Research, diversity, and immunology

During this month of transition, we have focused quite a bit on our education mission, but research within the Department of Internal Medicine never slows down. This last month has seen a number of compelling research stories come to light that reflect the diversity of research that is being conducted within our Department. These include […]

Update from the Division of Immunology

The following is a guest post from Scott Vogelgesang, MD, Director of the Division of Immunology. It is part of an ongoing 2019 series of division updates. In the Division of Immunology, which includes Rheumatology and Allergy, our vision is to be Leaders in Immunology through:         New Knowledge Robust basic immunobiology program Vigorous data mining from University […]

2019–2020 Incoming Fellows

Meet the incoming class of Internal Medicine fellows! Asad Ali, MBBS (Gastroenterology) Zhibo An,  MB (Gastroenterology) John Arce, MD (Palliative Medicine) Elizabeth Bowen, MD (Endocrinology) Annie Braseth, MD (Gastroenterology) Elizabeth Brindise, DO (Gastroenterology) Fernando Casado Castillo, MD (Infectious Diseases) Michael Catlin, MD (Pulmonary) Adithya Chennamadhavuni,  MBBS (Hem-Onc) Bryce Duchman, MD (Pulmonary) Derek Eshun, MBChB (Cardiology) […]

New Fellows Welcome, 2019

Just as they did when they said good-bye to their graduates, the fellowships in Allergy/Immunology, Endocrinology, and Rheumatology combined forces to welcome their new fellows. Earlier this month, faculty and staff convened in the Immunology conference room to enjoy some cupcakes and an ice cream bar while taking the opportunity to get to know one […]

Brenner, Irani, London to examine factors leading to cardiac arrhythmia

Charles Brenner, PhD, professor of Biochemistry and Internal Medicine; Kaikobad Irani, MD, professor in Cardiovascular Medicine and of Radiation Oncology; and Barry London, MD, PhD, director of the Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center and of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, have received a 4-year, $2.37M grant from the National Institutes of Health to study ways to […]

6th Annual Culturally Responsive Healthcare in Iowa, 5/31/19

Iowa City and the University of Iowa prides itself on being an ethnically and culturally diverse place, welcoming of difference. Demographics on their own, however, do not help the institution and its members from avoiding every instance of reproducing elements of systemic racism and bias. Most visibly, health care disparities can emerge in which women […]

Polarized AAVR expression determines infectivity by AAV gene therapy vectors

Article: Polarized AAVR expression determines infectivity by AAV gene therapy vectors Authors: Bradley A. Hamilton, Xiaopeng Li, Alejandro A. Pezzulo, Mahmoud H. Abou Alaiwa & Joseph Zabner Journal: Gene Therapy volume 26, pages240–249 (2019) Abstract: Adeno-associated virus (AAV) has been investigated to transfer the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) to airways. Inhaled AAV2-CFTR in […]

The doctor is in . . . the news

For college students, general health and wellbeing tends to take the backseat. Between juggling academia, work, and extracurriculars, keeping health and safety in mind can be a real challenge. This past year, medical student Pavane Gorrepati has reminded students to set health as a priority with a column, The Doctor Is In, which she coordinates […]

Undergrads in research: Benjamin Kirk

As part of our ongoing series on the role undergraduate students play in Internal Medicine research, we are pleased to feature a few individual students’ stories. While his fellow classmates sleep in, undergraduate Benjamin Kirk begins his day at 7:30 a.m., sitting in five hours of classes before making his way to the fourth floor […]

Zika knowledge and conspiracy beliefs share similar psychological motivations

“Infectious disease outbreaks can induce feelings of threat, uncertainty, and loss of control in people, feelings that have been associated with both increased information seeking and the emergence of conspiracy theories,” Aaron Scherer, PhD, associate in General Internal Medicine, said. Consistent with his past studies, Scherer conducted yet another survey-based study assessing the factors that […]