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John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building

UI dedicates $126 million biomedical hub

John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building houses research from diabetes to heart and lung diseases

The University of Iowa ushered in a new age of accelerated research in biomedicine with the formal opening on Wednesday of the $126 million John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building. The 256,000-square-foot building on the UI health sciences campus will house “high-risk, high-reward” research in diabetes, deafness, and brain science as well as complex diseases affecting the heart and lungs.

Dust mite illustration

Researchers create vaccine for dust-mite allergies

Vaccine reduced lung inflammation to allergens in lab and animal tests

University of Iowa researchers have created a vaccine for dust-mite allergies. In lab tests and animal trials, the nano-sized vaccine package was readily absorbed by immune cells and dramatically lowered allergic responses. Results appear in the AAPS Journal.

Grain bin safety demonstration

Trapped in grain

Media Advisory: University of Iowa hosts grain silo rescue demonstration as part of agricultural safety sessions

The University of Iowa hosts a grain silo rescue demonstration to promote greater safety in agricultural and farming. A professional will climb into a simulated silo filled with grain and demonstrate a potential real-life situation in which a person needs to be rescued from an avalanche of flowing grain. The simulation is Monday, June 9, at 5 p.m. at the UI College of Public Health.

blue skies contained within the state of Iowa outline

Breathe easy, Iowa. Your air is (relatively) healthy

University of Iowa study reports air quality statewide falls within federal cleanliness standards

A new study from the University of Iowa reports Iowa's air quality falls within government guidelines for cleanliness, based on data gathered at five locations statewide. The study analyzed air quality and pollution sources in the state and is the first to compare air quality in urban versus rural areas. Results appear in the journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts.

Iowa Now Minute 4/11/14

Iowa Now Minute 4/11/2014

Roundup of recent UI activities, research, public engagement, and campus life

See a roundup of recent University of Iowa activities, research, public engagement, and campus life in Iowa Now Minute 4/11/2014.

Media Advisory: Public Policy Center to hold 'What If?' series

Discussions mark 25th anniversary of the UI-based center

The Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa is marking its 25th year by holding a series of policy discussions, called "What If?" At each forum, researchers will examine different hypothetical scenarios and their unintended consequences, and present relevant research. The sessions, open to the media and the public, are held each Tuesday evening from April 8 to April 29 in the Iowa City Public Library.

Obermann Center to host Health Humanities Symposium April 4 to 5

The UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies will hold a working symposium, Health Humanities: Building the Future of Research and Teaching, April 4 and 5. From music therapy to finding well-being through the written word, organizers hope the two-day series of events will allow attendees to build bridges across the arts, humanities and health sciences, offering "incalcuable benefits."

baby carrotts and celery sticks in a popcorn concession tray

Healthy food is good for you–and can sell, too

University of Iowa study shows concession stands can benefit from offering healthy foods

You don't just need to rely on hot dogs and pizza to make a buck at concession stands. A study led by the University of Iowa examined sales, revenues, and profits at a booster-run concession stand in Iowa that offered healthy food items, from apples to string cheese, over a full season. The club registered stable sales and revenue, while profits remained intact. Results appear in the Journal of Public Health.

officer seated in car, writing a ticket

Workers, get up and move

UI study finds that police work, like many other jobs, is mostly sedentary

A new UI study shows that police officers move as much on the job as someone holding a baby or washing dishes. The finding comes from police wearing armbands that monitored their physical activity. Results appear in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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