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Sept. 15, 2008

Miller appointed to Kathrine Griffin Professorship

Del Miller, M.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and a physician with UI Hospitals and Clinics, has been appointed for a five-year term to the Kathrine Griffin Professorship in Schizophrenia and Major Mental Illness.

The professorship was established through a gift made to the UI by the trust of Kathrine (Smith) Griffin, who earned a bachelor's degree from the UI in 1931. Griffin, whose husband Robert was also a UI alumnus, wanted to advance research for the improved diagnosis and cure of schizophrenia. A native of Logan, Griffin died in 1992.

Miller devotes clinical and research expertise to the neurobiology and treatment of schizophrenia, which affects about 1 percent of the U.S. population. His current research includes comparing newer and older medications to treat people with schizophrenia and examining the role of genetics on clinical response to medication, with the goal of improving the treatment of the condition. Miller has published more than 90 peer-reviewed research papers and serves as a reviewer for more than a dozen professional publications in his field.

"We're fortunate that Kathrine Griffin had the foresight to support schizophrenia research. Schizophrenia is a devastating, life-altering disease, and while treatment options have improved over the past 30 years, significantly more research is needed. Dr. Miller is the ideal choice to hold the Griffin professorship and work toward even better therapies," said Robert G. Robinson, M.D., professor and head of psychiatry at the UI Carver College of Medicine, who also holds the Paul W. Penningroth Chair of Psychiatry.

Miller earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the UI College of Pharmacy. He also holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky and a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. In addition, he completed a residency in hospital and clinical pharmacy at University of Kentucky Hospitals and Clinics and a residency in psychiatry at UI Hospitals and Clinics. He was a postdoctoral fellow in mental health at the UI prior to joining the UI faculty in 1992.

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