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Spotlight: Two-time stroke survivor now helps others

Emma Fox-Gatica, a two-time stroke survivor, volunteers at University of Iowa Comprehensive Stroke Center.

A rare two-time stroke survivor, Emma Fox-Gatica, now helps newly hospitalized stroke patients and their families cope with an illness that changes everything by volunteering at the University of Iowa Comprehensive Stroke Center. Story from: Health at Iowa

Health at Iowa

UI Children's Hospital nationally ranked by US News & World Report

Rendering of new UI Children's Hospital

U.S. News and World Report has ranked University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in eight out of ten specialty areas in its 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals listings. Story

Name that song (title)

outline of human head in profile with broken music note centered over brain area

Researchers at the University of Iowa say that damage to a region of the brain, the left temporal pole, may be associated with difficulty recalling auditory stimuli, such as the title to a song. The finding supports the theory that the left temporal pole is important for naming unique items, from landmarks to song names. Results published in the journal Neuropsychology. Story

More than memory

University of Iowa researchers show that the hippocampus is involved in language processing, possibly providing additional insight into how to treat people with Alzheimer’s disease. Results appear in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. Story

Don't sleep and drive

The New York Times: Don't sleep and drive
A driving simulator is used in a clinical trial of a sleep drug at NeuroTrials Research in Atlanta.

Matthew Rizzo, a UI professor of neurology, comments on the difficulty of assessing various factors on driver safety, in a story on the impact of sleep aids and drowsy driving, which also mentions UI's National Advanced Driving Simulator as a resource used by drug companies. Story from: The New York Times

The New York Times

UI's Dyken shares health hazards linked to lack of sleep

A woman sits up in her bed with her hand on her head, unable to sleep

Dr. Mark Dyken, director of the UI's Sleep Disorders Clinic, says people feel more anxious, restless, irritable, and less satisfied when they experience sleep deficiency, impacting everything from careers to relationships. Story from: ABC News

ABC News

Infants learn to look and look to learn

A baby looks at a toy set of keys

Researchers at the University of Iowa have explained how infants learn by looking, and the crucial role these activities play in how infants gain knowledge. Their computer model of babies aged 6 weeks to one year shows how infants use looking to create knowledge and to sear that knowledge into memory. The model also explains how infants' looking and learning changes as they develop. Results appear in the journal "Cognitive Science." Story

UI data fueled decision-making study


A study that reveals how the brain makes decisions used data collected over more than 30 years by neurologists at the University of Iowa, which has the world’s largest lesion registry. Story from: Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Summer of opportunities

Sacha Perez Acevedo talks with a fellow researcher

Pigeons with iPads, olfactory functions and Alzheimer’s disease, smoking behaviors of stroke patients, and Ralph Ellison and The New York Times are all areas of research being pursued by students involved in the Summer Research Opportunities Program and the McNair Scholars program (SROP/McNair Scholars) through the University of Iowa Graduate College. Story

$11 million to help preterm babies

lincoln bell in the NICU

The National Institutes of Health is helping a University of Iowa team treat diseases affecting premature babies. A grant, the fourth renewal obtained by John Widness and colleagues, will test alternative approaches for delivering life-sustaining red blood cells. Story


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