WRITER: SETH COOMBS
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: May 3, 1999
England awarded Ruth Salta award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Sarah England, Ph.D., assistant professor
in the University of Iowa department of physiology and biophysics, has received
the 1998 Ruth Salta Junior Investigator Award for her contributions in research
on heart disease.
The $2,000 award, offered by the American Health Assistance
Foundation, is given in memory of Mrs. Ruth Salta to aid in age-related and
England's longterm research interests lie in the role
of ion channels in smooth muscle excitability. "Research aimed at smooth muscle
relaxation will have a wide range of benefits," England said, "including aiding
in the treatment of vascular diseases such as angina pectoris and hypertension,
as well as other related disorders like congestive cardiac failure, and asthma."
A member of the UI physiology and biophysics faculty since
June 1997, England expressed excitement over the award. "I am honored to have
received this award from the American Health Assistance Foundation. It is
always an honor to receive such an award early in your career," she said.