6 June DRC Receives $2.02 Million Training Grant From National Institutes of Health June 6, 2017 By The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center 0 I am pleased to share with you that Dr. E. Dale Abel, Director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center (FOEDRC) and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, and Dr. Andrew (Andy) Norris, FOEDRC’s Associate Director, have just been awarded a five-year, $2.02M training grant from the National Institutes of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. The T32 grant will fund the Diabetes Research Training Program at the University of Iowa and will support up to six post-doctoral trainees or subspecialty fellows per year. The grant will support existing trainees or support the recruitment of outstanding new trainees to the University of Iowa. The training leverages the tremendous scientific depth of the FOEDRC and our commitment to training and mentoring the next generation of diabetes and obesity researchers. More than three dozen diverse, but interactive FOEDRC faculty will cover nine different thematic areas of training and focus. The areas of training focus and the team leaders are summarized. (1) Links between cardiovascular disease and diabetes: Drs. Abel, Rajan Sah, Long-Sheng Song, Pete Snyder, and Frank Faraci. (2) Vascular and nervous systems complications: Drs. Kaikobad Irani, Isabella Grumbach, Mark Yorek, and Brandon Davies will address the vascular, endothelial, and neuronal dysfunctions associated with this global epidemic. (3) Integrative physiology and molecular mechanisms of diabetes: Drs. Matthew Potthoff, Justin Grobe, Robert Piper, Robert Roghair, Andy Norris, and Ling Yang. (4) Metabolism, mitochondria and cellular energetics: Drs. Stefan Strack, Eric Taylor, Dale Abel, Yuriy Usachev, Charles Brenner, and William Sivitz (5) The role of cardiac and skeletal muscle in diabetes, obesity and metabolic disease: Drs. Abel, Christopher Adams, Darren Casey, Chad Grueter, and Leonid Zingman. (6) Insulin secretion, islet biology and cystic fibrosis related diabetes: Drs. Andy Norris, Nicholas Zavazava, John Engelhardt, Aliya Uc, Michael Welsh, and Yumi Imai (7) Central nervous system control of metabolism, obesity, and diabetes: Drs. Kamal Rahmouni, Curt Sigmund, Mark Chapleau, and Val Sheffield. (8) Gastrointestinal, microbiota, and inflammatory mechanisms in diabetes and metabolism: Drs. Gail Bishop and Patrick Schlievert. Last, but by no means least is (9) Training in Clinical and Outcomes Diabetes Research: Drs. Norris, Helena Laroche, Bill Sivitz, and Katie Larson Ode. It should be clear that this impressive grouping of expert trainers and mentors are well positioned to provide world-class training opportunities to the next generation of diabetes researchers. Diabetes research at the University of Iowa has become one of the institution’s most prominent and visible research programs. With additional resources to offer full stipends of up to two years to eligible trainees, the FOEDRC’s commitment to mentoring and launching the careers of the next generation of diabetes and obesity researchers is as strong as its dedication to elucidating the pathogenesis and treatment of the disease. This award further underscores our continued commitment to explore novel approaches in diabetes research to enhance the well-being of all patients. Related Articles Casey Receives Grant Funding from American Diabetes Association Congratulations to Darren Casey, PhD, assistant professor of physical therapy and rehabilitation science, for recently receiving the American Diabetes Association Innovative Clinical or Translational Science Award. For his proposal entitled - Nitrate supplementation and exercise tolerance in patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Dr. Casey received this award after a National Competition that selected a fraction of the most meritorious proposals. DRC Researcher Sah Awarded Grant From ADA Rajan Sah, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine Cardiology Division and member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center was recently awarded a Research Grant from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The project entitled: SWELL1 regulation of ß-cell excitability and insulin secretion will be supported by the $345,000 award over the next three years. Also, this leading edge experimentation was published in the January issue of Nature Communication. FOE, Soldier Strong Partner To Donate Ekso GT Suit to CHI Health Rehab Institute in Omaha STAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 28, 2017 -- The Fraternal Order of Eagles, a nonprofit organization dedicated to community service and philanthropy, today announced that in partnership with SoldierStrong, it will be donating an EksoGT™ exoskeleton, to the CHI Health Immanuel Rehabilitation Institute. The donation ceremony, which will include a patient demonstration, will take place at the center on Monday, August 28th at 1:30 p.m. “We are grateful for the generosity of these national organizations and for their commitment to helping veterans,” said Larry Niemann, Director of Rehabilitation Service, CHI Health Immanuel Rehabilitation Institute. “This heartfelt donation will help our rehabilitation program deliver even more leading treatments to our patients, many of whom are veterans, to help them to stand up and relearn to walk.” Abel Elected To National Academy Of Medicine IOWA CITY, IOWA - As many of you have probably heard, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is getting a new member from Iowa. E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, has been elected to membership in the NAM effective October 19, 2015. He is the Chair and Departmental Executive Officer of the Department of Internal Medicine, John B. Stokes III Professor in Diabetes Research, professor of internal medicine and biochemistry, director of the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, and director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. Tarentum #699 Donates $10,000 For Fire Training Room During a regular Auxiliary meeting last February, Tarentum Eagles Auxiliary #699 decided as a group that they wanted to make a big impact in their local community. Looking for a large project to help fund, local firefighter Bill Williams from Citizens Hose Fire/Rescue/EMS told Auxiliary Treasurer Ruth Jordan about the station’s plan to build a fire safety training room. Jordan then spoke with Station Chief Sean Jones about the project. Jones said the station had been wanting to build a training facility for a couple of years since there are no proper facilities in the area, and others are expensive and can be difficult to get access to. An M-Health Intervention To Increase Activity Among Patients At Risk For Type 2 Diabetes In 2013, Dr. Philip Polgreen was the recipient of a FOEDRC Pilot Grant for his research entitled, “To evaluate a novel tool using text messages as a mechanism to promote sustained weight loss in patients with obesity and insulin resistance.” This cutting edge science was recently recognized and awarded additional funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.