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May 5, 2003

UI Pharmacology Head Receives Pain Research Award

Gerald Gebhart, Ph.D., professor and head of pharmacology in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been awarded the 2004 Purdue Pharma Prize for Pain Research. This honor, initiated in 2002 to recognize outstanding contributions to pain research, is awarded only once every two years, and carries a $50,000 honorarium. Gebhart received the award and presented a lecture on his current work during the Spring Pain Research Conference April 30.

Gebhart's research focuses on understanding mechanisms involved in enhanced sensitivity to pain. The chair of the award selection committee noted Gebhart's particularly influential contributions to the understanding of visceral pain as well as his great success in training and mentoring young pain researchers.

Gebhart has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and currently serves on several editorial boards. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pain and chairman of the editorial board of Pain Research and Clinical Management. In 2003, he received the American Pain Society's Distinguished Service Award.

Gebhart received a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Illinois and a doctoral degree in pharmacology from the UI. He joined the UI faculty in 1973 and became head of the Department of Pharmacology in 1996.

Purdue Pharma L.P. is a privately held pharmaceutical company known for its research on chronic pain.

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