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UI researcher receives prestigious award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa College of Medicine researcher has been designated as one of three scientists in the nation to receive an American Society of Hypertension/Hoechst Marion Roussel 1997 Young Scholars Award. The award provides $10,000 that primarily aids research.

Dr. Curt Sigmund, assistant professor of internal medicine, is currently studying the molecular genetics of hypertension, or high blood pressure. The award recognizes Sigmund's work on the development of transgenic models for studying hypertension, and for his studies regarding the regulation of genes controlling blood pressure. "The financial aid and recognition of my research is very gratifying," Sigmund says.

Sigmund will receive the award in May during a presentation at the annual American Society of Hypertension meeting in San Francisco.