Amy Kaplan Receives Acceptance Letter to Tufts University!

Summer research student Amy Kaplan emailed us to let us know that she had been Amy Senior Portrait.jpgoffered early acceptance to Tufts University! Amy joined our group as part of the Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP) at the University of Iowa and spent the summer studying the long-term effects of supplemental oxygen on pediatric physiology. The SSTP program gives high school students the opportunity to work in a university laboratory for the summer, gaining research experience and getting a leg up on college life. Her work was presented at the end-of-summer SSTP symposium and the FASEB summer research conference.

We wish Amy the best of luck and know that she has a bright future ahead of her!! Way to go, rockstar!

Professor Bates Receives Seed Grant from the American Cancer Society !

blood-cancerWe feel fortunate to be the proud recipients of an American Cancer Society Seed Grant to continue our work investigating how obesity promotes hematological malignancy (cancer of the blood). This grant is administered through the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa and will provide us with the resources to really take this line of research to the next level. Dr. Bates is looking forward to joining the fight to prevent cancer and develop new treatments for patients in need!

Lab Visits the Iowa Physiological Society

Michael Hoover, Sandeep Kowkuntla, Shreya Chandrasekar, Austin Murphy, Matthew Peters, and Madison Sturgeon traveled with Drs. Bates and Tomasson to the Iowa Physiological Society meeting at Des Moines University!

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In addition to poster presentations, Matthew Peters was invited to give a talk on his work in premature infants.

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The lab had a very successful time at the meeting! Matthew Peters won an award for his presentation, and Madison Sturgeon and Sandeep Kowkuntla won awards for excellent poster presentations! Alex Brodjeski from the Sindler Lab also won a poster award for his work!

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Good work IPG Lab!

New Paper Accepted in Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology!

Our new papeobstruction_ventilation_apnee_sommeil-svgr titled “Oxidative stress augments chemoreflex sensitivity in rats exposed to chronic intermittent hypoxia” with Barbara Morgan, Rodrigo Del Rio, Zunyi Wang and John Dopp has been accepted in the journal of Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology! In this paper, we found that exposure to intermittent hypoxia, simulating sleep apnea, increases the sensitivity of the chemoreflex. Increased sensitivity of the chemoreflex may  further promote sleep disordered breathing, but this is essentially eliminated by antioxidants and angiotensin II receptor antagonists. This is exciting because it offers insight into future studies of a potential therapy for people with sleep apnea!

Madison Sturgeon and Austin Murphy Receive ICRU Fellowships!

Seniors Austin Murphy and Madison Sturgeon have been chosen as Iowa Center for Undergraduate Research (ICRU) fellows for the 2016-2017 school year! The ICRU fellowship provides $2000 to students that are engaged in undergraduate research.  More information about the program can be found here.

Austin and Madison have each been members of the lab for a year and are working toward completing their senior honors thesis work. The both are investigating the long-term impact of prematurity.  We’re lucky to have them in the lab and congratulate them on this awesome success!

Dr. Bates Recognized for 10 Years of Membership by the American Physiological Society

FullSizeRenderThis month marks Dr. Bates’s tenth year of membership in the American Physiological Society (APS). Since joining the society as a 3rd year graduate student in 2006, Dr. Bates has had the pleasure of serving on the Respiration Section Steering Committee, the Trainee Advisory Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and the Communications Committee, and as a contributor to the David Bruce Award and Respiration Section Trainee Endowment. Popular science writing contributed by her and her students can be found on the APS blog I Spy Physiology.

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Dr. Bates and former Respiration Steering Committee Chair Dr. Marilyn Merker

The APS is a non-profit organized who mission is to foster education, scientific research, and the dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. The Society was founded in 1887 with 28 members. APS now has over 10,500 members. Most members have doctoral degrees in physiology and/or medicine (or other health professions). Members of the society often attend the annual Experimental Biology meeting where Dr. Bates’s graduate and undergraduate frequently present the lab’s work. Several of Dr. Bates’s former students have been recipients of the David Bruce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Membership in the APS offers an outstanding opportunity to learn about the most ground-breaking science and interact with leaders in physiology. Dr. Bates is especially grateful for the opportunities the society has provided and looks forward to another 10 years of membership!