Research at Iowa ENT Center

Research has always been an important part of advanced medical practices. At any given time, physicians at Iowa ENT Center are involved in a variety of independent and industry-sponsored research projects.

Current projects include:

Resolve II Sinus Implant Study. RESOLVE II is a study designed to evaluate whether an investigational, dissolvable, steroid-releasing sinus product can reduce the symptoms of nasal blockage that return after endoscopic sinus surgery. The sinus product is placed in the doctor’s office during a non-invasive procedure. The patient is awake during the procedure, and no cuts or incisions are made. We are currently recruiting patients for this study who have a recurrence of nasal polyps after undergoing sinus surgery in the past. Visit ResolveSinusStudy.com or contact our office at (515) 223-4368 to learn more.

Investigation of Maxillary Sinus and Adenoid Microbiome Study (iMAX). This study seeks to better define the microbiome or “flora” that inhabit the sinuses in children. Participation is open to children undergoing surgery of the sinuses and adenoids. Samples are taken from these areas and sent for sophisticated DNA analysis to identify the organisms present. Families of children who qualify will be offered a chance to participate.

Primary PET Microbiome Study (PETS). This study investigates the microbiome that populates the middle ear in children undergoing ear tube placement. The hope is to better understand the causes of ear infections. In this study, samples of middle ear fluid are harvested after being removed from the ears prior to tube placement. Samples are analyzed using leading-edge DNA techniques that are revolutionizing the understanding of infectious disease. Participation is open to children undergoing ear tube placement. Families of children who qualify will be offered a chance to participate.

To learn more about any of these studies, contact our office at (515) 223-4368.