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Release: Nov 11, 2002

UI free radical researcher elected as president of Oxygen Society

The Oxygen Society recently elected Garry Buettner, Ph.D., University of Iowa professor of radiation oncology, as the organization's next president.

Buettner will serve as president-elect under incoming president Balz Frei, Ph.D., of the Linus Pauling Institute of Oregon State University. Following completion of his term as president-elect, Buettner will assume the post of president.

Established in 1987, the Oxygen Society is a professional scientific organization comprised of more than 1,200 scientists, researchers and clinicians with an interest in the field of free radical biology, chemistry and medicine.

Buettner received his doctoral degree in chemistry at the UI. He became director of the Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) facility at the UI in 1988 and continues to hold that position today. Buettner has taught and conducted research at the UI since1988 and was promoted to full professor in 1999. He also is assistant director of the Free Radical and Radiation Biology Graduate Program. His research interests include the mechanisms of antioxidant action in biology. In particular, his work examines how vitamins C and E as well as beta-carotene serve as antioxidants in cells and tissues and their roles in disease and health.

As an active member of the Oxygen Society, Buettner has served as a council member and as a member of the editorial board of the journal Free Radical Biology Medicine. He has organized the popular Sunrise Free Radical School at the Oxygen Society annual meeting for the past seven years and was honored with the society's first "Master Teacher" award in 1999, in recognition of his instructional abilities. He currently is chair of the Society's Education Committee and has been working to establish the "Virtual Free Radical School" on the Society's Web site

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