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Jan. 11, 2005

UI College Of Pharmacy Researcher Receives Grants

Aliasger Salem, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutics in the University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy, recently received funding for several research projects.

The first grant, for $30,000, is a Biological Sciences Funding Program Award from the UI. Salem will use the award to develop vaccines that promote T-helper 1 immune responses against cancers.

Salem also received a $60,000, two-year starter grant in pharmaceutics from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation. In this project, Salem will focus on developing immunotherapeutic vaccinations for treatment of cervical cancer.

In addition, Salem is a co-investigator on a project funded by the Biomedical Sciences Program to analyze biodegradable hydrogel scaffolds for osseous tissue engineering. Salem and the project's principal investigator, Galen Schneider, D.D.S., Ph.D., professor of prosthodontics in the UI College of Dentistry, will share the $30,000 award.

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