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Release: May 8, 2000

UI College of Medicine professor awarded Henry Pickering Bowditch Lectureship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Curt D. Sigmund, Ph.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine, and physiology and biophysics, has received the Henry Pickering Bowditch Lectureship, awarded to an outstanding physiologist in the United States under 42 years of age.

Sigmund, who is also the director of the UI Transgenic Animal Facility, received the award from the American Physiological Society (APS) for demonstrating original and outstanding accomplishments in the field of physiology. The award included an honorarium of $2,500 as well as the opportunity to present a lecture and choose a journal for its publication. Sigmund gave a lecture titled, "Genetics and Physiology in Mice: A Perfect Marriage" at the APS meeting April 16.

"It is a tremendous honor to be selected," Sigmund said. "In my lecture, I described the tremendous benefit reaped by investigators who have melded the diverse disciplines of genetics and physiology together to study basic physiological processes."

Sigmund received his bachelor's degree and his doctorate in cell and molecular biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After postdoctoral research at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, he joined the UI in 1991. In 1998 he was appointed chair of the molecular biology interdisciplinary graduate program. He has received numerous awards for his research and published more than 75 papers and reviews.