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Oct. 29, 2010

Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center Leadership Announced

University of Iowa Health Care leaders today announced the inaugural leadership team for the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa.

Effective immediately, Daryl Granner, M.D., is the founding director, and Peter Mohler, Ph.D., is the deputy director of the new center, made possible by generous contributions from the Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international organization devoted to helping people in need.

Granner and Mohler will focus initially on faculty recruitment and staff appointments to establish the center's educational and research program agenda.

"The center will have strong interaction with other departments and centers on campus and with other institutions across the country," Granner said.

Granner added that setting a short- and long-term strategic plan is his immediate goal.

"The Eagles will be very proud of this center," Mohler said. "This is going to be a one of a kind facility that will bring a unique focus on diabetes basic and clinical research."

According to Mohler, the strategic plan that he and Granner will develop will begin with faculty recruitment.

"This is the most important factor," he said. "We will assemble the finest group of researchers possible."

In addition to his research and duties as deputy director, Mohler will meet frequently with members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles to present the center's accomplishments.

Granner brings extensive experience to his new position. As a faculty member with the UI Carver College of Medicine and Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 1970 to 1984, Granner organized and directed the Iowa Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center and the Multidisciplinary Training Program in Diabetes and Endocrinology. From 1984 to 1998 he was on the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he founded and directed the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center.

Mohler joined the UI faculty in 2006, coming from Vanderbilt University. He is a national Pew Scholar -- one of only two UI faculty members ever to receive this honor -- and a Kavli Fellow. His laboratory is focused on understanding the cellular pathways responsible for ion channel and transporter targeting in excitable cells including pancreatic beta cells. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for his work.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Media Relations, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room W317 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-356-7124, jennifer-l-brown@uiowa.edu