We 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!
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!
In addition to poster presentations, Matthew Peters was invited to give a talk on his work in premature infants.
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!
Good work IPG Lab!
Our new paper 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!
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!
This month Mike Hoover will join the lab as a masters student, investigating the regulation of pulmonary blood flow in a model of prematurity. Mike has been in the laboratory for the past year as an undergraduate research assistant and we are excited to see him take this next step in his career! Go Mike!