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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 degenerative research.

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.