Featured Spotlights

Alyssa Guido and Shannon Smith
UA Collaboration Focuses Attention on Emergency HIV At-Risk Patients to Prevent Infection

Five years ago, the UA Department of Emergency Medicine and Division of Infectious Diseases sought out a way to make HIV screening a routine part of emergency room culture. Today, with prevention drugs available for at-risk patients and antiretroviral drugs to control infection, that’s more important than ever. After initial concerns by physicians, patients now receive unprecedented access to timely treatment courtesy of the ER and Petersen HIV Clinics at Banner – UMC Tucson and South…

Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich
UA BIO5 Lab Seeks 'Holy Grail of Gerontology'

What if you could experience full health until the very end of your life? University of Arizona researchers, led by Dr. Janko Nikolich-Žugich, co-director of the UA Center on Aging and Department of Immunobiology chair, think long-lasting immunity from disease might be possible — if the thymus and the T-cells it produces to fight infection can be brought back to work efficiently…

Dr. Nancy Sweitzer
UA Team Tackles Better Brain Health for Heart Patients

A trial will look at whether a naturally occurring compound, known as angiotensin 1-7, relieves cognitive deficits after heart bypass. University of Arizona collaborators include Sarver Heart Center director and chief of the Division of Cardiology, Dr. Nancy Sweitzer, physiologist Meredith Hay and psychologist Lee Ryan...

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, at UA Sarver Heart Center
UA@Work Focuses on Dr. Nancy Sweitzer’s Efforts to Open Minds, Mend Hearts

The chief of the UA Division of Cardiology and UA Sarver Heart Center director is the latest DOM faculty member spotlighted by the “Lo Que Pasa” newsletter and UA@Work. She is an expert in heart failure and transplant cardiology who also, we learn, is an avid knitter and—being a Wisconsin native—enjoys the good beer now available with so many craft breweries everywhere… 

illustration of woman using inhaler
Published Study Finds Molecular Reason for Poor Symptom Control in Obese Asthmatics

A large, bouquet-shaped molecule called surfactant protein A, or SP-A, may explain why obese asthma patients have harder-to-treat symptoms than their lean and overweight counterparts, reports a new study led by scientists at the University of Arizona and Duke University. Their results were published in a recent edition of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Among the authors are Drs. Monica Kraft and Julie Ledford…

With Skin in the Game, Graduating UA Med Student ‘Anthony’ Cervantes Makes Good

Headed for an internal medicine internship and dermatology residency training program as a physician after graduation, Anthony Cervantes has had a lot of “enablers” in his life. For him, that’s a good thing. They’ve helped this U.S. Air Force Reserve Pararescue jumper born in Laredo, Texas, become the first in his family to graduate from high school, college and—now—medical school. In one generation, he’s taken his family from poverty to prosperity, all in service to others…

Two Tucson Med Students Bring UA Scholarship Awards in Aging Research to Thirty in a Decade

Kathryn Huber and Mariam Mostamandy, first-year medical students at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson are thick as thieves as co-leads this past year for the college’s Aging Interest Group, a student club for those interested in geriatrics. They share a lot of life experiences and are both headed this summer to UC San Francisco to do geriatrics-related research courtesy of Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) scholarships from the American Federation for Aging Research. They’re the 30th and 31st MSTAR scholars from the UA…

Metabolic, Redox Remedies in Pulmonary Hypertension Aim of $4 Million in NIH Grants for UA Research

Two UA Division of Translational and Regenerative Medicine assistant professors are tackling personalized remedies to treat pulmonary hypertension — a form of high-blood pressure affecting arteries between the heart and lungs that ultimately leads to heart failure and death. Drs. Olga Rafikova and Ruslan Rafikov each received $1.92 million, five-year grants from a National Institutes of Health unit for differing research approaches—his metabolic, hers redox and gender-specific solutions…

UA Pulmonary Fellows Win Big at National CHEST Challenge Competition in LA

Drs. Huthayfa Ateeli, Naser Mahmoud and Muna Omar—fellows in the UA Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program—took the top trophy at a medical knowledge contest at CHEST 2016, the American College of Chest Physicians’ annual conference. They more than doubled the score of their closest competitor at the Oct. 25 event in Los Angeles…

Battling Kissing Bugs and Chagas Disease in Bisbee with UA Help

University of Arizona infectious diseases researchers led by Dr. Stephen Klotz and Shannon Smith have begun a project to address concerns in the city of Bisbee, 90 miles southeast of Tucson, about the insects, whose bite can trigger an allergic reaction and also transmit disease. Here is what they have found so far...

CyVerse Explores Complexities of Mapping the Human Immune System

CyVerse collaborator Adam Buntzman, an investigator in the lab of Dr. Monica Kraft, a physician-scientist specializing in research of dysfunctional autoimmune response in asthma and chair of the UA Department of Medicine, has led an effort to harness supercomputers to create the first map of the human immune system…

UA Biomedical Engineers Zero In on Ovarian Cancer

UA researcher and interim BIO5 Institute director Jennifer Barton, PhD, who is leading a $1 million project funded by the National Cancer Institute, is identifying biomarkers and creating optical imaging tools to screen for a form of cancer often called a “silent killer”...

Donato Romagnolo, PhD, and Ornella Selmin, PhD
Nutritional Researchers to Examine Soy Intake, Breast Cancer Risk

With a $1 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, Drs. Donato Romagnolo and Ornella Selmin, of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, are studying the impact of soy isoflavones intake and the risk of breast cancer.

Pharm Alumna Plays Central Role in Award-Winning HIV Clinic

UA College of Pharmacy alum Connie Chan, PharmD, and her work help make the local Petersen Clinic at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson among the top three care providers in the nation for patients suffering from HIV...

DermaSpectra & Dr. Curiel
Total Body Imaging to Take Better Care of the Body's Largest Organ

Dr. Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski cofounds an enterprise to develop a total body digital skin imaging system that modernizes the way physicians visually capture and compare skin irregularities by providing quick objective, high-definition images to aid in early detection of skin cancers and to diagnose and monitor other critical skin conditions.

Dr. Fernando Martinez
Breathing New Life into the Study of Asthma

The UA's Dr. Fernando Martinez wants to know why children on Amish farms are healthier, and his research could have far-reaching implications for asthma sufferers of all ages. Asthma affects 24 million Americans and causes breathlessness, chest tightness, wheezing, coughing and, in extreme cases, death...

UA Part of National Team Picked to Lead Flexible Electronics Research

The FlexTech Alliance team—which includes the University of Arizona Center on Aging, Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP) and Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA)—will be working to improve devices for the electronic wearable technology market...

UA Health Sciences Researchers Look to Collaborate With Cuba on Diabetic Wound Therapy

Diabetic foot ulcers are more costly to treat than the five leading cancers. In response, UAHS physician-scientists David Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, and Marvin Slepian, MD, have begun discussions with Cuban researchers to steward the FDA approval for a diabetic foot ulcer healing drug for use in the United States.

Heidi Mansour, PhD
Pharmacy Faculty Member Helps People Breathe Better

Dr. Heidi Mansour and her team investigate and design innovative treatments, including new drugs and advanced delivery mechanisms, for lung diseases with unmet medical needs. Their work on lung surfactants translates to therapeutic inhalation aerosols that led to advanced dry powder inhalers.

UA Researchers Link Genetic Variation in Pulmonary Protein to Respiratory Disease

A UA researcher and clinician team has discovered that genetic mutations in a protein associated with asthma can affect a person’s susceptibility to a variety of lung diseases, and could lead to new treatments.