WRITER: TANIA KLIVEN
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
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Release: April 26, 1999
UI physician-scientists honored for research
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa College of Medicine
physician-scientists have been recognized for their research by the American
Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). Virend Somers, M.D., associate
professor of internal medicine and Paul B. McCray, M.D., associate professor
of pediatrics, received their membership during the ASCI Plenary Session held
April 24 in Chicago.
ASCI is a medical society that recognizes physician-scientists
45 years of age or younger, whose cutting-edge research furthers the understanding
of treatment of human disease. Membership into the society is a prestigious
honor due to its tradition of excellence in biomedical research and recognition
within academic medicine.
Somers, who is in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases,
was nominated for election into ASCI by François M. Abboud, UI Edith
King Pearson Professor of Cardiovascular Research and head of internal medicine.
Somers researches mechanisms in which sleep and sleep disorders may be linked
to cardiovascular disease. Somers received his medical degree from the University
of Natal Medical School in South Africa. Some of his previous awards include
the American Heart Association Young Investigator Award and the International
Society of Hypertension Young Investigator Award.
McCray was nominated for election into ASCI by Michael
J. Welsh, M.D, UI professor of internal medicine and Howard Hughes Medical
Institute Investigator, as well as by Jeffrey Whitsett, professor of pediatrics
at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. McCray researches
lung disease, primarily cystic fibrosis, which is the most common and fatal
hereditary lung disease in the United States. McCray examines potential uses
of viruses in gene therapy to treat cystic fibrosis. He also studies lung
host defenses and the cellular mechanisms of ion and fluid transport. McCray
received his medical degree from the University of Iowa. Some of his previous
honors and awards include the UI Central Investment Fund for Research Enhancement
Faculty award and membership in the Society for Pediatric Research.
The American Society for Clinical Investigation is one
of the nation's oldest and most respected medical societies. Some 30 UI physician-scientists
have been inducted into the society since its inception.