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Release: March 21, 2000

UI College of Medicine receives $3.3 million training grant renewal from NIH

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health has granted the University of Iowa College of Medicine an Institutional National Research Service Award.

The $3.3 million award is the fifth competitive renewal of the Interdisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Fellowship to the UI Cardiovascular Research Center. This fellowship program, funded since July 1, 1975, has been under the direction of Francois M. Abboud, M.D., UI professor and head of internal medicine and director of the UI Cardiovascular Research Center. This is the longest period of time that an Institutional National Research Service Award has been granted to the UI College of Medicine by the NIH.

The NIH support was expanded from 13 to 15 postgraduate research trainees each year. Areas of research in cardiovascular training include cellular and molecular medicine, molecular genetics and molecular neuroscience, functional and computational genomics, genetic epidemiology, autonomic control of the circulation, basic mechanisms of disease, and gene therapy.

Over the past 25 years more than 300 cardiovascular scientists and cardiologists received their early research training through this program. Many are leading basic scientists or physician-scientists in major universities or industry.

Donald D. Heistad, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine and pharmacology and director of the cardiovascular diseases division in internal medicine, will serve as co-director of the training program.

The five-year renewal will begin on July 1, 2000, and extend through the program's 30th anniversary in 2005.

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