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Release: Jan. 10, 2000
Stapleton named new director of Helen C. Levitt Center for Viral Pathogenesis
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jack T. Stapleton, M.D., University of Iowa professor
of internal medicine, has been named director of the Helen C. Levitt Center
for Viral Pathogenesis and Disease at the UI College of Medicine.
Stapleton replaces Stanley J. Naides, M.D., who had served as the center's
director for the past two years. Naides left the UI in October to accept a
position at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa.
The center, established in 1997 by a $1 million endowment from the estate
of Helen C. Levitt through the UI Foundation, promotes and supports interdisciplinary
activities aimed at understanding the role of viruses in human disease. Levitt,
a native of Sioux City and a 1932 UI graduate, generously supported many areas
of the university prior to her death in 1996.
The center integrates the efforts of more than 30 UI faculty from the UI
Colleges of Medicine, Liberal Arts and Business, as well as the UI Hygienic
Laboratory. The researchers' efforts include learning more about how viruses
cause disease as well as improving professional and public awareness of the
nature and impact of viral diseases. Viral hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, respiratory
viruses, maternal/fetal diseases and vaccine development are just some of
the areas in which UI researchers focus on developing new research, educational
and patient care approaches.
Stapleton, a UI faculty member since 1986, received his medical degree at
the University of Kansas in 1980. In addition to his new appointment, he is
director of the HIV/AIDS Clinic at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. He is principal
investigator for the UI subunit of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
AIDS Clinical Trials Groups and the Ryan White Title 3 Early HIV Intervention
Services Program. His laboratory research includes studies of hepatitis C
virus and hepatitis G virus interactions with cells and how environmental
factors such as alcohol consumption contribute to viral-induced liver disease.
In addition, he collaborates with faculty in the UI departments of biology
and pathology on studies investigating the mechanisms by which HIV destroys
human T cells, and on the effects of alcohol consumption on HIV replication.
Stapleton is a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Infectious
Diseases Research Advisory Committee and the National Institute of Alcoholism
and Alcohol Abuse Committee on Hepatitis C Virus. He is also a consultant
for the Food and Drug Administration's Vaccine Advisory Committee. His research
is funded by the NIH, the Health Services Research Administration and the
Stapleton is also a staff physician at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.