New U01 Competitive Renewal for Dr. Uc

Congratulations to Dr. Aliye Uc in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Pancreatology, and Nutrition on her new U01 competitive renewal from the NIH for “INSPIRE: A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Pediatric Chronic Pancreatitis to Predict Clinical Course and Identify Disease Modifiers”.

The new grant provides just over $2.3 million over 5 years. Congratulations, Dr. Uc!

Dance Marathon Allocations Non-Research Applications for Fall 2020

The Dance Marathon Allocations non-research applications for Fall 2020 are now available!  

The UI Dance Marathon Allocations NEW Application can be found here. If you currently have a project funded through this committee, please submit this renewal application by September 30th.

The UI Dance Marathon Allocations RENEWAL Application can be found here. If you have not been funded by Dance Marathon in the past year, please submit this new application by September 30th.   

If your project has been completed, please notify Anna Soergel in writing and submit your Final Report within 30 days of the project completion. This short report outlines the impact of your project and ways in which you recognized the University of Iowa Dance Marathon. The Dance Marathon Allocations Final Report can be found  here.  Please contact Anna Soergel at if you have any questions. 

Consistent with our departmental internal grant submission policy, All Peds Grant research applications need to be reviewed and signed off on by Dr. Tsalikian. Please complete and return the grant submission checklist with attachments, signed by your Division Director, to

Dr. Schieltz and Dr. Wacker Praised in Article on Telehealth

Dr. Dave Wacker (Professor Emeritus) and Dr. Schieltz were praised in a recent article on telehealth in the field of behavior analysis.

LeBlanc LA, Lerman DC, Norman MP. Behavior analytic contribution to public health and telehealth. J Applied Beh Analysis, 2020, 53, 1208-1218.

From the article:

“Wacker and his colleagues at University of Iowa initiated this research almost 15 years ago when they began to coach parents of young children with autism to conduct functional analyses of problem behavior and to implement functional communication training (FCT) through the internet (Barretto et al., 2006; Wacker et al., 2013a,b). … As a result of research at the University of Iowa and other research labs, our field now has nearly 15 years of evidence demonstrating that telehealth ABA services can make meaningful changes in families’ lives. This evidence undoubtably impacted the number of practitioners who transitioned to telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic and the amount of funding that was available from third parties (e.g., insurance companies) to support these services. In this first special section, Schieltz and Wacker (2020) provide an informative analysis of the type of telehealth work Public Health and Telehealth 1211 pioneered in their lab, along with pointed suggestions to guide the next generation of this research, in “Functional Assessment and Function-Based Treatment Delivered via Telehealth: A Brief Summary.”

Colaizy and Terry Named to IRB Biomedical Board

Congratulations to Dr. Tarah Colaizy (Neonatology) and Dr. William Terry (Hem/Onc) on being named to the IRB-01 Biomedical Board of the University’s Human Subjects Office. They will serve a minimum of 2 years but can choose to renew their Board membership at that time.

Research projects involving human participants are reviewed by IRB-01 if:

  • the Principal Investigator is from the College of Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, or the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology in the College of Liberal Arts, College of Public Health* OR
  • the Principal Investigator is from the College of Nursing AND the study involves a physical or physiological intervention that is greater than minimal risk OR
  • the study involves patients at the University of Iowa Health Care (UIHC) OR
  • the study involves access to or creation of any protected health information about the subject that is maintained in UIHC health care provider’s records.
    * the College of Public Health has the option to submit under IRB-02 if none of the above apply.

New Publication for Dr. Chegondi

Congratulations to Dr. Madhu Chegondi in the Division of Critical Care on his recent publication in Pediatric Nephrology.

Chegondi M, Devarashetty S, Balakumar N, Sendi P, Totapally BR. The need for hemodialysis is associated with increased mortality in mechanically ventilated children: a propensity score-matched outcome study. Pediatric Nephrol. 2020 Jul 19. •doi: 10.1007/s00467-020-04703-3. Online ahead of print.