Diabetes Research Center Grand Opening Scheduled for Saturday, August 23 in Iowa City

Join us Saturday, August 23, as we celebrate the Grand Opening of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center with a special ceremony at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, located just minutes from the campus of the University of Iowa.

After six years of hard work, we’re proud to gather in Iowa City to officially open the doors of the DRC and celebrate the hard work of all who made this achievement possible. The Coralville Marriott will be the site of the official opening ceremony featuring dignitaries from the F.O.E. and the University of Iowa as well as a special evening party with live music and a cash bar.

Guests will have the option before the ceremony to take a guided tour of the DRC, complete with photo opportunities and a chance to meet the men and women who will work within those walls each day to bring our dream of curing diabetes one step closer to reality.

Schedule of Events

8:15 a.m. – Buses begin departing from Coralville Marriott for tour of DRC. Buses will depart each 15 minutes.

8:30-10:30 a.m. – Tours of the DRC. Guests will tour the facility in guided groups. Those touring will have the ability to take pictures and speak with doctors and researchers.

10:30 a.m. – Final bus departs from DRC back to Coralville Marriott.

11 a.m. – Formal Grand Opening Ceremony for the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at Coralville Marriott

Noon-1 p.m. – Reception at Marriott sponsored by University of Iowa

4 p.m. – Party sponsored by Eagles with live music, cash bar and light refreshments.

Lodging is available for Aug. 22-23 at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Coralville (214 W 9th St., Coralville, IA 52241) at a special Eagles rate of $85 per-night by calling 319-337-8382 and mentioning the Eagles. Guests who wish to book their rooms for additional nights before or after Aug. 22-23, may do so at the discounted rate. The Comfort Inn is located down the street from the Marriott.

A Dream Team in Diabetes Research Made Possible by Fraternal Order Of Eagles (FOE)

One significant ray of hope for the millions suffering from the global pandemic of diabetes is coming from America’s heartland. Over the last two years, a dream team of diverse and talented scientists has been assembled at the University of Iowa’s Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center (FOEDRC) in collaboration to find new keys to preventing and curing this devastating disease.

The community service organization Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) presented a $6 million donation to the University of Iowa at its national convention on Sunday, July 13, in Orlando, FL. The check fulfills a $25 million commitment made in 2008. Founded in 1898, the Eagles fund research in areas such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and cancer, and raise money for neglected and abused children and the aged, as well as work for social and civic change.

E. Dale Abel, MBBS, DPhil (MD, PhD) and FOEDRC Director, believes the institution is uniquely positioned to make significant advances within the next decade. “The fact that we have tremendous resources that came about because of the support of the Fraternal Order of Eagles has created the opportunity for our scientists to be as creative as possible,” explains Dr. Abel. “We are able to invest our time and efforts in important experiments which initially might be very difficult to get funding from more traditional sources. Just like in the stock market, sometimes you have to take a bit of a risk to get a high reward.”

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