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Parkinson's disease protection may begin in the gut

UI researchers find intestinal cells’ immune response protects vital neurons By: Richard C. Lewis | 2016.09.14 | 08:25 amYour gut may play a pivotal role in preventing the onset of Parkinson’s disease. And the reason may be its knack for sleuthing.Researchers at the University of Iowa have found that the gut may be key to preventing Parkinson’s disease. Cells located in the intestine spark an...

Faculty affiliated with UI DeLTA Center receive $5.77 million grant

UI researchers to study critical component of cognitive developmentBy: Sara Diedrich | 2016.06.13 | 02:19 pm A team of faculty members affiliated with the University of Iowa’s DeLTA Center has been awarded a $5.77 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study a critical component of cognitive development known as categorization. The five-year research...

The fittest fiddle

UI researchers study violin evolution via function and fancy By: Sara Diedrich | 2015.11.17 | 10:43 amUI researchers say behavior, particularly psychologist Edward Thorndike’s law of effect, is the foundational principle behind the evolution of the violin and other handmade inventions. Simply put, behaviors that are followed by positive outcomes tend to be repeated. ©istockphoto.com/Susan Chiang...

UI researchers receive first-in-the-nation grant to study neuroendocrine tumors

Five-year, $10.67 million grant will fund four major projectsBy: Molly Rossiter | 2015.09.14 | 09:02 amResearchers at the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center have received the first-ever Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant to study neuroendocrine tumors. SPORE grants are funded through the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of...

UI researchers stimulate human amygdala to gain key insight to SUDEP

Research marks first time amygdala is stimulated and breathing loss is reportedBy: Molly Rossiter | 2015.07.24 | 04:30 pm Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is becoming increasingly recognized as a very real and devastating problem in which impaired breathing is thought to play a critical role. Researchers believe breathing may be impaired during and after seizures, without the patient’s...

Pharmacology researchers earn $3.4 million in grants

Pharmacology researchers earn $3.4 million in grantsBy: Tom Moore | 2015.08.05 | 03:11 pmResearchers in the University of Iowa Department of Pharmacology announced Aug. 5 they have received a pair of research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) totaling $3.4 million. Matthew Potthoff, PhD, an assistant professor of pharmacology, received a five-year, $1.7 million grant. The goal of...

'French fry hypothesis' busted

High salt prevents weight gain in mice on a high-fat dietBy: Jennifer Brown | 2015.06.11 | 11:56 am In a study that seems to defy conventional dietary wisdom, University of Iowa scientists have found that adding high salt to a high-fat diet actually prevents weight gain in mice. As exciting as this may sound to fast food lovers, the researchers caution that very high levels of dietary salt are...

New studies contradict earlier findings on Rett syndrome

By: Jennifer Brown | 2015.05.21 | 11:50 am About a year ago, University of Iowa neuroscientist Andrew Pieper unexpectedly found himself in the position of contradicting seemingly promising results that have prompted a clinical trial for pediatric patients with Rett syndrome—a severe neurodevelopmental disorder on the autism spectrum. Independent reproduction of other scientists' results is a...
GINA MORENO—FEATURED SPEAKER AT RECEPTION HONORING DOCTORAL DEGREE RECIPIENTS

GINA MORENO—FEATURED SPEAKER AT RECEPTION HONORING DOCTORAL DEGREE RECIPIENTS

GINA MORENO—FEATURED SPEAKER AT RECEPTION HONORING DOCTORAL DEGREE RECIPIENTS Gina Moreno, PhD UIowa Graduate College ReceptionGina Moreno, PhD UIowa Graduate College ReceptionGina Moreno, who received her PhD in neuroscience on Friday, May 15, was the featured speaker at the Graduate College Doctoral Degree Recipients' reception.Moreno studied with Natalie Denburg and Dan Tranel. During her time...

From pristine lab to noisy classroom...and back

Hawkeye Lunch and Learn event set for April 28 in Des MoinesShare on facebook Share on twitter Share on email More Sharing ServicesBy: Office of Strategic Communication | 2015.04.16 | 08:56 am Bob McMurray, associate professor of psychology, linguistics, and communication sciences and disorders at the University of Iowa, will present "From the pristine lab to the noisy classroom, and back again...