Nick Trapp's new study published in Brain was featured in the Carver College of Medicine's Newsletter: New study finds distinct brain networks associated with risk and resilience in depression.
Congratulations to Nick Trapp for winning a 2022 Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Young Investigator Grant! The BBRF award is a highly competitive two year grant that focuses on cutting edge topics in translational psychiatry.
Congratulations to Hassan for successfully defending his prospectus!

Alan and Maya are joining the lab as Research Interns! Both recently graduated from the University of Iowa and plan to apply to graduate school in the Fall.

The Carver College of Medicine featured new research from the lab in an article titled Lesion mapping and brain connectivity data reveal addiction network. The study, which included daily smokers who lost their nicotine addiction following a brain lesion, was published in Nature Medicine and can be found here.
Congratulations to Dan Tranel, who was recognized this week by Brooks Jackson and the Carver College of Medicine for reaching an H index of 100!  Achieving that milestone means he has published >100 papers that have each been cited >100 times, placing him amongst the most highly-cited scientists in the world.
Congratulations to Jax Skye for successfully defending his Prospectus!
Dr. Boes was invited as an editor on a Special Issue of Brain Structure and Function, entitled “The Disconnectome”.


The Iowa Lesion Registry suprasses 1000 lesions and becomes one of the world's largest of its kind!


Justin Reber et al.'s recent PNAS paper was featured in the Iowa Medicine Magazine article titled: White matter vs. gray matter.

white matter vs gray matter


Congratulations to Laren Garret for passing her LISW licensure exam! She will be wrapping up her Master's Degree Program and has accepted a job as a counselor at the end of  November.


Congratulations to Dr. Boes who will now serve as the Division Director for the Division of Neurology in the Department of Pediatrics! 


Carrie Shea recently joined our Lab and the Hwang Lab as the new Project Coordinator for the Iowa Lesion Registry. Welcome Carrie!

Congratulations to Hassan for passing his MSTP comprehensive exam! 
Congratulations to Justin for accepting a post-doc position with Desmond Oathes, whose lab is doing really exciting work combining functional imaging and TMS!   

Congratulations to Jax for successfully passing his Neuroscience Graduate Program comprehensive exam!

Congratulations to Gino for receiving a 50K Dance Marathon grant for his proposed lesion study of cognitive and affective outcomes following pediatric cerebellar tumor resection!
Hassan’s diversity supplement grant on central post-stroke pain was funded and will support his work on this topic for the next 2 years!

Collaborator Christine Fox’s (UCSF) RO1 to evaluate lesion network mapping in pediatric stroke as a predictor of developing post-stroke epilepsy received a fundable score of 5th percentile. We look forward to getting started!

Congratulations to Justin et al. for publishing their new study in PNAS! The title of the paper is Cognitive impairment after focal brain lesions is better predicted by damage to structural than functional network hubs. PDF iconreber_et_al_2021.pdf

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Bowren for successfully defending his PhD Dissertation!

Justin Reber et al. published a new study in PNAS showing that following a stroke, damage to white matter is linked to worse cognitive outcomes after brain injury.  PDF iconreber_et_al._2021.pdf
Justin Reber et al. PNAS


The University of Iowa Brain Stimulation Program was recently featured in a special by the Big Ten Network. In the article, How Iowa is using a stimulating treatment to battle depression: BTN LiveBIG, Dr. Boes describes new research aimed at improving treatments using transcranial magnetic stimulation. 

Congrats to Kasra Zarei for being selected for the 2020 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Summer Fellowship! This 10-week writing program serves to strengthen the connections between scientists and journalists by placing advanced undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level scientists, engineers, and mathematicians at media organizations nationwide, such as National Public Radio, Los Angeles Times, WIRED, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and NOVA.


Fatimah Albazron and Mark Bowren presented their findings from lesion studies at the NYC Neuromodulation Online 2020 Conference on April 22nd. Fatimah's presentation described the network localization of cerebellar cognitive affective syndrome (CCAS) and Mark's described the network localization of general cognitive ability (g). 


Dr. Boes was featured in an article highlighting recent advances in brain stimulation for disorders of consciousness. Recent work has raised the possibility of modulating the coma state in humans by stimulating regions of the thalamus, but Dr. Boes points out other regions within the brainstem may also be critically involved based on a recent study from our lab.   


Congrats to Mark Bowren on his invitation to present at the 2020 International Neuropsychological Society Meeting in Denver! The title of his talk is "The Elements of g: Psychometric and Neuroanatomic Evidence for the Constitutive Processes of General Intelligence."


Dr. Boes' NINDS R01 grant titled 'Predicting Cognitive Outcomes from Stroke Based on Lesion Location' has officially been awarded! Funding will support expanding the Iowa Lesion Registry, one of the world's largest patient registries of neuroimaging and neuropsychological data. 


Nick and Laren were featured in a KCRG story about the University of Iowa's Brain Stimulation Program and their TMS clinical trial.


Dr. Boes met with Antonio and Hannah Damasio on their recent visit to Iowa to celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of the Department of Neurology. Their decades of research helped establish the University of Iowa's reputation as one of the top neuroscience research institutions in the world. 
Aaron Boes


Fatimah and Joel published an article in the Journal of Neurology describing severe cognitive and affective disturbances from pediatric cerebellar lesions. This will be the largest cerebellar lesion mapping study to date.  

Brandt Uitermarkt


Nick Trapp and others published a paper in Brain Stimulation describing a new device that can be used to improve TMS target localization.

Brandt Uitermarkt


Joseph Hindman was featured in the Noon News in an article titled 'First author, third year med student' that talks about his recent publication that stemmed from his Summer Research Fellowship work in the Boes lab.


Congratulations to Mark Bowren for successfully defending his research proposal and passing his comprehensive exam in the Clinical Science PhD Program!


Congratulations to Dr. Trapp who officially accepted a tenure-track faculty position with the Department of Psychiatry and will be launching his own lab at the University of Iowa!
Nicholas Trapp


The Department of Psychiatry featured a recent TMS patient in an article called "Comedic relief: Brain stimulation helps writer-comedian manage bipolar disorder." Dr. Boes and Dr. Trapp describe the Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Clinic and the new FDA-approved treatment protocol called intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS).


Mark Bowren presented his research findings at the 2019 American Neuropsychiatric Association meeting in Chicago. The title of his talk was "Lesion-Symptom Mapping of General Cognitive Ability (g) in Humans." Dr. Boes also received the 2019 Career Development Award by the American Neuropsychiatric Association at the meeting.
Mark Bowren


A recent paper from the Lab was featured in the Daily Iowan and also the University of Iowa Health Care News & Events in an article called Rewriting the brain pathway for consciousness. The title of the paper published in Annals of Neurology is Thalamic Strokes that Severely Impair Arousal Extend into the Brainstem and the study challenged long held beliefs that the thalamus is essential for arousal and has important implications for understanding coma and developing new treatments.

Congratulations to Dr. Trapp who was awarded a departmental Psychiatry grant for his project titled "Predicting Depression Treatment Response with Functional MRI: Personalized engagement of the Central Autonomic Network with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Treat Major Depressive Disorder." This study aims to investigate new methods for personalizing TMS for patients with depression. Specifically, the study looks at whether engagement of brain targets mediating heart rate and other autonomic functions can be used to predict treatment response and ultimately tailor treatment for future patients.
Nicholas Trapp


Congratulations to Juan Vasquez who received an award for outstanding poster upon completing his Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) jointly in our lab and Dr. Krystal Parker's lab! His poster titled "Personalized Cerebro-Cerebellar Networks Identifited Using 7T MRI" was presented at the symposium on July 27th and selected as one of the top 3 posters presented.


We were awarded an ISU-UI seed grant to test newly developed TMS coils from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Iowa State on human subjects at the University of Iowa. The title of the proposal is “Iowa-ISU Brain Research Advancement through Innovative Neuromodulation Strategies to Improve Mental Health.” Read more about each of the 5 ISU-UI seed grants here.


Fatimah Albazron presented new research findings in a talk entitled Lesion localization in Posterior Fossa Syndrome at the International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology on July 2nd, 2018 in Denver, CO.
Fatimah Albazron
The University of Iowa featured Dr. Boes' return to Iowa following his residency and fellowship and described his role in establishing the Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Clinic. Read the article here.

Aaron Boes


Congressman Dave Loebsack visited the lab and learned about TMS as a treatment tool while touring the Iowa Neuroscience Institute


Nick Trapp and Brandt Uitermarkt both presented posters and were invited to give highlight talks at the Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium at the University of Minnesota on April 12-13.
Brandt Uitermarkt , Nicholas Trapp


Mark Bowren's recent paper examining the role of the vmPFC in decision making was featured in the Noon News and Graduate College News website. The title of the paper is "Choosing Spouses and Houses: Impaired Congruence Between Preference and Choice Following Damage to the Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex.”
Dr. Boes was featured as one of the Hometown Hawkeyes in the 2018 Hawkeye Caucus.


Fatimah Albazron will be giving an oral presentation at the International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology in Denver June 29th. The title of her talk is Lesion localization in Posterior Fossa Syndrome.
IOWANow highlights the neuroscience community at the University of Iowa in an article titled Breaking Barriers in Brain Research .
Brandt Uitermarkt


Iowa Alumni Magazine features Dr. Boes and other neuroscience investigators in an article titled Investigating the Brain.


Dr. Boes speaks about TMS as a treatment method as part of this video introducing the Iowa Neuroscience Institute.
Benjamin Rangel presented research findings from his first-year rotation project at Neuroscience Research Day. The title of the poster was Using Lesion Network Mapping to Localize Brain Lesions Causing Dream Cessation.

Benjamin Rangel
Dr. Boes and co-investigator Dr. Tranel were awarded an Iowa Neuroscience Institute Accelerator Grant for their proposal titled Predicting Stroke Outcomes from Lesion Location. Using the University of Iowa’s comprehensive registry of brain lesions, this project seeks to develop a tool that can use information about the location of a stroke to generate a personalized quantitative prediction of stroke-related deficits and prognosis for long-term recovery.


Joseph Hindman presented research findings from his summer fellowship in the lab at the Medical Student Oral Presentations in MERF. The title of the poster was Thalamic Coma? The Neuroanatomical Correlates of Impaired Arousal following Diencephalic Lesions in Humans.
Joseph Hindman
Local News Channel 2 did a feature on the Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Clinic's TMS treatment for depression. Watch the story here:
Brandt Uitermarkt


We will be receiving generous support from the Iowa Neuroscience Institute and the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust on two major initiatives over the next 5 years.  We will work with Kumar Narayanan and colleagues to establish a Research Program of Excellence in Neuromodulation, which will involve collaboration with engineers to develop new technology to deliver brain stimulation in sync with ongoing brain activity for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia.  We will also work with John Wemmie and colleagues to develop a Bipolar Disorder Research Program of Excellence.  Our project will help to develop a novel treatment strategy for bipoloar disorder using TMS.
Collaborator Krystal Parker’s research was featured in the Daily Iowan. 
Congratulations to UI medical students Teneme Konne and Joseph Hindman for being awarded the 2017 UI Carver College of Medicine Research Fellowship Award. Both will join the lab summer 2017. Teneme will be studying how lesions of the cerebellum can disrupt cognition in children and Joseph will perform a lesion mapping experiment of focal lesions that cause coma. 
TMS offers hope for patients with treatment-resistant depression.
Aaron Boes


Mike Kelly's article was covered by APA Psychiatric News:
Dr. Boes was awarded the Biological Psychiatry Travel Fellowship Award for his study of cortical thickness as a function of treatment response in treating depression with TMS.
Boes wins S. Weir Mitchell Award for most impactful research in neurology by a young investigator in 2016                                                                                         
Psychology Today covers coma study co-written by David Fischer and Aaron Boes.                                                                                                                                                              
​ highlights new technique developed by Dr. Boes for investigating the network effects of brain lesions.                                                                    
LabTV profile of Dr. Boes and research on noninvasive brain stimulation.                                                                                                                                                                                         
Boes interviewed on AAN podcast about lesion network mapping technique