Pezzulo, Comellas examine airway cell “memory” with new NIH grant

Alejandro A Pezzulo, MD, assistant professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine, and Alejandro Comellas, MD, clinical professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine, received a five-year, $2.8M R01 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. With this funding, Pezzulo and Comellas will determine the mechanisms by which transient lung inflammation […]

Blocking ceramides with fungi extract reverses diabetes, obesity, in mice

A publication earlier this month in Scientific Reports demonstrates that a key lipid metabolite may be a useful targeting in preventing or even reversing diabetes and many of its comorbidities. Ceramides are a characteristic of obesity, and increased accumulation of these metabolites contributes to glucose and metabolism impairments. In rodents, ceramide degradation prevented and reversed […]

Abel elected to National Academy of Sciences

E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, was named as one of the 120 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences last week. Abel is the William S. Adams Distinguished Professor of Medicine, chair, and executive medical director of the Department of Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Health, Los Angeles. […]

Ostedgaard, Stoltz to investigate submucosal glands’ contribution to infection defense

Lynda S. Ostedgaard, MS, PhD, research associate professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine, and David Stoltz, MD, PhD, professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine, received a four-year, $2.5M R01 grant from the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. With this funding, Ostedgaard and Stoltz will examine the relative contributions of […]

Midwest Cystic Fibrosis Consortium meeting, 2022

Four years have passed since the last time this group of cystic fibrosis (CF) clinicians and researchers last met. They had much to discuss about the changes in the landscape since 2018, beyond even the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A far broader range of people diagnosed with CF have seen the approval of more […]

23rd Annual Update in Infectious Diseases, 4/22/2022

Three years have passed since the last in-person version of this Continuing Medical Education conference hosted by the Division of Infectious Diseases. That year, 2019, a different pandemic took center stage in the programming as the division celebrated the 30-year anniversary of the founding of the HIV/AIDS Clinic at UI Health Care. It can be […]

Shi receives AHA career development award

Qian Shi, PhD, research assistant professor in Endocrinology and Metabolism, received a three-year, $231,000 American Heart Association (AHA) Career Development Award (CDA). With this funding, Shi will explore the protective role of endogenous insulin receptor substrate protein 2 (IRS2) in the heart. Insulin receptor substrate proteins mediate insulin signaling in the heart. IRS1 and ISR2 […]

A celebration of women

On Wednesday, the University of Iowa held its annual Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women. In addition to scholarships to deserving undergraduate and graduate women, for nearly thirty years they have also given achievement awards to a woman faculty and a woman staff member. In recent years, Dr. Peggy Nopoulous, Chair of the Department […]

Pezzulo, Hamzeh aim to improve sarcoidosis diagnoses, reveal disease mechanisms

Alejandro Pezzulo Colmenares, MD, assistant professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine, and Nabeel Hamzeh, MD, associate professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine, received a two-year, $575,000 grant from the Ann Theodore Foundation Breakthrough Sarcoidosis Initiative (ATF-BSI). Utilizing their respective epithelial biology and sarcoidosis expertise, the duo will study the obstacles to […]

Yorek to trial fish oil compound as treatment for diabetic peripheral neuropathy

Mark Yorek, PhD, professor in Endocrinology and Metabolism, along with his co-PI Rodica Pop-Busui, MD, PhD, University of Michigan, received a four-year, $2.6M grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. With the R01 “Effects of Fish Oil Salsalate on the Omega-3 Index and the Circulating Lipodome of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty […]