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May 26, 2006

Cyclists Support UI Huntington's Disease Center of Excellence

The University of Iowa Huntington's Disease Center of Excellence will benefit from the hard work of several cyclists raising awareness of the disease and raising funds for family services and research for treatments.

Members of the public are invited to meet the entourage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, in 1 John Pappajohn Pavilion in UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Marie Nemec and friends are bike riding on a "Midwest Meander for Huntington's Disease" as they head to the National Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) convention in Milwaukee.

Visitors can see the HD quilt that will be shown at the convention and have a chance to purchase HD bracelets and t-shirts. The HDSA helps fund the UI Huntington's Disease Center of Excellence.

Huntington's disease is a hereditary genetic condition that affects the central nervous system and causes significant personality changes, involuntary bodily movements, progressive dementia and early death. The condition affects nearly 30,000 Americans and puts another 250,000 at risk.

For more information about the bike tour or to make a donation online, visit www.bikeforthecure.org.

For information about the UI Huntington's Disease Center of Excellence, visit www.uihealthcare.com/depts/huntingtonsdisease/index.html.

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 www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178

PROGRAM CONTACT: Anne Leserman, UI Huntington's Disease Center of Excellence, 319-353-4307, anne-leserman@uiowa.edu

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