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McCord Research gift supports UI students

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- A generous gift from an Iowa City foundation is helping to support University of Iowa biosciences students.

The McCord Research Foundation made a gift commitment of $2.3 million to the University of Iowa Foundation to support UI biomedical research into the role of free radicals in the mechanisms of aging and wound healing. The gift will also provide fellowship support for students in the Biosciences Program of the UI Graduate College.

The gift will also help advance three continuing research projects in the UI Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program with a focus on wound care and quiescent cells.

"This generous and visionary support from McCord Research is key to the University of Iowa's ability to seriously pursue a most promising avenue of biomedical research in free radicals, anatomy and cell biology," said Paul Rothman, M.D., dean of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. "The McCord Research gift also is in accord with a goal shared jointly by the UI and the State of Iowa-attracting young scientists and keeping them here in Iowa. This not only gives them the opportunity to explore and promote pioneering science ‘at home,' but the fruit of these very promising researchers' efforts may help attract more science-based business to the state."

The first research scholar benefiting from the McCord Research Foundation Scholarships is UI graduate Student Eric Van Otterloo from Sheldon, Iowa. UI researchers whose projects are supported by the McCord Research Foundation Fellowships include Nukhet Aykin-Burns, Ph.D., assistant research scientist; Josh Madsen, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow; and Ehab Sarsour, Ph.D., assistant research scientist.

"We are honored to support outstanding new scientists in the fields of free radical, anatomy and cell biology," said Darlene McCord, Ph.D., FAPWCA, who established the McCord Research Foundation with her husband, James McCord, Ph.D. "Our hope is that these prestigious fellowships will allow the recipients, who are selected by a faculty committee, to pursue promising investigations that advance scientific thought and lead to groundbreaking discoveries in this exciting and important field of research."

For more information about McCord Research you can visit their web site by clicking here and more information about the UI Foundation can be found by clicking here.

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