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The research environment in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa is outstanding. Among public medical schools, the College of Medicine and the College of Public Health rank 11th and 5th in NIH funding in both the number of grants and total grant dollars per research faculty in public medical schools. The Department of Internal Medicine research budget is $45 million, with $37 million in federal grants from the NIH or 40% of the federal research budget to the entire College of Medicine. Combined NIH and VA funding to department faculty makes up 75% of all research funds received by departmental investigators.

Departmental faculty are successfully committed to a wide variety of research themes that include vascular biology, hypertension, membrane biology, diabetes, lymphoma, inflammation, viral pathogenesis, bio-defense, epithelial biology, gene therapy, antibiotic resistance, clinical trials, and health services research.

Eighteen University of Iowa Research Centers (including two NIH Program Project Grants, a Specialized Center of Research, a General Clinical Research Center and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Laboratory) are directed by departmental faculty. Six UI Core Research Facilities providing critical services to the entire UI health science research campus are also directed by departmental faculty. With 100,000 square feet of lab space already committed to these efforts, the department is looking forward to significant additional research space at the completion of current building projects.

In the past three decades, 17 members of the department have served 27 terms as presidents of 17 regional and national professional societies. Four individuals served terms as president of the American Federation for Medical Research; and two each served presidential terms for the Central Society for Clinical Research, American Heart Association, American Motility Society, Association of Medicine and Psychiatry, and the Association of American Physicians.

Research Minute: Eli Perencevich, MD, MS

Eli Perencevich, MD MS, is an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist at the University of Iowa. He works with a group of researchers at the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System to prevent hospital-acquired infections.