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5 winners in PBI Best Paper Competition

The PBI Best Paper Competition recognized graduate and postdoctoral scholars in University of Iowa Pappajohn Biomedical Institute labs for papers published during the first half of the year. First-place winners receive $750 and second-place winners earn $500, both to be used for professional travel.

Postdoctoral competition

1st place: Rebecca Taugher, John Wemmie Lab (Iowa Neuroscience Institute), “ASIC1A in neurons is critical for fear-related behaviors,” Genes Brain Behav. 2017 Jun 28.

2nd place: Kathryn Spitler, Chad Grueter Lab (Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, Francois M. Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center), “Cardiac Med1 deletion promotes early lethality, cardiac remodeling, and transcriptional reprogramming,” Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, February 3, 2017.

Graduate student competition

1st place: Banu Gumusoglu, Hanna Stevens Lab (Iowa Neuroscience Institute), “The role of IL-6 in neurodevelopment after prenatal stress,” Brain Behav Immun. 2017 May 22.

2nd place (tie):

Magdalene Ameka, Matthew Potthoff Lab (Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center), “FGF21 Regulates Metabolism Through Adipose-Dependent and -Independent Mechanisms,” Cell Metab. 2017 Apr 4.

Shiyi Wang, Amy Lee Lab (Iowa Center for Auditory Regeneration and Deafness), “Densin-180 Controls the Trafficking and Signaling of L-Type Voltage-Gated Cav1.2 Ca2+ Channels at Excitatory Synapses,” J Neurosci. 2017 May 3.

About the competition

The PBI Best Paper Competition began in 2015 and occurs biannually—in July for papers published between January and June, and in January for papers published between July and December. It is open to all graduate students and postdocs in PBI labs. Finalists present their work in a five-minute “chalk talk” for which they are evaluated by their peers; grad students evaluate the postdocs and postdocs evaluate the grad students.

Friday, July 28, 2017