Carver College of Medicine

UI Engineering professor Fatima Toor (right) and her student researchers Logan Nichols, left, and Wenqi Duan, center, discuss the results of a photo they took using an infrared camera. Toor is developing an inexpensive device to test for particular types

Solar cells show promise for cancer testing

UI engineer creates startup to explore manufacturing, marketing the product
Advanced Silicon Technology is a semifinalist in the SPIE Startup Challenge, a prestigious startup competition. University of Iowa professor Fatima Toor will travel to San Francisco Feb. 13 through 18 to present the company to contest officials.
bacteria (Pseudomonas aeruginosa) on the surface of a CF-affect airway.

A cystic fibrosis mystery solved

UI study identifies protein that causes problems for CF lungs
A University of Iowa study has answered why mice with cystic fibrosis gene mutations don’t develop the life-threatening lung disease. The researchers also identified a proton pump called ATP12A as a potential target for new CF therapies.
University of Iowa chemists led by Amnon Kohen have unraveled the chemistry underlying how some deadly diseases, such as tuberculosis, produce thymine, a DNA base critical for these diseases to survive and reproduce. The team found these diseases use a di

UI chemists uncover how key agent allows diseases to reproduce

Findings could lead to non-toxic drugs that block diseases’ chemistry
University of Iowa chemists have revealed the chemistry behind how certain diseases, from anthrax to tuberculosis, replicate. The key lies in the function of a gene absent in humans, called thyX, and its ability to catalyze the DNA building block thymine. Results published in the journal 'Science.'
Skin cells from a patient with X-linked Retinitis Pigmentosa were transformed into induced pluripotent stem cells and the blindness-causing point mutation in the RPGR gene was corrected using CRISPR/Cas9

Edited stem cells offer hope of precision therapy for blindness

Findings raise the possibility of treating blinding eye diseases using a patient’s own corrected cells as replacement tissue
UI researchers have used the gene-editing technology CRISPR/Cas9 to correct a blindness-causing gene mutation in stem cells derived from a patient, offering hope that eye diseases might one day be treated with replacement tissue created from a patient’s own cells.

UI recognized for excellence in pain education

NIH selects university to help improve pain education for health professional students
The UI is one of  11 Centers for Excellence in Pain Education selected by the National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium. The  centers will help improve pain education for undergraduate and graduate health professional students. 

Honors Pieper elected to American Society for Clinical Investigation

Andrew Pieper, professor of psychiatry and member of the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute, has been selected for membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected medical honor societies

CNBC The health risks of spending a year in outer space

A new report commissioned by NASA highlights many risks connected with putting more humans in space for longer periods of time. Those risks include muscle and bone loss, psychological health, and nutrition, Dr. Carol Scott-Conner, professor of surgery at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, told CNBC.

Iowa Public Radio River to River The pros and cons of sharing a bed

Dr. Eric Dyken of the UI Sleep Disorders Center fields questions about the benefits and drawbacks of sharing a room with a sleeping partner. He also discusses how gene changes in an aging brain affect circadian rhythm, and new research on the dangers of giving melatonin to young children.