This Daily Iowan article highlights clinical trials at UIHC's Heart and Vascular Center designed to help heart attack survivors who may be suffering from heart failure due to scarred or damaged tissue in the heart. Read it here.
Check out this KCRG news story highlighting Eosinophilic Esophagitis, a rare disease which is being studied in the ICTS clinical research unit by Doctor Ron Schey, Director of Neurogastroenterology & GI Motility Unit.
UI study, partially funded by an ICTS pilot grant, finds that police work, like many other jobs, is mostly sedentary.
Workers, get up and move!
Are you active at your job? If you’re like most workers, you probably aren't. And the consequences could be deadly.
A team of researchers at the University of Iowa measured physical activity in police, whose jobs are presumably predicated on movement. Yet the group found that police officers burn as much energy on the job as someone sitting while holding a baby or washing dishes.
Beginning in April 2014, the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ITCS) will offer a new and improved master’s degree program in translational biomedicine. The curriculum has expanded to meet the broad needs of basic, clinical, and human studies scientists who are working in labs, clinics, or in the community to transform research into improved clinical care and public health.
The Patient-Center Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has awarded $93.5 million to various medical centers across the US, including The University of Iowa, to support the creation of 11 large clinical research networks during the next 18 months.
Subject recruitment for clinical trials is one of the biggest challenges facing the US clinical research enterprise. On average, clinical trials enrollment rates dropped from 75% in 2000 to less than 60% a decade later, while subject retention rates fell from 69% to 48%. Moreover, 80% of clinical trials are delayed at least one month because of unfulfilled enrollment. Low subject recruitment in the US is one of the major reasons that the pharmaceutical industry has moved much of its clinical trials efforts overseas.
A prestigious award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will help a University of Iowa engineering professor to create 3D-printed pancreatic endocrine tissues to effectively manage diabetes.
Ibrahim Ozbolat, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in the UI College of Engineering, has been selected by the NSF to receive a 2014 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. As an award recipient, over the next five years Ozbolat will receive $400,005, effective July 1.
Current protocols for matching donor hearts to recipients foster sex mismatching and heart size disparities, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by physicians at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Iowa. Matching instead by donor heart size may provide better outcomes for recipients, who already face a scarcity of resources as they await a transplant. The analysis was published in “JACC: Heart Failure” by the American College of Cardiology.