FOEDRC announces new pilot grant recipients

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center released the following announcement today. The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center is pleased to announce the results of its thirteenth round of Pilot and Feasibility Grants. These grant awards fund innovative pilot projects by early career investigators who are entering the diabetes research field, or […]

Comellas, Reisinger to lead ‘All of Us’ at Iowa

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected the University of Iowa as one of four academic medical centers to represent the Midwest in the Heartland Consortium as part of their All of Us Research Program. Alejandro Comellas, MD, clinical professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine, has been named the principal investigator of […]

Wild polar bears lead to $50k award for novel study on the effects of PFAS in children

Pulmonologist and critical care intensivist, Robert Blount, MD, MAS, has been awarded $50,000 through the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital’s Catalyst Pediatric Research Opportunities Fund (formerly known as the Children’s Miracle Network Fund, or CMN Fund), the highest amount that could be awarded, to study the effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) on […]

Furqan appointed Interim Associate Director of Clinical Research for Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

The following is reprinted from the February 6 issue of the UI Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Holden Highlights newsletter. See other features from this series. Muhammad Furqan, MD, clinical associate professor in Hematology, Oncology, and Blood and Marrow Transplantation, has been appointed Interim Associate Director of Clinical Research for the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center (HCCC). […]

Tanaka to focus on evaluating liver transplant disparities

Not every research question can be solved with a randomized control trial (RCT), which is held as the gold standard for producing the most valid and reliable results. But there are often ethical considerations or consequences that prevent their use. Researchers must instead construct other methods that can approximate an RCT. Organ transplant policies, particularly […]

Streeter earns AHA grant for “innovative” idea

Jennifer Streeter, MD, PhD, associate of Internal Medicine-Cardiovascular Medicine, has received a two-year, $200,000 American Heart Association (AHA) Innovative Project Award, for her study, “Radiopaque Aptamer Dimers as Next Generation Contrast Agents.” The idea for this project arose from Streeter’s work in the cardiac catheterization lab performing coronary angiography. To diagnose and treat patients with […]

Aburizik to study AI’s ability to detect empathy

Can artificial intelligence (AI) detect and monitor empathy? Arwa Aburizik, MD, MS, clinical associate professor in Hematology, Oncology, and Blood & Marrow Transplantation, has been studying provider wellness and their empathy and attitudes toward the mental health of people with cancer. Previously, she has used self-reported measures and assessment, but now, armed with a pilot […]

Leadership Opportunity at the Iowa City VAMC: VA Quality Scholars Senior Scholar/Program Co-Director

The Iowa City VAMC has a premier training program dedicated to producing future leaders in healthcare quality and safety. The VA Quality Scholars (VAQS) program is a 2-year fellowship to train physicians, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, and other clinicians in Quality, Safety, and Implementation & Health Services Research. Originally developed at the Dartmouth Institute, the VAQS […]

Grueter named Vice Chair for Research

The below message was sent to the department from Isabella Grumbach, MD, PhD, Interim Chair and DEO of the Department of Internal Medicine. It is with great pleasure that I announce that Chad Grueter, PhD, associate professor of Internal Medicine, will become Vice Chair for Research, effective July 1. When I took on this role […]