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April 24, 2006

Photo: University of Iowa researcher and renowned muscular dystrophy expert Kevin Campbell, Ph.D., the Roy J. Carver Chair of Physiology and Biophysics and head of the department, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Click here for a high-resolution version of the image.

Campbell Elected To The American Academy Of Arts And Sciences

University of Iowa researcher and renowned muscular dystrophy expert Kevin Campbell, Ph.D., the Roy J. Carver Chair of Physiology and Biophysics and head of the department, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS).

The AAAS, a prestigious international society composed of leading scientists, scholars, artists, business people and public leaders, today announced the election of 175 new Fellows and 20 new Foreign Honorary Members. These 195 men and women, representing excellence in a diverse range of fields, will join a current membership of approximately 4,000 American Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members, including more than 170 Nobel laureates and 50 Pulitzer Prize winners.

Campbell, who has been on faculty at the Roy J. And Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine since 1981, is internationally recognized for his fundamental contributions to muscular dystrophy research. His discoveries of genetic and molecular causes of many forms of the disease have improved diagnosis of muscular dystrophies and provided a basis for developing new treatments of muscle disease.

"This is a tremendous honor for Kevin and wonderful recognition of his important contributions to muscular dystrophy research," said Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine. "It also highlights the fact that our faculty is made up of extraordinarily talented individuals, world-class scientists who choose to work here at the University of Iowa. We are very proud of Kevin's achievement and very fortunate to have him as a colleague and a teacher."

This year's new Fellows, who will be welcomed into the Academy at an induction ceremony to be held Oct. 7 at the Academy headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., will include former Presidents George H.W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Nobel Prize-winning biochemist and Rockefeller University President Sir Paul Nurse. More information is available on the academy's Web site,

Campbell received a doctoral degree in biophysics from the University of Rochester and a bachelor's degree in physics from Manhattan College. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research at the University of Toronto before joining the UI.

Campbell is director of the Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center and has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator since 1989. He is the UI Foundation Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Biophysics and professor of internal medicine and neurology in the Carver College of Medicine.

Campbell, who has authored more than 300 scientific research articles, has received numerous awards and honors for his research, including a Scientific Achievement Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the ASBMB-Amgen Award, the Duchenne-Erb-Preis Award and an American Academy of Neurology Lecturer Award. He also is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.

Campbell joins nine other UI faculty who have previously been elected AAAS Fellows: Gerhard Loewenberg, political science; Francois Abboud, internal medicine; Nancy C. Andreasen, psychiatry; Willard Boyd, law; Donald Gurnett, physics and astronomy; Linda Kerber, history; James McPherson, creative writing; James Van Allen, physics and astronomy; and Michael J. Welsh, internal medicine, physiology and biophysics.

Founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock and other scholar-patriots, the Academy has elected as Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members the finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation, including George Washington and Ben Franklin in the eighteenth century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the twentieth.

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