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Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019

We are caring for 785 inpatients and have 4,583 outpatient visits today.

Broadcasts: Need to know

Melrose Dining Room closed today

Melrose Dining Room will be closed today to repair damage from a water leak that occurred early this morning. The dining room will reopen by tomorrow at lunchtime. All other Food and Nutrition Services cafeterias are open for their normal business hours.

Keeping you in The Loop

UI neuroscientists receive major grant to continue work on Huntington’s disease

Peg Nopoulos, MD, and her team have received a five-year, $18 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to continue and expand a decade-long study on brain development in children at risk for developing Huntington’s disease.

Sean Nollen receives Helping Hands Award

Congratulations to our newest Helping Hands Award winner, Sean Nollen, nursing assistant on 3 RCE.

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center awards ACS seed grants

Sukirth Ganesan, BDS, PhD, and Shannon Lea Watkins, PhD, have been awarded a one-year, $30,000 American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant through Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Iowa doctor launches campaign to ‘replenish kids’ mental health’

UnityPoint emergency room physician Jeffrey Brown felt inspired to begin his own campaign similar to that of the ‘Iowa Legend’ Carson King for children’s mental health, The Daily Iowan reports.

Events: Join us

See more UI Health Care events on The Loop.


  • Are you interested in saving some money and joining a van pool for your daily work commute? To view current van pools and seat openings, visit
  • Learn more about the body-smoothing Obagi lotion, Keraphine. This advanced, targeted therapy to smooth rough and bumpy skin is available at the Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic. Stop by the clinic near Elevator H, Level 1.
  • Reminder: Consent for Operation or Procedure forms have been updated to ensure compliance with all regulatory bodies, including the Iowa Administrative Code, and to provide greater clarity and consistency to patients and providers.

Research volunteers invited

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  • Inpatient nurses in medical-surgical, children’s and women’s, intensive and specialty, and psychiatric services are invited to participate in research about patient safety communication. Compensation. Contact Patricia Groves at or 319-335-7117.

Outside UI Health Care

Iowa biology student bakes ancient Egyptian bread just like mummy used to make

A Hawkeye awakens 4,500-year-old yeast found in museum pottery, Iowa Magazine reports.

Englert releases lineup for its annual Mission Creek Festival

The Englert Theater announced the lineup for Mission Creek Festival, bringing in a large array of artists for its annual music and literary festival, The Daily Iowan reports.

Pigeons wearing cowboy hats are roaming Las Vegas, and nobody knows why

Pigeons wearing cowboy hats have been spotted roaming Las Vegas, and the viral videos of the well-dressed birds have the internet talking, ABC News reports.

Greta Thunberg is Time’s 2019 Person of the Year

The 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden is the magazine’s youngest Person of the Year selection, NBC News reports.

Brain differences may be tied to obesity, study says

New results from the largest long-term study of brain development and children’s health raise provocative questions about obesity and brain function, NBC News reports.

Women’s basketball looking for another win in Cy-Hawk series

The Hawkeyes will try to extend a three-game winning streak against the Cyclones tonight in Ames, The Daily Iowan reports.

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