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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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