CONTACT: ARIANNE NARDO
8798 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: July 2,
Colby receives $2,500 stipend from the American Cancer
Society, UI Cancer Center
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Cancer Center
has selected its recipient for the 1998-99 American Cancer Society Student
Stipend Award, an honor given annually to an outstanding student in a medical,
dental or health professional degree program to pursue a career in cancer
David Colby, a student in the UI College of Pharmacy,
will receive the $2,500 stipend and continue to train with faculty mentor
Horacio F. Olivo, Ph.D., UI assistant professor of pharmacy.
Colby was evaluated by the Cancer Center Research
Review Committee and selected for his research project proposal, "Synthetic
Strategy for New Potential Antitumor Natural Products." The study aims to
compound natural products and find alternate ways of producing them. Research
shows that natural products may have therapeutic benefits when treating cancer,
and the compound Colby plans to synthesize has demonstrated antitumor activity
in its initial screening.
Receiving the award came as a surprise to Colby, as
research proposals submitted to the review committee were due during finals
"I didn't know what to expect," Colby said. "It came
at a busy time of year."
Colby will enter his fifth year of study in the College
of Pharmacy this fall. He said the student stipend will give him an edge when
applying to graduate school and aid in his goals of research and publishing.
Funding for the award comes from the UI Cancer Center's
American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant.