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Paul James To Lead UI Family Medicine, Family Care Center

March 7, 2005

Dr. Paul James has been named the new head of the Department of Family Medicine in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and head of the UI Family Care Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics. The appointments will be effective April 1, 2005.

James, who currently is a UI associate professor of family medicine, also will serve as chair of the board of directors of the UI Community Medical Services and director of UI Family Care Clinics in Johnson County. James will remain the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians Endowed Chair in Rural Medicine, a position to which he was appointed when he joined the UI faculty in 2001. He also is an associate professor of occupational and environmental health...
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Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center awards seed grants

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center (HCCC) at the UI has awarded a total of $30,000 in HCCC Seed Grants for Translational Project Development and Clinical Trials to UI CCOM researchers. Awards of $10,000 each will support three teams of investigators. These grants are designed to help researchers take discoveries from the research laboratories of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and use them to develop new approaches to cancer prevention and treatment. Dr. Kenneth Dornfeld, assistant professor of radiation oncology, will lead a team that will study radiation-induced tissue death, which can occur when insufficient oxygen reaches tissues in the body. Co-investigators Drs. Douglas Trask, assistant professor of otolaryngology, and Frederick Domann Jr., associate professor of radiation oncology, will explore a novel approach to enhancing the sensitivity of a variety of cancers to radioactive iodine, which mostly is used to treat thyroid cancer. Trask is also a staff physician with the Veterans Affairs Iowa City Health Care System. Dr. Carol E.H. Scott-Conner, professor of surgery, will assess how prior pregnancy impacts the behavior of breast cancer.

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On Nov. 23, 2004, the College hosted a celebration honoring Drs. Kevin P. Campbell and E. Peter Greenberg  on their election to the National Academy of Sciences. Also honored at the event were the UI’s three other members of the NAS—Drs. Donald A. Gurnett, James A. Van Allen and Michael Welsh.  Pictured are (left to right): President David Skorton, Greenberg, Van Allen, Gurnett, Welsh, Campbell and Dean Jean Robillard.


Dr. Gerald DiBona, professor emeritus of internal medicine, was invited to give the Walter B. Cannon Memorial Award Lecture at the Experimental Biology-International Congress of Physiology meeting in San Diego, Calif. on April 2. He will present "Physiology in Perspective, "The Neural Control of Renal Function" at that meeting and also at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

Dr. Robin Davisson, asssociate professor of anatomy and cell biology, received a five-year, $500,000 grant from the American Heart Association (AHA) to study how oxidative stress in the central nervous system contributes to heart failure. She was one of only 25 recipients of the AHA's National Established Investigator awards given by the organization this year.

Dr. Reginald R. Cooper, UI CCOM professor and emeritus head of orthopaedics at UI Hospitals and Clinics, will receive a prestigious national award for his lifetime contributions to the field of orthopaedics. The American Orthopaedic Association-Zimmer Award for Distinguished Contribution to Orthopaedics will be presented to Cooper in June during the association's annual meeting in Huntington Beach, Calif.

The $50,000 award recognizes outstanding leadership in the advancement of the art and science of orthopaedics. It is bestowed on individuals who effectively confront issues or challenges facing the specialty and honors those who have enhanced and shaped the specialty. It recognizes sustained and substantial contributions and leadership to orthopaedic surgery through clinical, educational, research or other meritorious means.

Cooper is only the fourth recipient of the AOA-Zimmer Award, and the second from the UI to receive it. The previous UI winner was Dr. Ignacio V. Ponseti, UI professor emeritus of orthopaedics, who received the award in 2003.

A UI faculty member since 1962, Cooper served as head of the UI Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for 26 years. During his career he has served as president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the largest society of orthopaedic surgeons in the world. He also presided over the Orthopaedic Research Society and has received the Kappa Delta Award for outstanding orthopaedic research.

Cooper acted as chairman of the research advisory board and the medical advisory board for the Shriner's Hospitals for Children. He served on the advisory council of the National Institutes of Health for the Institute of Arthritis, Metabolic and Digestive Diseases, and was chairman of the board of trustees of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

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March 31, 2005
John Martin Rare Book Room: An Exploration of the Collection and Use of Rare Medical Books
3:30-4:30 p.m., John Martin Rare Book Room, 4th Fl, Hardin Library

Speaker: Edwin Holtum, assistant director and curator of John Martin Rare Book Room, HLHS
Contact: Sonya, 335-6878

This collection is one of the finest of its kind and includes original works that span six centuries. Users will be introduced to the history, scope and use of the collection, offer a first-hand look at some of the important holdings; and provide a summary of some major reference sources in the history of medicine. The format will be flexible to accommodate the specific interests of those in attendance. Registration is required.

For web information, go here.

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