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UI engineer appointed to National Institutes of Health study section

Michael Mackey, associate professor of biomedical engineering in the UI College of Engineering and associate professor of pathology in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been appointed a regular member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biomedical Computation and Health Informatics (BCHI) Study Section for a term effective July 1, 2008, and ending June 30, 2012.

Study section members contribute to the national biomedical research effort by reviewing and making recommendations on grant applications submitted to NIH and surveying the status of research in their fields of science. They are selected on the basis of contributions made to their scientific fields as shown by research, publications in scientific journals, and other scientific activities, achievements and honors.

Mackey received his doctorate in biophysics from the University of California-Berkeley and San Francisco in 1988. His research interests include imaging live cells and modeling biochemical reaction pathways in living cells.

He is technical director of the Large Scale Digital Cell Analysis Facility at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, co-director for Graduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering and Cellular and molecular imaging group leader in the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Engineering.

Robillard to represent UI Hospitals on Iowa Business Council

Jean E. Robillard, vice president for medical affairs at the University of Iowa, has accepted an invitation to join the Iowa Business Council (IBC) as a representative of UI Hospitals and Clinics. IBC membership is by invitation only and includes the top executives of 19 of Iowa's largest employers, the three Regent universities, and Iowa's largest banking association.

A native of Montreal, Robillard, M.D., earned his bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Montreal.  Following post-doctoral training in Montreal, Los Angeles, and Iowa City, he joined the faculty at the UI in 1974 as an assistant professor and was promoted to professor in 1982.  In 1987, he became vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics while also serving as director of the Pediatric Nephrology Division.

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