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UI researcher receives prestigious pediatric research award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa College of Medicine researcher has been selected as a recipient of the 1998 E. Mead Johnson Award for Pediatric Research given by the Society for Pediatric Research.

Dr. Jeffrey C. Murray, UI professor of pediatrics, has interests in identifying genetic and environmental components of craniofacial--relating to both the face and the cranium--birth defects. This award is in recognition of his research on the genetic basis of birth defects.

Dr. Edward F. Bell, UI professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Neonatology, nominated Murray to promote awareness of his scientific accomplishments. Commenting on the nomination, Bell says Murray's research career "has been distinguished by both its originality and its commitment."

Murray will receive a plaque and $10,000 cash honorarium May 3 at the annual meeting of the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society in New Orleans. At the ceremony, Murray will deliver a lecture highlighting his research.

This prestigious award, given since 1939, honors clinical and laboratory research achievements and outstanding scientific achievement in pediatrics. The only previous winner from the UI was Dr. Charles D. May, who received the award in 1950.