Perepu, Chambers lead trial of proper dosage for COVID-19 thrombosis

Thrombosis is commonly associated with COVID-19; however, the impact of enoxaparin, an anti-clotting drug, on COVID-19 remains uncertain.  Usha Perepu, MBBS, MRCP, clinical associate professor in Hematology, Oncology, and Blood and Marrow Transplantation, and Isaac Chambers, MD, former Hematology and Medical Oncology chief fellow, conducted a multi-center, open-label, randomized, controlled trial comparing the outcome of […]

Using AI to predict lung disease progression

Last month, the Iowa Initiative for Artificial Intelligence (IIAI) approved six pilot grant proposals submitted by members of the Carver College of Medicine. These projects will provide subsidized and collaborative time for researchers to work with IIAI members on new ideas incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) into clinical processes and patient care. […]

Grueter looks for heart failure treatment target in cardiomyocyte behavior

Chad Grueter, PhD, associate professor in Cardiovascular Medicine, received a one-year, $154,500 grant from the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences to understand the role of protein coding gene, Cdk-19, in heart disease. Grueter’s new R03 project, “Cdk-19 Dependent Transcriptional Mechanisms in Cardiac Hypertrophy,” will examine the ways in which Cdk-19/Cdk-8 activity regulates cardiac […]

Sabharwal to explore mechanisms of cardiovascular and cognitive comorbidities with aging

Rasna Sabharwal, PhD, assistant professor in Cardiovascular Medicine, has received a new two-year $250,000, R21 grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) for her project “RAS-Driven Central Inflammation and Cognitive Decline with Aging.” This Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant will support Sabharwal’s research to study age-associated mechanisms that contribute to autonomic dysfunction and cognitive decline in […]

Mou receives SPORE grant

Eric Mou, MD, clinical assistant professor in Hematology, Oncology, and Blood & Marrow Transplantation has received one of the pilot grants issued this year by the University of Iowa / Mayo Clinic Lymphoma Specialized Program of Research Excellence (UI/MC SPORE). Mou’s Career Enhancement Program grant is for one year and $50,000, allowing him seed funds […]

Momentum propels the new academic year

And then, in a rush, it’s July already. Welcome to the last half of calendar 2021, the new fiscal year, and a new academic year. Yesterday was our interns’ first day on the job as freshly minted doctors. I am already hearing reports from faculty on just how impressed they are with our newest members. […]

Using AI to assess syncope risk

One of the most common reasons for Emergency Department (ED) visits is syncope, a form of transient loss of consciousness. With numerous causes, some benign and some with serious, even deadly consequences, management is a major challenge, especially in the ED. An interdisciplinary team of physicians from the Departments of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine is […]

Hughes receives K01 to study proteins’ role in skeletal muscle atrophy

David Hughes, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, was awarded a five-year, $600,000 K01 award from the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. The Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award will allow Hughes to determine the role of the proteins E3 ligase, F-box and leucine-rich repeat protein 22 (Fbxl22) […]

Mokadem lab member receives summer fellowship

Benjamin Linden, a second-year medical student working in the lab of Mohamad Mokadem, MD, received funding for a twelve-week Summer Research Fellowship from the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. As a fellow in one of the many opportunities within the Iowa Medical Student Research Program, Linden is researching the effects of the endogenous endocannabinoid system […]

Carvour launches health equity projects with P3 funds

Martha Carvour, MD, PhD, has received a three-year, $758K grant from the University of Iowa’s Strategic Initiatives Fund (UISIF) to begin a series of campus- and community-wide projects aimed at improving equity in health science and practice (E-HSP). Funds in the UISIF are generated from the public-private partnership Iowa established in 2019 and are to […]