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UI researchers receive pilot grants for environmental health projects
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Environmental Health Sciences Research
Center's (EHSRC) pilot project grant program recently awarded nearly $80,000
to UI investigators who will conduct a variety of new environmental health
The center, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences,
annually awards pilot project grants, with priority given to young investigators.
These "start-up" funds have helped generate large research initiatives,
produce important scientific manuscripts and recruit new investigators to
the field of environmental health research.
"The pilot project grant program has been a vital element of the center
since its inception in 1989 and is essential to its future success,"
says Dr. James Merchant, EHSRC director and UI professor of preventive and
Any UI faculty member with a research interest in environmental health consistent
with the goals of the center is eligible to apply for pilot project grant
support. In 1996, the EHSRC also initiated an International Pilot Grant Program,
which earmarks funds for research projects with an international environmental
While individual awards are limited to $15,000, the dedicated research facilities
of the EHSRC provide valuable support services to pilot grant recipients,
thereby extending the capabilities and the amount of work that can be accomplished
with these funds.
Following are the 1997 grant recipients, announced earlier in April:
* William A. Groves, assistant professor of preventive medicine and environmental
health; "Field Analysis of Perchlororethylene in breath using a surface-acoustic-wave
microsensor-based instrument;" $14,600.
* Gunnar Gudmundsson, fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine, and
Gary Hunninghake, professor of internal medicine; "Genetic Determinants
of Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis;" $14,885.
* Joseph M. Reinhardt, adjunct assistant professor of radiology, Eric A.
Hoffman, professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, and Stephen S.
Raab, assistant professor of pathology; "Accurate Measurement of Intra-Thoracic
Airways via X-Ray CT;" $15,000.
* Mark A. Young, assistant professor of chemistry, and Peter S. Thorne, associate
professor of preventive medicine and environmental health; "Real-Time
Chemical Analysis of Single Bioaerosol Particles;" $15,000.