WRITER: BILL RADL
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSON
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax(319) 335-8034
Release: March 21, 2000
UI College of Medicine receives $3.3 million training grant renewal from
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National
Institutes of Health has granted the University of Iowa College of Medicine
an Institutional National Research Service Award.
The $3.3 million award is the fifth competitive renewal of the Interdisciplinary
Cardiovascular Research Fellowship to the UI Cardiovascular Research Center.
This fellowship program, funded since July 1, 1975, has been under the direction
of Francois M. Abboud, M.D., UI professor and head of internal medicine and
director of the UI Cardiovascular Research Center. This is the longest period
of time that an Institutional National Research Service Award has been granted
to the UI College of Medicine by the NIH.
The NIH support was expanded from 13 to 15 postgraduate research trainees
each year. Areas of research in cardiovascular training include cellular and
molecular medicine, molecular genetics and molecular neuroscience, functional
and computational genomics, genetic epidemiology, autonomic control of the
circulation, basic mechanisms of disease, and gene therapy.
Over the past 25 years more than 300 cardiovascular scientists and cardiologists
received their early research training through this program. Many are leading
basic scientists or physician-scientists in major universities or industry.
Donald D. Heistad, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine and pharmacology
and director of the cardiovascular diseases division in internal medicine,
will serve as co-director of the training program.
The five-year renewal will begin on July 1, 2000, and extend through the
program's 30th anniversary in 2005.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.