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Release: Oct. 1, 1999
UI researcher receives NIH grant to study angiogenesis
in female reproductive tract
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa Health Care
physician has been awarded a Reproductive Scientist Development Program (RSDP)
fellowship to study angiogenesis -- the development of new blood vessels --
in the female reproductive tract.
Anuja Dokras, M.D., Ph.D., a UI faculty associate
in obstetrics and gynecology, received a two-year grant of nearly $150,000
from the National Institute of Child and Human Development
(a branch of the National Institutes of Health) with co-funding from the American
Society of Reproductive Medicine. The grant was effective July 1.
"These studies will investigate how abnormalities
of angiogenesis may cause pregnancy to fail to establish, recurrent pregnancy
losses or abnormal uterine bleeding," said Dokras, who joined the UI faculty
on Sept. 15. "The results of this research could provide new treatment options
for patients with these problems."
The highly competitive Reproductive Scientist Development
Program is designed to cultivate the work of physician-scientists conducting
basic research. The grant will help provide salary support and cover lab expenses
for Dokras. Anil K. Sood, M.D., UI assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology,
also received an RSDP grant effective July 1. The UI is one of four institutions
nationwide receiving RSDP grants this year.
Mary J.C. Hendrix, Ph.D., UI professor and head of
anatomy and cell biology and associate director of basic research and deputy
director at the UI Cancer Center, will serve as mentor for Dokras in conjunction
with the grant.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to develop new potential
clinical strategies and treatments based on laboratory research," Hendrix
Dokras received her medical degree from the University
of Bombay in India and her doctorate in human embryology from the University
of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes scholar. Dokras completed a residency in
obstetrics and gynecology and, most recently, a fellowship in reproductive
endocrinology at Yale University.
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