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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 22, 2004

Gift Helps UI Pediatric Brain Tumor Research

A gift of $57,000 from the State of Iowa Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star will help University of Iowa researchers develop new therapies for children with brain tumors.

The $57,000 award was made through the UI Foundation to the UI Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Anne Robinson, grand matron, and Ray Reardon, grand patron of the State of Iowa Chapter, selected pediatric brain tumors as the organization's fundraising project this past year. A total of 135 local chapters took part in the effort.

The gift will support research led by pediatric cancer expert Sue O'Dorisio, M.D., Ph.D., the University of Iowa Foundation Professor of Pediatrics and director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

O'Dorisio, who treats children through Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics, also is a member of the executive committee of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI.

For more information about the Iowa Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, visit online at www.iowaeasternstar.org/.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the foundation, visit its Web site at www.uiowafoundation.org.

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and educating the public about cancer. Visit the center online at www.uihealthcare.com/depts/cancercenter/.

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, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660 becky-soglin@uiowa.edu