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From the Director’s Desk: ICTS Offers Various Tools for Improving Subject Recruitment

Subject recruitment for clinical trials is one of the biggest challenges facing the US clinical research enterprise.  On average, clinical trials enrollment rates dropped from 75% in 2000 to less than 60% a decade later, while subject retention rates fell from 69% to 48%.  Moreover, 80% of clinical trials are delayed at least one month because of unfulfilled enrollment.  Low subject recruitment in the US is one of the major reasons that the pharmaceutical industry has moved much of its clinical trials efforts overseas.

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Mon, 02/10/2014 - 07:54

ICTS pilot grant recipient leading 3D 'bioprinting' efforts lands major award

A prestigious award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will help a University of Iowa engineering professor to create 3D-printed pancreatic endocrine tissues to effectively manage diabetes.

Ibrahim Ozbolat, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in the UI College of Engineering, has been selected by the NSF to receive a 2014 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. As an award recipient, over the next five years Ozbolat will receive $400,005, effective July 1.

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Tue, 01/28/2014 - 14:18

VPMA Voice: Research Insight

Current protocols for matching donor hearts to recipients foster sex mismatching and heart size disparities, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by physicians at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Iowa. Matching instead by donor heart size may provide better outcomes for recipients, who already face a scarcity of resources as they await a transplant. The analysis was published in “JACC: Heart Failure” by the American College of Cardiology.

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Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:08

New certificate enhances skills for undergraduates pursuing careers in clinical and translational science

The new Undergraduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science broadly exposes University of Iowa students to important scientific research issues and interdisciplinary academic opportunities that reach above and beyond the ordinary undergraduate degree.  The certificate demonstrates a student has completed a vigorous academic program, and is both prepared and motivated to successfully contribute to advancing the field of clinical and translational science.

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Thu, 01/23/2014 - 16:23

University of Iowa child health research featured in podcast

ICTS Child Health Core Director Jack Widness, M.D., is currently featured in a Pediapod interview. The 12-minute podcast highlights a safer alternative to radioactive blood transfusion practices traditionally used in anemic infants. Click here to access the podcast. Jack Widness

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Thu, 01/23/2014 - 09:49

2015 HHMI Investigator Competition

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced that it seeks to appoint up to 25 new biomedical researchers through a national open competition. The initiative represents an investment of approximately $150 million in basic biomedical research over the next five years.

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Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:55

IowaNow: Ozbolat's 3D printing featured in new ASME video

ICTS pilot grant recipient Ibrahim Ozbolat, University of Iowa assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and co-director of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Group, is featured in a new video produced by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

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Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:59

The Gazette: Iowa leaders and health coalition seek to raise awareness of clinical research

ICTS Director Gary Rosenthal, along with other members of the Iowa Coalition of Clinical Researchers, met with Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds yesterday to talk about the medical and economic importance of clinical trials within the state of Iowa. Read the article here.

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds


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Fri, 01/10/2014 - 08:11

Science Cafe: PCBs - A Hidden Threat

While most coffee houses offer cookies or biscotti to enjoy with your cappuccino, Fuel in Mt.

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Mon, 11/11/2013 - 10:13