Dr. Fischer Appears on Iowa Public Radio About E-Cigarettes

Dr. Tony Fischer from the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy and Immunology recently appeared on the Iowa Public Radio program River to River discussing the vaping and e-cigarette epidemic.

The U.S. Surgeon General says electronic cigarette use among young people is increasing at “epidemic proportions.” In Iowa, 2018 data shows that nine percent of high school students in the state used e-cigarettes. Nationally, there was a 78 percent rise in vaping among high school students from 2017 to 2018.

This episode of River to River focuses on the rising use of e-cigarettes or vaping among Iowa teens. Guests include:

  • Danielle Oswald-Thole, the Iowa Government Relations Director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc
  • Daisy Contreras, a reporter for WUIS in Springfield, IL
  • Michael Triplett, president of Triplett Enterprises Ltd.
  • Dr. Anthony Fischer, a pediatric pulmonologist at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Ted Bonebrake, an addiction specialist at UnityPoint Health in Cedar Falls

Pediatrics Research Day Poster Session Award Winners

Congratulations to the following award winners for their posters at last Friday’s Pediatrics Research Day on April 5, 2019.

  • Basic Poster Winners
    • Camilla Hippee Measles Virus Exits Primary Human Airway Epithelial Sheets by Infectious Center Sloughing
    • Amy Stanford Human beta defensing-2 significantly decreases intestinal injury in experimental necrotizing enterocolitis.
  • Clinical Poster Winners
    • Jared Peterson Neurocognitive Function in Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivors
    • Matthew Solomon Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease is Associated with Abnormal White Matter Integrity on Diffusion Tensor Imaging.

Congratulations to all participants and attendees for another successful Pediatrics Research Day!

Newell Receives New K08


Congratulations to Dr. Beth Newell in the Division of Critical Care for receiving a new K08 award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)!.

The award is for “Astrocyte-specific IL-1RI signaling effects following traumatic brain injury“, and provides $187,128/year for 5 years for a total of $935,640.

Way to go, Dr. Newell!

Carter Receives Grant from ADA

Calvin Carter, a post-doc research scholar in Dr. Sheffield’s lab, recently received a grant for “Glycemic Lowering Mechanisms of Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Fields in Mouse Models of Type 2 Diabetes” from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

The award provides $61,388/year for 3 years, for a total of $190,413. Dr. Sheffield will serve as mentor on the project, with Calvin as the PI.

Congratulations, Calvin!

Dr. Dagle Chosen for Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

Congratulations to Dr. John Dagle (Neonatology) for being named the recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

This prestigious award is given to those that demonstrate the Foundation’s and the Carver College of Medicine’s ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care; respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues; and clinical excellence. The official award ceremony will be held May 8, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the Kelch Conference Room, 1289 CBRB.

Congratulations, Dr. Dagle!

Dr. DeGeeter and Family Welcome New Arrival

Dr. Cathy DeGeeter from the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Pancreatology and Nutrition. and her family welcomed the newest addition to their family on Friday, March 15 at 5:06 PM. Elora Diane DeGeeter made her debut at 6lbs, 10 oz.

Congratulations to Dr. DeGeeter, her husband Justin, and Elora’s big brother and sister, Elliott and Elsa!

Elora, with Elsa and Elliott

New Arrivals in the PICU

Congratulations to Dr. Shilpa Balikai from Critical Care, her husband, Shahzad Ali and daughter Zia, on the arrival of their son, Riann Balikai Ali on March 7, 2019. Riann weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces; and was affectionately deemed to be “Mostly Hair”.

Also, Haley Stoll, ARNP from Critical Care, and her husband and daughter Emory, welcomed Everett Andrew on March 3, 2019. Everett weighed in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces. An adorable baby picture will be loaded as soon as one is received.

Congratulations on the newest additions to your families!