Category: Healthy Lives


Iowa awards $2 million CARES Act grant to universities to study COVID-19 nanovaccine

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

A $2 million grant of federal CARES Act funding distributed by the state of Iowa will support university research of a nanovaccine to protect against COVID-19 infections. The project will build on previous research and existing patents by Iowa State University and University of Iowa researchers affiliated with the Nanovaccine Institute based at Iowa State. The fast-track project is…


Making health a central part of identity may improve mask compliance, other healthy behaviors

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Virtually everyone agrees it’s good to be healthy, but fewer people think of their health as a central part of their identity. New research from Iowa State University shows that encouraging people to think of health as an essential part of themselves also encourages healthier behaviors, including adherence to physical distancing and mask guidelines during…


Diagnosing Parkinson’s disease with skin samples could lead to earlier detection

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

New research shows a simple skin test can accurately identify Parkinson’s disease, demonstrating for the first time the feasibility of the method. Currently diagnosed by clinical signs and symptoms but only definitively diagnosed at autopsy, Parkinson’s disease is commonly misdiagnosed early in the disease course, complicating clinical trials of potential treatments. The study, published in the…


Iowa State University Scientists Advance Plant Breeding for Organic Industry

By Ann Robinson, Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

A new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) will support Iowa State scientists and collaborators as they develop improved seed corn tailored to the needs of the rapidly growing organic industry. The lead investigator for the four-year, $1,996,500 grant is USDA Agricultural Research Service research geneticist…


Iowa State University Researchers Investigate Ag Supply Chain Resiliency

By Nathan Cook, Iowa State University Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

A new grant will allow Iowa State University researchers to study how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the U.S. food supply chain with the goal of finding short- and long-term solutions to increase resiliency against future disruptions. Keri Jacobs, an associate professor of economics at Iowa State, said that the pandemic led to major disruptions…


Researchers to study effects of landlord decisions during pandemic

By Chelsea Davis, Iowa State University News Service

Numerous studies have examined tenants’ issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The same can’t be said for landlords. An Iowa State University research team wants to change that. A $60,000 rapid response grant from the National Science Foundation will allow the team to study how landlord decision-making has contributed to rental housing instability during the pandemic….


OVPR Awards Bioscience Seed Grant to Further Canine Cancer Research

By Caitlin Ware, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

As part of continued efforts to cement Iowa as a national leader in bioscience initiatives, the Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research recently awarded a $34,000 Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics Industry Partnership Seed Grant to investigate the use of targeted cell therapies to treat canine cancers. Following Gov. Kim Reynolds’ 2017 identification…


Work proceeds on innovative approach to coronavirus testing at Iowa State

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Scientists at Iowa State University are taking steps toward perfecting an innovative testing platform that could allow for the detection of the virus that causes COVID-19 without a medical laboratory. Engineers are designing the platform to resemble a mobile phone, which would make the technology more transportable and versatile than the most widely used testing…