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Release: Aug. 3, 2001

UI researcher receives $180,000 to study human implantation

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa Health Care physician in the department of obstetrics and gynecology recently received two research grants totaling $180,000 for studying human implantation, the process by which embryos attach to the wall of the uterus in pregnancy.

Anuja Dokras, M.D., Ph.D., in the UI Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, specializes in treating patients affected by infertility. Dokras received a $130,000 Reproductive Scientist Development Award from the National Institute of Child Health Development. Dokras also earned a $50,000 grant from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and Serono, Inc.

Dokras' research focuses upon a novel tumor suppressor gene called maspin and its role in the development of the placenta and obstetric disorders such as preeclampsia and growth restrictions of the uterus.

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