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Aug. 10, 2006

UI Center On Aging To Host Palliative Care Forum Aug. 24

The University of Iowa Center on Aging will host a community forum to help the public and community professionals better understand palliative care.

The forum, "Palliative Care: Where Does It Fit In Today's Health Care System?" will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn St. The event is free and open to the public.

Palliative care is a medical specialty focused on helping patients and families maximize quality of life during a serious medical illness. The Aug. 24 forum will review the progress of integrating palliative care into mainstream medicine, with a special emphasis on how palliative care health professionals can help physicians, patients and families during times of crises surrounding physical and emotional distress. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion by the audience.

The featured speaker will be David Weissman, M.D., professor of internal medicine and the director of the Medical College of Wisconsin Palliative Care Center. He is board certified in medical oncology, hospice and palliative medicine. In 1991 he began the first comprehensive palliative care program in Wisconsin.

In 2003, the Medical College of Wisconsin's palliative care program was designated by the Center to Advance Palliative Care as one of six palliative care leadership centers in the United States. Weissman is co-director of the End-of-Life Palliative Education Resource Center and he was the founding editor of the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

The Aug. 24 event is sponsored by the UI Center on Aging and its Cancer and Aging Program (supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging) and the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI.

For more information, contact Vicki Struzynski Olson at 319-384-4566 or victoria-struzynski-olson@uiowa.edu

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

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu. Writer: Andrea Schreiber

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