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2018 South Campus Internal Medicine Residency Graduates Lauded at Awards Banquet

With the smell of creosote strong from a rare June desert rain, the University of Arizona Internal Medicine Residency Program – South Campus celebrated the graduation of 10 residents and a chief resident at an annual awards banquet Friday, June 15, at the Westward Look Resort. Several resident and faculty awards were presented and it was announced one of the graduates, Dr. Emilio Power, had won the top award in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson’s “Residents as Teachers” program…


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BLAISER Lectures, Program Aim at Orienting Students toward Careers in Biomedical Research

Several University of Arizona Health Sciences lectures this summer on diabetes, precision medicine, clinical research disparities and building healthy communities highlight inequalities in health care with an eye toward encouraging students from underrepresented communities interested in biomedical professions to not only pursue their dream but offering a leg up in the process. Pulmonary’s Dr. Ken Ramos was among the lecturers lined up this year. See links to video…


Pancreatic Cancer Patients with BRCA Mutation May Benefit from Targeted Drug

Rachna Shroff, MD, led a landmark study on the use of targeted drugs called PARP inhibitors in pancreatic cancer patients with BRCA mutations.


Nicholas Lim and Dr. Michael Larson in D3S lab (inset, Dr. Charles Hennemeyer)
Physician-Led Startup Licenses UA-Invented Disruptive Biopsy Device

The company—Data Driven Diagnostics Sciences Inc. (D3S), led by Nicholas Lim and Drs. Michael Larson and Paul Mack Consigny—targets accelerated diagnosis and treatment of cancer by providing optimal tissue samples for effective personalized medicine. Their device, invented by Drs. Larson and Charles Hennemeyer, is a next-generation needle biopsy instrument utilizing electrosurgery and electrocautery to safely increase tissue sample volumes in minimally invasive biopsy procedures…


Paul T. Conway with AAKP logo
National Kidney Patient Advocate to Give Medicine Grand Rounds, June 20

Kidney transplant recipient Paul Conway, the president of the Tampa-based American Association of Kidney Patients—the oldest and largest independent U.S. kidney patient advocacy organization—will be the presenter June 20 at the Medicine Grand Round on behalf of the University of Arizona Division of Nephrology. Having managed his condition for nearly four decades, he offers a unique perspective on patient-centered care…


C. diff. Foundation Waives Registration Fees Again for 2018 International Conference & Expo

The C. diff. Foundation has once again given a pass for clinicians from the University of Arizona on the cost of registration for participants at its sixth annual conference in Philadelphia on Nov. 8-9. Join 200 health-care professionals to share the latest data on prevention, treatment and environmental safety related to the health-care-associated infection Clostridium difficile, irritable bowel syndrome/disease (IBS/IBD), as well as fecal transplant procedures and more...


Patient-Ordered Tests Indicate Valley Fever Uptick in State, UA Infectious Diseases Specialist Says

Data from patient-ordered tests show a second seasonal surge, says Dr. John Galgiani, a UA professor and director the UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence. This gets ahead of state statistics in a year when big numbers already were predicted and are being borne out.


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Retiring Dr. Yeager Passes Baton to Dr. Chalasani as UA Hem-Onc Fellowship Director

Dr. Pavani Chalasani is the new director of the University of Arizona Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Training Program in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the UA Department of Medicine and UA Cancer Center. As of May 1, she replaces Dr. Andrew Yeager, who has been named a professor emeritus and will continue to give lectures and lead a fellows boot camp. His official retirement is June 29…


Patient on dialysis below investigators Drs. Eleonora Tubaldi, Diego Celdran Bonafonte and Jose Rosado Toro
BIO5 Institute Funds UA Multidisciplinary Effort to Improve Vascular Remodeling Imaging in Dialysis

The University of Arizona BIO5 Institute has allocated more than $70,000 in funding to a multi-disciplinary research team led by Drs. Eleonora Tubaldi, an assistant professor in the UA College of Engineering, and the UA Division of Nephrology’s Diego Celdran Bonafonte to improve imaging analyses of blood flow at the point where chronic kidney disease patients are connected to hemodialysis machines that filter their blood…


Division of Nephrology achievements and updates

See what faculty and staff at the Division of Nephrology have accomplished so far in 2018.


Success Story: The Journal Telemedicine and e-Health Profiles Arizona Telemedicine Program’s National 2017 Service Provider Showcase

The article highlights the success of the event that connects hospitals, clinics and other health-care organizations with the physicians, nurses and other health professionals who are available to help meet the organizations' telehealth needs. Attendees gave SPS 2017 rave reviews.


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UA Vascular Team to Host Free Screening Event June 30 at Banner – University Medicine North

The Vascular Team at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery will provide its first free vascular health screening event on Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m.-noon, at Banner – University Medicine North, 3838 N. Campbell Ave., Building 2. Learn about how vascular health affects other issues such as diabetes, heart, lung and kidney disease. Screenings are by appointment only, so schedule yours today…


UA Receives $1.1M for Study of Genetic Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease

Some people who take statins to lower cholesterol have a slightly higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes. Genetic epidemiologist Yann Klimentidis, PhD, at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the connection between type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


UA Cancer Center Partners with Nation’s Top Cancer Centers To Endorse Goal to Eliminate HPV-Related Cancers in U.S.

Joint statement empowers parents, young adults and physicians to increase vaccination rates and screenings to eliminate HPV-related cancers, starting with cervical cancer.


Graduating Class of 2018 Department of Medicine Residents Celebrating in Style

Twenty-eight residents, eight interns and four chief residents in the UA Internal Medicine Residency Program – University Campus graduated Saturday, June 2, at a ceremony hosted at the Skyline Country Club—with others also recognized by the program with awards. Dermatology residents held their graduation May 17. South Campus internal medicine residents celebrate theirs June 15. See photos and where they’re headed next…


UA Health Sciences’ ‘Project Taking Charge’ Benefits Students and Patients

Deploying an interdisciplinary, team-based outreach model for delivery of care, the University of Arizona Health Sciences’ “Project Taking Charge” works to improve health in Tucson’s most underserved communities through patient self-management.


UA College of Nursing Receives $2.5M Grant to Improve Interventions for Cancer Survivors

The four-year National Cancer Institute grant will enable Terry A. Badger, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, to study whether psychosocial interventions will help ethnically diverse survivors improve their symptoms.


Cervical Cancer May Be Driven by Imbalance in Vaginal Bacteria, UA Research Finds

Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz of the University of Arizona Cancer Center and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix has found a direct relationship between “good” bacteria and cervical health and “bad” bacteria and increased cancer risk.


Drs. Minying Cai and Victor Hruby in their lab at the UA BIO5 Institute (Photo: Arizona Daily Star - used by permission)
UA-Led Startup Licenses Invention to Enhance Skin Cancer Prevention

University of Arizona research developed in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry by Drs. Minying Cai and Victor Hruby has resulted in a melanin-producing compound for a systemic approach to preventing skin damage. Their company, MCR Therapeutics Inc., has licensed the invented peptides from the university to commercialize their idea…


UA Study Finds Link Between Sleep Loss, Nighttime Snacking, Junk Food Cravings and Obesity

The study found poor sleep quality was associated with nighttime snacking and a high likelihood of craving junk food. The study also found that junk food cravings were associated with increased risk of obesity, diabetes and other health problems.


UA’s Dr. Monica Kraft Receives Distinguished Achievement Award from American Thoracic Society

The award—one of ATS’ most important—is one of several honors Dr. Kraft has received in the past year. A physician-scientist renowned for her work on asthma, she served as president of the ATS in 2012-13.


Nephrology Fellows Graduation

Congratulations to Dr. Fahad Alobaidi and Dr. Iyad Mansour!


Diego Celdran Bonafonte promoted to Research Assistant Professor

Diego Celdran Bonafonte promoted to Research Assistant Professor


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UA Nephrology, Urology, Nutritional Sciences to Launch Kidney Stone Clinic at Banner – University Medicine North in July

The University of Arizona Division of Nephrology, Division of Urology and Department of Nutritional Sciences team up to launch a comprehensive Kidney Stone Clinic—a first for Arizona—that will start to see patients in July. It will be in new space opening at Banner – University Medicine North for Urology outpatient clinics. Among care providers will be nephrologists Drs. Sireesha Koppula and Sangeetha Murugapandian and new urologist Dr. David Tzou…


Three photos from KVOA interview on UA Kissing Bugs project
Infectious Diseases Fellow Seeks Citizen Help in Kissing Bug, Chagas Disease Study

For Dr. Norm Beatty, a UA Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program member and principal investigator on a study, “Prevalence of Chagas disease among high-risk individuals in Arizona,” it’s all about kissing bugs. May through July is their most active period of the year and he’s working to enlist citizen input to collect bugs and screen people potentially infected by bites. In addition, he’ll present on his preliminary results June 8 at the Infectious Diseases 2018 Research Careers Meeting in Bethesda, Md. See the video and a photo gallery from a recent KVOA4 TV interview…