Recent News and Events *
Jennifer Fiegel, PhD, received an R21 grant from the NIH to research and develop more efffective, inhalable treatments for respiratory infections. She will be working with Alexander Horswill, PhD (MSTP mentor) and David Stoltz, MD, PhD.
Andrew Ackell, M5G and Tyler Rasmussen, M5G attended the American Physician Scientist Association 9th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Tyler brought home the APSA Outstanding Poster Award as well as the Stanely J. Korsmeyer Young Investigator medallion. Tyler's travel award helped make the trip more affordable for both of them.
Barry London, MD, Stanley Perlman, MD, PhD* and Joseph Zabner, MD* were recently elected as members of the Association of American Physicians. The goals of the members include the pursuit of medical knowledge, and the advancement through experimentation and discovery of basic and clinical science and their application to clinical medicine. Each year, individuals having attained excellence in achieving these goals, are recognized by nomination for membership. (Drs. Perlman & Zabner are MSTP Mentors.)
Tyler Rasmussen, M5G and Collin Kreple, M5G each won best poster in COM student category; Rachel Starks, M5G for best poster in ICTS student category; Jenn Streeter, M5G for best poster in IC VA Health Care System student category. The awards list can be viewed here. Also included in the list were the names of mentors for those who submitted posters, ten of which are MSTP Mentors.
Justin Glasgow, M6G, received a Graduate/Professional Distinguished Student Leader Certificate at the recent Finkbine Awards Dinner on April 9, 2013. The dinner is held annually to celebrate leadership, learning and loyalty among the University of Iowa's students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Michael D. Abramoff, MD, PhD, professor of ophthalmology (and MSTP Mentor), for receiving a 2013 Young Investigator Award from The Macula Society. The Macula Society describes the Young Investigator Award as an award that recognizes an “individual or group of individuals under the age of 50 years whose work gives high promise of notable advance in the clinical treatment of disorders of the eye.” Dr. Abramoff will receive the award at the 36th Annual Macula Society Meeting in early 2013.
UI researchers developing 3D printer, 'bio-ink' to create human organs. A new interdisciplinary manufacturing venture called the Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMTecH) group at the University of Iowa College of Engineering’s Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD) was formed to design, create, and test—both virtually and physically—a wide variety of electromechanical and biomedical components, systems and processes. Currently, the group is working on projects ranging from printed circuit boards for automobiles and aircraft to replacement parts for damaged and failing human organs and tissue, says Dr. Tim Marler, AMTecH co-director. (Nicholas Zavazava, MD, PhD, MSTP Mentor in Internal Medicine collaborates on the project.)
The 2013 Advances in Genomics Research Summer Program
UI team to study alcohol's effects on unborn babies. A 5-year grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism will allow researchers to examine fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, a wide-ranging set of adverse effects that fetuses may face from mothers who drink heavily during pregnancy. The study is led by Daniel Bonthius, MD, PhD, neurology & pediatrics (MSTP Mentor) and Bahri Karacay, PhD, pediatrics and co-investigator on the grant.
A new study by UI researchers suggests that the CF mutation also affects the nervous system and might directly cause some neural abnormalities experienced by people with CF. The findings were published online the week of Feb. 4 in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Leah Reznikov, PhD, is a UI postdoctoral fellow in internal medicine and first author of the study. The team included senior study author Michael Welsh, MD (MSTP Mentor) and UI researchers Qian Dong, Jeng-Haur Chen, Thomas Moninger, Jung Min Park, M3G, Yuzhou Zhang, Jianyang Du, Michael Hildebrand, Richard Smith, MD (MSTP Mentor), Christoph Randak, and David Stoltz.
Price for hip replacement highly variable, hard to obtain and many hospitals unable to provide estimates. In a February JAMA article, Jaime Rosenthal, Xin Lu, and Peter Cram, MD found that 40% of top-ranked and 36% of non-top-ranked hospitals were unable to provide a price estimate for a total hip replacement procedure
A recent study by psychiatrists from the Iowa City VA Medical Center and University of Iowa Health Care finds that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with mild TBI have measurable abnormalities in the white matter of their brains when compared to returning veterans who have not experienced TBI. These abnormalities appear to be related to the severity of the injury and are related to cognitive deficits. The findings were published online in December in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Decoding the Neuroscience of Fear and Fearlessness: New findings on the amygdala offer clues to overcoming fear, anxiety, and panic. A recent article written in part three MSTP mentors: Michael Welsh, MD, Daniel Tranel, PhD, John Wemmie, MD, PhD.
UI partners to form Iowa Liver Center. Called the Iowa Liver Center, the new organization will offer a full range of well-coordinated diagnostic, treatment and support services to care for people with diseases of the liver and biliary tract in central and western Iowa. The center unites the expertise of the University of Iowa Organ Transplant Center, based in Iowa City, the Iowa Digestive Disease Center (IDDC), based in Clive, and Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines, including its affiliated clinics and subsidiaries.
ICTS trainee Jacob Elkins, M5G wins prestigious D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize for mathematics/physical sciences/engineering for his dissertation, “Biomechanics of Failure Modalities in Total Hip Arthroplasty,” which details his research on the failure of total hip implants due to impingement and/or dislocation.
Team finds gene that promotes drug resistance in cancer: Findings could lead to better diagnoses, new therapies (The research team includes from the University of Iowa Fenghuang (Frank) Zhan, MD, PhD, and Guido Tricot, MD, PhD and David Bearss, PhD from BYU).
Congratulations to Claire Buchta (Gail Bishop's* lab), Nicole Chapman (Jon Houtman's* lab) and Jonathan Trujillo, M5G (Stanley Perlman's* lab), recipients of a AAI Young Investigator Abstract Award at the 2012 Autumn Immunology Conference which was held from November 16-19, 2012 (Jonathan Trujillo is a 5th year MSTP student, Dr. Bishop, Dr. Houtman, and Dr. Perlman are all MSTP Mentors).
Matthew Rysavy, M4G has just completed his work as editor of the January 2013 issue of Virtual Mentor, the AMA's Journal of Ethics, on the topic "Ethical Issues in Evidence-Based Medicine." (Matthew Rysavy is a 4th year MSTP student).
The Papajohn Biomedical Institute is now soliciting proposals for membership in the Institute & for space in the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building. Proposals should identify a thematic area and investigators. Investigators may be new recruits to the University of Iowa and/or current faculty members.
Encouraging women in science: Melissa Duff, PhD, faculty member in the UI's Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience, inspires young women to study neuroscience.
More children surviving in-hospital cardiac arrest: A study finds that children who had in-hospital cardiac arrest in 2009 were three times more likely to survive than children in 2000.
UI researcher, Aliye Uc, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterologist, created the first patient registry for childhood pancreatic disease.
Unexpected Toughness May Mark Out Cancer Cells in the Blood: UI finding might help improve 'liquid biopsy' approach for detecting cancer cells in blood (recently published in PLOS article by Matthew Barnes, Jones Nauseef, MSTP student, and Michael Henry, PhD, MSTP mentor)
Dr. Usachev receives Excellence in Medical Education Award (Usachev, Yuriy, PhD is a MSTP mentor)
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center awards three seed grants for junior faculty members and independent research scientists to explore new ideas related to the cause, prevention, and treatment of cancer (including William Rockney, MD, PhD, 2007 UI MSTP graduate)
A University of Iowa team has been named a finalist in the CLARITY challenge which challenged international research teams to provide the best interpretation and communication of DNA sequencing results for three children with rare, undiagnosed genetic diseases.
National Cancer Institute awards Adam Dupuy, PhD (MSTP mentor) a "Provocative Questions" initiative grant which will help him to develop new tools to identify driver genes in ovarian cancer, which could help researchers develop new therapies.
Lung maze modelled in 3-D thanks to UI research team (Eric Hoffman, PhD, MSTP mentor worked on the project)
UI researchers find genetic link between smoking, COPD (co-authors Martha Monick, PhD and Mary Wilson, MD, MSTP mentor)
UI Research Foundation increases funding efforts to promote economic growth: The $1 million fund will help academics bankroll critical research (Gail Bishop, PhD, MSTP mentor and scientist Tony Vanden Bush)
Researchers at the University of Iowa have pinpointed for the first time the area in the human brain where doubt arises (researchers included Natalie Denburg, PhD and Daniel Tranel, PhD, MSTP mentor)