CONTACT: JENNIFER CRONIN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-9917; fax (319) 335-8034
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.