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April 15, 2004

UI Scientist Receives Prestigious Award

Robin Davisson, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology and radiation oncology in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been awarded the Henry Pickering Bowditch lectureship by the American Physiological Society (APS). The award, named for the first president of the APS, is presented annually to a scientist under the age of 42 for original and outstanding accomplishments in the field of physiology.

Davisson will present the Henry Pickering Bowditch Award lecture titled, "Unraveling Cardiovascular Disease Through Physiological Genomics," at the APS annual Experimental Biology Meeting April 18 in Washington, D.C. The award, considered one of the most prestigious given by the APS, also includes an honorarium of $2,500.

"I am thrilled and honored to receive this award for two reasons. First, Dr. Bowditch was one of the most important classical physiologists in this country; he helped to found the American Physiological Society, where I have been active and learned so much over the last 10 years. Second, the award lecture gives me the chance to acknowledge my teachers and colleagues at the University of Iowa, people who taught me the basics, critiqued my work as it developed and continue to act as mentors," Davisson said.

Davisson received a bachelor's degree in biology and psychology and a doctoral degree in pharmacology from the University of Iowa. She joined the UI faculty in 1998. Other awards Davisson has received include the Harry Goldblatt Award in Cardiovascular Research from the American Heart Association and the 2002 Young Scholars Award from the American Society of Hypertension and Monarch Pharmaceuticals.

The American Physiological Society is a nonprofit organization with over 10,500 members devoted to fostering education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences.

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