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May 3, 2005

Campbell To Receive Award For Distinguished Mentoring

Kevin Campbell, Ph.D., the Roy J. Carver Chair of Physiology and Biophysics and interim head of the department, professor of internal medicine and neurology, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator, is the recipient of the Carver College's fourth annual Award for Distinguished Mentoring.

The Distinguished Mentoring Award honors a UI Carver College of Medicine faculty member who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to research mentoring and whose trainees have gone on to have notable careers of their own.

Campbell will receive his award at an event hosted by the Carver College of Medicine in the fall. A highlight of the event is the Distinguished Mentor's Lecture, which is given annually by an eminent scientist and mentor whose research and training embodies the ideals of the Award for Distinguished Mentoring and its recipient. This year's Distinguished Mentor's Lecturer is Eric Kandel, M.D., professor of physiology and cell biophysics, biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Columbia University in New York, and an HHMI investigator. Kandel shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries concerning signal transduction in the nervous system.

Both the Distinguished Mentoring award and the lecture were initially established and are supported by a gift to the UI Foundation from UI graduates Nancy and Daryl Granner, M.D., of North Liberty, Iowa.

Campbell is internationally recognized for his research on genetic and molecular causes of muscular dystrophy. By identifying the molecular pathogenesis of various forms of muscular dystrophy, Campbell's discoveries point the way to developing new therapeutic strategies to treat muscle disease.

Campbell earned a bachelor-of-science degree in physics in 1973 at Manhattan College and received a doctoral degree in biophysics from the University of Rochester in 1979. Subsequently, he spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research at the University of Toronto before joining the UI in 1981.

In 1989, Campbell was appointed an HHMI investigator, and in 2004 he received his fourth five-year renewal with HHMI. Campbell also is the UI Foundation Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, and he has served as interim head of physiology and biophysics since 2002. Campbell has received numerous awards for his research and is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.

In the course of his wide-ranging and productive research career, Campbell has provided outstanding research training and mentorship for many undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral and clinical fellows. Many of his former trainees are now leaders in the fields of physiology, neurology, molecular genetics and cellular biology. Currently, Campbell's laboratory includes 10 postdoctoral fellows, one graduate student, nine research assistants and seven undergraduates.

Nancy and Daryl Granner received their bachelor's degrees at the UI in 1958, and Daryl also received a master's and medical degrees from the UI in 1962.

Granner served as the head of the endocrinology division at the UI from 1975 to 1984. Today he is professor and head of the Vanderbilt University Diabetes Center in Nashville, Tenn.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, (319) 335-9917

PHOTOS/GRAPHICS: A photo of Dr. Campbell is available from Jennifer Brown,