Faraci leads international network of researchers on cerebral small vessel disease

Frank Faraci, PhD, professor in Cardiovascular Medicine and of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, has been tapped to co-lead an international research network by the Leducq Foundation. Each year since 2003, the organization has named four or five new “Networks of Excellence” composed of researchers from around the world. The seven labs that comprise Faraci’s International Network of Excellence on […]

McLendon to examine protein protectiveness against Alzheimer’s

Jared McLendon, PhD, associate in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, has received a three-year, $175,000 grant from the Alzheimer’s Association examining the molecular significance of Sorbs2 in Alzheimer’s disease. Higher levels of this protein have been associated with delayed onset of the disease by more than 11 years and, conversely, decreased levels of Sorbs2 have been observed in people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. “This […]

Hem/Onc fellow, faculty granted access to international database for retrospective study

Two Iowa researchers—third-year hematology and oncology fellow Kittika Poonsombudlert, MD, and Christopher Strouse, MD, clinical assistant professor in Hematology, Oncology, and Blood & Marrow Transplantation—will examine potential cardiovascular risks from a drug in a recently approved study. The proposal, “Post-Transplant Cyclophosphamide Related Cardiomyopathy; incidence, risk factors, and outcome,” was approved by the Center for International […]

Chauhan named Director of Thrombosis and Vascular Biology

Anil Chauhan, MTech, PhD, professor in Hematology, Oncology, and Blood & Marrow Transplantatin, will bring his record of discovery in the field of hematology and his strength as a mentor both to bear in his new role as Director of Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. Division Director Mohammed Milhem, MBBS, said, “Dr. Chauhan has an impressive […]

Fraternal Order of Eagles Investiture Ceremony

“It’s a funny feeling to have an endowed chair named after you when you are still alive.” E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, most-recent director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center (FOEDRC) was present for the investiture of Kamal Rahmouni, PhD, as the the E. Dale Abel Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research […]

Vargas to test automated diagnoses of CF bronchiectasis

Second-year Pulmonary and Critical Care Disease fellow Luis Vargas Buonfiglio, MD, has received a one-year, $100,000 clinical fellowship from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to expand his research into identifying clear biomarkers of bronchiectasis resulting from cystic fibrosis (CF). Bronchiectasis is distinguished by scarred and dilated airways in the lungs and can occur in as many […]

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 target 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 […]