Research Areas

We invite investigators to propose research areas that tackle major problems in medicine and biology and to propose scientists with diverse backgrounds who will pursue those problems.

Three thematic research areas that the Institute will include are:

Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center

FOE Diabetes Research Center LogoIn 2008, leaders of The Fraternal Order of Eagles, the University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Foundation announced a $25 million gift commitment from the Eagles to fund diabetes research at the UI. In recognition, the UI established The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center in the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute.

Research in the Center will fundamentally change the understanding, treatment and prevention of diabetes, as the gift will fund endowed chairs and fellowships for diabetes researchers, provide seed grants for innovative ideas, and help recruit leading scientists in diabetes research and translational medicine. In fact the Center has already recruited several talented young scientists.

Research in the Center also will be extended to other areas including obesity, energy metabolism, liver disease and diabetic complications.

Further information: Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center

Lung Biology Center


This Center, located on the sixth floor of the Institute, emcompasses the Cystic Fibrosis Research Center, a multidisciplinary endeavor that is elucidating the causes of cystic fibrosis lung disease and is developing new treatments. The Lung Biology Center will expand on this base to tackle other common and serious lung diseases. The scientific tool kit and fundamental principles of this Center have commonalities that when shared across the Institute, will enhance innovation and translation. Research in this Center links directly to the clinic and industry.

Iowa Institute for Biomedical ImagingCT Scanner

The Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging (IIBI) will be located on the lower level of the Institute. The IIBI is composed of an interdisciplinary group that uses advanced instrumentation for exciting discovery and translation. The Pappajohn Biomedical Institute will reduce barriers between scientific and technological specialties, thereby increasing the ability of Institute investigators to work across disciplines.

Further information: Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging