Research, diversity, and immunology

During this month of transition, we have focused quite a bit on our education mission, but research within the Department of Internal Medicine never slows down. This last month has seen a number of compelling research stories come to light that reflect the diversity of research that is being conducted within our Department. These include […]

Update from the Division of Immunology

The following is a guest post from Scott Vogelgesang, MD, Director of the Division of Immunology. It is part of an ongoing 2019 series of division updates. In the Division of Immunology, which includes Rheumatology and Allergy, our vision is to be Leaders in Immunology through:         New Knowledge Robust basic immunobiology program Vigorous data mining from University […]

Brenner, Irani, London to examine factors leading to cardiac arrhythmia

Charles Brenner, PhD, professor of Biochemistry and Internal Medicine; Kaikobad Irani, MD, professor in Cardiovascular Medicine and of Radiation Oncology; and Barry London, MD, PhD, director of the Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center and of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, have received a 4-year, $2.37M grant from the National Institutes of Health to study ways to […]

Undergrads in research: Benjamin Kirk

As part of our ongoing series on the role undergraduate students play in Internal Medicine research, we are pleased to feature a few individual students’ stories. While his fellow classmates sleep in, undergraduate Benjamin Kirk begins his day at 7:30 a.m., sitting in five hours of classes before making his way to the fourth floor […]

Zika knowledge and conspiracy beliefs share similar psychological motivations

“Infectious disease outbreaks can induce feelings of threat, uncertainty, and loss of control in people, feelings that have been associated with both increased information seeking and the emergence of conspiracy theories,” Aaron Scherer, PhD, associate in General Internal Medicine, said. Consistent with his past studies, Scherer conducted yet another survey-based study assessing the factors that […]

From the Editor: Getting started getting published

I recently spoke at a residents’ noon conference about the basics of manuscript writing. Although residents are encouraged to write and submit papers, it may be a daunting task for those without a lot of writing experience. My goal was to provide tips for writing and organizing a paper, and to help with deciphering some […]

Moffett earns Latham fellowship

Madeline Moffett, an undergraduate Human Physiology major working in the lab of E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, has been accepted into the Latham Science Engagement Program as one of their fellows for the 2019–20 academic year. Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Latham fellows will complete two courses in science-communication skills and outreach, […]

Taking stock as the academic year ends

There have been many reviews and pulse-checks these last few months. We have completed our department’s five-year review and will soon receive formal feedback. Many members of the department contributed to this process. I hope that the information gleaned will assist our institutional leadership in understanding the breadth of our mission and our impact on […]

Undergrads gain exposure to Internal Medicine research

The University of Iowa has several resources that connect undergraduate students to unique experiences, including participation in the groundbreaking, influential research conducted in the Internal Medicine labs. The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU), a unit of the Office for the Vice President of Research (OVPR), reports that 30% of senior undergraduates are involved […]

Cho examines allergy and asthma link

Josalyn Cho, MD, assistant professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine, received a two-year, $275K R21 grant from the NIH for her project “Airway Dendritic Cells in the Allergic Asthma Phenotype.” Cho’s team will investigate dendritic cells in the lungs of allergic patients with and without asthma to understand how these cells contribute to […]