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Release: Nov 11, 2002
UI free radical researcher elected as president of Oxygen Society
Oxygen Society recently elected Garry Buettner, Ph.D., University of Iowa
professor of radiation oncology, as the organization's next president.
Buettner will serve as president-elect under incoming president Balz Frei,
Ph.D., of the Linus Pauling Institute of Oregon State University. Following
completion of his term as president-elect, Buettner will assume the post of
Established in 1987, the Oxygen Society is a professional scientific organization
comprised of more than 1,200 scientists, researchers and clinicians with an
interest in the field of free radical biology, chemistry and medicine.
Buettner received his doctoral degree in chemistry at the UI. He became
director of the Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) facility at the UI in 1988 and
continues to hold that position today. Buettner has taught and conducted research
at the UI since1988 and was promoted to full professor in 1999. He also is
assistant director of the Free Radical and Radiation Biology Graduate Program.
His research interests include the mechanisms of antioxidant action in biology.
In particular, his work examines how vitamins C and E as well as beta-carotene
serve as antioxidants in cells and tissues and their roles in disease and
As an active member of the Oxygen Society, Buettner has served as a council
member and as a member of the editorial board of the journal Free Radical
Biology Medicine. He has organized the popular Sunrise Free Radical School
at the Oxygen Society annual meeting for the past seven years and was honored
with the society's first "Master Teacher" award in 1999, in recognition
of his instructional abilities. He currently is chair of the Society's Education
Committee and has been working to establish the "Virtual Free Radical
School" on the Society's Web site http://www.oxygensociety.org/.
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