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Pharmacology Provides Home for Levitt Visiting Professor Roger Dampney

The Department of Pharmacology has been happy to provide a home away from home for Helen C. Levitt Endowed Annual Visiting Professor Roger Dampney, Ph.D., D.Sc. of the Department of Physiology, Univer...

Dr. Sigmund named founding director of new Center for Hypertension Research

The University of Iowa, through the Francois M. Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center, has a rich history of excellence in cardiovascular research. Building on this strong foundation, we are very plea...

UI researchers find early predictor for preeclampsia

University of Iowa researchers have discovered a biomarker that could give expecting mothers and their doctors the first simple blood test to reliably predict that a pregnant woman may develop preecla...

Kristin Claflin graduate student in Grobe laboratory receives AHA predoctoral fellowship

Kristin E. Claflin, a third year graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology, has been awarded a Predoctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association’s Midwest Affiliate for her project t...

Drs. Dawn Quelle and Rory Fisher receive an Internal Funding Initiatives award from the OVPRED!

Dr. Dawn E. Quelle, an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Pathology, has received an OVPR award entitled "Drug Resistance in Pancreatic Cancer." Dr. James Mezhir, an Assistant Professor of Surger...

Gerald F. Gebhart 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Jerry Gebhart is the founding director of the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research and professor of anesthesiology, medicine, neurobiology, and pharmacology and chemical biology at the University of Pi...

2013 Amanda Hope Skolnick Undergraduate Award

The Amanda Hope Skolnick Undergraduate Award is given annually to honor the memory of Amanda Skolnick, who worked as a Laboratory Assistant in the Department of Pharmacology while an undergraduate at ...

University of Iowa hopes to use sequencing to better diagnose and treat patients

Anne Kwitek was quoted in this article on the efforts of the IIHG in Exome sequencing and personalized medicine.

Adele Stewart Defends Thesis

Adele Stewart successfully passed her Ph.D. examination on Wednesday April 2, 2014.  Her thesis title was “Regulator of G Protein Signaling 6 (RGS6), a Multifarious and Pleiotropic Modulator of G Prot...

Rouabhi and Voong receive 2014 UGSRF awards from American Physiological Society 

Mohamed Rouabhi and Susan Voong, respectively working in the laboratories of Kamal Rahmouni and Justin L. Grobe in the Department of Pharmacology, have been selected to receive 2014 Undergraduate Summ...

Dr. Usachev receives new R01 from NIH/NINDS

Dr. Yuriy M. Usachev, an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Anesthesia, has received a new R01 grant from the NIH/NINDS (NS087068) titled "Mitochondria fission and fusion (MFF)-dependent mechanis...

Jeffrey Coble Defends Thesis

Jeffrey Coble successfully passed his Ph.D. examination on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. His thesis title was "Molecular mechanisms of brain RAS hyperactivity upon fluid balance: sufficiency of angiotens...

Dr. Sigmund elected Vice Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Angiotensin

Dr. Curt D. Sigmund was elected as the next Vice-Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Angiotensin to be held in Il Ciocco, Barga, Italy in 2016.Dr. Sigmund will become the Chair of the same conf...

Sara Reed Defends Thesis

Sara Reed successfully passed her Ph.D. examination on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Her thesis title was "NIAM, a novel activator of p53 and potential tumor suppressor.” Members of her thesis committee we...

Research in the Capitol 2014

Benjamin J. Weidemann, an undergraduate in the Grobe laboratory, has been selected to represent the University of Iowa at the 9th Annual “Research in the Capitol” day on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Each y...

Ben Weidemann awardee of 2014 David S. Bruce Outstanding Undergraduate Award

Benjamin J. Weidemann, an undergraduate student in the Grobe laboratory, has been awarded a 2014 David S. Bruce Undergraduate Award from the American Physiological Society (APS).  Recipients are named...

Usachev, Hammond and Russo receive Carver Collaborative Grant

Dr. Yuriy M. Usachev, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Anesthesia, Dr. Donna L. Hammond, Ph.D., Professor of Anesthesia and Pharmacology, and Dr. Andrew F. Russo, Ph.D., Professor of Mol...

Weidemann, Stewart, Maity and Mukoda receive travel awards to attend EB 2014 Conf

Ben Weidemann, undergraduate student in Dr. Justin Grobe's laboratory, received a travel award for his project entitled "The brain renin-angiotensin system suppresses digestive efficiency."  This is h...

Anne Kwitek receives Carver Trust MRIG

Dr. Anne Kwitek, an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology, Internal Medicine, and Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, and the Associate Director of the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics...

Drs. Potthoff and Taylor receive Carver Collaborative Grant

Drs. Matthew Potthoff, PhD and Eric Taylor, PhD, Assistant Professors in the Department of Pharmacology and Biochemistry, respectively, have been awarded a Carver Collaborative Grant.  The project, ti...

Conference gives neuroscientist a chance to reach out to inspire Steamboat Springs students  

Raeesa Gupte Wins Scientific Poster Presentation Award

Raeesa Gupte, a Pharmacology graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. D.P. Mohapatra was awarded for her poster presentation at the 47th Annual Winter Conference on Brain Research, Jan 25 to 30, at S...

Grobe and Mohapatra receive OVPR - Major Project Grant

Justin L. Grobe, PhD and D.P. Mohapatra, PhD have been awarded a “Major Project Grant” through the University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. The project, t...

Grobe receives American Diabetes Association Core: Basic Research Award

Justin L. Grobe, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Carver College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center and the UI Obesity Rese...

Nicole Littlejohn graduate student in Grobe laboratory receives AHA predoctoral fellowship

Nicole K. Littlejohn, a third year graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology, has been awarded a Predoctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association’s Midwest Affiliate for her project...

Justin Grobe receives AHA Innovative Research Grant

Preeclampsia is a life-threatening cardiovascular disorder of late pregnancy, occurring in more than 300,000 pregnancies per year and accounting for 15% of all maternal death in the United States. Cur...

Dr. Rahmouni, receives AHA Established Investigator Award

Dr. Kamal Rahmouni, an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology and Internal Medicine, has received an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association. The project ent...

Stewart honored as "Women of Innovation"

Congratulations to Adele Stewart for recently being named one of The Technology Association of Iowa's Women of Innovation.  She was recognized for her receipt of a pre-doctorate fellowship from the Na...

Kwitek leader of team to spearhead pharmacogenetic test….

Did you know that drugs do not work for 50 percent of people who are prescribed them? In fact, the FDA already recommends genotyping for 10 percent of drugs for which understanding the genotype can he...

Dawn E. Quelle, Ph.D. recognized as an Outstanding Educator

Dawn E. Quelle, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Pharmacology was recognized as an Outstanding Educator at the Annual Medical Education Celebration Day in the CCOM.

Stewart and Kwitek Named Finalist in Iowa Women of Innovation Awards

Dr. Anne Kwitek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Iowa.  She is also the Associate Director of the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics, a statewide institut...

Dr. Rory Fisher awarded the 2013 J.P. Long Award for Teaching in the Basic Sciences

Dr. Rory Fisher was selected to receive the 2013 J. P. Long Award for Teaching in the Basic Sciences.  The award recognizes outstanding career-level teaching contributions by the basic science faculty...

D. Quelle and Usachev funded for second year from the FOEDRC

Drs. Dawn Quelle, Ph.D., and Yuriy Usachev, Ph.D., Associate Professors of Pharmacology received another year of funding from the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. Dr. D. Quelle’s pr...

Medical Student, Colin Burnett receives Award

At Medical Student Research Day on September 6, 2013, Colin Burnett, M2 received an Outstanding Presentation in Pharmcological Research Award on his poster entitled "Improved Methods for Assessing ‘Th...

Grobe named finalist for Goldblatt Award

Justin Grobe, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology has been named a finalist for the American Heart Association’s Harry Goldblatt Award. Each year, three finalists are selected by the Council for ...

Uche Maduka Defends Thesis

Uche Maduka successfully passed his Ph.D. examination on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. His thesis title was "Elucidating Mechanisms by which Substance P in the RVM Contributes to the Maintenance of Pain fol...

Caitlin Runne Defends Thesis

Caitlin Runne successfully passed her Ph.D. examination on Thursday, June 27, 2013. Her thesis title was "Function and Activation Mechanism of PLEKHG2, a Novel Gbg-Activated RhoGEF in Leukemia Cells"....

Lipin Loo Defends Thesis

Lipin Loo successfully passed his Ph.D. examination on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. His thesis title was "Modulation of TRPV1, Nociceptor Sensitization and Induction of Thermal Hyperalgesia by C-Type Na...

Patrick Houlihan Defends Thesis

Patrick Houlihan successfully passed his Ph.D. examination on Wednesday, November 1, 2012. His thesis title was “The Role of Mitochondrial Restructuring in Neuronal Ca2+ Homeostasis and Excitotoxicity...

Hammond named Executive Associate Dean

Donna L. Hammond, PhD, was recently named Executive Associate Dean. Dr. Hammond had been serving as the interim Executive Associate Dean and then briefly as interim dean of the College until the arriv...

UI biomedical researcher named a 2013 Pew Scholar

Qi Wu, assistant professor of pharmacology in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been selected as a 2013 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences.

Sigmund honored with 2013 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

Regents awards recognize contributions to public higher education Given by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, the award honors faculty members for work representing a significant contribution to exc...

Live or die? Postdoc Shepherd researches factors affecting cell life and death

Andrew Shepherd sees basic scientific research as something special on the path toward scientific discovery.

Research team receives $10.6 million to study obesity and hypertension

Researchers at the University of Iowa and colleagues at Cornell University have received a five-year, $10.6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Insti...

Undergraduate students receive Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Awards

Ben Weidemann, undergraduate student in Dr. Justin Grobe's laboratory, received award for his project entitled "Glycemic Control by the Brain Renin-Angiotensin System: Role for Peripheral AT2 Receptor...

Weidemann receives another Undergraduate Award

Benjamin J. Weidemann, a University of Iowa junior working in the laboratory of Dr. Justin L. Grobe, has been awarded an Undergraduate Award/Scholarship from the Department of Chemistry. This award is...

Rachel Starks receives most outstanding poster award - Research Week 2013

Rachel Starks, a graduate student in Dr. Kamal Rahmouni's laboratory, received most outstanding entry for the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science award for her poster entitled "A Rare Dis...

Alumni News

Interesting news on a former graduate student.

Students and postdocs in department receive travel awards to attend EB 2013 Conference

Biswanath Maity, Ph.D. postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Rory Fisher's laboratory, received a Vere D. Wenger Travel Award for his project entitled "RGS6 Functions as a Novel Suppressor of Tumor Initiation an...

Molecular hub links obesity, heart disease to high blood pressure

Obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure (hypertension) are all related, but understanding the molecular pathways that underlie cause and effect is complicated.

Weidemann receives Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship

Benjamin J. Weidemann, a University of Iowa junior working in the laboratory of Dr. Justin L. Grobe, has been awarded an "Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship" from the American Physiological ...

UI Health Science Research Week events April 16 and 17

Beginning April 16, 2013 the Carver College of Medicine (CCOM) will host events to celebrate UI Health Sciences Research Week. Health Sciences Research Week is sponsored by the Carver College of Medic...

Strack receives $1.3 million grant to study neuroprotective proteins

A University of Iowa research team led by Stefan Strack, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology in the UI Carver College of Medicine, will use a four-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of...

Postdoc Andrew Shepherd researches factors affecting cell life and death

Postdoctoral fellow Andrew Shepherd was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Graduate Education at Iowa. The article entitled “Live or Die” discusses the importance of the potassium channel Kv2.1 in t...

Assistant Professor Justin Grobe receives Carver Collaborative Grant

The CCOM Research Committee recently selected the Carver Collaborative Grant entitled “Preeclampsia: All in the head? Investigating the Molecular Role of Vasopressin in Preeclampsia” to be funded. Thi...

Jason Ulrich selected as the paper of the week by the Journal of Biological Chemistry

Research paper by Jason Ulrich coauthored by Man-Su Kim, Patrick Houlihan, Leonid Shutov, DP Mohapatra, Stefan Strack and Yuriy Usachev selected as the paper of the week by the Journal of Biological C...

Dr. Usachev receives Excellence in Medical Education Award

Dr. Yuriy Usachev was honored with an Excellence in Medical Education Award at the 2012 CCOM Medical Education Celebration Day.  The award is for his significant contributions to the teaching mission ...