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May 11, 2010

At A Glance

UI research study seeks children with mild to severe hearing loss

A University of Iowa research study on hearing loss in children is taking its efforts on the road. Two mobile testing vans allow researchers to travel statewide to assess children ages 6 months to 6 years with permanent hearing loss in both ears, ranging from mild to severe.

The study goal is to find the best ways to help these children advance their speech, language, social and academic skills.

Eligible children must be from a home where at least one caregiver speaks English. There is no requirement that the child use hearing aids.

Participation involves at least one visit per year for three years. Each visit evaluates the child's hearing and communication abilities. Study results will be shared with the family and school professionals, if desired. Compensation is available.

The study is based in the UI Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and also involves Boys Town National Research Hospital in Nebraska and the University of North Carolina. The study is funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health.

For more information, contact Marlea O'Brien at 800-551-5601 or or visit


UI College of Nursing receives NIH training grant

University of Iowa College of Nursing faculty Keela Herr, Ph.D., and Ann Marie McCarthy, Ph.D., have received a five-year, $1 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research, part of the National Institutes of Health. The funding will allow nurse trainees to develop or extend knowledge and skills in research on pain and its associated symptoms.

Because pain affects quality of life for individuals of all ages, as well as end-of-life care issues, pain research is an important topic of nursing science.

The training grant will support a total of 10 doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars who will study the biological mechanisms that cause individuals to respond differently to pain, and the factors that impact these mechanisms and responses.

Trainees will also learn to conduct intervention research focused on the effects of pain for individuals, families and caregivers in order to translate new knowledge related to pain management into practice.

By increasing the number of nurses trained at the doctoral level to conduct research, the grant also may help address the nationwide shortage of academic nursing faculty.


Buresh shares medical response to Haitian earthquake at May 13 ICFRC

Chris Buresh, associate residency director in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has done medical work in Haiti since 2002 and will share from his experience at noon Thursday, May 13, at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. This Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon is catered by Mama’s Deli.  Reservations are required.

Buresh grew up in Cedar Rapids and is a graduate of the UI Carver College of Medicine. His professional interest is in pediatric trauma. Though he will focus this talk on Haiti, he has also done medical work in India, Peru and the Dominican Republic.

For reservations, call Sharon Benzoni at 319-335-0351 or send a form with a check to: ICFRC, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242. Reservations are $8 for members and $9 for non-members and must be received by noon Wednesday, May 12.

This talk was made possible by support from Bio-Research Products, Inc. ICFRC is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs, and current global issues impacting world societies.


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