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The DRC is based on a $25 million gift from the Fraternal Order of Eagles. This gift will be used in four major ways:
Endowed chairs are a most valuable asset of an academic institution. They provide an annual source of unrestricted funds that are used to enhance the research program of the chair holder. The DRC will use these chairs to recruit/retain the best diabetes/obesity scholars at the University of Iowa. Four fully endowed chairs will be established.
Five-year awards will be given to two tenure track scholars who show outstanding promise in the field of diabetes/obesity research. They will be used by the recipients to further their research programs. The first of these has been awarded to Christopher Adams, MD, PhD.
This program will award $50,000 annually to young investigators who propose to establish a research career in diabetes/obesity, to senior investigators in another field, who want to explore a project related to diabetes/obesity, or to an established diabetes/obesity investigator who proposes to pursue an entirely new approach. Recipients are chosen based on a competitive evaluation of proposals submitted by the applicants. Each project can be renewed for one year, providing satisfactory progress is made. We expect that these projects will be used to generate data that can then be used to acquire peer-reviewed, long-term research support from outside agencies. Learn more about our current and past recipients award recipients.
The largest portion of the gift from the Fraternal Order of Eagles will be used to recruit new faculty members to the Center. Successful candidates will be provided salary support and research laboratory support amply sufficient to establish an independently supported research program. Whenever possible the Center will leverage its support with that of departments of the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. This will allow us to recruit more faculty members than could be accomplished by the FOE gift alone. We anticipate being able to recruit 10-15 new scientists to the area of diabetes/obesity research.
The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine has made a matching contribution to the Center. The DRC is currently housed in newly renovated research space on campus. A floor in the Pappajohn Biomedical Research Building has been allocated as the permanent home of the DRC. This floor will have 20,000 square feet of high quality laboratory space, valued at approximately $20 million. The Pappajohn Biomedical Research Institute will house, in addition to the DRC, several other interdisciplinary research programs, including those focused on cystic fibrosis, human genetics and neurobiology. This building is currently under construction. See HERE for schematics of what the building, laboratories, offices, and seminar rooms will look like. See HERE for a live webcam view of the construction site.
In addition to this premium research space, the Carver College of Medicine has pledged $5 million for core resources, administrative support, an educational program and other related purposes. Together, this commitment matches the $25 million gift from the F.O.E. This is a true partnership.