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May 6, 2004

DiBona To Present APS Cannon Award Lecture In 2005

Gerald DiBona, M.D., professor of internal medicine and physiology and biophysics in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been selected to deliver the 2005 Walter B. Cannon Award lecture.

This lectureship is awarded by the American Physiological Society (APS) to an outstanding physiological scientist selected by the APS. DiBona will present his lecture at the APS's 2005 Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego. The lecture will address Cannon's concepts of "the Wisdom of the Body." He will receive an honorarium, and his lecture will be published in the APS journal of his choosing.

DiBona's research focuses on the neural interaction between the central nervous system and the kidney, and its influence on conditions such as hypertension, heart failure and cirrhosis.

The lecture is named in honor of Walter B. Cannon, a renowned physiologist who is best known for his development of the concept of the emergency function of the sympathetic nervous system. This led to the development of the key physiological concept of homeostasis.

The APS is a nonprofit organization devoted to education, scientific research and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. Founded in 1887, APS now has more than 10,500 members.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032, Writer: Tiffany Bronk

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