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Sept 7, 2006

Carver College Of Medicine Distinguished Mentor’s Award, Lecture Is Sept. 13

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host the fifth annual Distinguished Mentor's Award ceremony and Distinguished Mentor's Lecture at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Dr. Prem Sahai Auditorium of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility. A reception will follow.

This year's recipient of the Distinguished Mentor’s Award is Francois Abboud, M.D., the Edith King Pearson Chair of Cardiovascular Research, professor of internal medicine and molecular physiology and biophysics, associate vice president for research, and director of the UI Cardiovascular Research Center. The award honors a UI Carver College of Medicine faculty member for outstanding commitment to mentoring and substantial impact on trainees who have gone on to have distinguished careers of their own.

The Distinguished Mentor's lecture, which brings to the UI world-class scientists who embody the ideals of the award and its recipient, will be given by Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D., the James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and professor of medicine and biochemistry at Duke University. The lecture is titled, "Seven Transmembrane Receptors."

Lefkowitz, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, is the leading world expert in receptor biology. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Distinguished Mentor's award and lecture were established and are supported by a gift to the UI Foundation from UI graduates Nancy Granner and Daryl Granner, M.D., of North Liberty, Iowa. Daryl and Nancy Granner both received bachelor's degrees at the UI in 1958. Daryl Granner also received a master's and a medical degree from the UI in 1962. He was a UI College of Medicine faculty member from 1970 to 1984 and served as the head of the endocrinology division from 1975 to 1984. Granner 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. He was recently named a Distinguished Alumnus of the UI and holds adjunct appointments in the UI Departments of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and Internal Medicine.

Abboud is internationally renowned for his research, which has focused on the influence of the brain on the cardiovascular system in hypertension and heart failure. His many significant contributions have earned Abboud numerous national and international honors including the CIBA award and medal of the Council on High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association and membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Abboud is also highly regarded for his teaching and mentoring skills as emeritus chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and director of a longstanding NIH cardiovascular research training grant. During his career at Iowa, which spans more than four and a half decades, Abboud has trained and mentored many physicians and scientists who have gone on to become notable academicians, researchers and physicians.

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

CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-335-9917