Vibrations From Helicopter Rides Lead To Potential Therapy For Stroke Victims

May 15, 2020

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by infectious disease expert Dr. Eli Perencevich to talk about protecting yourself from the spread of coronavirus with a face shield.

IPR’s political reporter Clay Masters conducts interviews with Democrats Eddie Mauro and Kimberly Graham vying to face Senator Joni Ernst in the November election.

We also hear from a business president and CEO in Coralville. Gary Watts joins the program to continue our conversations with people impacted by the coronavirus. Watts describes how things have changed for him and his business.

Finally, when someone suffers a stroke, a sudden interruption in the blood supply of the brain, time is of the essence. That’s why patients are often transported by helicopter to a medical facility. Neurologist Dr. Enrique Leira speaks with Kieffer on how new research from the University of Iowa studying the effects of helicopter rides led to the discovery of a potential new stroke therapy.


  • Dr. Eli Perencevich, professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Clay Masters, IPR political reporter
  • Gary Watts, family business president and CEO 
  • Dr. Enrique Leira, director of  Cerebrovascular Diseases at the University of Iowa Carver  College of Medicine