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Nov. 1, 2005

UI Carver College Receives Grant For Neuroscience Training Program

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is one of only nine institutions nationwide to receive a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a course on the neurobiology of disease specifically designed to train young neuroscientists to apply their scientific knowledge to the problems of human health.

"This grant gives us the opportunity to create a course that will essentially put neuroscience in the framework of human disease," said Henry Paulson, M.D., Ph.D., UI associate professor of neurology. "Our students will acquire the skills and understanding to translate research findings into treatments."

Paulson notes that the funding reflects an NIH commitment to help increase the ranks of medical scientists who focus on moving research from the "bench to the bedside." The two-year grant is $94,700.

Beginning in the Fall 2006 semester, all UI neuroscience graduate students will be required to take the course, which will include discussion of controversial, cutting-edge issues in neurobiology of disease and potential routes to therapy based on an increasing understanding of disease mechanisms. In addition to learning from UI faculty experts, students also will have an opportunity to hear from outside speakers and even directly from patients who will talk to students about the effects of neurological disease.

Paulson and Daniel Tranel, Ph.D., UI professor of neurology and psychology, and director of the UI Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience, will co-direct the new course.

"One of the longstanding strengths of neuroscience at the University of Iowa has been the close relationship between basic neuroscience and its relevant clinical applications, in departments such as neurology and psychiatry," Tranel said. "This course provides a strategic piece of the curriculum for neuroscience students, and brings into the academic mainstream the translational strength that has long distinguished our neuroscience program."

Paulson added, "Neuroscience is one of four key areas of focus for the UI Carver College of Medicine and this project enhances the education and research missions of the college and, in the long-term, is designed to produce more neuroscientists working to translate research into treatments, which should lead to improved patient care."

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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