Renovated UI Labs Have Groovy Name

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

Participants in the IU dance marathon move to the music eighteen hours into the 24 hour event, Saturday February 5, 2011 Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa Campus. The annual event, one of the biggest dance marathon organizations in the U.S., raised money to benefit the UI Children's Hospital. (Becky Malewitz/SourceMedia Group News)


By Kelli Sutterman

IOWA CITY, Iowa - At a ceremony Friday, University of Iowa officials named a newly renovated research lab after the UI Dance Marathon.

The Dance Marathon Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Research Laboratories are now ready to conduct modern experimentation and will soon help lead the way in pediatric cancer research, officials said.

“This is where researchers are going to be able to congregate, share their ideas, and hopefully move the progress forward in diagnosing and potentially curing pediatric cancers,” Doctor Tom Scholz of the University of Iowa said.

The laboratories is named in recognition of UI Dance Marathon’s $1 million donation to the UI Children’s Hospital. The organization made a pledge of $750,000 for renovation of the labs, and $250,000 to create a research fund for pediatric cancer and blood disorders.

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