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Release:  Oct. 12, 1999

Buckwalter, Campbell elected to Institute of Medicine

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa faculty members have been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences.

The newest UI members of the institute are Kathleen C. Buckwalter, Ph.D., associate provost for health sciences and director of the UI Center on Aging, and Kevin Campbell, Ph.D., professor of physiology and biophysics, and neurology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator. Some 55 new members were named to the IOM Oct. 11, raising its total active membership to 588.

The institute's members are elected on the basis of their professional achievement. The members serve without compensation in the conduct of studies, conferences and other inquiries into matters of national health policy. The institute, established in 1970, studies health and medicine policy issues; delivers position statements on these issues; cooperates with major science and professional societies; identifies individuals to serve on study groups; and disseminates information to the public and health professionals.

Buckwalter, who joined the UI faculty in 1979, is a prolific researcher of issues affecting the elderly. Her work has focused on improving mental health services and community-based care for chronically ill older persons, with special emphasis on geriatric mental health. She has received funding for her research from several National Institutes of Health institutes as well as various other federal agencies and private philanthropic organizations. Buckwalter was a charter member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Panel on Alzheimer's Disease and has served on the National Institute on Aging's National Advisory Council, a National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) panel on long-term care, and the NINR's Advisory Council.

With a primary faculty appointment in the UI College of Nursing, where she is UI Foundation Distinguished Professor, Buckwalter also holds appointments in the UI College of Medicine department of internal medicine and department of psychiatry. She is also associate director of the UI Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center.

Buckwalter serves as director of the Center on Aging, which was established in 1990. With the support of the UI Colleges of Medicine and Public Health, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and UI Health Care as co-sponsors, she has provided important leadership in directing the center's expanding activities in aging-related research, education, outreach and public policy.

Campbell, a UI faculty member since 1981 and a HHMI Investigator since 1989, has spent much of his career focused on understanding muscular dystrophy, a group of hereditary diseases characterized by progressive muscle weakness and degeneration.

Campbell is recognized worldwide for his neuromuscular disease research. His work has led to the identification of the molecular and genetic basis of limb girdle muscular dystrophy. In addition, Campbell and his laboratory team have recently demonstrated successful gene transfer in an animal model for this form of muscular dystrophy. Campbell's findings have already greatly improved the diagnosis of muscular dystrophy and are beginning to reveal strategies for future development of therapies for these devastating neuromuscular diseases.

Other UI faculty and administrators who are members of the IOM are: Francois Abboud, M.D., professor and head of internal medicine; Myrtle Adelyotte, Ph.D., professor emeritus and former dean of the College of Nursing; Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry; James Clifton, M.D., professor emeritus of internal medicine; UI President Mary Sue Coleman, Ph.D.; John Colloton, UI vice president for statewide health services; Antonio Damasio, M.D., professor and head of neurology; John Eckstein, M.D., professor emeritus of internal medicine and former medicine dean; Robert Kelch, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine; James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the College of Public Health; Jennifer Niebyl, M.D., professor and head of obstetrics and gynecology; and Michael Welsh, M.D., professor of physiology and biophysics, and internal medicine.

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