Bugs in the system: bringing the human microbiome to bear in cancer immunotherapy

Article: Bugs in the system: bringing the human microbiome to bear in cancer immunotherapy Authors: Christopher Strouse, Ashutosh Mangalam, and Jun Zhang Journal: Gut Microbes. 2018 Sep 5:1-4. doi: 10.1080/19490976.2018.1511665. [Epub ahead of print] Abstract: The influence of the composition of the human microbiome on the efficacy of cancer directed immunotherapies, such as antibodies directed […]

Blount to examine impact of air pollution on TB risk

Robert Blount, MD, MAS, Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine, received a one-year $40,000 pilot grant from the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center (EHSRC). EHSRC funds and assists health professionals who have dedicated research targeted toward advancing knowledge of environmental health. Dr. Blount plans to use these funds to […]

Heart Failure in the Heartland, 10/12/18

The last couple weeks provided a wealth of proof that University of Iowa Health Care is the leading provider of cardiac care in the state and region. First came the story that Iowa continues to lead in repair of leaky valves with its use of the new MitraClip. One of our interventional cardiologists, Dr. Sidakal […]

Residents Show SGIM the Iowa Way

Members of the Internal Medicine Residency Program delivered presentations at the most recent meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), including Dr. Matthew McGee, who took first place in the Clinical Vignette Oral Presentation competition. SGIM holds seven regional meetings around the country throughout the year and last month’s Mid-West Regional Meeting in […]

Epidemiology of lower extremity peripheral artery disease in veterans

Article: Epidemiology of lower extremity peripheral artery disease in veterans Authors: James Willey, MD, Amgad Mentias, MD, Mary Vaughan-Sarrazin, PhD, Kimberly McCoy, MS, Gary Rosenthal, MD, and Saket Girotra, MD, SM Journal: J Vasc Surg. 2018 Aug;68(2):527-535 Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the epidemiology, clinical features, outcomes, and predictors of […]

Recognizing Achievements

National surveys reveal that besides Hawkeye Football, the University of Iowa is widely recognized for excellence in medicine and literature. And within medicine, our department is best known for our decades of discovery in cancer, cardiology, cystic fibrosis, and diabetes, among a few other areas. However, I believe that if it is not already sinking […]

CADRE Earns Five-Year Renewal

Cutting-edge research into how health care is delivered safely, efficiently, and with the greatest benefit to the patient has been happening at the Iowa City VA Medical Center, conducted by members of the Center for Access and Delivery Research & Evaluation (CADRE), for more than five years. Led by Director Eli Perencevich, MD, MS, and […]

Current Topics in Allergy & Clinical Immunology: Atopic Topics in Dermatology

Almost every serious problem can be evaluated from multiple viewpoints, and when those viewpoints are combined, a fuller picture emerges. On Friday, Sept. 28, at the hotelVetro in downtown Iowa City, members of the Division of Immunology and the Departments of Dermatology and Pediatrics came together to present their viewpoints on atopic dermatitis, a common […]

Quality and Safety Symposium finalizes its agenda

Mike Brownlee, PharmD, MS, FASHP, co-chair of the Quality and Safety Symposium (QSS), thinks this year should help break down the notion that the day-long conference is just for certain people. “Quality is an interprofessional effort. All of us working together,” he said, “is how we achieve great things for patients.” Because we all have […]

Abel Honored as “History Maker”

Toward the end of an evening spent celebrating African American achievement, Dale Abel, MD, PhD, DEO and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, took the stage. After he thanked his family, his colleagues in the department, and the members of his lab for their support in helping to contribute to his successes, Dr. Abel […]