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June 8, 2005

Campbell Named Head Of Physiology And Biophysics

Kevin Campbell, Ph.D., has been named head of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. The appointment is effective July 1.

Campbell, who is the Roy J. Carver Chair of Physiology and Biophysics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator, has served as interim head of the department since 2002. He also holds joint appointments in the UI Departments of Neurology and Internal Medicine.

"Dr. Campbell's reputation as a world-class scientist is widely known and richly deserved, and I am delighted that he has accepted the position of permanent department head for physiology and biophysics," said Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine. "Dr. Campbell exemplifies scientific excellence and outstanding teaching and mentoring ability, qualities that help make our college a vibrant and exciting research environment and a place that provides exceptional learning opportunities for young scientists and medical students."

Campbell is internationally recognized for his fundamental contributions to muscular dystrophy research. His work has led to the identification of the molecular and genetic basis of several forms of muscular dystrophy and has provided a clearer understanding of muscle-disease processes. In addition to improving diagnoses of muscular dystrophies, Campbell's discoveries may provide the basis for new therapies to treat these devastating neuromuscular disorders.

Campbell, who joined the UI in 1981, has been an HHMI Investigator since 1989 and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He also is a UI Foundation Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Biophysics. Campbell has received numerous awards for his research, including a Scientific Achievement Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the ASBMB-Amgen Award, the Duchenne-Erb-Preis Award and an American Academy of Neurology Lecturer Award. He also has published over 300 scientific articles.

Campbell received a doctoral degree in biophysics from the University of Rochester and a bachelor's degree in physics from Manhattan College. He spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research at the University of Toronto.

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