Four young UI investigators with four different approaches for expanding knowledge of diabetes were awarded research grants by leaders of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa.
The four selected proposals cover a wide range of molecular and genetic studies including one that examines how a high-fat diet contributes to the disease and another that aims to define the metabolic factors in a diabetic mother that predispose her child to the development of the disease.
Recipients Anne Kwiteck, PhD; Andrew Norris, MD, PhD; Kamal Rahmouni, PhD; and Leonid Zingman, MD, were among 24 researchers from across the UI Carver College of Medicine who submitted proposals.
The four selected applicants will receive a $50,000 first-year grant to conduct their research, with a potential second year of similar funding. The project's goal is to generate data that will enable the researchers to compete for peer-reviewed national funding for projects that show exceptional promise.
These pilot project research grants are supported by gifts from the Fraternal Order of Eagles, which in 2008 made a five-year, $25 million pledge to the UI Foundation for a UI diabetes research center, now named for the Eagles organization.