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Release: Feb. 23, 2000

UI Obstetrics and Gynecology Department recognized for research excellence

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has been recognized for research excellence by the editorial board of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. The department received a $5,000 Department Research Initiative (DRI) award based on outstanding manuscripts published in the journal by two teams of UI investigators during the 1999 calendar year.

The journal recently established the DRI award out of concern about the possible negative effects of health care reform on biomedical research. A total of four institutions received recognition this year. However, the UI was the only institution to have two manuscripts recognized. The award will be used for future research in obstetrics and gynecology at the UI.

The research involved investigators who were or are currently members of the UI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "Randomized double-masked comparison of oxytocin dosage in induction and augmentation of labor" was published by David C. Merrill, M.D., former assistant professor, and Frank J. Zlatnik, M.D., professor. "Sonohysterography in premenopausal women with and without abnormal bleeding" was published by Mia Clevenger-Hoeft, M.D., a former resident in the department; Craig H. Syrop, M.D., professor; Dale W. Stovall, M.D., former associate professor; and Brad J. Van Voorhis, M.D., associate professor. Jennifer R. Niebyl, M.D., is professor and head of the UI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The editorial committee judged the manuscripts on originality; importance to specialty; laboratory, clinical and statistical methodology; narrative and graphic presentation of data; and writing style.

Obstetrics and Gynecology is published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a national organization representing 40,000 physicians who provide health care for women.

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