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Dr. Margit Burmeister, research professor at the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and professor in the Department of Human Genetics has been selected by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia And Depression (NARSAD) to receive its prestigious Distinguished Investigator Award. NARSAD, the world's leading charity dedicated to funding research on psychiatric disorders, will provide a one-year grant of $100,000 to advance her research on the genetics of psychiatric illness.

Dr. Alan Leichtman from the Division of Nephrology, in collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Surgery and the Transplant Center, earlier this year was awarded a U-M Health System Capital Investment Fund grant for $1.26 million to establish a Kidney Paired Donation algorithm. The program makes it possible for donors who are incompatible with an intended kidney transplant recipient to donate to a different patient in need.

MaryFran Sowers, director of the Center for Integrated Approaches to Complex Diseases, has received a 2008 University of Iowa Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of how her studies have deepened understanding of the physiological changes of the aging female body, including the genetic and nutritional factors of bone loss and other diseases. She is the principal investigator for six National Institutes of Health grants that generate more than $11 million for her research.

Daniel Forger, assistant professor of mathematics, has received a Young Investigator Research Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Forger will study physiology modeling of circadian timekeeping. The Young Investigator awards support recent doctorate degree recipients who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.

Dr. Peter Ubel, professor and director of the Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences and Medicine, has been invited to become a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Healthcare Systems, which is scheduled to convene the Summit on the Global Agenda Nov. 7-9 in Dubai.


Dr. Reed Dunnick, Fred Jenner Hodges Professor of Radiology and chair and professor of radiology in the Medical School was elected vice chair of the American College of Radiology during the ACR's 85th Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference May 17-21 in Washington, D.C.

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