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Release: May 1, 2001

Haynes appointed as director of UI General Clinical Research Center

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- William G. Haynes, M.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine, has been appointed as director of the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) in the University of Iowa College of Medicine. The appointment was effective April 1.

Haynes succeeds Janet Schlechte, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine, who led the GCRC for the past 13 years. Schlechte's leadership will be recognized at a later date by a UI College of Medicine symposium on clinical research.

Haynes previously served as associate program director for the GCRC, which develops programs to translate recent advances in basic science into improved diagnosis and treatment of human disease. The center also promotes innovative approaches to explore the causes of human disease and houses facilities for research studies of novel treatments.

The GCRC has 12 inpatient beds, an outpatient clinic and specialized nutritional, cardiovascular, osteoporosis and cancer laboratories. Nearly 80 UI investigators are involved in projects associated with the center, and more than 6,000 patient visits were made to the GCRC last year.

Haynes said his objective as director will be to build on the center's superb record of clinical research, which has provided important information about such diseases and conditions as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, childhood diseases, orthopaedics and preventive health.

"I am honored and excited to be able to work with many others in the UI in developing new approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease," Haynes said.

His own research interests include the causes and treatment of cardiovascular and metabolic disease such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity, which are areas in which the GCRC has wide expertise.

Haynes earned his medical degree from the University of Sheffield, England, and received post-doctoral training at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He joined the UI department of internal medicine in 1997.

Haynes, who has received national and international honors for his research, is exceptionally qualified to lead the GCRC, said Allyn Mark, M.D., Roy J. Carver Professor of Internal Medicine and associate dean for research and graduate programs in the UI College of Medicine.

"Dr. Haynes has a passionate commitment to excellence in patient-oriented research, and he is ideally suited to lead the General Clinical Research Center," Mark said.

The UI GCRC was established in 1960 and is one of nearly 75 clinical centers in the United States supported by the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This year, the NIH will provide more than $2.8 million in support to the UI GCRC.

The UI center can be visited online at http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/gcrc/. In addition, the Web site provides examples of UI GCRC studies that have changed the understanding of diabetes, kidney disease, the use of cochlear implants, and sugar and hyperactivity in children. These stories can be read at http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/gcrc/highlights/webhilit/index.htm.

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