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Sept. 12, 2006

Department Name Change Reflects Evolution In Research

The renaming of the University of Iowa Department of Physiology and Biophysics to the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics more accurately reflects the nature of the research conducted by departmental faculty and the curriculum offered to graduate students, according to the head of the department.

"Research in our department has evolved since its original designation as physiology and biophysics more than 100 years ago," said Kevin Campbell, Ph.D., the Roy J. Carver Chair of Physiology and Biophysics and professor and head of the department and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. "Every faculty member is actively engaged in the analysis of the molecular basis of fundamental processes in cell physiology. The name change reflects this evolution in research."

The department name change was approved at the August meeting of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

The Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics is one of six basic science departments in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. In addition to its instructional role in the training of professional students in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and the physician assistant program, the department has an impressive history of research in molecular and cellular physiology.

For more information about the UI Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, visit their Web site at

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

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