Coffey helps raise awareness of MDA and ALS at Iowa Cubs game

Published on May 13, 2015

On May 9, Chris Coffey, professor of biostatistics and director of the Clinical Trials Statistical Data Management Center, traveled to Des Moines with colleagues from the UI Department of Neurology to take part in Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Awareness Night with the Iowa Cubs.

Chris reports: “The Cubs wore special MDA-themed uniforms, and the central Iowa MDA chapter held a silent auction during the game where fans could bid on and purchase the actual uniforms worn by the players during the game.  Since May is also amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) awareness month, the MDA had a box at the game and they invited us to meet with individuals and families throughout the state that have been affected by ALS.  It was a nice experience, and we were able to answer a lot of their questions about the state of ALS research in a very relaxed environment.  Laurie Gutmann [UI professor of neurology] and I were also interviewed by the Cubs radio announcers on-air during the third inning of the game!”

photo of Laurie Gutmann and Chris Coffey in the Iowa Cubs broadcast booth.
Laurie Gutmann and Chris Coffey in the Iowa Cubs broadcast booth.