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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 15, 2004

UI To Host Health Informatics Conference

The Human Genome Project, DNA sequencing and data mining: it's all possible because of informatics. Informatics connects educators, information specialists, computational engineers and biomedical researchers. It is one of the fastest growing fields in the health and information sciences.

The Information and Health at Iowa: Breaking Boundaries & Building Bridges conference at UI Oct. 28 and 29 is an opportunity to learn more about the groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary health informatics research taking place at the University of Iowa. Distinguished speakers from UI Colleges of Engineering, Medicine, Law, Nursing, Public Health and the Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as the National Library of Medicine and University of California-San Diego College of Medicine share their research in health informatics.

The conference will be held in the Richey Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Register online at www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/conference. The cost is $25 for the two-day event. UI students can register free for the sessions.

"This conference really is an exhibition of the interesting interdisciplinary work being done at the University of Iowa," said conference co-coordinator Dr. Connie Delaney, professor of nursing. "Faculty and students working across traditional academic boundaries has produced excellent results."

"In modern medical research, health informatics plays a role from the laboratory to the clinic," said conference co-coordinator Dr. Thomas Casavant, director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. "Computer modeling of clinical data can increase investigative efficiency, allowing researchers to implement and test hypotheses more quickly."

A conference poster session will highlight some of the interdisciplinary informatics work being done at UI by both faculty and students.

This conference is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Provost Office, Office of the Vice President for Research, the University of Iowa Libraries, the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Public Health, and the Center for Biomedical Informatics & Computational Biology.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.