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Release: Nov. 22, 2000
Campbell is awarded G. Conte Prize
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Gaetano Conte Academy has awarded
a University of Iowa researcher the G. Conte Prize for Basic Research. Kevin
Campbell, Ph.D., Roy J. Carver Chair of Physiology and Biophysics, and professor
of neurology, received the award Oct. 1 at the Mediterranean Society of Myology
Congress Meeting in Capri, where he also presented his work.
The Gaetano Conte Academy promotes scientific research
on diseases of muscle (myopathies) and chronic disorders of cardiac muscles
(cardiomyopathies). Every two years the academy awards the G. Conte Prize
to three scholars who have recently published papers of significant scientific
interest in the field of muscular dystrophy. The prize is awarded for advances
in basic, clinical and social research on muscle disease. Muscular dystrophies
are a group of genetic diseases that cause weakness and deterioration of muscle
Campbell, who is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Investigator and UI Foundation Distinguished Professor, was honored for his
work toward understanding the function of dystrophin in skeletal muscle. His
work uncovered the molecular basis for disease development of muscular dystrophy.
Campbell discovered the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex, a network of proteins
important in maintaining the structural integrity of muscle-cell membranes.
Muscle cells that lack dystrophin start to degenerate because of the instability
of the membrane. Campbells discovery also made possible the identification
of six different forms of muscular dystrophy caused by mutations in genes
that code for various parts of the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex.
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