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UI President, two faculty members elected to Institute of Medicine
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman and
College of Medicine faculty members Jennifer Niebyl and Michael Welsh have
been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National
Academy of Sciences.
The Institute's members serve without compensation in the conduct of
studies, conferences and other inquiries into matters of national policy
for health. Members are chosen on the basis of professional achievement
and demonstrated interest, concern and involvement with problems and critical
issues that affect public health. New members are elected by the incumbent
membership of the Institute.
Niebyl is an internationally renowned authority on pregnancy, fetal
development, the effects of drugs on babies and maternal-fetal medicine.
She has been professor and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology
in the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics since 1988,
when she joined the UI faculty. Niebyl is currently co-editor-in-chief
of the American Journal of Perinatology and associate editor of
The Journal of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation Obstetrical
and Gynecological Survey. She is also a member of the UI College of Medicine
Faculty Practice Plan board of directors, the University Health Plans Advisory
Committee, the ad hoc Task Force on Women Faculty, and the Comprehensive
Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment Program Task Force.
Welsh is among the world's leading researchers on the causes and possible
therapies for cystic fibrosis, the most common lethal genetic disease among
Caucasians. He is one of three Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators
in the UI College of Medicine and is also professor of internal medicine
and of physiology and biophysics.
In addition to his research, Welsh teaches clinical medicine and regularly
sees patients at UIHC. He is a member of Study Sections for the American
Heart Association, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the NIH and the Public
Health Service. He is on the editorial board of Receptors and Channels
and is the treasurer of the Association of American Physicians. He is a
member of the board of directors of the UI Research Foundation and also
serves on the UI College of Medicine Research Advisory Council.
In addition to serving as the UI's chief executive, Coleman holds a
dual academic appointment as professor of biochemistry in the College of
Medicine and of biological sciences in the College of Liberal Arts. Earlier
in her career, she served 19 years as a member of the biochemistry faculty
and Cancer Center administrator at the University of Kentucky, where her
research focused on the immune system and malignancies. Later, she served
as vice chancellor for graduate studies and research at the University
of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and as provost at the University of New
Coleman is a member of the board of governors of the Warren Grant Magnusen
Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has been
a member or chair of scientific review panels for the NIH, the National
Science Foundation, the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund and the editorial board
of The Journal of Biological Chemistry.
The Institute of Medicine was established in 1970 as a unit of the National
Academy of Sciences but with separate membership. Three-fourths of its
members come from the biomedical sciences and health professions. However,
to insure that it has the breadth and depth of competency necessary for
studies of health problems, one-quarter of its members are selected from
other professions, including the natural, social, and behavioral sciences;
law, administration, government service, and engineering.
Other UI faculty and administrators who are members of the Institute
Robert P. Kelch, dean of the College of Medicine; John W. Eckstein,
emeritus professor and dean of medicine; Francois M. Abboud, professor
and head of internal medicine; Nancy C. Andreasen, professor of psychiatry;
James A. Clifton, emeritus professor of internal medicine; Antonio R. Damasio,
professor and head of neurology; Myrtle Adelyotte, emeritus professor and
dean of the College of Nursing; and John W. Colloton, UI vice president
for statewide health services.