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Release: April 2, 2002
UI College of Medicine/College of Public Health Research Enterprise climbs
Researchers in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College
of Medicine and the UI College of Public Health continue to surpass previous
marks in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The Carver College of Medicine/College of Public Health Research Enterprise
received $132.6 million in NIH support during federal fiscal year 2001 (which
ended last Sept. 30), placing the UI 10th among public medical schools and
22nd among public and private medical schools that receive research funding
from the NIH. The 22nd ranking among public and private medical schools pushed
the UI up four spots from last year. In fiscal year 2000, the Research Enterprise
garnered $105 million in NIH support.
"This increase in NIH support is a reflection of the continued professional
growth of our junior and senior faculty, and a commitment by the university
and the state to upgrade and expand our research facilities," said Robert
P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the Carver College of Medicine and vice president
for statewide health services. "Iowans should feel extremely proud of
the University of Iowa for its standing as a leading major biomedical research
One significant NIH award the Carver College of Medicine received during
federal fiscal year 2001 was $2.1 million of a five-year, $10.7 million grant
to the UI Cardiovascular Research Center for studies on the genetic basis
of hypertension. The UI's Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) on the Molecular
Genetics of Hypertension involves 15 faculty members from six departments
with collaborators at nine other institutions across the country. Curt Sigmund,
Ph.D., UI professor of internal medicine, and physiology and biophysics, directs
Other major NIH research grants to the Carver College of Medicine during
federal fiscal year 2001 included $1.7 million of a five-year, $9.8 million
grant renewal for the UI Cochlear Implant Clinical Research Center, which
is directed by Bruce Gantz, M.D. UI professor and head of otolaryngology.
UI neurology researchers, led by Antonio Damasio, M.D., UI professor and head
of neurology, received $1.3 million of a five-year, $7.1 million grant renewal
for ongoing research on the relationship between complex behavior and brain
systems and structures in humans.
Major research awards in the UI College of Public Health during federal
fiscal year 2001 included the State Health Registry of Iowa, which received
more than $3.5 million from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results
(SEER) program of the National Cancer Institute. The $3.5 million is part
of a seven-year, $19.5 million award to the State Health Registry of Iowa
that began in 1996 and will continue until 2003. The registry collects data
on cancer incidence and survival for Iowa, supports research, and reports
cancer information to the NCI. Charles F. Lynch, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor
of epidemiology, is medical director of the registry.
The Environmental Health Sciences Research Center, directed by Peter S.
Thorne, Ph.D., UI professor of occupational and environmental health, received
more than $1.3 million from the National Institute for Environmental Health
Sciences of the NIH. The $1.3 million is part of a $14.4 million multi-year
award that began in 1990 and will continue until 2004. The center supports
research on rural environmental exposures and related injury and disease.
"These awards testify strongly to the talent and productivity of faculty
researchers," said James A. Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean the UI College
of Public Health. "Furthermore, the awards reflect our sustained commitment
to help improve quality of life for all Iowans."