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Nov. 3, 2009

Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Mentor Award, lecture set for Nov. 4

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will present Distinguished Mentor Awards to Stuart Weinstein, M.D., UI professor of orthopaedics, and posthumously to Ignacio Ponseti, M.D., UI emeritus professor, whose wife, Helena Percas-Ponseti, will accept the award in his name.

The event, which begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, also will feature the Distinguished Mentor Lecture by David Kingsley, Ph.D., a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator and professor of developmental biology at Stanford University.

All events will take place in the Prem Sahai Auditorium of the Medical Education and Research Facility. A reception will follow in the nearby atrium.

The Distinguished Mentor Award honors Carver College of Medicine faculty members for outstanding mentoring and substantial impact on trainees who have, in turn, led distinguished careers. The Distinguished Mentor Lecture brings to the UI leading scientists who embody the ideals of the award and its recipient.

The Distinguished Mentor Award and Lecture were established and are supported by a gift to the UI Foundation from UI graduates Nancy Granner and Daryl Granner, M.D., of North Liberty, Iowa.

-- Distinguished Mentor Awardee Stuart Weinstein, an expert in spinal deformity, has been a faculty member in the UI Department of Orthopaedics since 1976. Weinstein, who also is the Ignacio V. Ponseti Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, earned a UI medical degree in 1972. Weinstein has mentored innumerable students, residents and fellows. Described as leading by example, he has helped train some of the world's best-known pediatric orthopedic surgeons and is internationally known in his field. Weinstein's research has focused on spinal deformity in children, children's hip and foot problems, and the natural history and long-term outcome of pediatric musculoskeletal conditions. Weinstein has published nearly 200 scientific articles in peer review journals on a wide variety of pediatric orthopedic conditions.

-- Ignacio V. Ponseti was selected to receive a Distinguished Mentor Award prior to his recent death. Ponseti, who at age 95 was at work just days before he died on Oct. 18, joined the UI in 1941. By the 1950s he had developed the non-surgical technique that bears his name, the Ponseti method. The treatment involves the careful manipulation of the feet followed by the use of plaster casts, and has success rates as high as 98 percent. Ponseti retired in 1984, but returned to work in consultative practice in 1986. Training others in the method became a significant part of his work. In recent decades, Ponseti also advanced basic research in deforming diseases such as scoliosis, clubfoot and hip dysplasia. He established the first connective tissue biochemistry lab dedicated to this effort, bringing opportunities to those training in this field.

-- This year's Distinguished Mentor Lecturer, David Kingsley, a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator and professor of developmental biology at Stanford University, studies the genetic mechanisms controlling vertebrate skeletal formation and evolution. A native of Des Moines, Kingsley has identified key genes controlling bone and joint formation in mice, uncovered molecular mechanisms for major evolutionary changes in stickleback fish and shown that similar mechanisms are used repeatedly when similar traits evolve in very different animals, including humans. Kingsley earned a doctorate in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute.

-- Nancy Granner and Daryl Granner both received bachelor's degrees at the UI in 1958. Daryl Granner, a Distinguished Alumnus of the UI, also received a Master of Science degree and a medical degree from the UI in 1962. He was a UI College of Medicine faculty member from 1970 to 1984 and directed the endocrinology division from 1975 to 1984. Granner is adjunct professor of molecular physiology and biophysics and of internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Media Relations, E100-GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

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