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Release: May 9, 2001

UI College of Medicine, Public Health investigators garner Research Week awards

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty and research scientists in the UI College of Medicine and the UI College of Public Health were awarded for their poster presentations during Research Week, held April 9-12.

The theme for this year's Research Week was "Biomedical and Public Health Research in the Post-Genomic Era." This is the first year that the two colleges have collaborated for the week of events, which included lectures, poster sessions, and a daylong symposium April 12.

Following are the names of the award winners, along with the title of each researcher's poster presentation:

WISE and UI Staff Council Poster Presentation Awards
(Open Session for UI faculty, research scientists and research assistants):

-- Rhinda Goedken: "Drawbacks of GENEHUNTER for Larger Pedigrees: Application to Panic Disorder."

-- Brenda Sorensen: "Calcium-dependent Melittin Binding to Paramecium Calmodulin is Domain- Specific and Altered by Mutations."

College of Medicine Graduate Student Poster Presentation Awards:

-- Branimir Cvetkovic: "Molecular and Physiological Analysis of Human Angiotensinogen Variants in vivo and Their Impact on Blood Pressure Phenotype."

-- Jennifer Edwards: "Complement Receptor Type 3 (CR3) on Primary Human Cervical Cells Mediates Neisseria gonorrhoeae-induced Membrane Ruffling and Cellular Invasion."

-- Emily Kuhn: "Insulators: Structural Components of Chromosomes or Transcriptional Regulators?"

-- Lei Liu: "Disruption of DEG/EnaC Proteins Resulted in Salt Taste Defect in Drosophila Melanogaster."

-- Robert Walters: "Binding of Adeno-associated Virus Type 5 to 2,3-Linked Sialic Acid is Required for Gene Transfer."

College of Public Health Graduate Student Poster Presentation Awards:

-- Chandran Achutan: "Effect of Temperature and Relative Humidity on the Airborne Concentrations of Selected Cigarette Smoke Components."

-- Lori Dolan: "Risk Profiles of Residual Acetabular Dysplasia: Implications for Clinical Decision Making."

-- Mark Logue: "The Heterogeneity LOD Cannot be Used to Estimate the Population Proportion of Linked Families."

College of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow Poster Presentation Awards:

-- Paola Drapkin: "Wound Repair of Differentiated Human Airway Epithelia."

-- Kirk Mykytyn: "Identification of the Gene Causing the Human Obesity Syndrome, BBS4."

-- W. Edward Swords: "Multiple Routes for the Invasion of Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells by Nontypeable Haemophilus influenza."

-- Zhengyi Wang: "NA+-Ca2+ Exchanger Remodeling in Pressure-overload Cardiac Hypertrophy."

-- Olena Yermolaieva: "CART Peptide Inhibits Voltage-gated Calcium Channels in Rat Hippocampal Neurons."

College of Public Health Postdoctoral Fellow Poster Presentation Awards:

-- Margaret Voelker: "Self-reported Use of Mental Health Care by Gulf War Veterans and Era Controls."