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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 11, 2003

Svensson Named Head Of Pharmaceutics In UI College Of Pharmacy

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy has named Craig K. Svensson, Pharm.D., Ph.D. as both the new head of the Division of Pharmaceutics and the first Lyle and Sharon Bighley Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Both appointments will be effective Aug. 28.

"I am very honored to be named the first Lyle and Sharon Bighley Professor and delighted to join the faculty in the Division of Pharmaceutics," Svensson said. "I look forward to building on the tradition of excellence established by UI faculty and graduates."

Svensson will succeed Doug Flanagan, Ph.D., UI professor of pharmaceutics, who has been serving as interim head.

Svensson is a professor of pharmaceutical sciences and associate chairman of the department of pharmaceutical sciences at Wayne State University in Detroit.

"We are very fortunate to have attracted someone of Craig's stature, breadth of experience, strong commitment to pharmacy and integrity, and I look forward to working with him as the division moves forward," said Jordan Cohen, Ph.D., dean of the UI College of Pharmacy.

"The generosity of individuals like the Bighleys allows the University of Iowa to enhance its programs to provide even greater educational opportunities for the residents of Iowa and to attract researchers that will allow the University to maintain and enhance its stature as one of the premier state universities," Svensson said.

"During my visits to the UI, I was impressed by the outstanding core facilities for research, the opportunity for interdisciplinary collaborations and the overall excellence of the varied programs," Svensson added. "My family and I look forward to becoming a part of the university and greater community."

Svensson earned his doctor of philosophy degree from State University of New York at Buffalo and his doctor of pharmacy (clinical pharmacy) degree from University of Maryland at Baltimore. Prior to his current appointments at Wayne State, Svensson served as a postdoctoral fellow of pharmaceutics at State University of New York at Buffalo. Svensson has also served as both assistant and associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Wayne State. He is a member of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Center for Molecular and Cellular Toxicology, as well as the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State.

Svensson's research focuses on understanding the factors that predispose subjects to certain serious and unpredictable adverse reactions that are not related to the therapeutic action of a drug. Recent studies have looked at the increased frequency of such reactions in AIDS patients receiving sulfa drugs. Currently, the role of environmental stress as a critical factor in tipping the balance toward such an adverse reaction is being researched in Svensson's lab.

In addition to his research, Svensson also serves as a reviewer for several academic publications, is a member of a National Institute of Health grant review panel and is active with various professional organizations.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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