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Release: Dec. 15, 1999
UI receives $2.6 million grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute
IOWA CITY, Iowa The University of Iowa College of Medicine has
received a four-year, $2.6 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
(HHMI) to strengthen the college's research programs in molecular medicine
and molecular neuroscience.
The UI College of Medicine is one of 41 colleges to receive funding this
year from the HHMI's Biomedical Research Support Program for Medical Schools.
In all, 105 medical schools submitted applications for the awards.
This is the second time that the UI College of Medicine has received
the biomedical research funding, making the college one of only 14 public
colleges to receive the award twice.
"The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is the premier private medical research
institute in the world," said Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the UI College
of Medicine. "The receipt of this award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
is a tribute to our faculty scientists and reaffirms the University of Iowa's
position in the front ranks of biomedical research."
The College of Medicine plans to use the grant money to recruit exceptional
young faculty scientists, to establish novel pilot research projects that
involve new collaborations designed to bridge disciplines, and to purchase
equipment to strengthen core research facilities that support molecular medicine
"We intend to utilize the monies to build on our scientific strength
in molecular medicine and molecular neuroscience under the leadership of Beverly
Davidson, Michael Welsh and Kevin Campbell," said Allyn Mark, M.D., associate
dean for research and graduate programs at the UI College of Medicine.
Davidson, Ph.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine and neurology,
spearheaded the UI College of Medicine's grant application efforts. In addition
to providing funding through its Biomedical Research Support Program for Medical
Schools, HHMI also supports investigators at academic medical centers and
universities who do research in cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience
and structural biology. Welsh, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine, and
physiology and biophysics; and Campbell, Ph.D., UI professor of physiology
and biophysics, and neurology, currently serve as HHMI investigators.
According to the award announcement, the UI College of Medicine succeeded
in securing the $2.6 million because of the college's past performance. The
college received the same award in 1996 to strengthen its research involving
cellular communication and the molecular biology of gene identification and
"The (latest) proposal demonstrates excellent implementation of the previous
award," one of the application reviewers wrote.
HHMI, based in Maryland, was founded in 1953 by the famous aviator-industrialist
Howard Hughes to promote basic sciences and the effective application of findings
to benefit humankind. In addition to Welsh and Campbell, Val Sheffield, M.D.,
UI professor of pediatrics, serves as an associate investigator.
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UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.