleinc@soli.inav.net, or call Ida Gregoire at (319) 358-0898.