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Dec. 19, 2007

UI invites participants for munitions workers study

Researchers at the University of Iowa College of Public Health are inviting individuals in the Burlington area to enroll in a research study of workers at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant (IAAAP). One aim of this study is to assess exposure to beryllium alloys among conventional weapons workers at the plant.

Anyone who worked exclusively on conventional weapons (Army) production at the IAAAP from 1950 to the present is eligible for the study, according to Lar Fuortes, M.D., who leads the IAAAP Munitions Workers Study.

Since even a single exposure to beryllium may cause some persons to show beryllium sensitivity, workers from all areas of the plant - including those who worked for short periods of time - are also eligible to enroll in the research study. Workers who enroll in the study will be given a free beryllium screening and will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire and provide a blood sample for analysis of beryllium sensitivity, using a test called the beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test (Be-LPT). Study participation would likely require a 30- to 45-minute time commitment. Follow-up medical evaluations will be offered for those screening positive for beryllium sensitization.

Study participants will receive compensation.

For residents of the Burlington area, researchers from the University of Iowa are scheduled to be in the area in January and February 2008.

To register for the screening or for questions about the IAAAP Munitions Workers Study, please call toll free 877-654-2227. Additional information about the study can be found online at http://www.iowamunitionsworkersstudy.org.

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 4261 Westlawn, Iowa City, IA 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Dan McMillan, 319-335-6835, daniel-mcmillan@uiowa.edu