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Release: Aug. 16, 1999

UI researcher receives grants for swine investigations

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A University of Iowa researcher has received several grants for his continued study of swine.

John E. Butler, Ph.D., UI professor of microbiology, was recently awarded $280,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, received two $18,000 grants from the National Pork Producers Council and $30,000 from the Carver Medical Research Trust for his work on swine immunology.

In addition, the International Office of the National Science Foundation will provide $39,000 for the exchange of graduate students and postdoctoral students between Butler's laboratory and the Czech Republic. The first student will arrive Nov. 1.

The study of swine can benefit both the pork industry and medical science. The research may lead to development of improved vaccines for swine as well as management practices that can improve the survival rate of piglets. Swine are also especially suitable models for medical research, particularly in the area of fetal and neonatal immunology and in studies of infant food allergies. Swine may some day also provide a source of xenotransplants (transplants between two different specie) for humans.