CONTACT: STEVE MARAVETZ
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Iowa City IA 52242
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$4.6 million will establish Center for Study of the Brain and Language
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The department of neurology in the University of
Iowa College of Medicine has received a five-year, $4.6 million grant from
the National Institutes of Health to establish a specialized research center
to study the brain and language.
Program directors for the new grant are Drs. Antonio R. Damasio, Maurice
Van Allen Professor and head of neurology, and Hanna Damasio, professor
of neurology and director of the Laboratory for Human Neuroanatomy and
Other principal investigators include Drs. Daniel Tranel, professor
of neurology, and Thomas Grabowski, assistant professor of neurology at
In collaboration with Dr. Richard Hichwa, director of the UI Positron
Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging Center, the investigators will use functional
neuroimaging techniques to study the brain mechanisms underlying the human
ability to retrieve words with different meanings and grammatical functions.
In addition to their value in discovering fundamental brain and mind
processes, the results of these studies will have a direct application
in management of patients with language disorders caused by stroke, brain
tumors, head injuries and degenerative diseases.
The UI team led by the Damasios has been an international leader in
unlocking the secrets of the brain's functions, including emotions, language,
cognition and reasoning.