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Sept. 28, 2005

Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Mentoring Award, Lecture Is Oct. 10

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host the fourth annual Distinguished Mentor Award ceremony and Distinguished Mentor's Lecture at 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 10, in the Dr. Prem Sahai Auditorium of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility.

Kevin Campbell, Ph.D., (left) the Roy J. Carver Chair of Physiology and Biophysics and head of the department and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator, will receive the 2005 Distinguished Mentoring Award, which honors a UI Carver College of Medicine faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to research mentoring and whose trainees have gone on to have notable careers of their own.

The Distinguished Mentor's lecture, which highlights the award by bringing to the UI world-class scientists who embody the ideals of the award and its recipient, will be given by Nobel laureate 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's lecture is titled, "Molecular Mechanism for the Persistence of Memory Storage."

Kandel, who also is the Fred Kavli Professor and director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Sciences at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries revealing the biochemical changes that accompany memory formation. His research focuses on understanding the basic molecular mechanisms underlying learning and memory. Kandel is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received the National Medal of Science and the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award.

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, who both received bachelor's degrees at the UI in 1958. Daryl Granner also received a master's and medical degrees from the UI in 1962, and he served as the head of the endocrinology division at the UI from 1975 to 1984. He is now the Joe C. Davis Professor of Biomedical Science and director of the Vanderbilt University Diabetes Center in Nashville, Tenn. He also is a professor of molecular physiology and biophysics and of internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

An internationally recognized expert on muscular dystrophy, Campbell has discovered the genetic and molecular causes of many forms of the disease. His research has improved diagnosis of muscular dystrophies and provides a basis for developing new therapeutic strategies to treat muscle disease.

During a research career that spans almost 25 years at the UI, Campbell also 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, his laboratory includes three associates, 10 postdoctoral fellows, one graduate student, eight research assistants and five undergraduates.

An HHMI investigator since 1989, Campbell also is director of the Wellstone Center for Muscular Dystrophy, the UI Foundation Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, and professor of internal medicine and neurology. He has received numerous awards for his research and is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.

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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