UI study examines altered gene expression in heart failure

Originally Published in The Loop, Read the full article here Changes in gene expression occur before decline in heart function is detectable. Heart failure refers to a condition in which heart muscle becomes weakened over time, making it increasingly difficult for the heart to pump blood through the body like it should. It’s a progressive disease…

Adams Awarded $2.4M NIH Grant

Originally posted on Making the Rounds:
Dr. Christopher Adams, Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism, has received a five-year, $2.4M grant from the National Institutes of Health to study skeletal muscle atrophy. In preliminary studies, performed in mouse models, Dr. Adams and members of his lab have identified the first example of a protein that is…

Benson Named Clinical Chief of Cardiology

Originally posted on Making the Rounds:
Dr. Christopher Benson has been named the Clinical Chief of Cardiology for the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Benson is a Professor of Internal Medicine and of Pharmacology and Chief of Cardiology at the VA Medical Center. He received his MD from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine where he…

Cystic fibrosis alters the structure of mucus in airways

Excerpt from The Loop. “In a new study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Early Edition, University of Iowa researchers led by Michael Welsh, MD, director of the UI Pappajohn Biomedical Institute, professor of internal medicine in the UI Carver College of Medicine, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, and Lynda…

ACRC/School of Life Sciences Visiting Student Research Scholars – Spring 2017

ACRC/School of Life Sciences Visiting Student Research Scholars Program is a program designed to enhance collaboration between the School of Life Sciences in Hamburg, Germany and the Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center labs by hosting a School of Life Science Student. Students gain experience in practical aspects of the lab and experience another culture. Iowa teams…

Can fat “feel” fat?

Size-sensing protein controls glucose uptake and storage in fat cells. Researchers at the University of Iowa have discovered that a molecule which can sense the swelling of fat cells also controls a signaling pathway that allows fat cells to take up and store excess glucose. Mice missing this protein, known as SWELL1, gain less weight…

CF Research Team Awarded $3.63M Grant

Originally posted on Making the Rounds:
For decades, the University of Iowa has been home to some of the most significant advancements in our understanding and treatment of cystic fibrosis. A recent $3.63M/five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to a multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Drs. David Stoltz and Joseph Zabner may…

Steven Marx, ACRC Seminar Series Lecture, May 12th 2017

ACRC Seminar Series From Atom to Adam: Ion channels and cardiovascular disease Geoffrey S. Pitt, MD, PhD Ida and Theo Rossi Distinguished Professor of Medicine Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute Weill Cornell Medicine Friday, March 10th, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 1289 CBRB (Kelch Conference Room) Lunch provided Target Audience: This conference will be of […]

ACRC Researchers Find New Link to Hypertension

Originally posted on Making the Rounds:
One of the benefits of working in the Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center (ACRC) is that researchers have ready access to collaborators. A publication earlier this year in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology shows the results of one such collaboration within the ACRC. The article both identifies a specific immune…

ACRC Symposium Panel Planned in Memory of Kerber

Originally posted on Making the Rounds:
Next week, the François M. Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center will host its 4th Annual Symposium. Each year, experts in cardiovascular medicine from around the country come together to exchange ideas and reveal the latest on a variety of topics. You can read more about the presentations, lectures, and seminars…