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Release: July 6, 2001

Ellingrod receives career development award

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Vicki Ellingrod, assistant professor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, received a career development award from the National Institutes of Mental Health. Very few clinical pharmacy faculty throughout the nation have received career development awards. The award is for a five-year period and will help her further develop and distinguish herself as a clinical scientist in this field.

"Being selected for this award feels great," Ellingrod said. "It is nice to be validated, and this award will let me focus my efforts on what I like doing best, research and working in the lab."

Ellingrod’s main research interests are the genetics of drug metabolism and how hormones affect drug metabolism, as well as the effect of aging on drug metabolism and the incidence of side effects.

Ellingrod received her bachelor of science and doctorate of pharmacy degrees from the University of Minnesota. She came to the UI for a two-year psychopharmacology fellowship with pharmacy faculty member Paul Perry. Ellingrod became a faculty member in 1996 and now runs the pharmacogenetics lab within the UI College of Pharmacy; she also has a clinical practice in the medical psychiatry unit at UI Hospitals and Clinics.