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Three University of Iowa undergraduates, Brianna Blaine, Mostafa Telfah, and Lydia Watkins have won the 2024 Iowa Neuroscience Institute Summer Scholar Awards. The INI Summer Scholar Program supports Iowa undergraduates planning to pursue research during the summer in the lab of an INI faculty...
Stephanie Gantz, Carver College of Medicine assistant professor in molecular physiology and biophysics, was named one of the 2024 Sloan Research Fellows by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Banu Gumusoglu, PhD, a University of Iowa postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Iowa Neuroscience Institute, has won a 2023 Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. The two-year, $70,000 grants help promising young scientists launch...
New findings may take scientists a step closer to understanding what causes SUDEP—Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy—a rare but fatal complication of epilepsy. There are about 3,000 deaths from SUDEP each year in the U.S. The biggest risk factor is epilepsy that is not well controlled with medication or surgery, but the exact cause of SUDEP is not known. However, increasing evidence suggests that loss of breathing, or apnea, that persists after a seizure is a major cause of SUDEP. In the new study, University of Iowa neuroscientists found that stimulating a specific area of the amygdala brain region provokes prolonged loss of breathing that continues even after a seizure has ended.
Calvin Carter, PhD, assistant professor of neuroscience and pharmacology in the University of Iowa Roy J and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and a member of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, is one of 58 early-career scientists from across the nation to receive a 2023 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.
The U.S. maternal mortality rate continues to climb to unprecedented numbers, highlighting a critical gap in the global understanding of maternal health and the pressing need for new, early interventions. With prevention as a top priority, University of Iowa Health Care researchers have gained momentum on identifying early markers and risk factors that can help identify high-risk pregnancies and guide timely interventions. Donna Santillan, PhD, and Mark Santillan, MD (09F,16PhD), are leading this effort through the UI Women’s Health Tissue Repository.
Beth Newell, assistant professor of pediatrics–critical care in the UI Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, is working to improve outcomes following traumatic brain injury (TBI) in her clinical care practice, which she couples with research on how immune cells in the brain respond to a TBI and impact long-term recovery.