Andrew Pieper, MD, PhD

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Psychiatry, Neurology
Associate Professor
Summary statement: 

Discovery of new treatments for neuropsychiatric disease

Office phone: 
(319) 353-5781
Office number: 
B002
Office building: 
ML
Lab room number: 
B002
Lab building: 
ML

Dr. Pieper is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, and is currently Director of Translational Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa.  The Pieper laboratory focuses on the discovery of new treatment options for neuropsychiatric disease, using animal models and pharmacologic screening approaches.  This approach is characterized by the discovery of the P7C3-series of neuroprotective molecules, which offer protection in animal models of Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, peripheral nerve injury, traumatic brain injury and other forms of neurodegeneration.  The Pieper laboratory is also implementing similar discovery approaches to identify new treatment options for autism, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.  

“What convinced me to attend Iowa was the Neuroscience Program. There's a deep commitment to neuroscience research at the University of Iowa, and it's reflected in the strength of the Neuroscience Program. Annually, it's ranked as one of the highest doctoral programs at the university, and the ongoing research conducted by the faculty and students is excellent. The interdisciplinary aspect of the program is tremendous for one's graduate education. There's a conflux of molecular/cellular, cognitive, systems, and behavioral research in the program and it really allows each student in the program to gain a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge in the field of neuroscience. But, the program was also attractive to me for reasons outside of the curriculum and research. From the moment I arrived on campus, the program has felt like a family. Students help each other out, and offer a great support system. And after several years of being in the program, I can undoubtedly say, Iowa was the perfect choice for me.”