In 1848, railway construction foreman Phineas Gage survived a freak accident that put an iron bar right through his skull, but the damage to his frontal lobes led to dramatic alterations in his personality.
In 1861, physician Paul Broca reported on a patient who lost the ability to speak due to a small lesion in the left side of his brain.
And in 1957, a famous patient referred to in medical literature as “HM” became globally amnesic (unable to form new memories) following brain surgery for epilepsy.
The ICTS recently welcomed a visit from Bruce Gingles, Vice President for Global Health and Economics at Cook Medical, one of the nation’s largest medical device companies. Gingles, who has been at Cook Medical since 1979, plays a major role in building collaborations with academic medical centers and medical professional societies to spur interest in developing innovative devices.
KL2 Scholar and Assistant Professor of Human Physiology Gary Pierce, PhD, recently led a study that examined a new technique for measuring the “stiffness” of the aorta, a common risk factor in middle-aged and older adults for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Congratulations to Lilian Dindo, PhD, for obtaining a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research CareerDevelopment Award (K23) from the National Institutes of Health. The K23 award will provide Dindo, an assistant professor of both psychology and psychiatry, with a mentored research training experience related to a brief therapeutic intervention for patients living with comorbid migraine and depression.
On June 25th, the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) released a report from an expert committee (which included UI College of Public Health Dean Sue Curry) that was convened to provide an independent appraisal of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program. As many of you know, the CTSA Program was a bold initiative launched by the NIH in 2006 to create an integrated infrastructure for clinical and translational research and training in universities and other research institutes.
Drug discovery has become an increasingly important focus of the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) and several other NIH institutes. These efforts seek to capitalize on recent advances in molecular biology that have identified a myriad of potential pathways and targets for new therapeutics.
Summer Seminar: Introduction to Systemic Literature Reviews and Meta-analyses
Instructor: Marin Schweizer, PhD, Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa and Center for Comprehensive Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) at the Iowa City VA Health Care System
Dates and Time: Thursdays at 2:30 — 3:30 p.m. beginning June 6th and continuing thru August 8th (with the exception of the July 4th holiday.)