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Dec. 6, 2010

Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Mentor Award, lecture Dec. 14

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will present the Distinguished Mentor Award to Bruce Gantz, M.D. (left), UI professor and head of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery who holds the Brian F. McCabe Distinguished Chair in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

The event, which begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, also will feature the Distinguished Mentor Lecture by David Julius, Ph.D., professor and chair of physiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Julius, an internationally known expert in the pathways involved in pain and temperature sensing, will present "From Peppers to Peppermints: Natural Products as Probes of the Pain Pathway."

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 Bruce Gantz is a leading neurotologist and an internationally recognized expert in cochlear implant clinical research and skull base surgery. In 1985, he established the Iowa Cochlear Implant Clinical Research Center, which has received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health and is considered one of the world's premier cochlear implant centers.

Gantz's commitment to the field of neurotology is underscored by his efforts to train the next generation of specialists. He spearheaded restructuring and standardizing of neurotology fellowship training on a national level and is directly responsible for development of board certification in neurotology. The neurotology fellowship program at Iowa was the first in the nation to be accredited in 1997. Many of the residents who trained under Gantz are now prominent leaders in otolaryngology -- they train specialists; are prominent research scientists and clinicians; serve as department chairs and residency program directors; and are research program and grant directors. Gantz earned a Bachelor of Science degree, a master's degree and a medical degree from the UI. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and president of the American Board of Otolaryngology.

juliusThis year's Distinguished Mentor Lecturer, David Julius (left), Ph.D., holds the Morris Herzstein Chair in Molecular Biology at UCSF. He has made seminal discoveries of molecular mechanisms by which the skin senses painful stimuli and temperature and produces pain hypersensitivity. Julius, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, has twice received awards from the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. He also recently received the Run Run Shaw Foundation Prize in Life Science and Medicine, the 2010 Passono Award and the Prince of Asturias Award in Technical and Scientific Research. He earned a bachelor's degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctoral degree at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

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 currently is professor emeritus of internal medicine and physiology, and was recently named founding director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the UI.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Media Relations, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room W319 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-356-7124,


STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Media Relations, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room W317 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-356-7124,