Gurung receives developmental grant to explore mechanisms in rare skin disorders

Prajwal Gurung, PhD, assistant professor in Infectious Diseases, has received a $250,000 two-year R21 from the National Institutes of Health. Gurung will study a spectrum of rare skin disorders known as neutrophilic dermatosis, which are visually diagnosed by skin lesions filled with neutrophils. “The treatment options for these rare diseases are limited to the use […]

Potential new front opens against parasite

In Africa, the Middle East, Mexico, Asia, and South America, more than one billion people are at risk of contracting leishmaniasis, a disease spread through sandflies and caused by the parasite Leishmania major, which manifests most commonly as skin lesions but with the potential for more harmful internal damage. Leishmaniasis mainly affects people in tropical […]

Iowa Inflammation Program members at SLB

In October, the Society of Leukocyte Biology (SLB) hosted its annual meeting in Chandler, Arizona, and a number of members of the Iowa Inflammation Program made the trip. In addition to the scientific sessions at which new work was presented and discussed, conferees met at the Business Meeting to recognize SLB members for exceptional work, […]

Gurung to Examine Generational Immunity

In a number of studies, people who experience famine and malnutrition have been found to later have children with a greater likelihood of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and other nutrition-related health problems, persisting even into a subsequent generation. Events such as the Dutch Hunger Winter of 1944 suggest that environmental factors can produce heritable changes […]

Gurung Awarded K22 in Inflammation Study

Prajwal Gurung, PhD, Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases, has received a two-year, $268,000 grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The K22 is a Career Transition Award intended to propel investigators early in their careers. Dr. Gurung will use these funds to investigate the roles and regulation of the cytokine interleukin-1 […]