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Sept. 6, 2006

Hunninghake Named Associate Dean In Carver College of Medicine

Gary Hunninghake, M.D., the Sterba Professor of Internal Medicine in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been named the college's senior associate dean for clinical and translational sciences.

Hunninghake's appointment is one of two newly created associate deanships that replaces the position of associate dean for research and graduate programs, which has been held since 1995 by Allyn Mark, M.D. Michael Apicella, M.D., professor and head of microbiology in the UI Carver College of Medicine, was named interim senior associate dean for scientific affairs in July.

As senior associate dean for clinical and translational sciences, Hunninghake will have a key role in the college's research enterprise, with special emphasis on patient-based research. This includes epidemiological studies; clinical trials involving human subjects; and translational research, which refers to the process of applying laboratory discoveries to clinical investigations, as well as assessing and developing new treatments to enhance patient care. Hunninghake also will have overall responsibility for research in the clinical departments of the college.

"I am pleased that Dr. Hunninghake has accepted this important assignment," said Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine. "His track record as one of the country's top clinical and translational researchers and his established record of leadership make him the perfect person to direct the expansion of our efforts in these important areas."

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued what it calls its "Roadmap for Medical Research." It outlines a vision for federally funded biomedical research with increased emphasis on patient-centered and interdisciplinary research.

For fiscal year 2006, the UI Carver College of Medicine received $123.7 million in funding from the NIH, which represents 69 percent of its total external funding.

Hunninghake's clinical and research interests include asthma, acute lung injury, sarcoidosis and occupational lung disease. He directs the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine in the UI Department of Internal Medicine. Hunninghake also serves as director of the Graduate Program in Translational Biomedical Research and as director of the Training Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology of the Lung. He also is a staff physician and researcher at the Veterans Affairs Iowa City Health Care System.

Hunninghake received a medical degree at the University of Kansas in 1972, and he completed a medical residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Prior to joining the UI faculty in 1981, he was a researcher at the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a senior investigator in the pulmonary branch of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

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