Infectious Disease Fellowship Graduation, 2021

The Division of Infectious Diseases said congratulations and farewell to their graduating fellows in two formats. First, in familiar and pandemic-safe style, guests were invited to attend a virtual celebration. Afterward, those who wanted could also attend an in-person event with refreshments, some gift-giving to the graduates, and a few group photos. At each of […]

Kobayashi receives SHEA award, reflecting remarkable scholarly work

Takaaki Kobayashi, MD, a third-year Infectious Disease (ID) fellow, received a Jonathan Freeman Scholarship from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). The Jonathan Freeman Scholarship nationally recognizes eight ID fellows who demonstrate a passion for hospital epidemiology and health care improvement. After publishing more than 30 epidemiologic research articles and case studies, Kobayashi […]

Integrin α9 regulates smooth muscle cell phenotype switching and vascular remodeling

Article: Integrin α9 regulates smooth muscle cell phenotype switching and vascular remodeling Authors: Manish Jain, Rishabh Dev, Prakash Doddapattar, Shigeyuki Kon, Nirav Dhanesha, Anil K Chauhan Journal: JCI Insight. 2021 May 24;6(10):147134. Abstract:Excessive proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) remains a significant cause of in-stent restenosis. Integrins, which are heterodimeric transmembrane receptors, play a […]

Celebrating the future and reflecting on the past

At the beginning of the year I mentioned that I would be watching numbers in The Loop, and not only has our Fully Vaccinated Employees number grown well past an amazing 15,200, but the number of inpatients with COVID-19 has been hovering in the single digits and even briefly turning zero for most of the […]

Gastroenterology Fellowship Graduation, 2021

As much a recognition of four remarkable gastroenterologists and their graduation, the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology also celebrated the ability to just be together again. At the Coralville Marriott on last Friday evening, a few dozen division members–faculty, fellows and just a couple plus-ones for the graduates themselves–came together to eat, laugh, and pose […]

Chief Resident introductions, 2021–22

Desmond Barber, MD Growing up in Wichita, Kansas, I was fortunate enough to watch my dad serve our community as a firefighter and EMT. I saw the dedication and pride he took in his job as well as the respect that he earned in our community. I remember the stories people would tell me about […]

PREP@Iowa – Q&A with Helena Kenny and Taha Gesalla

Helena Kenny, PhD, is a postdoctoral research scholar in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and a member of the Abel Lab. In a pairing similar to the mentor/trainee pairing of Renata Pereira Alambert, PhD, and Luis Miguel Garcia Pena, Kenny has been working closely with another member of the PREP@Iowa program, Taha Gesalla. Each […]

PREP@Iowa offers research mentorship, career boost

Luis Miguel Garcia Pena says that even though he had experience working in a genetics laboratory as an undergraduate and doing epidemiological and clinical research for Harvard’s school of public health, his “bench skill set was limited.” Before applying to graduate schools, he began looking for research opportunities on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) […]

The CV – Section I: Educational and Professional History

Section I: Educational and Professional History For this series on CVs, I’ll use the basic Carver College of Medicine template. Although this template is very helpful, it may not include everything needed, or it may include sections that don’t apply. At the least, it’s a helpful guide for where and how to note achievements on […]

Online presentation: Hormone-Secreting Pituitary Tumors: What Happens when the Conductor of the Endocrine Orchestra goes Awry? – June 3, 2021

Internal Medicine’s Virtual Grand Rounds presentation for Thursday, June 3 will be: Hormone-Secreting Pituitary Tumors: What Happens when the Conductor of the Endocrine Orchestra goes Awry?12:00-1:00pmThursday, June 3, 2021 Beverly MK Biller, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Click this link on Thursday just before noon to join the presentation: […]