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UI, ISU faculty to conduct collaborative research projects in animal
and human health
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Faculty from the University of Iowa College of Medicine
and the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine will collaborate
on five research projects. Scientists will combine their expertise to investigate
the causes of disease and health problems in humans and animals.
Officials from the UI and ISU announced that $122,000 has been allocated
by the two colleges as "seed grants" to begin research until
further grants are obtained. A symposium is also planned.
"We recognize the potential of complementary expertise among the
faculty in our two colleges," said Prem Paul, D.V.M., Ph.D., associate
dean for research at ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine. "By funding
collaborative research, we can build from this strength and place faculty
from both institutions in more competitive positions to attract extramural
grants for major research studies regarding animal and human health."
Collaboration is especially important today, Paul said, as many emerging
diseases have both animal and human aspects. He said, for example, researchers
will study Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, the causative agent of Johne's
disease in cattle which has similar characteristics to tuberculosis in
humans. Other collaborative projects will focus on disease resistance and
According to Allyn Mark, M.D., associate dean for research at the UI
College of Medicine, this new venture "bridges the distinctive strengths
of our two institutions to advance the cause of animal and human health
in Iowa and beyond."