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Spotlight on Current and Future Research

Spotlight on Current and Future Research is a new short-talk seminar series, hosted by Dr. Brooks Jackson, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Carver College of Medicine, featuring a small number of presentations by CCOM investigators to share research ideas, discoveries and a discussion of their current work and future plans for realizing their research aims. A reception will follow to provide the opportunity for discussion and collaboration. 

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 26, 2022, 4:00-5:00pm, Kelch Conference Room (1289 CBRB)/Zoom - email erin-brothers@uiowa.edu for Zoom link

  • Georgina Aldridge, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology
    "When Dementia Doesn’t Make You Forget: Modeling Non-amnestic Dementia in Mice"
  • Katherine Mathews, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology
    "An Unusual Phenomenon of Acute Weakness in Children with Dystroglycanopathy"
  • Philip Polgreen, MD, MPH, Professor of Internal Medicine
    "Discovering the Health Effects Associated with the CF Carrier"
  • Matthew Potthoff, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
    "FGF21: A Liver-to-Brain Endocrine Pathway Regulating Sugar and Alcohol Intake"

Future Events

December 2022, date TBD

Past Events

Monday, March 7, 2022, 5:00-6:00pm, Zoom - Request Zoom link

  • Noah Butler, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
    "Mechanisms of immune dysfunction in malaria"
  • Diana Jalal, MD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
    "Towards a better understanding of inflammation in chronic kidney disease; a translational patient-based approach"
  • Yuriy Usachev, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
    "The Complement Cascade in Neuro-immune Interaction and Chronic Pain"
  • Ruth Chimenti, DPT, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
    "Building toward a multi-site clinical trial to reduce pain for patients with Achilles tendinopathy"

Monday, December 6, 2021, 4:00-5:00pm, Kelch Conference Room (1289 CBRB)/Zoom

  • John Fingert, MD, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
    "Genetic Studies of Glaucoma"
  • David Gordon, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    "Targeting Developmental Pathways in Pediatric Sarcomas"
  • Dawn Quelle, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
    "Improving Immunotherapy for Poorly Responding Cancers"
  • Dilek Ince, MD, Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine
    "COVID-19 Clinical Research: From Treatment to Vaccines"

Monday, September 13, 2021, 5:00-6:00pm, Pediatrics Conference Center/Zoom

  • Ashutosh Mangalam, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology
    "A Gut Feeling in Multiple Sclerosis: Breaking Down the Role of the Microbiome"
  • Krystal Parker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
    "Cerebellar Modulations of Thalamocortical Circuitry"
  • Gail Bishop, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
    "Molecular Regulation of Lymphocyte Activation" 
  • Joseph Cullen, MD, Professor of Surgery
    ​"Pharmacological Ascorbate as a Radiosensitizer/Radioprotector"

Monday, March 29, 2021, 5:00-6:00pm, Zoom

  • Pamela Geyer, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry
    “Mitosis without nuclear envelope breakdown: Implications for stem cell homeostasis”
  • Ferhaan Ahmad, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
    “New Inroads into Heart Failure Genetics”
  • Deniz Atasoy, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
    “Deciphering central counterregulatory pathways to prevent hypoglycemia unawareness”
  • Jessica Sieren, PhD, Associate Professor of Radiology, Division of Physiologic Imaging
    “Maximizing the potential of quantitative computed tomography for evaluating pulmonary diseases”

Monday, December 7, 2020, 4:00-5:00 pm, Zoom

  • Hanna Stevens, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry
    "Origins of neurodevelopmental disorders: from brain to placenta"
  • Samuel Young, PhD, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
    "Synaptic Control of Auditory Information Processing"
  • Wendy Maury, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
    "A novel approach for controlling SARS-CoV-2 infection: bemcentinib inhibition of AXL signaling"
  • Nandakumar Narayanan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology
    "Of cortex and cognition in Parkinson's disease"

Monday, March 2, 2020, 5:00-6:00 pm, East Room (8th Floor JCP), UIHC

  • Ling Yang, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
    "Organelle Stress Response in the Context of Obesity"
  • Mark Santillan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    "Diagnosing and Treating Preeclampsia: What Do Your Brain and Urine Have To Do With It?"
  • Kris DeMali, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry
    "Integrating Cell Mechanics and Metabolism"
  • Bryan Allen, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
    "Reducing Age Associated Cancer Therapy Toxicity"

Monday, December 2, 2019, 4:00-5:00 pm, 1459 PBDB

  • Maria Spies, PhD, Professor Biochemistry
    "DNA Repair: from Molecular Mechanisms to New Cancer Therapeutics"
  • Hatem El-Shanti, MD, Professor of Pediatrics
    "An Approach to Gene Discovery in Complex Disorders"
  • Kathleen Sluka, PT, PhD, Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
    "Efforts to Solve the Chronic Pain Epidemic Through the HEAL Initiative"
  • Julien Sebag, PhD, Assistant Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    "Identification of Insulin Sensitizers Using High-Throughput Screening"

Monday, September 30, 2019, 5:00-6:00 pm, East Room (8th Floor JCP), UIHC

  • Mohammed Milhem, MBBS, Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine
    "New Directions in Melanoma/Sarcoma Treatment"
  • Jeremy Greenlee, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery
    "Using Neurosurgery to Understand Speech Production"
  • Sue Bodine, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine
    "Understanding the Role of MuRF1 and Other E3 Ubiquitin Ligases in the Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Mass"
  • Mary Weber, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
    "Unraveling the Mechanisms of Chlamydia trachomatis Serovar-Specific Disease"

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 4:00-5:00 pm, Robert P. Kelch Conference Room (1289 CBRB)

  • Aaron Boes, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology
    "Predicting outcomes from stroke based on lesion location"
  • Laura Rogers, PhD, Assistant Research Scientist, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
    "Identifying molecular strategies to enhance intratumoral T cell infiltration"
  • Laurie Gutmann, MD, Clinical Professor of Neurology
    "Clinical Research Networks and Clinical Trial Design"
  • Bradley Van Voorhis, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    "Improvements in IVF outcomes through big data analysis"