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July 27, 2006

Armstrong, Kerry, Weiner To Testify At Field Hearing On Cancer

The U.S. Senate field hearing on "Winning the Race Against Cancer" will be held July 28 at the University of Iowa.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies field hearing, chaired by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 28, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The hearing is expected to conclude at 10:30 a.m.

The hearing will include testimony from cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, and U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and also a cancer survivor.

George Weiner, M.D., director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI, also will testify at the hearing. Weiner's testimony will include discussion of cancer deaths in Iowa, and the impact cancer research, detection and treatment have made over the past several years. Weiner's own research focuses on developing new approaches to using the immune system to treat lymphoma.

The event is free and open to the public. University of Iowa Television (UITV) will simulcast the proceedings live in the Richey Ballroom and the Wheelroom of the IMU. UI Hospitals and Clinics will show the hearing on channel 5 of the hospital's in-house cable system. The hearing also can be seen on channel 4 on the campus cable system and channel 17 on Mediacom's Iowa City cable television system.

The hearing also will be available live on the Web at mms:\\winmedia.uiowa.edu\events (requires Microsoft Media Player to view, broadband connection recommended).

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.