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Sept. 18, 2006

McCray Named Roy J. Carver Chair In Pulmonary Research

Paul McCray Jr., M.D., professor of pediatrics in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been named to the Roy J. Carver Chair in Pulmonary Research.

The endowed chair was established through gifts to the UI Foundation by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa to support the expansion of pulmonary research at the UI.

McCray, who also is a pediatrician with Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics, joined the UI faculty in 1991. He is lauded as an innovative scientist, research collaborator and mentor, and he is widely regarded for his work developing new approaches for the treatment of inherited lung disease and the pathogenesis and treatment of cystic fibrosis. One aspect of McCray's research focuses on the development of gene therapy, using viruses as vehicles to deliver therapeutic genes to cells. His laboratory team also pursues studies of host-pathogen interactions, with an emphasis on identifying and understanding novel proteins that help protect the lung. His research studies are currently funded through several National Institutes of Health grants. McCray's clinical activities focus on care of infants and children with cystic fibrosis, asthma, and developmental anomalies of the lung.

"Dr. McCray is clearly recognized as a groundbreaking scientist and collaborator, and this Carver Chair will allow him to pursue the types of cutting-edge research that will lead to better treatments for children with pulmonary disease," said Michael Artman, M.D., professor and head of pediatrics and physician-in-chief at Children's Hospital of Iowa. "I am extremely proud that Dr. McCray has received this tremendous honor."

McCray earned a medical degree at UI Carver College of Medicine in 1981. He completed a medical residency in pediatrics, and a fellowship in the allergy and pulmonary division of pediatrics, at UI Hospitals in Clinics. In addition to his academic appointment in pediatrics, McCray is a faculty member in the Genetics Ph.D. Program and the Medical Scientist Training Program, a combined M.D./Ph.D. program at the UI that integrates graduate research training with studies in clinical medicine.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, Writer: Andrea Schreiber