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Nov. 17, 2004

photos: Kevin P. Campbell, left; E. Peter Greenberg, right

Nov. 23 Event To Honor Campbell, Greenberg

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will pay tribute and host lectures Nov. 23 by two faculty members elected earlier this year to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Kevin P. Campbell, Ph.D., and E. Peter Greenberg, Ph.D., were named last April to the NAS, the nation's most distinguished scientific organization ( Campbell is the Roy J. Carver Chair of Physiology and Biophysics and interim head of the department, a UI professor of neurology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Greenberg is the Virgil L. and Evalyn N. Shepperd Professor of Molecular Pathogenesis and a UI professor of microbiology.

The UI Carver College of Medicine event will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 in the Dr. Prem Sahai Auditorium in the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF). Following remarks by UI Carver College of Medicine Dean Jean Robillard and UI President David Skorton, Campbell will give a lecture titled, "Molecular Basis of Muscular Dystrophy and Therapeutic Strategies." Greenberg will follow with his lecture, "The Emerging Field of Sociomicrobiology and the Social Activities of Microbes During Infection."

A reception will follow in the MERF atrium. The event is free and open to the public.

Campbell is recognized for his research on neuromuscular diseases. His work has led to the identification of the molecular and genetic basis of several forms of muscular dystrophy and provided a clearer understanding of the muscular dystrophy disease processes.

Greenberg is an expert on bacterial cell-to-cell signaling. His research has advanced understanding of how bacteria organize as biofilms, communities of cells encased in a self-produced slime that are resistant to antibiotics.

Campbell's and Greenberg's election to the NAS brings to five the number of UI faculty elected to the NAS. The other NAS members are James Van Allen, Ph.D., Carver Professor Emeritus, and Donald Gurnett, Ph.D., the James A. Van Allen Carver Professor, both in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Michael Welsh, M.D., HHMI Investigator and the Roy J. Carver Chair of Biomedical Research in the UI Departments of Internal Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics.

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