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Release: March 2, 1999

UI's Cardiovascular Center receives $4.76 million grant from NIH

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of Iowa a $4.76 million, five-year competitive renewal as one of six U.S. Specialized Centers of Research (SCOR) in pediatric cardiovascular diseases.

The award to the UI College of Medicine's Cardiovascular Center will fund studies on genes involved in cardiac development.

Ronald Lauer, M.D., UI professor of pediatrics, is the SCOR director. Robert Tomanek, Ph.D., UI professor of anatomy and cell biology, and Daniel Weeks, Ph.D., UI associate professor of biochemistry, will serve as co-directors. Lauer has headed the center for the past 10 years.

The UI research center's projects include identifying genes which contribute to congenital heart defects, determining the growth factors which regulate development of the coronary blood vessels, and testing how alterations in genes and environmental factors contribute to congenital heart defects.

The five-year award began on Jan. 1, 1999 and will extend through the program's 15th anniversary in the year 2003.