Grumbach receives HCCC pilot grant

Isabella Grumbach, MD, PhD, professor in Cardiovascular Medicine, received a one-year $20,000 pilot grant from the University of Iowa’s Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center (HCCC). The HCCC’s funding will support Grumbach’s proposed investigation to identify FDA-approved drugs used for other treatments that could also prevent damage to the cells lining blood vessels following radiation treatment. By […]

International and national recognition

For the second year in a row, U. S. News & World Report has ranked us among the nation’s best. You can read the full report of where our medical school stands in addition to other subspecialties within the Carver College of Medicine that were nationally ranked here. Last year our department’s training program was […]

Mungai wins research award

Margaret Mungai has received a 2019 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awards (EURA) given by the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU). Each year the ICRU awards five EURAs, which includes a $1,000 travel scholarship to a professional development program or event, an ICRU Fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year, and recognition at a dinner […]

Our Research Trajectory

Below is a slide that we displayed during last December’s State of the Department address. There is one data point that has been updated since I shared it last. We now know how our fiscal year 2018 $37.9M in federal research dollars ranks us relative to our peers. The 22.43% increase in grants has moved […]

Innate post-AKI repair process insufficient for full recovery

Acute injuries of the kidney, which cause temporary loss of kidney function, were believed to be harmless and the kidneys could make a full recovery following these episodes. However, more research revealed that any insult to the kidneys sets up a slow loss of functional nephrons and progressive formation of fibrotic scars. Massimo Attanasio, MD, […]

From the Editor: Addressing rigor and reproducibility in NIH grants

As part of the department’s ongoing Research Seminar Series, Christine Blaumueller, PhD, Director of the CCOM Scientific Editing and Research Communication Core, addressed the somewhat puzzling concepts of “rigor and reproducibility” required in NIH grants. Blaumueller and her team are scientists as well as editors who use their considerable experience to interpret guidelines and predict […]

Veteran engagement panel improving research focus

Community engagement in research is a concept currently gaining ground in health services research with many finding it integral to the success of their projects. And with more federal funding institutions like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) looking for that component in grant proposals, avenues for connecting […]

Nizar receives ASCI award

Jonathan Nizar, MD, assistant professor in Nephrology, received the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) 2019 Young Physician-Scientist Award. Nizar, who joined Internal Medicine at Iowa last month, was nominated by a faculty member at his previous institution, Stanford University School of Medicine. Welcome and congratulations, Dr. Nizar! A more formal introduction is in development. […]

Smoking cessation benefits from professional intervention

People with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus tend to use smoking as a relief from their pain or as a “crutch,” but smoking can increase the severity of cardiovascular and rheumatic diseases. However, only 10 percent of rheumatology visits include cessation counseling, according to a new study published in Arthritis Care & Research co-authored by Brittany […]

Primary Care on the front lines of our health system

There really is no other way to say it. Based in the Division of General Internal Medicine, our general internists, mostly working at the Iowa River Landing facility, log more hours in direct and indirect contact with patients than most within University of Iowa Health Care. Fewer than 20 providers follow more than 14,000 patients […]