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Release: Dec. 18, 2000
Hunninghake is appointed to Sterba Professorship
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Gary Hunninghake, M.D., University of Iowa professor
of internal medicine and director of the UI Division of Pulmonary, Critical
Care and Occupational Medicine, has been appointed to the Sterba Professorship
to help promote lung disease research.
The endowed professorship was established through gifts made to the UI Foundation
by the George F. Sterba estate and is named in memory of Sterba, who died
in 1987. A linotype operator at the Iowa City Press-Citizen, Sterba attended
the UI but never graduated.
Hunninghake, who is also a staff physician and researcher at the Veterans
Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City, completed his medical degree and a medical
residency at Kansas University. Prior to joining the UI faculty in 1981, he
was a researcher at the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at the National
Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a senior investigator in
the Pulmonary Branch of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Hunninghake is internationally recognized for his basic research and clinical
studies related to asthma, acute lung injury(ARDS), sarcoidosis and pulmonary
fibrosis. He directs two UI Specialized Centers for Research, which are funded
by the National Institutes of Health.
One study published by Hunninghake found that repeated exposure to molds
often found in damp hay and grain can irritate the lungs, causing a disease
known as farmer's lung or hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
An endowed professorship recognizes distinguished faculty and provides an
annual stipend to partially support the faculty member's salary or teaching,
research or scholarship expenses. Sterba left more than half of his estate
to the UI Foundation to support eye disease and deafness research, the College
of Engineering and student financial aid in addition to lung disease research.
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the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.