One size does not protect all

Loreen Herwaldt, MD, professor in Infectious Diseases and of Epidemiology, and Priyadarshini Pennathur, PhD, assistant professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering, presented an invited talk on personal protective equipment (PPE) design problems to a standing committee within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The committee is tasked with, in part, addressing topics that […]

Regulation of cardiac transcription by thyroid hormone and Med13

Article: Regulation of cardiac transcription by thyroid hormone and Med13 Authors: Rachel A. Minerath, Colleen M. Dewey, Duane D. Hall, Chad E. Grueter Journal: J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2019 Feb 12;129:27-38 Abstract: Thyroid hormone (TH) is a key regulator of transcriptional homeostasis in the heart. While hypothyroidism is known to result in adverse cardiac effects, […]

Our Research Trajectory

Below is a slide that we displayed during last December’s State of the Department address. There is one data point that has been updated since I shared it last. We now know how our fiscal year 2018 $37.9M in federal research dollars ranks us relative to our peers. The 22.43% increase in grants has moved […]

Objective Structured Teaching Evaluations

Our Internal Medicine Residency Program places a high value on making sure that our residents can effectively pass on their skills. Even if they do not pursue careers in academic medicine past graduation, both the time they spend in training and in many informal ways well into their careers, the skills of a clinician educator […]

Better measurements for better predictions

The genetic disorder Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) occurs when there is a lack of the protein dystrophin, causing progressively weak muscle development in children and a shorter life span. Once children begin steroid treatment, their bones become very fragile and experience delays in growth. Dual X-ray absorptiometry, or DXA scans, which are used to monitor […]

Winter Recognition, 2019

In a yearly tradition, the Internal Medicine Residency Program organizes a mid-year gathering to thank its members for their hard work and to let families and friends get to know each other a little better. Last week’s event at North Liberty’s Tin Roost offered attendees a chance to sample microbrews, taste some tiny cupcakes, and […]

Innate post-AKI repair process insufficient for full recovery

Acute injuries of the kidney, which cause temporary loss of kidney function, were believed to be harmless and the kidneys could make a full recovery following these episodes. However, more research revealed that any insult to the kidneys sets up a slow loss of functional nephrons and progressive formation of fibrotic scars. Massimo Attanasio, MD, […]

From the Editor: Addressing rigor and reproducibility in NIH grants

As part of the department’s ongoing Research Seminar Series, Christine Blaumueller, PhD, Director of the CCOM Scientific Editing and Research Communication Core, addressed the somewhat puzzling concepts of “rigor and reproducibility” required in NIH grants. Blaumueller and her team are scientists as well as editors who use their considerable experience to interpret guidelines and predict […]

Veteran engagement panel improving research focus

Community engagement in research is a concept currently gaining ground in health services research with many finding it integral to the success of their projects. And with more federal funding institutions like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) looking for that component in grant proposals, avenues for connecting […]