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Release: July 2, 1999

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 research.

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 week.

"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.