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Two new REU grants broaden UI capacity to train future scientists

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs bring students to the University of Iowa (UI) to have active and meaningful participation in ongoing research projects. The two new REU programs, which are funded by the National Science Foundation, bring the total number of funded REU programs on the UI campus up to six, a threefold increase over four years. “With the addition of two new...

Reminder to disclose instances of international collaboration

University of Iowa researchers and scholars are reminded that they are required to disclose any activities involving foreign governments and institutions of higher education, including research collaborations, appointments, presenting or teaching. For sponsored research, those activities are reported directly to the funding agency. In other cases, faculty and staff can use the UI’s eCOI portal to...

SHL exceeds 1 million COVID-19 tests since start of pandemic in Iowa

March 8 will mark one year since the State Hygienic Laboratory detected the first case of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and the lab has processed more than one million samples since that fateful day. As vaccines for COVID-19 work their way across the country, SHL isn’t slowing down. In fact, it’s continuing to work around the clock to improve testing and expanding the tools available...

Jumpstarting Tomorrow offers up to $150K for collaborative research proposals

The Research Development Office (RDO) in the University of Iowa Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR) is seeking proposals from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams to conduct innovative research, creative activities, and scholarship with grants of up to $150,000. Jumpstarting Tomorrow, a hybrid pilot grant/community-building program, is supported through $2 million in funding to...

UI startup Cardio Diagnostics launches new heart disease risk assessment for home

Cardio Diagnostics, a University of Iowa faculty startup, has commercially launched a new home clinical test for assessing patients’ heart disease risk. The product, the Epi+Gen CHD at-home sampling kit, was made possible through a license held by the UI Research Foundation. Heart disease and stroke are the first and fifth leading causes of death in the United States, respectively and are...
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UI student researchers persevere despite pandemic challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted and reshaped many aspects of our lives, but it hasn’t stopped University of Iowa (UI) students from exploring some of life’s most interesting questions through research, scholarship, and creative activity.
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Arts and Humanities Initiative (AHI) proposals are due March 2

The Office of the Vice President for Research is now accepting applications for the spring 2021 Arts & Humanities Initiative (AHI) program. This program encourages leading edge scholarship, creative activities and interdisciplinary research. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Eligibility At the time of application, all UI personnel in the arts and humanities disciplines who are...
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UI agreement with Tevard Biosciences to advance therapies for genetic forms of epilepsy

Research on faulty genetic material by University of Iowa (UI) Carver College of Medicine professor Christopher Ahern recently was licensed by Tevard Biosciences, a company that is seeking to treat certain forms of epilepsy. However, the innovative UI treatment approach being developed by Tevard holds the promise of becoming a platform with medical applications far beyond those for epilepsy. The...

Nominations sought for leading researchers, scholars, and mentors

The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking award nominations of faculty, staff, and students engaged in outstanding research and scholarship, safety, and mentorship. Nominations for OVPR’s annual Discovery and Innovation Awards, which will be announced in April and celebrated virtually next spring, are due Feb. 2. This year OVPR has added an award to recognize...

Gazette gives State Hygienic Lab its Driver business award

While it’s not, technically, a business, Iowa’s State Hygienic Lab (SHL) has demonstrated incredible innovation and dedication since it became ground zero for most of Iowa’s COVID-19 testing. That’s why SHL and Director Mike Pentella were recently given the Driver award as part of the sixth annual Gazette Business Awards. The Driver award is given to an individual or institution that has...