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Aug. 7, 2007

UI Biochemistry Professor Receives International Award

Arthur Spector, M.D., the University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Internal Medicine in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been named the recipient of the Alexander Leaf Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL).

The award was established by the Society in 2002 to honor the work of Alexander Leaf, M.D., and his support for ISSFAL and to recognize and reward excellence in areas of research relevant to ISSFAL core interests.

Spector will deliver the featured lecture during the opening ceremonies of the ISSFAL's eighth international meeting, which will be held in May 2008 in Kansas City, Mo.

Spector's research focuses on fatty acids in biological systems. In particular, he is interested in the role of polyunsaturated fatty acids in vascular disease and how they affect the function of brain cells.

Spector served as the president of ISSFAL from 2000 to 2003. He is currently a member of the advisory board for the journal Progress in Lipid Research and Prostaglandins and Other Lipid Mediators. He is on the editorial board for numerous journals, including Prostaglandins and Other Lipid Mediators; the Journal of Lipid Research; Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology; and Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. He also chairs the scientific advisory board for Wake Forest and Brigham and Women's Botanical Lipids Center.

The ISSFAL was established in 1991 with the objective of increasing the understanding of the role of dietary fatty acids and lipids in health and disease through research and education. ISSFAL has more than 500 members from more than 40 countries, including scientists, health professionals, administrators and educators with an interest in the health effects of dietary fats.

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