The Importance of Mentorship

For those of us who practice in academic medical centers and who conduct biomedical research, recent news from Washington, D.C., is cause for concern. The proposed presidential budget proposal indicated that as much as 20 percent, or approximately $6 billion, could be cut from the NIH budget, and a $1.2B reduction was proposed for the […]

Highlights from the 2017 Advances in Diabetes & Obesity Management Symposium

At last year’s inaugural revival of the day-long conference, attendees packed a small room on the edge of the health sciences campus. This year and based on interest from last year’s attendees, conference organizers wanted to expand a bit, holding it in the Medical Alumni Auditorium. Attendees arrived from around the region ready to connect […]

Abou Alaiwa Wins K08 Grant

Dr. Mahmoud Abou Alaiwa, Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine, has recently begun work on an early-career grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The K08 award is also known as a Mentored Clinical Scientists Research Career Development Award and will provide support and protected time to Dr. Abou Alaiwa under […]

ACRC Researchers Find New Link to Hypertension

One of the benefits of working in the Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center (ACRC) is that researchers have ready access to collaborators. A publication earlier this year in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology shows the results of one such collaboration within the ACRC. The article both identifies a specific immune cell cytokine in hypertensive rats that […]

Hepatitis C virus infection inhibits a Src-kinase regulatory phosphatase and reduces T cell activation in vivo

Authors: Nirjal Bhattarai, James H. McLinden, Jinhua Xiang, M. Meleah Mathahs, Warren N. Schmidt, Thomas M. Kaufman, Jack T. Stapleton Journal: PLOS Pathogens | DOI:10.1371/journal.ppat.1006232 February 24, 2017 Abstract: Among human RNA viruses, hepatitis C virus (HCV) is unusual in that it causes persistent infection in the majority of infected people. To establish persistence, HCV […]

ACRC Symposium Panel Planned in Memory of Kerber

Next week, the François M. Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center will host its 4th Annual Symposium. Each year, experts in cardiovascular medicine from around the country come together to exchange ideas and reveal the latest on a variety of topics. You can read more about the presentations, lectures, and seminars scheduled across the two-day event here. […]

4th Annual Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center Symposium

ACRC faculty, staff and trainees are invited to the 4th Annual Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center Symposium, March 30th and 31st, 2017. Events will feature: Poster Session and Oral Abstract Presentation Keynote and Distinguished Biomedical Scholars Lecture Series guest speaker: Christine Seidman, MD, Thomas W. Smith Professor of Medicine and Genetics, Harvard Medical School and Brigham […]

Skorton Returns to Iowa (Briefly!)

For years, to many around our halls, Dr. David Skorton was a cardiologist you could count on for a good story. The Department of Internal Medicine learned to share him with the Carver College of Medicine, and then with the entire University of Iowa when he became president. The whole institution bid him sad farewell […]

Doctoral Grad Wins Dissertation Award

Dr. Ernest Tafara Chivero will be presented with one of two 2016 Rex Montgomery Dissertation Awards at the 19th Annual James F. Jakobsen Memorial Conference on March 25. The award, presented by the University of Iowa Graduate College, recognizes the most meritorious dissertation by a doctoral student conducting research in disease prevention or in translational […]

Match Week

Today is a day that many among us, young or old, easily recall. It is one that as educators we share with our students in their excitement and anticipation, as their years of hard work reveal the next big step in their medical careers. It is also one that the Department watches carefully to learn […]