The UI Office of Research and Economic Development on April 9–11 will hold an “Ideas Lab,” where it will bring together 30 faculty and staff members from various disciplines to develop strategies for slowing, stopping, or reversing opioid abuse among Iowans. Those interested in participating can apply through Feb. 14.
The chairs of a search for a new Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPR&ED) are seeking input from University of Iowa stakeholders regarding the organization’s structure and ideal qualifications for the next person who leads it.
Opioid deaths in Iowa have increased by 250 percent in the past decade, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control predicts the state will see even greater increases over the next five years if current trends hold.
Rural areas are being hit hardest, with the drugs impacting the lives and livelihoods of individuals, families, and entire communities.