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Sept. 18, 2006

Murray Named Roy J. Carver Chair In Perinatal Health

Jeff Murray, 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 Perinatal Health.

The endowed chair was established through gifts to the UI Foundation by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa to support research into the genetic and environmental causes of disorders that affect newborn infants.

Murray, who also is a pediatrician with Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics, joined the UI faculty in 1984. A member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine, his research on the genetics of birth defects is world renowned, and he also is widely recognized for his commitment to teaching and patient care. Murray's work has benefited greatly from collaborations with many UI students, faculty and staff. His clinical activities focus on newborn medicine, birth defects and the care of premature infants. His research involves techniques from genetics, molecular biology, embryology and epidemiology to study birth defects, especially cleft lip and palate, as well as premature birth and its complications. He also is involved in clinical trials of vitamins to prevent birth defects in developing countries. He has been honored as a UI Presidential Lecturer, and he is a past recipient of the Carver College of Medicine's Award for Distinguished Mentoring.

"This Carver Chair underscores Dr. Murray's many contributions to the understanding of birth defects, and his compassion for patients and their families," said Michael Artman, M.D., professor and head of pediatrics and physician-in-chief at Children's Hospital of Iowa. "He is an outstanding choice to be named to this chair, and I'm sure he will represent it and the University with the distinction he has shown throughout his career."

Murray earned a medical degree at Tufts Medical School in Boston in 1978 and completed a medical residency in pediatrics at the New England Medical Center Hospital. He also completed a fellowship in medical genetics at the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition to his UI academic appointment in pediatrics, Murray is a faculty member in epidemiology, pediatric dentistry and biological sciences. He also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Southern Denmark University.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu.