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Release: Feb. 2, 2004

Photo: George Weiner, M.D., University of Iowa professor of internal medicine, director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and the C.E. Block Chair of Cancer Research

Mini Medical School Program On Cancer Research Feb. 12 In Des Moines

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host a Mini Medical School program on cancer research Feb. 12 in Des Moines.

The program, "Cancer Research: How Scientific Discoveries Turn into New Treatments," will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in Thompson Auditorium at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center's Conference and Learning Center, located at 1415 Woodland Ave. The program is free, but participation is limited to the first 150 registrants. Additional information and registration is available online at http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/minimedicalschool or by phone at 319-335-8886.

Mini Medical School is designed for anyone who is curious about medicine and the scientific basis of health and disease. Attendees for the Feb. 12 program will learn how UI researchers make laboratory discoveries relevant to cancer, use these findings to develop clinical cancer trials and use this new knowledge to improve patient care and enhance medical education. No science or medical educational background is needed to take part in the program.

George Weiner, M.D., professor of internal medicine, director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and the C.E. Block Chair of Cancer Research at the UI, will present the program. Weiner's clinical interests include medical oncology and hematology with an emphasis on the treatment of lymphoma (cancers of the lymphatic system) and leukemia. His research centers on the development and use of monoclonal antibodies as agents to attack cancer cells and the development of new approaches to cancer immunization.

Mini Medical School is sponsored by the UI Carver College of Medicine and the UI Alumni Association and also supported by a grant from Pfizer, Inc.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI 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 http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT(S): David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu.

PHOTOS/GRAPHICS: A photo of George Weiner is available online at http://www.int-med.uiowa.edu/Divisions/HemOnc/Directory/GeorgeWeiner.html.