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Naides named director of new Levitt Center for Viral Pathogenesis and
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Stanley J. Naides, associate professor of internal
medicine in the University of Iowa College of Medicine, has been named director
of the new Helen C. Levitt Center for Viral Pathogenesis and Disease. The
goal of the center, which has been established by an endowment of $1 million
through the UI Foundation, is to promote and support interdisciplinary research
activities directed at understanding the role of viruses in human disease.
Included in the center's research activities will be efforts to reveal mechanisms
of viral pathogenesis (how viruses cause disease), to develop new approaches
to the prevention, diagnoses and treatment of viral diseases, and to educate
professionals and the public about the nature and impact of viral diseases.
Half of the endowment has been designated for the development of space in
the planned Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility to accommodate
the research programs of the center's core group of investigators. The new
building is scheduled to open in 2001.
The other half of the endowment will support research and educational development
projects, postdoctoral fellow stipends, outside speakers and annual scientific
Naides' appointment as director is for three years and can be renewed. A
native of Philadelphia, Pa., Naides has been a UI faculty member since 1986.
He is internationally known for his research into human parvovirus infection,
viral arthritis, and autoimmune disease. He holds a medical degree from Hahnemann
University in Philadelphia.
Helen C. Levitt was born in Sioux City in 1910. She received a degree in
dramatic arts from the UI in 1932 and went into the family financial business,
which she expanded from a single office to 81 offices in 11 states. She sold
the business in 1975 and started a second career in painting and sculpture,
donating all the proceeds from her work to charity. She died in November 1996
Before her death, Levitt was a contributor to a number of fundraising campaigns
conducted by the UI Foundation, the preferred channel of giving to the university.