WRITER: LENA BAKER
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Release: Jan. 9, 2002
Bonthius receives Young Investigator Award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Daniel Bonthius, M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa assistant
professor of pediatrics and neurology, received the Young Investigator Award
from the Child Neurology Society for his research on congenital lymphocytic
choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) infection.
LCMV is a virus prevalent in the environment and is commonly transmitted
to humans through contact with mice. The virus can be extremely dangerous
if infection occurs during pregnancy because the fetal brain is particularly
vulnerable to the damaging effects of the virus. Children infected with the
virus in utero often have severe brain injury that manifests as mental retardation,
epilepsy or cerebral palsy.
The Young Investigator Award is given to one child neurologist worldwide
each year. As part of the award, Bonthius delivered the keynote scientific
address at the society's conference in Victoria, British Columbia last October.
Also, as part of the award, Bonthius received a research grant for $20,000
from the Sigma Tau Pharmaceutical Company.
Bonthius received his bachelor's degree in 1982, and his doctorate in 1990,
both from the UI.
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