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Three research projects win UI Biosciences Initiative awards

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three University of Iowa research projects recently received awards from the UI's Biosciences Initiative Pilot Grant Program for fall 1998. The three were selected from a group of 19 competitive proposals and will receive up to $50,000 each to support research collaboration and to develop the potential for external funding support.

The 1998 awardees, listed with their departments and projects, are:

* Gary Koretzky, professor, internal medicine; Andrew Robertson, associate professor, biochemistry; Madeline Shea, associate professor, biochemistry; Molecular Architecture of SLP-76, the Adapter Protein Essential for T-Cell Development and Receptor Signaling;

* Steven Clegg, professor, microbiology; Brad Jones, assistant professor, microbiology;

Larry Schlesinger, associate professor, internal medicine; Mycobacterial Genetics: A Key to Unlocking the Molecular Determinants of the Microbe-Host Interaction;

* Michael Dailey, assistant professor, biological sciences; Steven Green, associate professor, biological sciences; Molecular Mechanisms of Epilepsy-Induced Neurodegeneration;

Since 1995 the University of Iowa has conducted a focused initiative to further improve its substantial strengths in the biosciences, a field including the biological, biomedical, and pharmaceutical sciences. The Biosciences Initiative has since yielded important benefits in recruiting selected faculty, staff, students, and postdoctoral fellows in high-priority interdisciplinary areas in the Colleges of Dentistry, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy and in the Graduate College. One of the initiative's programs, the Biosciences Initiative Pilot Grant Program, is devoted to fostering new, multidisciplinary, collaborative relationships and linkages among two or more faculty members or research scientists conducting independent research within specified themes.