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I see how disorders like autism spectrum disorder really can influence a person who has so many strengths. But they also have a disability that keeps them from being able to tap into those strengths.”
Hanna Stevens, MD, PhD

Hanna Stevens, MD, PhD, University of Iowa associate professor of psychiatry and director of child & adolescent psychiatry, in an October 2019 NPR story about the university’s efforts to accommodate teens on the autism spectrum who are also gifted. These individuals are considered twice-exceptional.

When this [new] epidemic began, I think there were three or four of us who answered the majority of the calls. Because there are very few of us who are really doing this. I’ve trained a lot of people. Most of them don’t go into coronavirology.”
Stanley Perlman, MD, PhD

Stanley Perlman, MD, PhD, a coronavirus expert and UI professor of microbiology and immunology, in a STAT article in February 2020. Following the coronavirus outbreak, the news site observed that a limited number of scientists study the family of viruses. Interest in coronaviruses tends to fluctuate—partially due to the boom-and-bust nature of outbreaks—leading to gaps in scientific understanding. 

Sometimes instead of fighting the infection, it starts fighting itself, and in this case, it can fight the brain.”
Alex Bassuk, MD, PhD

Alex Bassuk, MD, PhD, division director of pediatric neurology at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, explained to "Good Morning America" in January 2020 how the body may overcompensate when fighting the flu and cause other serious problems. A 4-year-old patient at the children’s hospital gained national attention when she lost her vision after getting sick with the flu. 

Paper trail

This is a small sample of notable manuscripts recently published by University of Iowa researchers. 

Perlman S. Another Decade, Another Coronavirus [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jan 24]. N Engl J Med. 2020;10.1056/NEJMe2001126. doi:10.1056/NEJMe2001126
Schisterman EF, Sjaarda LA, Clemons T, Carrell DT, Perkins NJ, Johnstone E,Lamb D, Chaney K, Van Voorhis BJ, Ryan G, Summers K, Hotaling J, Robins J, Mills JL, Mendola P, Chen Z, DeVilbiss EA, Peterson CM, Mumford SL. Effect of Folic Acid and Zinc Supplementation in Men on Semen Quality and Live Birth Among Couples Undergoing Infertility Treatment: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2020;323(1):35–48. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.18714
Anderson CM; Lee CM; Saunders DP; Curtis A; Dunlap N; Nangia C; Lee AS; Gordon SM; Kovoor P; Arevalo-Araujo R;Bar-Ad V; Peddada A; Colvett K; Miller D; Jain AK; Wheeler J; Blakaj D; Bonomi M; Agarwala SS; Garg M; Worden F; Holmlund J; Brill JM; Downs M; Sonis ST; Katz S; and Buatti JM. Phase IIb, Randomized, Double-Blind Trial of GC4419 Versus Placebo to Reduce Severe Oral Mucositis Due to Concurrent Radiotherapy and Cisplatin For Head and Neck Cancer [published correction appears in J Clin Oncol. 2020 Jan 20;38(3):288]. J Clin Oncol. 2019;37(34):3256–3265. doi:10.1200/JCO.19.01507