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 […]

Pezzulo, Hamzeh aim to improve sarcoidosis diagnoses, reveal disease mechanisms

Alejandro Pezzulo Colmenares, MD, assistant professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine, and Nabeel Hamzeh, MD, associate professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine, received a two-year, $575,000 grant from the Ann Theodore Foundation Breakthrough Sarcoidosis Initiative (ATF-BSI). Utilizing their respective epithelial biology and sarcoidosis expertise, the duo will study the obstacles to […]

Debut podcast features IntMed members

The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine has long sponsored in part the Short Coat Podcast, a series focused on issues related to medical school, largely featuring physicians-in-training and their instructors. But now the college has launched a new podcast with established providers who may need continuing medical education (CME) credit as […]

Pezzulo receives ICTS pilot grant

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) occurs when chronic bronchitis and inflammation block the airways, causing irreversible damage to the lung’s air sacs. With a $25,000 grant from the University of Iowa Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS), Alejandro Pezzulo, MD, assistant professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine, will examine the abnormal inflammatory […]

Clearing the path ahead

Goblet cell metaplasia results in excessive amounts of mucus in people with chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, and asthma. A person’s persistent inability to clear that mucus is a major contributor to their difficulty in breathing. In a recent publication in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Alejandro Pezzulo, MD, Assistant Professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and […]

Iowa’s PSTP Offers Trainees Rigor and Specialization

After more than a dozen years, Joel Kline, MD, will step down as Director of the Physician Scientist Training Pathway (PSTP) at the University of Iowa in a few weeks. David Stoltz, MD, PhD, Associate Program Director of the PSTP, will switch roles with Dr. Kline and take over as Director. Both are Professors of […]

Pezzulo Wins PBF Fellowship

Dr. Alejandro Pezzulo, Fellow in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, has won a prestigious Parker B. Francis (PBF) Fellowship in Pulmonary Research. Under the guidance of a formally identified mentor—in this case, Division Director Dr. Joe Zabner—Dr. Pezzulo will use this 3-year, $156,000 award to pursue research into the role of two enzymes, HDAC6 […]

PBI Convergence Grant Awarded to CF Researchers

A major component of research in the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute (PBI) is to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and to expose researchers to new ways of looking at problems. This spirit is built into the architecture and layout of each floor of laboratories in the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building, which can find basic scientists working alongside computer […]